Full Day for Obama in Jamaica ahead of Historic Summit in Panama

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – Quite a day for Jamaicans as the most popular world leader is in country, gushing about the Jamaican hospitality and turning a serious face toward the issues of electricity, national debt of CARICOM countries, youth development and opportunities and security.“Wonderful hospitality, we very, very much appreciate that. I assure you that Michelle wishes she was on this trip and so we will have to return with the girls sometime in the future, (applause) she would also applaud for that. As Madame Prime Minister indicated, we had a lot to talk about. First and foremost we discussed how much we support the ongoing reform efforts in Jamaica to deal with its public debt while still making investments in youth and the people of Jamaica which ultimately will determine long term growth to strengthen good governance and rule of law.”US President Barack Obama last night landed at the Norman Manley Intl Airport, was whisked by helicopter to a tour of the Bob Marley museum, which he called one of his most enjoyable experiences since becoming president; adding that he has been a fan of the man and his music which speaks to the spirit of Jamaica. CARICOM leaders numbered fourteen; according to a JIS source close to Magnetic Media and a meeting with those leaders at the UWI immediately followed a press conference which was held at Jamaica House. President Obama, escorted by Hon Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica had earlier on signed and commented in the Official Diplomatic and Courtesy books; funniest thing, Obama added April 10, 2015 – which is the wrong date. It has become a source of fun for the regional media. Just moments ago, a White House town hall meeting wrapped up. It was held at the University of the West Indies and among the students selected to attend and selected to ask a question of President Obama was a female Turks and Caicos Islander studying at UWI. The question focused on the financial services sector and its increased stringency; President Obama gave a comprehensive response and cited Singapore as a good model for the Caribbean when it comes to being more diverse and competitive. The president has had a full day, but shortly will leave Kingston en route to Panama City, Panama for the Seventh Summit of the Americas where for the first time Cuba, a Communist regime, will be in attendance. Related Items:barack obama, jamaica, portia simpson millerlast_img read more

Brunswick Landing Maintains Upward Trajectory Maine Designates Reuse Project an Opportunity Zone

first_imgBrunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, is now home to 1,700 employees and 110 organizations, an increase of 500 jobs over the past year, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority reports. Five new companies arrived his summer, with more slated to be added by the end of the year. A number of tenants are expanding footprints at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park to accommodate growth, the authority says. Traffic at Brunswick Executive Airport is up as well; in the first six months of the year, operations have increased 14 percent over 2017. … Brunswick Landing has been designated a federal Opportunity Zone by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), allowing the redevelopment to attract new investment. The Opportunity Zone program was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation as a way to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Zones. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

BarrettJackson just sold a 1997 Toyota Supra for 176000

first_img Toyota Share your voice 9:55 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Audi Toyota Classic Cars Car Culture 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Comment 1 47 Photos The 4th generation Toyota Supra becomes a performance icon 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags The new Toyota Supra feels suspiciously like a BMW Z4 Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThis black beauty set its new owner back a staggering $176,000 at auction. Barrett-Jackson People are Supra crazy right now. Specifically, they’re mad for the Mark IV car that was built in the 1990s and early 2000s and immortalized in The Fast and the Furious. Auction prices for these cars have been going through the roof, commanding prices once demanded almost exclusively by muscle cars or European classics. Now though, Supra prices might be headed even higher if the recent sale of a 1997 Anniversary Edition car by Barrett-Jackson is any indicator.How much did this Supra sell for? Well, hold onto your butt because it sold for $176,000 in a no-reserve auction. Just for some context, that car cost approximately $39,900 when new, which with inflation works out to around $63,664 today.So what was it that makes this particular Supra so unique that it would command a price similar to a base-model Audi R8? Rarity, for one. The Anniversary edition was only made in 1997. Next, this car has a targa roof (like the orange car in The Fast and the Furious), of which there were only 376 made in this car’s particular color. Next and maybe most importantly, it’s got a manual transmission.It’s also got low-ish miles – just under 70,000 on the clock — and is also a two-owner, almost totally stock car. That last bit is especially important since many of these cars were modified to the gills when their values weren’t so high.Barrett-Jackson didn’t respond to Roadshow’s request for comment.last_img read more

PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

Work on Metro Rail begins

first_imgWork on Metro Rail beginsWork on the much-hyped 12-km Metro Rail from Uttara to Agargaon and its nine stations began on Wednesday.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the work of packages-3 and 4 at Agargaon point in the afternoon.The first-phase work from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed within 2019 while the second-phase one from Agargaon to Motijheel within 2020.Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Tk 16,600 crore as soft loan of the total estimated approximate cost of Tk 22,000 crore, while the Bangladesh government will bear the rest, the minister said.The project will be completed in eight packages. Of them, the 12-km elevated expressway and nine stations would be under two packages, he said.In the first phase, elevated expressway and stations at North Uttara, Uttara Centre, South Uttara, Pallabi, Mirpur-11, Mirpur-10, Kazipara, Sewrapara and Agargaon will be constructed.The metro rail will stop in every four minutes at 16 stations from Uttara to Motijheel via Mirpur and Farmgate and it will have the capacity to carry 60,000 passengers every hour.Earlier on 4 May last, three agreements were signed with Italian-Thai Development Company and Sinohydro Corporation in this regard.The ambitious project is expected to provide an improved, safe, faster, and affordable but modern means of urban public transport service significantly reducing the perennial traffic congestion in the capital.last_img read more

PM wants intl pressure for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina talks with UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia SeppoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for quick repatriation of Myanmar’s forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports UNB.She renewed the call upon the international community, including the UN, to exert more pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals to their homeland.The prime minister made the call when newly appointed UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia Seppo met her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office in the evening.Sheikh Hasina said the process could be expedited once the repatriation of the Rohingyas begins, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told newsmen.The premier put emphasis on both bilateral and multi-lateral efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.She extended her gratitude to the UN agencies for supporting Bangladesh and trying to address the issue.Hasina also thanked development partners and other international players for their emergency services to the Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh.About the impact of such huge Ronhigya influx into Bangladesh, the prime minister said local people in Cox’s Bazar are suffering as they cannot cultivate their lands. More importantly, she said, the environment is being affected due to the stay of the refugees.During the meeting, the new UN official highly appreciated Hasina for providing shelter to the Rohingyas saying her government showed an incredible compassion in this regard.She said such huge influx of the Myanmar nationals from Rakhaine in just three weeks’ time is surprising.Mia Seppo lauded the efforts and good management of the government in providing various assistance and support, and sheltering such huge refugees.She, however, put importance to decongestion of Rohingya camps to ensure a healthy environment there as those are overpopulated.last_img read more

Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules

first_img Molecular orbitals represent regions in a molecule where an electron is likely to be found; they are derived using mathematical formulas and are represented by cloudlike drawings with multiple nodes that are supposed to represent where electrons can go and are meant to demonstrate how molecules can share those electrons in chemical interactions or bonding. Since it was first invented in 1981, using the STM has generally been the best method available for creating images of individual atoms and their electronic properties. The STM is basically a piece of equipment with a metal appendage that has a tip width of just a few atoms. The tip is moved back and forth in the air very close to a sample being studied. Voltage is then applied allowing electrons to move between the tip and the sample. Doing so allows for measuring of the density of electrons on the surface of the material being studied which is then used to build the models.Unfortunately however, traditional STM has not been able to map orbitals of single molecules. This is because the density of electrons on the surface of an object, don’t give up the mathematical orbital nor does it have a fine enough resolution. Also there is the problem of having to place the sample on a metal surface which can hide what is going on with the molecules that comprise the sample. In the new approach the team solved the easiest part of the problem by coating the surface that the sample lays on with salt. Next, to improve resolution, they stuck a single carbon monoxide molecule on the end of the tip; this because carbon monoxide molecules have the property of having its outermost lobes paired close, with one positive the other negative phased. Such an arrangement makes the tip more sensitive to the sample material placed below it. Using this method the researchers were able to map the structure of the nodes of the molecular orbitals which allowed them to create images based on the places that held electrons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: High-Resolution Molecular Orbital Imaging Using a p-Wave STM Tip, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086101 (2011) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.086101AbstractIndividual pentacene and naphthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on a bilayer of NaCl grown on Cu(111) were investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy using CO-functionalized tips. The images of the frontier molecular orbitals show an increased lateral resolution compared with those of the bare tip and reflect the modulus squared of the lateral gradient of the wave functions. The contrast is explained by tunneling through the p-wave orbitals of the CO molecule. Comparison with calculations using a Tersoff-Hamann approach, including s- and p-wave tip states, demonstrates the significant contribution of p-wave tip states.via Physics Viewpoint Experiments Prove Existence of Atomic Chain Anchors 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.center_img Explore further Citation: Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-team-method-orbitals-molecules.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of physicists comprised of members from IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have figured out a way to improve on results obtained using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) that allows for the orbitals of single molecules to be mapped. They have published a paper on Physical Review Letters describing their procedure.last_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible

first_img(Phys.org)—An international team of Earth scientists has used eight Earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project to predict the change in the number of hurricanes and other types of tropical storms that would occur over the next fifty years if sulfate aerosols were injected into the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of global warming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe the models and what they showed and suggest that such injections if done on a massive scale, might prove moderately effective—though they note that a different type of aerosol would have to be used to prevent harm to the ozone layer. As the planet keeps warming and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to make a difference fail, scientist have begun turning to other ways to mitigate problems in the future related to warmer temperatures and higher ocean levels, such as an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes. One such technique that has been discussed in public forums, is injecting aerosols into the atmosphere in areas where tropical storms form—the shadowing effect would cool the air above the ocean preventing such storms from forming. In this new effort, the researchers used standard oceanographic models to attempt to learn whether such a technique might be viable.After inputting data meant to model an injection of sulfate aerosols over the next 50 years, in two different ways, the researchers found that the idea would likely work, but not as well as might be expected. The first modeled the impact of a volcano eruption-sized amount of aerosol injection while the second sought to mimic an increase in injection amounts to match the projected increase of greenhouse gas emissions. Because the second approach appeared to be the more likely outcome in real life, the researchers used that model to make their predictions. They found that if approximately 10 billion tons of such aerosols were pumped into the atmosphere annually, the result would be a halving of Katrina-sized hurricanes over the next half century. They equate it to mimicking a Pinatubo-sized eruption every two years—something they describe as very expensive, but doable.Of course, they note, there is no chance that such injections will begin anytime soon, because injecting that much sulfate aerosols into the atmosphere would destroy the ozone layer. But, their findings do suggest that if another, safer aerosol could be found, such a technique might prove viable. © 2015 Phys.org Hurricane Isabel (2003) as seen from orbit during Expedition 7 of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Explore further Researchers find unintended consequences of geoengineering to slow climate changecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: John C. Moore et al. Atlantic hurricane surge response to geoengineering, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1510530112AbstractDevastating floods due to Atlantic hurricanes are relatively rare events. However, the frequency of the most intense storms is likely to increase with rises in sea surface temperatures. Geoengineering by stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection cools the tropics relative to the polar regions, including the hurricane Main Development Region in the Atlantic, suggesting that geoengineering may mitigate hurricanes. We examine this hypothesis using eight earth system model simulations of climate under the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) G3 and G4 schemes that use stratospheric aerosols to reduce the radiative forcing under the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 scenario. Global mean temperature increases are greatly ameliorated by geoengineering, and tropical temperature increases are at most half of those temperature increases in the RCP4.5. However, sulfate injection would have to double (to nearly 10 teragrams of SO2 per year) between 2020 and 2070 to balance the RCP4.5, approximately the equivalent of a 1991 Pinatubo eruption every 2 y, with consequent implications for stratospheric ozone. We project changes in storm frequencies using a temperature-dependent generalized extreme value statistical model calibrated by historical storm surges and observed temperatures since 1923. The number of storm surge events as big as the one caused by the 2005 Katrina hurricane are reduced by about 50% compared with no geoengineering, but this reduction is only marginally statistically significant. Nevertheless, when sea level rise differences in 2070 between the RCP4.5 and geoengineering are factored into coastal flood risk, we find that expected flood levels are reduced by about 40 cm for 5-y events and about halved for 50-y surges. Citation: Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible (2015, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-aerosols-atmosphere-hurricanes-possibly-feasible.html This document is subject to copyright. 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Special Central Police Observer to reach city today

first_imgKolkata: The state’s Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will be reaching the city on Sunday. He will remain in the state till the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections and will be looking after the deployment of security forces.The Election Commission has decided to deploy 10 companies of the Central Forces for the first two phases of elections. Polls will be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar in the first phase on April 11 while the second phase will see elections in Darjeeling, Raiganj and Jalpaiguri on April 18. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”He (Vivek Dubey) will reach Kolkata at around 4.25 pm on Sunday and will remain in the state till completion of the elections. He will have his chamber at the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office,” said Sanjay Basu, additional CEO, Bengal. The 10 companies of the Central Forces that are deployed in North and South 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur, East Midnapore, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata since March 16 would be used for the first two phases of elections on April 11 and 18 respectively in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar and Darjeeling, Raigunj and Jalpaiguri. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to sources in the Commission, one company each would be deployed in Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar. Presently, the Central Forces that are deployed in Kolkata, Birbhum and South 24-Parganas would be sent to these three districts of North Bengal for the first two phases. Along with this, one company of the Central Forces would be deployed in Barrackpore and Diamond Harbour each. One company that is presently deployed in North 24-Parganas would be sent to Barrackpore and among the two companies that are deployed in South 24-Parganas, one would be sent to North Bengal and the remaining one to Diamond Harbour. For the first phase of polls, seven nominations have been filed in Alipurduar (ST) seat and 11 in Cooch Behar. In the second phase, 12 nominations have been filed in Jalpaiguri (SC), 16 in Darjeeling and 14 in Raigunj.last_img read more

Urdu Drama Festival comes to Delhi

first_imgGovernment of Delhi, Urdu Academy is organising the 30th Urdu Drama Festival at Sri Ram Centre from November 24 to 29 from 6:30 pm onward daily. The aim is to attract the audience towards different theatrical performances which will be featured during the six-day event in the Capital.The event will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi on November 24 with Imran Husain, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi, who will be the Guest of Honour. Dalip Pandey, a renowned writer and member, SKP is invited as the distinguished guest for the event.last_img

12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways

first_imgMarch 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Cryptocurrency created quite the buzz this past year. Although the technology has been around for a few years, 2017 was the year it really took off. Bitcoin, the first application of cryptocurrency technology, hit $20,000 a coin, while coins like Ethereum also saw their prices increase. However, the technology behind these tokens, blockchain, has far more applications than just cryptocurrencies.Through a network of smart contracts that operate utilizing decentralized information on a ledger, blockchain is able to provide unmatched security and speed for data transfers. This means that blockchain technology has an application in nearly every industry where value is exchanged.For this reason, many startups have started to explore how this technology can change the way the world works. Here are twelve of those startups, each of which are utilizing blockchain technology in new ways.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important Metric1. Fr8Fr8’s blockchain network facilitates the digitization of record-keeping related to the trade of assets, even in scenarios where intermediaries and brokers are incentivized to resist change. Last year, trucks drove 29 billion empty miles in the U.S. alone. By applying blockchain, Fr8 helps to streamline and organize the industry in a trustworthy manner.2. IOSTThe internet of Services (IOST) is a new cryptocurrency that is attempting to solve scalability problems. A technological descendant of Ethereum, IOST is a blockchain with the purpose of serving as infrastructure for developers to create decentralized applications. Building on top of a blockchain allows businesses to cut out intermediaries, and also gives them peace of mind in terms of data safety, as blockchain networks are notoriously secure.3. ImpactPPAImpactPPA is creating the SmartPPA (PPA stands for power purchase agreement), a platform that connects the blockchain community with environmentally concerned and socially impactful projects that fuel the development of sustainable solutions. The platform is designed to manage renewable energy resources from generation to distribution to payment. Its aim is solving the globe’s most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues.Related: Steal These 4 Proven Customer-Retention Strategies4. ShipChainShipChain is a freight and logistics platform built on blockchain. The platform focuses on an end-to-end track and trace, which allows for unification across the entire supply chain, among all carriers. ShipChain is member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) alongside Microsoft, and the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), alongside UPS and DHL. The company recently announced a pilot program with Perdue Farms.5. Nano VisionNano Vision is empowering global citizens to step up and lend their efforts to furthering disease-prevention research and development. Through blockchain’s inherently decentralized solution, anyone, whether they are scientists, doctors or simply engaged civilians, will have access to the data that has been collected and the research that has been recorded on Nano Vision’s platform. The initiative anticipates that this will fuel new steps in the research process, thus sparking faster innovation.Related: 25 Tips for Earning Customer Loyalty6. InveniamInveniam is the first organization to successfully structure and tokenize a debt instrument that is capable of being listed on a public market. Equipped with a working product, Inveniam uses Decentralized Ledger Technology (DLT) and “regulated” contracts and tokens to transform structuring, clearing, custody and settlement of fixed-income instruments. This “regulated” token acts as the passkey for all of the underlying documentation associated with the debt, which trades with the token for the life of the instrument.7. BuzzShowBuzzShow is a platform that incorporates proof of contribution to reward online video users. It focuses on creating a decentralized social video ecosystem with a full economic cycle and rewards for creating, curating, viewing and sharing videos. Users retain full privacy and control over their video within the social media space. The platform currently has over 15,000 users.Related: 5 Ways to Build Killer Relationships With Customers8. PatronPatron is a global influencer marketing platform built with blockchain technology. Started by Atsushi Hisatsumi, a Japanese influencer and entrepreneur, the company seeks to connect global influencers with brands in a secure and transparent ecosystem. Benefits of the platform include the elimination of most common intermediary fees, incentivization and voting using tokens to match parties. The company has raised over $10 million to date.9. PhotochainPhotochain is a decentralized stock photography platform built on the blockchain. Using the Photochain marketplace, photographers can retain up to 95 percent of their potential earnings, while ensuring all copyrights and protections are in place using the company’s Digital Copyright Chain (DCC) solution. The marketplace will also connect buyers for a fair and seamless experience, eliminating most of the fees and copyright problems currently found in the stock photography market.10. ODEMODEM is the world’s first decentralized on-demand education marketplace. Using the power of blockchain technology and its smart contract-based payment platform, ODEM will enable students and professors to interact directly and participate in the exchange of education and learning, without the involvement of intermediaries. This means greater access to quality education at a lower cost, helping bridge the educational gap for millions of students globally.11. MEvUMEvU is a decentralized P2P (peer-to-peer) betting application that allows people to bet on anything, at any time and against anyone. MEvU uses smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to store players’ funds and information, providing players with confidence that their wagers will be executed securely and quickly. The goal is to reduce black market gaming, while promoting fun and transparent gaming between parties.12. Boon TechBoon Tech is an artificial intelligence-powered micro-job platform on blockchain. With a technology developed to eliminate cryptocurrency volatility in their platform, Boon Tech has the potential to revolutionize the freelance economy. As an IBM business partner, Boon Tech uses IBM’s Watson AI algorithms in its ranking and review systems available on the platform. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

photo Youngsoo Kim

first_img[photo: Youngsoo Kim] [photos: Youngsoo Kim] July 16, 2010 The second annual “Burning Tongue Dinner” took place on June 16. 2010. [for the first annual event see the report from 8/28/2009] [graphics: Youngsoo Kim & text: sue] [from left] Hosted by Youngsoo Kim, people again put together their most fiery delicacies for a teary event, here Nadia and Nathan explain their concoctions. [photos: Youngsoo Kim & text: sue] Brendan Seigl before and after. [photos: Youngsoo Kim & text: sue]center_img [photo: Youngsoo Kim]last_img

Markus Tellenbach International pay TV channel pro

first_imgMarkus TellenbachInternational pay TV channel provider Scripps Networks Interactive is to take majority control of Polish broadcaster TVN for €584 million in cash plus assumption of debt.Scripps has struck a deal with ITI Group and France’s Canal+ Group to take a 52.7% stake in TVN in an all-cash deal. Scripps will also assume €840 million of debt. Following completion, which is subject to regulatory approval, Scripps will launch a mandatory public tender offer to further increase its stake in the broadcaster, as required under Polish law.TVN’s portfolio of free-to-air and pay TV channels includes flagship commercial channel TVN and thematic channels TVN 7, TVN Style, TTV, TVN Turbo, 24-hour news channel TVN24 and business news channel TVN24 Biznes i Swiat. Together, TVN’s channels took a 22% viewing share in Poland last year. The deal also includes advertising sales arm TVN Media.Scripps, which currently airs two channels – Travel Channel and Polsat Food – in Poland, is acquiring the stake through UK holding company Soutbank Media.TVN owns a 32% in Polish pay TV operator nc+, where Canal+ is the other main shareholder. Bertrand Meheut, president of Canal+ Group, said that the deal would enable it to “re-centre our strategy in Poland around pay TV”. He said that Canal+ will continue to have sa strong presence in the country and would continue to develop nc+, formed in 2011 from the merger of TVN’s n with Cyfra+. “We are gong to pursue our close collaboration with TVN, which holds 32% in nc+. As majority shareholder in TVN, Scripps Networks Interactive will be a key partner and we are very happy to have them on board,” said Meheut.Scripps was advised by Barclays and Blackstone Advisory Partners, with legal advice provided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp.k.Canal+ Group was advised by JP Morgan Ltd, with legal advice provided by Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.Scripps’ move into Poland follows its 2011 acquisition of a 50% stake in UK pay TV channel provider UKTV, jointly owned with the BBC.”This agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive is evidence of the hard work and commitment of every single employee of TVN in building the biggest and most successful media company in Poland. Scripps Networks Interactive understand the importance of the Polish market, and the value of developing compelling content that connects with consumers. We are delighted to be joining the Scripps Networks Interactive family, and we’re excited about developing and strengthening our business for many years to come,” said Markus Tellenbach, president and CEO of TVN.“This transaction is an important milestone in the ongoing strategic development of our international business, and provides us with substantial further scale in Europe. Poland is a vibrant media market with significant growth potential. TVN has an incredible portfolio of channels and services, and has delivered consistently strong creative and financial performance under the leadership of Markus Tellenbach. The business will be a strong addition to Scripps Networks Interactive, and we’re looking forward to working with the whole TVN team to achieve our significant ambitions in the region together,” said Kenneth W Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive.last_img read more

Gill Pritchard UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named

first_imgGill PritchardUK broadcaster Channel 4 has named Gill Pritchard as director of audience technologies and insight.Pritchard, who will take up her post with immediate effect and report directly to CEO David Abraham, will be responsible for transforming the way Channel 4 collates and uses data and viewer insight in order to generate new ideas and maximise Channel 4’s competitiveness, the company said. She will lead all activities relating to research, data capture, database management analytics and its dissemination and commercial use throughout Channel 4.Pritchard, who will be tasked with building a new group within Channel 4 that will include the existing research and insight team, the viewer support team and audience technologies, joined Channel 4 as director of strategy in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to director of strategy and corporate development with responsibility for the channel’s corporate development function, including all M&A and partnerships.Keith Underwood, Channel 4 head of strategy, will now take overall responsibility for strategy and Glyn Isherwood, Channel 4 director of finance, will take on corporate developmentPrior to joining Channel 4 Pritchard held a number of senior positions at BBC Worldwide including director of Children’s and head of strategyPritchard said: “Building on our reputation for innovation and the advantage of having such a young, technology-savvy audience, Channel 4 will use the latest technologies and analytics to become the most viewer centric broadcaster in the UK. In this exciting new era our priority is to foster the use of data-driven relationships with audiences throughout Channel 4, helping to deliver pioneering new ideas and business models for the fully converged future.”last_img read more