Related Posts Even though 2012 was a tough year overall for small businesses – the stubbornly slow economy didn’t help – technology improvements continued to offer hope of lowering costs, boosting efficiency, increasing sales and opening new markets. To the extent that they could find the cash, investing in technology remained a top priority for savvy smaller companies.These half-dozen technologies are the ones small businesses were most involved with in 2012:1. Social Media SurgedIn a survey by VerticalResponse, more than one-third of small business owners wished they could spend less time on social media (nearly half spend 6+ hours per week). But they can’t, because that’s where the customers are. A recent report by NM Incite found Internet users spend more time on social networks than on any other type of website. 2012’s breakout star, Pinterest, showed a whopping 1,047% increase in unique visitors — so if you haven’t gone there yet, you might want to. However, Facebook is still the top site, used by 90% of entrepreneurs, according to VerticalResponse, and 152.2 million unique visitors, according to NM Incite.2. Consumers Went All-In On MobileThe rabid adoption of tablets over the 2011 holiday season gained even more momentum in 2012. Smart retailers took advantage of the tablet’s leisure-time nature to create customized mobile shopping experiences for couch-surfers. On Black Friday, IBM reports, mobile sales topped 16%, up from 9.8% last year, with the iPad dominating. Small businesses also took advantage of mobile marketing to reach customers on their smartphones. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reports 56% of mobile users go online with their phones and 50% use them for email; both figures more than doubled compared to two years ago. Some 84% of small businesses that used mobile marketing found it increased new business, a Web.com and Lab42 study found.3. Mobile Dominated BusinessIn 2012 savvy businesses of all sizes incorporated tablets into the workplace as presentation tools, payment devices or simply to entertain customers (for example, providing iPads for customers to place orders or entertain kids in restaurants). In The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 75% of mobile users report mobile devices have become “critical” to their jobs, and 67% say without mobile devices, their businesses would be less competitive.4. BYOD ArrivedBring Your Own Device has long been business as usual for cash-strapped startups, but in 2012 the trend took hold at companies of all sizes. Since many job seekers consider being able to bring their own device a workplace perk, BYOD could even give your small small business an edge in competing with bigger companies whose IT managers don’t like BYOD.5. Crowdsourcing ContinuedTechnological changes sped the growth of crowdsourcing, a boon to many small startups, this year, the Dell Evolving Workforce reports. Contractors and even customers increasingly contributed to small business solutions, doing everything from coding to innovating new product and service ideas.6. The Clouds Rolled In2012 was the year cloud services went from mysterious to mainstream—or as SMB Group put it, “as normal rather than cutting edge.” More and more, small businesses and startups turned to cloud storage and solutions to streamline operations and save money. At the same time, consumers’ increasing comfort level with the cloud opened up a whole new world of startup possibilities.What mattered to your small business most in 2012?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#2012 Trends#BYOD#cloud computing#mobile#small business#social media#social networking How to Get Started in China and Have Success rieva lesonsky
How The EVA1 ComparesIn this same room, Panasonic also had a monitor with all of the feeds from the various cameras comparing the Varicam images to the EVA1 images and vice versa. The Varicam had a higher native ISO of 5000, compared to the EVA1’s at 2500.I’m sure this display was intended to show how well their whole range would perform in low light, but I spent a good while there just comparing the image of the EVA1 itself to its much higher-priced colleagues. Even more than the low-light capability, I was impressed by just how beautiful the color science (and image) was.This camera stands up extremely well to the Varicam, and if you were shooting with both, you could cut between the two seamlessly.I really hadn’t given this release its due until now. With the great release of the GH5 and now the capabilities of the EVA1, Panasonic has my attention.Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018: Edelkrone Pushes The Dolly So You Don’t Have ToNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens At NAB 2018, the Panasonic booth is all about the EVA1 camera. After a relatively low-key release, this camera is now squarely on our radar.All images via Todd Blankenship.In keeping with a somewhat-new trend of releasing cameras with dual native ISOs (including the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k ), the Panasonic EVA1 (now shipping) is a great addition to this new approach to low light.Borrowing the approach from their popular higher-end line of Varicam cameras, Panasonic included a dual native ISO of 800/2500. This is a big deal.The EVA1 appears to be a true cinema camera, with 14 stops of dynamic range and a 5.7k image sensor. I have to admit, I’m now wondering why more people aren’t talking about this camera. The images that this thing captures are nothing short of spectacular — low-light performance aside.This year at NAB, Panasonic wanted to show off. Have a look.Dual Native ISOAt the Panasonic booth, it was clear that they believed the low-light performance of their EVA1 camera (as well as their Varicam line) was something that you had to see to believe.In a small, nearly blacked-out room, they had each of their Varicam cameras and one EVA1 unit pointed toward a small set lit by one large LED light mat and a few very small fixtures. All of the lights were probably at about 5% or less of their full output. I could barely see anything in the room. The image below is what my phone was able to capture.However, the following image is how the EVA1 saw the scene at its higher native ISO of 2500. Truly incredible.
The relationship you want with your clients sounds like, “I gotta guy,” or the female version thereof.You want the kind of relationship that when a competitor calls your client, their attempt to woo them away is rejected out of hand because they have you. You want a relationship that is so strong that your customer isn’t even open to considering someone else. Ever.That relationship protects you from competitive threats, and it helps you to build your business. Whenever anyone mentions to your client that they have some problem that you could easily take care of, you want your client to recommend you.But if you are going to create and hold this place over time, you are going to have to earn that level of loyalty.You are going to have to execute flawlessly for some time. You are going to have to perform.To be the person that your client can count on, you need to have serious chops, and deep subject matter expertise. You are going to have to be well read and on top of what the future holds.You are also going to have to go above and beyond anything that your client might expect of you. You are going to have to go the extra mile, and make visible that you have done so.Being “the guy” or “the girl” means being proactive. You are going to have to take care of things before your client even knows that they need to take care of them.I’ve heard people say, “I don’t want a client that calls me after hours or on weekends.” What they are really saying is that they want someone else to be that client’s go-to person.If you want loyalty, you have to earn it. If your goal is lifetime clients, this is what it takes.
Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season’s disappointments behind him.Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona’s first goal in the 41st. Minutes later Barcelona lost Javier Mascherano to a direct red card when he fouled Elche’s Garry Rodrigues with only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to beat. But Barcelona’s 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi, starting for the injured Neymar, scored seconds after halftime before Messi got his second goal in the 63rd after again confounding a group of defenders.Elsewhere, Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0 for a winning debut in the first division, while Celta Vigo beat Getafe 3-1.After Barcelona lost its Spanish league title in the last round of last season and Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final, Messi summed up his desire for the new campaign to begin by writing on Facebook before the game: First match today!!! I hope God is on our side for a great season.It started with a bad omen, though: Just seconds after kickoff, the game was paused when a black cat ran onto the Camp Nou pitch before stewards managed to herd it off. But aside from Mascherano’s red card, there was no bad luck for Barcelona.Messi looked back to his best and his pair of goals seemed the perfect answer to critics who had said the four-time world player of the year had lost a step. He was lively from the start, both in attack and in defense, and scored his goals in classic Messi fashion: putting the ball on his left boot to breeze around his markers before picking his spot in the opponent’s net.advertisementWith Neymar out and new signing Luis Suarez suspended until October, Munir got the nod from Enrique and had Barcelona’s first chance when he fired the ball off the goalframe in the 22nd.Andres Iniesta followed suit with a strike onto the crossbar in the 32nd as Barcelona piled up chances before Messi converted. Sergio Busquets sent an errant Elche pass to Messi, who used four quick touches to open an angle around three Elche players before slotting home his first goal.Moments after Barcelona grabbed the lead, Busquets’ poor back pass forced Mascherano to foul Rodrigues to stop a one-one-one opportunity with Bravo. Elche failed to take advantage of the extra man and Munir, who had only debuted with Barcelona’s B-team in March, doubled the lead with a skillful tap with the tip of his left boot to float Ivan Rakitic’s long pass over goalie Przemyslaw Tyton.Messi added the third goal despite being shadowed by four defenders, skirting along the edge of the area until he saw the chance to slot the ball inside the post.
Spain Pique Bernabeu boos no concern for Spain boss Lopetegui Joe Wright 20:02 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Spain Spain v Italy Italy WC Qualification Europe The national team manager expects the home crowd to be right behind the players when they take on Italy in Madrid on Saturday Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui does not expect harsh treatment of Gerard Pique from the Santiago Bernabeu crowd in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Italy.The Barcelona defender’s outspoken defence of his club’s interest in the intense rivalry with Real Madrid, coupled with a public sympathy for the Catalan independence movement, has led to boos from Spain fans on a number of occasions during his impressive international career.There are concerns that matters could come to a head when Pique takes to the pitch at Madrid’s home this weekend, with Sergio Ramos having already urged fans not to target his team-mate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Lopetegui is confident that supporters will be firmly on the player’s side during what could be a crucial Group G encounter.”I’m not worried about the issue of Pique and the Bernabeu,” he told a news conference. “I’m sure the fans in Madrid will help the national team because we’re going to need them, especially in a moment of the game where we need their energy.”Both sides have won five of their six matches in qualifying, with their only dropped points coming in a 1-1 draw in Turin last October, when a late Daniele De Rossi penalty cancelled out Vitolo’s opener. ¡Todos juntos, a por la victoria ante Italia! #VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/Ke3tq3rZ4d— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) August 30, 2017Lopetegui expects Italy to produce a different display and insists they cannot be considered a defensive side any longer.”It will be a tough match because they’re an amazing team, a huge opponent. Spain have to give the best of themselves to get a result,” he said.”They have a style of play that has been the same with different coaches. They have won all their recent matches, aside from the draw against us. They’re not ‘catenaccio’ any more.”I expect a totally different game from the one we played in October. I expect an Italy who are different in every aspect.”Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been tipped to start on Saturday, the 23-year-old having signed off from club duty with a spectacular overhead kick in a 3-0 Serie A win over Sassuolo.Lopetegui is refusing to focus too much on halting Belotti alone, though.”He’s an excellent player, he’s improved a lot. But there are many other players: [Lorenzo] Insigne, [Antonio] Candreva, [Ciro] Immobile…,” he added.”He’s a great player and that’s why he’s in the squad.”
Man Utd pull trigger on Martial one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have triggered a one-year option in Anthony Martial’s contract. The Frenchman is now under contract until 2020, however, the club have begun negotiations to further extend that deal.Martial is United’s top goalscorer with eight this season and has established himself as a regular starter after previously falling out with manager Jose Mourinho.Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham have all expressed an interest in the 23-year-old. However, Goal claims Martial is open to remaining at Old Trafford beyond 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 10:50 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Amazon Echo Input will be available in India starting January 17. Amazon is offering special offers on purchase of Amazon Echo Input with Bluetooth speaker.The Amazon Echo Input adds Alexa to an external speaker.Amazon on Thursday, January 17 launched the Amazon Echo Input in India for Rs 2,999. The tiny hockey-puck looking device will be available on Amazon India’s e-retail platform and at Croma, Vijay Sales and other offline retailers starting today.”With Echo Input, we are giving users even more options to choose the best Echo device for their needs. Adding Echo Input to your existing speakers is the easiest way to begin your voice-first experience with Alexa,” Amazon Devices Director, Jayshree Gururaj said in a statement.As a part of the launch offer, Amazon is offering up to Rs 2,999 off on the purchase of Echo Input with a Bluetooth speaker. While customers who buy a JBL Go 2 speaker will get 50 per cent off on the purchase of Echo Input, on the other hand, customers who couple Amazon’s newly launched device with either Bose Soundlink Revolve speaker or UE Boom 3 speaker will get Echo Input at zero cost.For those of you who are confused about its functionality, here’s a simple explanation. The Amazon Echo Input is a device that essentially adds Alexa connectivity to your Bluetooth speaker. It connects to your ordinary speaker via a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth connections and turns it into a smart speaker that can perform a host of tasks ranging between playing your favourite songs (all hands free) to checking for weather updates to setting alarms and reminders to booking a cab to even telling you sports score.So if you don’t have an Amazon Echo smart speaker at home, you can simply connect the Amazon Echo Input with your existing speaker and get the best of what Alexa has to offer.The best thing about the Amazon Echo Input is that it is small in size and in terms of dimensions, it is 0.5-inches tall and 3.1-inches wide. To put into perspective, it is smaller than the Amazon Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini smart speakers and it will disappear wherever you put it. However, unlike Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, which comes with a built-in speaker, Echo Input plays audio through the connected speaker. On the flip-side, you can control Echo Input with your voice just like an Echo smart speaker.In terms of the overall design, just like the Echo Dot smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Input is made of a plastic body that features a matte finish. It sports an LED, an action button, a microphone on and off button and four array microphones on top. At the back there is a USB port that is used for powering the device and a 3.5mm audio output jack that can be used for connecting it with a secondary speaker.Notably, Amazon had introduced the Amazon Echo Input alongside the Echo Sub sub-woofer, Echo Wall Clock, Amazon Basics microwave oven, and Amazon Smart Plug at a special event that was held in Seattle last September. The company had launched the Echo Input in the US with a starting price of $34.99. And now, nearly four months after its international launch, the device is making its way to India.Meanwhile, earlier this week, Amazon also refreshed its FireTV Stick lineup in India. The Seattle headquartered tech-giant launched the new FireTV Stick with the all new Alexa remote in India with a starting price of Rs 3,999.advertisementALSO READ: | Amazon launches updated Echo Dot and Echo Plus in India, adds Echo Sub to listALSO READ: | Amazon launches Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote in India for Rs 3,999ALSO READ: | From a new Echo Show to a microwave, here’s everything announced at Amazon 2018 eventGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AmazonFollow Amazon EchoFollow Amazon Echo Input Amazon launches Echo Input in India for Rs 2,999Amazon launched the Amazon Echo Input at a special event in Seattle last September. It is bringing Echo Input to India nearly four months after its global launch.advertisement
The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations Just like there really is no dark side of the moon, there is no true end to grilling season — both are just a matter of perspective. I tend to fire up the grill well into autumn (provided the weather stays mild enough), but that might be a vestigial habit left over from my many years living in Southern California.Winterize your grill and avoid situations like these.When the snow piles up here on the East Coast, however, that’s an entirely different matter. For gentlemen living even farther north than I, or for those who choose to treat summer’s end as the end of the grilling season, it’s nearly time to clean up, close down, and winterize your grill until the warm temperatures return next year.Winterizing a grill to face the oft inclement weather of late fall and winter need not be a laborious undertaking, but if you want to have your grill last for more than a few years, you need to follow these steps before you store it. And for you intrepid souls who keep on cooking outdoors, we’ve got you covered. Here are some great winter grilling tips.1. Clean Your GrillThis isn’t your first rodeo, right? You know that a great grill is a clean grill in any season, and that’s all the more true when you’re kissing your grill goodbye for the next few months. (Pro tip: Do not actually kiss your grill, ever, for multiple reasons.) I’m going to trust that you know how to clean a grill, but I’ll provide a few tips just in case you need a refresher.For gas and charcoal grills, let the grill sit at maximum heat for at least 20 minutes before you start. This process burns food debris and grease off of the grates and ensures the burners and fuel lines are cleaned out. Ideally, you can leave it to roast for a good half hour before the last cleaning of the season.Burn off the grease then get scrubbing.Don’t overlook the less-appreciated areas of the grill, like the drip pan, shelves, or cabinets. Any food or grease that has found its way down there will be a welcome meal for mice, rats, and bugs — at least, those that don’t succumb to the icy hands of Old Man Winter. Take the time to clean out every spot with an antibacterial wipe or spray to combat mold buildup. Multiple days of sub-zero temperatures may eventually do that, but the weeks between the grill’s last use and the first frost can be a boom time for mold, what with the dark, damp spaces and bits of organic material hanging out in an improperly cleaned grill.Take the time to clean out every spot with an antibacterial wipe or spray to combat mold buildup.Next, thoroughly dry all the grates, burners, venturi tubes, etc. Whether you give it hours in the sun or you expend an entire roll of paper towels, just make sure your grill is dry after you clean it.If you disassemble parts to clean them, go ahead and fully reassemble the grill — don’t put it off until next year. Your slightly older self will appreciate it, and you should test the burners one more (brief) time to make sure you didn’t leave out any pieces. Fixing an error now will be a lot easier than doing so in four or five months.2. Oil it UpThe wintry months see all sorts of precipitation, from snow to sleet to rain to melon-sized hail. All of this damp can wreak havoc, even on a properly sealed and covered grill, in the form of rust and corrosion.The best way to prevent rust during the winter is to coat the inner components of your grill in a light layer of cooking oil. Dip a clean rag into liquid vegetable oil or use a cooking spray to coat the hood interior and any grates, burners, and tubes. Just don’t use so much that the oil drips and pools.3. Cover the GrillIf you live in an area that sees bone-chilling, cold temperatures or a lot of snow, then you need to invest in a robust grill cover. Many cheaper options grow so brittle in the cold that they will crack when disturbed by a blustery wind or big snow load. Alternatively, you can get a middle-of-the-road cover and plan to replace it each year.Please, please don’t do this.You might want to consider taping the grill closed around seams to prevent leaks and small intruders. Packing tape ensures a great bond, but removing it in the spring may be difficult. Another option is to use painter’s tape paired with plastic wrap to make a reliable and easily-removable seal.Additional Safety Checklist for Gas GrillsThere are a few extra things to note for grills with propane tanks, the most important of which is number one on this list:Never store a propane tank inside the home. There’s a reason stores keep them locked in those big cages outside, and that reason is safety. If you bring the grill into the garage or a shed, leave the tank covered outside. If you leave the grill outside, keep the tank connected and shut off, then cover the grill as usual.Remove the ignition battery from the electric starter and safely discard it. Securely reseal the empty battery compartment.Wrap burners in plastic. This prevents any lingering fuel from leaking out and keeps bugs or debris from getting in.If you have a hard-lined gas grill, shut off the gas at as many points possible, e.g. under the grill itself and, if you can, at the fuel source.Now that you’ve got your grill all bundled up for winter, sit back with a nice Scotch and dream of spring.Article originally published September 11, 2017. Last updated November 4, 2018, to include more tips. The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go How to Cook Steak in the Oven The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain
zoom From the military’s perspective, there is no doubt that America’s national and economic security remain dependent on a strong U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.That message was delivered emphatically to the Maritime Trades Department Executive Board during its two-day meeting in Houston by the deputy commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), the national president of the Navy League of the United States, and a retired Navy rear admiral currently serving as superintendent of Texas A&M Maritime Academy.USTRANSCOM Deputy Commander Vice Admiral William Brown and Texas A&M University at Galveston CEO Rear Admiral Robert Smith (USN) (Ret.) addressed the board February 13 while Navy League President James Offutt spoke the following day.All three speakers stressed the importance of supporting laws and programs that allow America to maintain a strong sealift capability – primarily the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program (MSP), and cargo preference including Food for Peace. They also focused on the efficient, respectful and productive partnerships that exist between the U.S. commercial maritime sector and the military. The trio stressed the need to maintain a robust shipbuilding capability.Brown represents the agency that oversees global transportation for the Defense Department (DOD). He said his organization “relies on the sage counsel of people like (MTD President) Mike (Sacco) and the rest of the team. I really am here to say thank you to all of you.”He continued, “In the military, over 90 percent of our DOD requirements travel by the sea. It’s quite important to us. We are a nation that relies on the maritime industry as a critical component of our country’s economy as well as our national security. It’s your efforts today, and day in, day out, across the industry that allow us to meet war fighter requirements. From crewing the merchant fleet to the impressive shipbuilding efforts in our U.S. shipyards, your collective effort across the enterprise makes us viable and ready….“It’s American ships and American seafarers who have always come through for us in times of peace, war or national emergency,” Brown added. “We shouldn’t expect anything different in the years ahead. We will continue to rely on the people who build these ships and man them as their crew. And I am reminded that they are often in harm’s way themselves. We’re grateful for those sacrifices and we’re grateful for the sacrifices their families contribute as well.”Brown provided an overview of USTRANSCOM and an update on current operations, including ones involving the Cape Ray (deployed to assist in disposing of Syrian chemical weapons) and the Maersk Peary and Maersk Illinois (sailing for the annual Operation Deep Freeze mission in Antarctica).The agency’s commercial partners are vital, Brown stated:“Our supply chain at TRANSCOM is a worldwide, interdependent enterprise reliant on infrastructure,” he explained. “We can also operate where we don’t have infrastructure. No other country in the world has the capabilities that we have, and the commercial maritime industry plays a huge part in our supply chain – in our success – and again, we thank you very much.”He described the MSP as critical to preserving readiness by helping maintain a pool of mariners and ships. Brown said USTRANSCOM leaders are encouraged by the Maritime Administration’s (MarAd) efforts to establish a national maritime policy. Not doing so would lead to further decline of the U.S.-flag fleet, which “puts not only our mission at risk but our nation, and this is unacceptable.”He repeated a comment made by Gen. William Fraser, commander of the agency, when he addressed the MTD convention in September: “‘You are the backbone of our success.’ Well, nothing has changed, and this fact will become even more evident in the future.”The Navy League, Offutt, said, “wants to be the trusted partner of the maritime industry and MarAd…. Not only is a strong naval presence necessary for our defense, but it’s integral to our commerce…. The U.S.-flag (commercial) fleet, just like the Navy, is necessary for national security and economic prosperity.”He echoed a point made by other speakers: As fewer military cargoes are available because of reduced operations in the Middle East, our nation cannot afford to let commercial resources dwindle.America also must keep its guard up, Offutt said:“Remember, we’re an island nation. We’re dependent on our trade and on our seafaring group to protect us.”He discussed the American military’s current and projected needs, and concluded that meeting those requirements depends on a viable U.S. Merchant Marine.“There’s a phrase: presence with the capability to engage,” Offutt explained. “That’s the primary requirement and the strength of our sea services. Presence is achieved through global movement of our ships that provide diplomacy, humanitarian assistance or combat capability. It’s imperative that we fund an aggressive shipbuilding program and modernization program. A sustained maritime superiority is paramount to supporting the U.S. economy.”U.S. sealift capabilities “depend on having a sufficiently large fleet of U.S.-flag merchant marine vessels in ocean-going service with skilled U.S. maritime labor to crew each of those ships,” he added.He also said America must strengthen its cargo preference laws, and maintain the MSP and Jones Act.“The Navy League supports a sealift capability that remains ready to support our nation should its resources be required for crisis or war,” Offutt said. “We will continue to work each day to make sure that elected officials and the American public understand what the sea service needs to accomplish this, and the implications for our national security if they are unable to maintain that readiness.”Although Smith now works in an academic setting, his background includes significant Navy assignments such as serving as deputy commander of the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC); commander of MSC Europe during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm; and work at USTRANSCOM.“I am first and foremost for the American fleet,” he stated. “It’s absolutely vital for this country’s strategic interest to reinvigorate, to have a maritime strategy and build the American fleet. I don’t have all the answers, but I know one thing: If we do not maintain our influence on the high seas, this country is going to recede. Seventy percent of the globe is ocean…. We have to build the American fleet, and there’s a defense element to it.”He said America will fall victim to myriad problems if we cannot enforce the right of safe passage on the high seas.Smith also spoke about helping develop a maritime strategy that builds up the fleet.“It really is important that we have the ability to build ships with American labor and American expertise, and to keep our shipbuilding capacity,” he said. “All of this is important for the future of this country. We really cannot have a strong defense without a strong economy, and we can’t have a strong economy without a strong national defense. It works hand in hand.”He concluded, “I’m thankful for what your organizations do, and I think believe we can have a win-win situation for everybody.”Maritime Trades Department, March 6, 2014
Beginning on Monday, thousands of Bhutanese refugees residing in camps in eastern Nepal began a march to exercise their right to return to their homeland, but violence ensued on Tuesday when refugees clashed with Indian police on the Mechi bridge dividing India and Nepal.“Although we still do not have all of the details of what transpired, there is no justification for such violence and loss of life,” said Abraham Abraham, the Nepal representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “This is a terrible tragedy and our condolences go to all the families of those who died and were injured.”Roughly 107,000 Bhutanese refugees have been living in seven camps in eastern Nepal since the introduction of strict citizenship laws in their home country 16 years ago. Dissatisfaction has been growing among the refugees, who are unable to work outside the camps in which they reside, as they have seen no solution to their situation since arriving in Nepal in the early 1990s.“We are indeed extremely concerned by the latest developments and fully understand the increasing frustration of the refugees about the lack of progress on repatriation,” Mr. Abraham said.UNHCR has dispatched representatives as well as a medical team to the border town of Kakarbhitta to assess the situation.Echoing the Government’s call, UNHCR appealed to the refugees to return to their camps and urged all parties to abstain from resorting to violence.“For security to prevail and for normalcy to return it is paramount that the civilian character of the camps is maintained,” Mr. Abraham said.The situation in the Bhutanese camps in Nepal was reportedly calm today and the curfew in them has been lifted by the Government, after separate recent clashes there left two people dead.Fighting broke out between groups of refugees with differing opinions over third country resettlement, and that police intervened to curb the violence and to maintain law and order.Last week, High Commissioner António Guterres, during a visit to Nepal and Bhutan, told the refugees that they had the freedom to choose whether to resettle, and urged refugees to respect others’ freedom of choice. He also assured them that he would make every effort to ensure that as many doors as possible would be opened in terms of a lasting solution to their plight, including voluntary repatriation.UNHCR – which supports the right of the Bhutanese refugees to repatriate – invites all sides to engage in an open discussion to find a peaceful solution to the issue. 30 May 2007The United Nations refugee agency today said it was extremely concerned over a violent clash between Bhutanese refugees and Indian police, and expressed its sadness at the death of one Bhutanese and the injury of several others.
Four English language newspapers did not co-operate with the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL), which is a voluntary self-regulatory body of the newspaper industry having the support of the Newspaper Society, Editors’ Guild, Free Media Movement, Working Journalists Association and other media unions, the PCCSL said in its annual report.PCCSL received 291 complaints last year, hosted an International Conference on ‘Self Regulation and Ethical Reporting’ and reviewed the Editors’ Code of Professional Practice with inputs from the public, journalists, editors, publishers and academics, Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL said in his annual report for 2014. The report was read out at the Annual General Meeting of the Commission at the Sri Lanka Press Institute auditorium in Colombo. PCCSL CEO Sukumar Rockwood said that the Sinhala press which comprises 39 per cent of the country’s newspapers attracted the majority of the complaints in 2014. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly. He said that as many as 323 complaints were resolved by editors providing a Right of Reply to aggrieved parties.The report however stated that four English language newspapers did not co-operate with the PCCSL. The CEO’s report said that the PCCSL’s autonomous Dispute Resolution Council headed by former Secretary General of Parliament Nihal Senviatne met bi-monthly to inquire into complaints that required their attention. (Colombo Gazette)
In his latest report on the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which includes among other things recommendations on reducing the UN’s role, Mr. Annan also calls on international donors to maintain their humanitarian support and assist in the creation of public works programmes to allow ex-combatants, young people and others to find jobs.“There are still a number of potential threats to the stability of Liberia emanating mainly from several disaffected groups, including demobilized personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia who are dissatisfied with the severance and pension benefits, former members of the Anti-Terrorist Unit…former combatants, as well as deactivated members of the Special Security Service and Liberian National Police,” the Secretary-General notes.“The serious disturbances created by former personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia on 25 April, and by residents of Nimba County on 17 May, underline the fragility of peace in the country,” he says, referring to an attack in April on the National Defence Ministry and property disputes last month that saw residents take to the streets with machetes.Despite such problems however, Mr. Annan’s report also records the reduction in UN personnel that has already occurred this year but he was careful to emphasize, as he did in his March report, that further adjustments in the military component will be considered “without compromising the security of Liberia.”He also reiterates his “strong recommendation” for the deployment of an additional formed police unit, which is armoured and made up 125 officers from a single country, not only to respond to situations of public unrest but also to provide an opportunity for the Liberian Police Support Unit to gain further practical experience “to eventually take over those responsibilities from UNMIL.”The transfer in March of the former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who has been charged with war crimes, for trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone is described as the “most significant political development” during the past few months, and Mr. Annan says it “sent a strong message to other warlords in the region.”
Houston Ship Channel fully reopens after collision of 2 vessels closed section since Monday This photo shows the damaged hull of the Carla Maersk, a chemical tanker, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Houston Ship Channel. Three cargo tanks on the Danish-flagged Carla Maersk were ruptured when it collided with the Liberian bulk carrier Conti Peridot. A cause of the collision has not been determined. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II) by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2015 10:18 am MDT LA PORTE, Texas – The Houston Ship Channel fully reopened Thursday morning after a collision between two vessels caused flammable gasoline additive to spill and forced a section of the major waterway to close for three days.A 4- to 8-mile section of the channel had been shut down since Monday, when the tanker Carla Maersk and the bulk carrier Conti Peridot crashed in foggy conditions. Nobody was hurt, but some of the Carla Maersk’s cargo — a gasoline additive called methyl tert-butyl ether, or MTBE — was spilled.While the unloading of goods and other economic activity continued in the ship channel during the partial closure, ships couldn’t enter or leave the 50-mile waterway.The ship channel was reopened at 8:35 a.m. Thursday.Forty-three vessels were waiting to depart the ship channel this morning and 47 vessels were waiting to enter, said Patrick Seeba, project director with the Greater Houston Port Bureau, a maritime industry trade organization.Officials “will focus on sailings for the next several hours before flipping the switch to arrivals,” Seeba said in an email.Crews had been measured in their efforts to clean up the spill and remove the Carla Maersk, which sustained significant damage and had been carrying approximately 216,000 barrels of MTBE. The additive is highly flammable and can be dangerous if inhaled in high doses.Crews finished transferring the remaining MTBE from the damaged tank and then moved the tanker early Thursday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Dustin Williams said.Officials were still trying to determine how much had been spilled. High-density foam was used to suppress flammable vapours from the damaged tanks and extensive air monitoring indicated no sign of vapours seeping from the vessel, according to the Coast Guard.The Conti Peridot had been removed from the collision site on Tuesday.“Safety of persons, environment and property continue to remain our highest priorities,” said Capt. Brian Penoyer, commander of the Houston-Galveston Coast Guard District.There have been no reports of fish kills or dead birds due to the spill, according to the Galveston Bay Foundation.No areas have been closed to the harvesting of fish, shrimp or crabs as a result of the chemical spill, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The agency said officials didn’t expect any long-term effects as MTBE does not build up in fish tissue.The cause of the collision remains under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation of the accident is expected to take a year.___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juanlozano70
QUEBEC CITY, Que. – Canada’s new role in the fight against the Islamic State will involve ensuring Jordan and Lebanon remain stable, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said Friday after a meeting with his U.S. and Mexican counterparts.Dion promised that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon announce details of Canada’s new deployment within the American-led coalition. The Liberals promised during the election campaign to end Canada’s role in the bombing mission over Iraq and Syria.Canada’s role won’t focus solely on Iraq, said Dion, adding “we will see what to do about Syria.”“The two other countries we need to help to make sure they are stable, because they are so key for the region and are affected by the civil war in Syria and the situation in Iraq, and I am speaking of Jordan and Lebanon. These considerations will be in our plan.”Dion added that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered suggestions about how Canada “can be more effective” in the coalition, whose members also include Britain, France and Australia.“The goal of Canada is to redeploy our efforts in a way that is optimal,” Dion said.Trudeau has been panned at home by the Conservatives and other critics for his plan to end Canada’s bombing mission, particularly after six Canadians were killed mid-January by a terror group linked to al-Qaida.Kerry said he is “absolutely confident” Trudeau will ensure Canada continues to make a “significant contribution that will make a difference.”“While they (Canada) have made a choice with respect to one particular component of that effort (the fight against ISIS), that does not reflect on the overall commitment or capacity to contribute significantly to the road ahead,” he said.Kerry, Dion and Mexico’s Claudia Ruiz Massieu also discussed other topics, including the economy, human-trafficking and climate change.Friday’s meeting in Quebec City sets the stage for a summit later this year featuring Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.The so-called Three Amigos were supposed to meet in Canada last year, but former prime minister Stephen Harper cancelled the summit.Speaking in Spanish, Dion confirmed to reporters that Canada will eliminate the visa requirement for Mexican citizens imposed by the Conservative government, but gave no timetable.Kerry noted that every day more than $3.5 billion worth of goods cross between the United States, Canada and Mexico.“We have to continue to do more,” he said, “to increase investment, reduce costs for trade, business, travel and make tourism easier without jeopardizing safety.” Dion says Canada’s new role against ISIS to ensure Jordan, Lebanon remain stable by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, left, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion shake hands during a bilateral meeting at a North American Foreign Ministers Meeting, Friday, January 29, 2016 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Mr. Holness expressed concerns over his country’s vulnerability to a raft of social, economic, environmental, financial and trade-related hazards.“Together with persistent challenges linked to climate change and more frequent intense weather events; these all impact the pace of our development,” he told world leaders gathered in New York for the Assembly’s annual general debate.As a small island developing state, Jamaica is pursuing policies to secure its economic independence, Mr. Holness said, also stressing the importance for his country to foster traditional partnerships and build new ones.He went on to add that Jamaica’s representation for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at outreach sessions this year demonstrated “extremely influential groupings of countries.”“Jamaica believes that groupings like these, have a unique opportunity, working alongside the international development partners, to address the problems that face weaker economies across the globe,” said Mr. Holness.Spotlighting that many SIDS are extremely indebted and vulnerable, he highly commended the work of UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to tackle the gap for middle-income countries.Prime Minister Holness further reiterated his call for collaborative partnerships with international financial institutions, UN member states and the private sector to mobilize funding for Jamaica’s sustainable development.On commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Mr. Holness said Jamaica has been the first country to incorporate human rights into their foreign policy strategy, which is a principle that they guard fiercely.A summary of the statement and be found here.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have officially placed three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen on injured reserve.The move was expected after Olsen told reporters on Sunday that he ruptured his right plantar fascia in Carolina’s 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.The Panthers have signed wide receiver Mose Frazier from the practice squad to take Olsen’s roster spot.Rookie Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz are expected to split duty at tight end. Thomas is the better receiver of the two with 16 receptions for 133 yards this season.It is Olsen’s third foot injury in the last two seasons. He previously broke the same foot in 2017 and again earlier this season.Olsen is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the only tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.__For more NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Soesdyke Post Office stormed, robbed by gunmenDecember 15, 2017In “Crime”Pensioner shot, robbed by motorcycle banditsOctober 9, 2018In “Crime”Bank accountant, taxi driver robbed by motorcycle bandit at ProvidenceJanuary 10, 2018In “Crime” A 27-year-old female accountant who resides on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) was robbed of an undisclosed sum of cash after leaving a city bank on Wednesday.Based on information received the robbery occurred at 13:00hrs in the vicinity of Mc Doom, EBD after the accountant cashed a cheque and was in a vehicle on her way home.While details remain sketchy, Inews was informed that the accountant stopped at a city store to purchase some personal items before heading up the East Bank where two men on a black CG motorcycle reportedly pulled up at the side of the vehicle she was in and pointed a gun in her direction demanding her envelope with cash.The men, upon receiving the undisclosed amount of cash, made their escape on the motorcycle, leaving the woman reportedly traumatized.
Former Twitter CEO calls out WeWork CEO Adam Neumann amid the company’s IPO fiasco: ‘This is not the way everybody behaves’ ‘Bond King’ Jeff Gundlach says the Fed may start expanding its balance sheet after injecting $128 billion into markets (Image: Casa Buonarroiti)HAVE YOU EVER wondered what famous Italian artist Michelangelo ate? It might be hard to imagine him abandoning one of his masterpieces to go out and to the weekly shop but this shopping list from a collection of his papers in 1518 show fish, bread and wine were favourites with him.The shopping list, which comes from the collection of the Florence museum Casa Buonarroti, is accompanied by illustrations that were most likely drawn to help guide Michelangelo’s illiterate assistant while browsing the market.It’s separated into three days by horizontal lines, and one clever Redditer has translated it to show bread, herring, anchovies, salami and fennel soup were all purchased by the artists. He also intended to buy a good bit of wine.The 1518 list with ideograms is a part of a collection of Michelangelo’s drawings and loose papers that have toured around America in recent years, from Seattle to Boston. The papers, which range from letters and poems to sketches of his most famous work, offer a glimpse into the daily life of one of the greatest masters in all of art history.- Megan Willett with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: 47% of Irish people are willing to pay more for groceries from developing countries> WeWork CEO Adam Neumann reportedly smoked weed with friends on a private jet to Israel — and the flight crew later found a ‘sizable chunk’ in a cereal box and recalled the plane A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in a fight where dozens of teens filmed him with their phones instead of trying to help
As ever, Google uses the logo on its search homepage to celebrate important people or dates in history. Today it’s the turn of Harry Houdini who would be celebrating his 137th birthday if still alive today.Born in 1875, Houdini’s real name was Erik Weisz and he died rather young at just 52 years of age in 1926 from peritonitis. Injuries caused from proving he could take any blow above the waist without being hurt, coupled with an appendicitis, are thought to have been the cause.He started out doing card tricks rather unsuccessfully before turning to focus on his escape acts, and at one point managed to leave police at Scotland yard scratching their heads as to how he escaped from handcuffs. Most will know and remember Houdini for his work as an escape artist. His notable escape acts included the mirror handcuff challenge, milk can escape, Chinese water torture cell, suspend straitjacket escape, overboard box escape, and the buried alive stunt. All of them done without anyone having a clue as to how he got out of the handcuffs or jacket.Throughout his acts Houdini relied on the aid of stage helpers. The last remaining stage helper from his tours died this past Sunday. Her name was Dorothy Young and she impressed Houdini enough to get a contract with him when she was only 17 years old. Her most famous act while with Houdini was as the Radio Girl of 1950. She left the Houdini tour in 1926, two months before Houdini himself died. Young was 103 when she died this past weekend.via Google (additional images and information courtesy of Wikipedia)
With Apple’s demonstration of the Siri voice assistant highlighting today’s announcement of the iPhone 4S, it wasn’t immediately clear whether it would be available on all iOS devices, or just on the iPhone 4S. It now looks like Apple is presenting Siri as the killer feature of the 4S, because that’s the only device that will be toting the personal assistant.Would Siri be technically capable of running on an iPhone 4? I’m sure. Would it be able to do so seamlessly, without any hiccups? I’m thinking not, and that’s part of the reason Apple is tying it exclusively to their latest iPhone update.Of course, it’s also convenient from a marketing perspective. Aside from Siri, there isn’t a lot to make iPhone 4 users salivate, feeling like they have to upgrade to the 4S this year. Having the iPhone 4S be the only device that totes Siri arguably gives customers that sense of urgency.Maybe the real question, then, is whether the jailbreak community will be able to enable the feature on the iPhone 4 (or the iPad, iPod touch, and older iPhones for that matter). In the past, they have managed to get multitasking, folders, and a variety of other features running on older iOS devices where those features were disabled by default.Those features, however, were present (but hidden) in all versions of iOS 4, so it only took the editing of a few plist files to enable them. The question, then, would be whether Siri is present in all versions of iOS 5, or if the 4S gets its own specially-cooked firmware with Siri. Considering it has been absent from all iOS 5 betas, it will almost certainly be the latter.So it isn’t out of the question for jailbreakers to bring Siri to other iPhones, but I wouldn’t bet the house on it. And, even if it were enabled on the iPhone 4, whether it would run brilliantly – without the iPhone 4S’ dual-core A5 chip – is another question altogether.via Apple