An eight-hour workday is made up of four, two-hour blocks. You can use three blocks of ninety minutes for focused sales work, with thirty minutes after each block to respond to anything that needs your attention. If your role requires more time to respond to email and voicemail, you can use sixty minutes of your last hour for focused sales work and use the final hour of your day to fight the never-ending deluge of emails and message that pour into your inbox, most of which will do nothing to move you closer to your goals.Do meaningful work that makes a difference for others and that moves you closer to your goals. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Time management is critical for salespeople. Yet many salespeople struggle because they want to be available to their clients. Here is how to think about managing your time in sales.When you are in a sales call, you do not have your email open. You also aren’t monitoring your phone for incoming texts or emails or one of the many other forms of notifications that continually distract you throughout the day. You wouldn’t dream of offending the person you are sitting across from by being distracted by these things, nor would you want to waste the gift of their time. For some period between, say, sixty and ninety minutes, you give your attention to what’s most important, without any fear of negative consequences from some message you might miss. For many, however, outside of a sales meeting, it is impossible to find them without their inbox open and smartphone dominating their time.The Lies We Tell Ourselves About AvailabilityThere are very few negative consequences for being away from your email for ninety minutes at a time—and likely none for your absence over more extended periods. When the downside risk is extremely low and the upside so great it’s impossible to measure, there is no reason to allow false beliefs and bad habits to cause you to choose former over the latter.“Wait,” you say. “Iannarino, what if I am away from my email when one of my clients sends me something important?” The question itself is an excuse and carries no weight in determining how you work unless you are willing to concede that it is also necessary to have your inbox open when you are meeting with a prospective client. Would you be willing to subject this hypothetical client who might email with an equally theoretical important message to looking at the top half of your face hovering over your laptop lid while you scanned your inbox for notes so important they prevented you from giving them your undivided attention? I suggest you would not.“What if I am away when the dream client I have been working on for months calls me back,” you ask. Here, we must again refer to the paragraph above, as there is no difference from a message in the first communication medium and the second. If you are willing to miss the call because you are in a face-to-face meeting with a client or prospect without fear of losing an opportunity, then you have already lost the argument. In any of the cases above, you act as if the client sending the message would excuse your absence if you were in a face-to-face meeting, treating the same absence differently were giving your full attention and focus over to something else. Your hypothetical client doesn’t know that you are not in a face-to-face meeting.The lie that you need to be available at every moment through your inbox or phone deprives you of the focused time and attention on the critical things you need to do to succeed in sales.What You Believe Is ImportantHow you manage communication is evidence of your mindset and your priorities, two factors critical to success in any endeavor, but with heightened importance to salespeople (and sales managers) due to the nature of our goals and responsibilities.It is not healthy to believe that you will experience a negative outcome, personally or professionally, by being unavailable throughout periods of the day. This belief indicates you think your role is something other than sales, that your position is that of an account manager or customer service rep or some role that might require you to be at your client’s beck and call. Even more, this mindset suggests you believe you are servile, subservient, and that you create so little value that your unavailability for a relatively short time would cause you harm.More still, the belief that you can’t give something else your full focus and attention demonstrates your priorities. An unwillingness to close your inbox and silence your phone is an indication that you prefer to be reactive to being proactive. It proves that you are open to any distraction that might give you something to do now instead of the work you need to do.In many cases, it means choosing what Present You wants over what Future You wants. Future You wants you to create the new opportunities necessary to reaching your goals. Future You also wants you to improve your results and your income. Present You wants to look busy, so it wants you to react to everything in real-time so it can tell the story about why you can’t do what Future You knows is necessary. Present You like things that look like work, but that does little to produce results. One of the behaviors that best demonstrates the conflict between your present actions and your future outcomes is the willingness to leave your inbox open, responding to email in real-time instead of prospecting, following up, and building a pipeline.I will concede without argument that everything is important, including every email that shows up in your inbox, knowing that some significant percentage of those messages are not and very few are both urgent and important. I will ask you to concede that everything is not—and cannot be—most important. The Pareto principle suggests that eighty-percent of your results come from twenty percent of your actions. What, then, deserves your full focus and attention?How to Live on Ninety MinutesGive yourself over to some task or some project or some important outcome for ninety minutes. Close your inbox, silence your phone, and shut down any other potential distraction. At the end of those ninety minutes, open your email, scan it for anything that might be urgent and important, or substantial enough for you to act on it now. This strategy is no different from what you would do were you on a sales call, and should you decide to use that ninety minutes for prospecting, you will no doubt have many more periods of unavailability because you will have many more meetings.
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven title series took on an entirely different complexion, and Barangay Ginebra frolicked in the moment to deal Meralco another loss that will definitely sting more.Dragged into a defense oriented contest, the Gin Kings tightened the noose on the enemy in the stretch and completed a come-from-behind 86-76 decision of the Bolts for a 2-0 lead before more than 16,000 screaming fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination PLAY LIST 01:02Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:34After polls, Poe shares light moment with her staff01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “We beat them two-in-a-row and they (Bolts) can certainly beat us two-in-a-row,” Cone said, showing a lot of respect on the team that topped the elimination round. “We’re certainly happy being 2-0 up, but you couldn’t be pleased with yourself. It doesn’t guarantee us anything.”Justin Brownlee scored 19 points and was the other big offensive weapon for Cone in the fourth with eight of his total.Earlier, Greg Slaughter was adjudged Best Player of the conference while Meralco’s Allen Durham won the Best Import award for the second straight season.GINEBRA 86 – MERALCO 76GINEBRA 86—Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.MERALCO 76—Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76ADVERTISEMENT Unlike in the series opener where there was practically no endgame to speak of after the Kings played with command right from the start, Ginebra needed to step up big this time and closed out with a 19-1 bomb to gather all the momentum it needs going into the critical third game this Wednesday.“We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLA Tenorio scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, seven of them inside the final 2:44, as the Kings erased a 75-69 deficit heading into the final 5:56.Of the 36 teams that took 2-0 leads in a title series in the Philippine Basketball Association’s history, 30 teams went on to win the title.It is a piece of history that Cone would not want his players to think of at the moment. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers slay Maroons View comments
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View comments ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide San Miguel ousts Star, advances to PBA Finals anew Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Water Defenders’ core is made up of collegiate stars with just Grethcel Soltones and libero Alyssa Eroa who have played in club competition.“Yes we fell short but I told the kids that we’re still proud of them because we managed to enter the finals,” said Gorayeb after his team lost in four sets, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 to the Lady Warriors. “There were other people who dreamt of going to the finals and we’re the ones who played here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They are all young players, they are collegiate players, so they should be more matured after this experience. They shouldn’t think of the loss too much and I just told them to be proud of their achievement.”Unlike other teams, Gorayeb said that they didn’t have a couple of months to prepare for the PVL and all they had was the fortnight before the opener. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Adding to that time constraint was Jerrili Malabanan joining practice just three days before the start of the conference.“What they’ve achieved was a huge feat considering none of them had this superstar status,” said Gorayeb.RELATED VIDEOPocari drops Bali Pure to win another PVL title2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb was visibly disappointed after losing in their title series against Pocari Sweat in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.As he leaned against their locker room door, Gorayeb said his Water Defenders could’ve done more, but he knows reaching the finals was already a huge achievement for his young team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clayton Kershaw once again failed to dominate in a postseason start, these Los Angeles Dodgers don’t need one guy to carry them.With a relentless lineup, flawless relief pitching and a collective charisma epitomized by the bat-flipping Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers are still unbeaten in the postseason and off to a strong start in the NL Championship Series.Chris Taylor hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Puig added a homer and an RBI double to his dynamite postseason, and the Dodgers overcame a short start by Kershaw for a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in the NLCS opener.“We just tried to set the tone early against the Cubs,” closer Kenley Jansen said. “We understand they’re the defending champions, so they’re a really good team. We understand that we won 104 games, but right now it doesn’t matter.”Charlie Culberson doubled, drove in the tying run and scored another while replacing injured All-Star shortstop Corey Seager for the resourceful Dodgers, who improved to 4-0 in this postseason.”With another collective offensive effort and four innings of perfect relief for Kershaw, the Dodgers calmly overcame an early two-run deficit and took the first game of this rematch of the 2016 NLCS, won in six games by the Cubs on the way to their first World Series championship in 108 years.“It’s two different ballclubs,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There are some similar players, but I think that the season we had versus the season they had last year, I think that you could parallel those two, and the confidence we have in our group, and they had in their group last year. I just know that this year we’re a very focused group, very confident group.”The Dodgers hadn’t won the opening game of an NLCS since 1985. Game 2 is Sunday, with Rich Hill starting at home against Chicago’s Jon Lester.Kershaw pitched five innings of four-hit ball, but the Los Angeles ace fell behind 2-0 before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter during the Dodgers’ tying rally.After winning 104 games in the regular season and sweeping Arizona in the Division Series, the Dodgers have a lineup and bullpen equipped to handle almost anything. They made Kershaw’s latest laborious postseason start virtually irrelevant, just as they did after he gave up four homers in his 2017 playoff opener against the Diamondbacks last week.Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but the final 18 batters failed to reach base for the weary Cubs, still bouncing back from a 10-hour cross-country flight after finishing off Washington in an epic Game 5 late Thursday night.“Their bullpen is pretty firm, and we have to really get our feet back on the ground,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Puig added another huge offensive game to his recent surge with his first career postseason homer — though in a postgame interview on TBS, he was convinced he had hit one before.The Cuban slugger also included his usual array of creative bat discards and portentous pauses at the plate.Los Angeles finally got rolling in the fifth when Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes drew one-out walks before Puig hammered a double to left-center. The ebullient Cuban slugger headed to second only after flipping his bat and spreading his arms wide at the plate.Puig’s sky-high homer off Mike Montgomery in the sixth barely got over the fence in left. Puig is 7 for 15 with six RBIs in the Dodgers’ first four playoff games.“I grew up a little bit,” Puig said. “(I’m) going to home plate having fun, because I know (if) I hit nothing, (if) I do nothing in the game, my teammates are going to have my back.”Kenta Maeda got three outs and the victory in his latest standout relief effort, and Jansen struck out all four batters he faced for his third save this postseason.Kershaw’s inability to match his sublime regular-season performances in the playoffs is a central theme of his career. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner won the NLDS series opener last week despite giving up four homers at Dodger Stadium, and Almora’s shot made him the first Dodgers pitcher to yield five homers in a single postseason.CLOSE CALLMaddon was ejected in the seventh after a call at the plate was reversed. Culberson initially was ruled out when he attempted to score from second, but was called safe after video review when catcher Willson Contreras was deemed to be in violation of blocking home plate without the ball.“I saw a great baseball play,” Maddon said. “His technique was absolutely 100 percent perfect. I could not disagree more with the interpretation of that.”GOOD STARTJose Quintana pitched five innings of two-hit ball for the Cubs one day after his wife, Michel, was taken off the team plane in Albuquerque with a medical ailment. But the Dodgers tied it against him in the fifth and went ahead in the sixth with Taylor’s leadoff shot off loser Hector Rondon.Despite pitching for the third time in six days after a start and a relief appearance against Washington, Quintana retired 12 of Los Angeles’ first 13 batters.SEAGER OUTSeager was left off the NLCS roster due to back pain. The All-Star’s surprise absence deprived Los Angeles of its No. 2 hitter and prompted the club to play Culberson, who had only 15 big league plate appearances in the regular season. But Culberson came through with a series of big plays at the plate and on the basepaths.UP NEXTCubs: Lester won Game 5 of the 2016 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. He started Game 2 of the Division Series this year and added 3 2/3 innings of relief in Game 4 on Wednesday, but the veteran lefty compared that relief appearance to normal side work between starts. Lester’s nine career postseason victories are the most among active pitchers except Justin Verlander, who picked up No. 10 in Houston earlier Saturday.Dodgers: Hill is a former Cubs pitcher with just one career postseason victory, but the resilient veteran regularly comes through in tough situations for LA. He made it through just four innings in Game 2 against Arizona, but yielded only two runs.By GREG BEACHAMTweetPinShare0 Shares
Virat Kohli said the 2019 Cricket World Cup will be the most challenging of all the 3 World Cups he has played so far. Kohli, who is now the India captain, was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2011 and a key player in 2015 when India reached the semifinals.Hours before Team India’s departure for England for the World Cup, Virat Kohli said it was important to be as normal as possible in the World Cup and explained why the format would be a challenge.”This will probably the most challenging World Cup out of all the World Cups I have been part of looking at the format. The focus will be to play the best cricket we can play. If we do that, we will be on the right side of the result every time,” Kohli told the media on Tuesday.Virat Kohli said it was important for his team to try and stay as normal as possible.”Try and be as normal as possible. The team which stays more focussed and balanced will progress in the tournament,” he said.Virat Kohli said he expected conditions in England to favour high-scoring matches but added there will be games where teams would be able to defend scores of 260 and 270.”Pitches are going to be very good in ICC tournaments. A bilateral series compared to a World Cup is very different. A lot of teams will also defend scores like 260 and 270. But there will be a lot of high-scoring games looking at the conditions,” Kohli said.advertisementThe 2019 Cricket World Cup gets underway on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa.India begin their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5 before taking on Australia (June 9), New Zealand (June 13), Pakistan (June 16) Afghanistan (June 22), West Indies (June 27), England (June 30), Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6).India are being considered one of the favourites for the World Cup along with England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and dark horse Pakistan.India had toured England in 2018 and lost the Test and ODI series after winning the 3-match T20I series.All of India’s 15 players bound for the World Cup played in the Indian Premier League. The likes of Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were in fine form for their respective teams.However, Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler, was dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders after a brutal assault by Moeen Ali at Eden Gardens. Most of the Indian cricket fraternity have maintained Kuldeep’s form in the IPL would not worry the Indian management ahead of the World Cup.Since the start of 2018, India have been dominant in ODIs and are ranked No.1 in the world. Early last year, India won a historic series in South Africa besides winning the Asia Cup and the home ODI series against West Indies. India then won an ODI series in Australia and another in New Zealand. They had however lost a 3-match series in England.Also Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?Also Read | World Cup 2019: 5 pacers likely to make a huge impact in England
India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 13:40 IST ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith is closing in on World No. 1 Virat Kohli (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith is just 6 rating points behind No. 1 batsman Virat KohliSmith has been in phenomenal form in Ashes 2019Kohli is set to maintain lead in near future after successive fifties vs West IndiesIndia captain Virat Kohli is likely to maintain the lead in ICC Test rankings in the near future despite Steve Smith closing in on him with some fine performances in the Ashes.Steve Smith is at the 2nd spot with 904 rating points, 6 less than Virat Kohli who holds the numero uno spot in Test batting charts.Virat Kohli had suffered a rare failure in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies in Antigua but the skipper hit form with a fifty in the second innings and a stroke-filled 76 on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test in Jamaica. The back-to-back fifties should give Kohli the much-needed cushion to stay on top of the batting charts, at least in the near future.Steve Smith, on the other hand, has a golden opportunity to go top as he is slated to return to Australia’s playing XI in the 4th Test, starting September 4 in Manchester.Smith, who was ruled out of the 3rd Test due to delayed concussion, is playing for Australia in their 3-day warm-up match against Derbyshire in Manchester. The Australia batsman had reportedly headed straight to the practice nets right after getting dismissed for 23 in the first innings for the visitors against Derbyshire.Virat Kohli had been sitting pretty on the top of the batting charts in Test cricket over the last 18 months, scoring runs at home and on the road at will. The World No. 1 had amassed 1322 runs at a staggering average of 55.08 in 2018 despite India playing in South Africa, England and Australia. In 2019, Kohli has so far scored 159 runs in just 3 Tests.Smith’s phenomenal run on comeback boosts rating pointsSteve Smith is closing in on the gap between the two at some pace ever since he made a return to Test cricket following his ball-tampering ban at Ashes 2019.advertisementSmith had played only 3 Tests in 2018 before the infamous Test in Cape Town wherein the then Australia captain, openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were caught trying to tamper with the ball. Following the dramatic episode, Smith was handed a 12-month ban from international cricket.However, Steve Smith seems to have continued from where he left as has undoubtedly been Australia’s hero in the ongoing Ashes series in England. In just 2 Tests, Steve Smith has scored 378 runs, which includes twin hundreds in Edgbaston.Smith resumed his international career at the third spot in Test rankings. He had 857 ranking points before the Ashes started the twin tons in Edgbaston and a valiant 92 at Lord’s during which he took a blow to his neck has helped him go past the 900-point mark.In fact, Steve Smith needed only 1 match on his return to leapfrog New Zealand captain Kane Williamson to the second spot.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Good feeling to get Cheteshwar Pujara as my 1st Test wicket, says Rahkeem CornwallAlso Read | Jamaica Test: Virat Kohli delights fans with selfies and autographs after hitting fifty on Day 1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Steve SmithFollow ICC Test rankingFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australia ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli likely to maintain lead in duel with Steve Smith for top spotVirat Kohli was in danger of losing out on the top spot of ICC Test rankings to Steve Smith but back-to-back fifties against West Indies in the ongoing Test series has given him the much-needed cushion to continue leading the batting charts.advertisement Next
The figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined” Mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining, quarrying and construction were the main sectors recording growth during the April to June quarter.Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, who made the disclosure during the institute’s quarterly media briefing at its New Kingston offices on Tuesday, August 27, said mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent, while the building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per cent.These sectors stood out during the period, which saw real growth gross domestic product (GDP) declining by 0.4 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2012.Mr. Bullock said the figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined”.“Alumina production increased by 8.6 per cent, reflecting an increase of 1.1 percentage points in the alumina capacity utilisation rate, reflecting higher output from a major producer,” he explained.Crude bauxite production, the Director General pointed out, declined by 4.4 per cent due to lower global demand, resulting in a 4.1 per cent decrease to 88.6 per cent in the bauxite capacity utilisation rate.Mr. Bullock attributed growth recorded under the building component of the construction sector to increased residential developments by major housing developers, reflecting higher housing starts, which went up 219.6 per cent; and housing completions, up 37.4 per cent. Correspondingly, he said the volume of mortgages for the period increased by 17.7 per cent, with the value going up by 25.3 per cent.Other sectors which recorded growth were the wholesale and retail trade; and repair and installation of machinery industry, up by 0.4 per cent, which he attributed to “higher levels of domestic demand.”“Increased activities in the industry were supported by higher automated banking machine (ABM) and point of sale transactions with volume up 11.2 per cent and value, up 15.5 per cent respectively; and improved performance by the construction industry,” he informed.Also recording growth was the hotels and restaurants sector, which Mr. Bullock pointed out, grew by 0.2 per cent. This, he informed, was mainly influenced by growth of 0.3 per cent in stopover arrivals, consequent on an increase in visitors from Canada, Europe, and Latin America.He noted, however, that total visitor arrivals declined by 4.6 per cent, due to a fall-off in cruise passenger arrivals, down 13.7 per cent, while adding that “total visitor expenditure is estimated to have declined by 0.5 per cent to US$502 million.The Director General said the 0.4 per cent decline in GDP for the April to June quarter largely reflects the impact of adverse weather-related conditions, specifically the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy on crops; the impact of drought conditions, which prevailed during the period; a continued weak global economic environment; and the impact of the National Debt Exchange (NDX) on the investment income of financial institutions.Sectors recording declines included: agriculture, forestry and fishing, down eight percent; finance and insurance services – 2.5 per cent; and electricity and water supply – 0.1 per cent.“For January to June 2013, real GDP is estimated to have declined by 0.8 per cent due to declines of 3.2 per cent in the goods producing and 0.2 per cent in the services industries. The industries, which recorded the largest declines during the period were agriculture, forestry and fishing, down 9.8 per cent; mining and quarrying, down 2.4 per cent; and electricity and water supply, down 1.6 per cent,” he outlined.The Director General said the main source of growth was construction, up 1.1 per cent, while the transport, storage and communication; wholesale and retail trade; repair and installation of machinery (WRTRIM); and real estate, renting and business activities industries each recorded growth of 0.2 per cent. Story Highlights The building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per cent
“Without a stable Kosovo, there is no stability in the Balkans,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Kinga Göncz said in her address today, urging the ongoing presence of the international community based on the Security Council resolution from 1999 that established the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). “We also remain committed to contributing to the stability of Kosovo through the EULEX [the European Union Rule of Law Mission], KFOR [the NATO-led Kosovo Force] and an international civilian office as part of the international presence,” she added. Ms. Göncz stressed that the resolution of the Kosovo Assembly and its new constitution must fully commit Kosovo to democracy, the rule of law, the protection of Serbs and other minority communities, and the protection of cultural and religious heritage. Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told the Assembly today that the UN, the EU and NATO need to continue to cooperate in Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, to benefit of the wider Balkans as a whole. “Let me assure you that both democratic and prosperous Serbia and Kosovo do have a place in the European family and that the Czech Republic is ready to lend them a helping hand,” he said. Mr. Schwarzenberg also welcomed the recent arrest and transfer of Radovan Karadžić, the former Bosnian Serb leader facing war crimes charges, to the UN-founded International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Calling it “a promising sign of cooperation of the new Serbian Government with the international community,” he urged the Security Council to provide sufficient time for the ICTY to complete its work. 27 September 2008The United Nations needs to play a continuing role in Kosovo – which declared its independence from Serbia in February – to ensure that there is stability across the Balkans, top officials from two European countries told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.
A group of Indian fishermen who were set free yesterday, were handed over to the coast guard today.The coast guard said that the 37 Indian fishermen were to be handed over to the Indian coast guard today. The Indians were freed following talks President Maithripala Sirisena had with a group of Indian fishermen last week.Sirisena had told the Indians he wants the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka to be resolved through negotiations. (Colombo Gazette)
“I condemn the killing of Taing Try,” said Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. She noted that people and communities must be informed and require information from diverse channels, so they can make important personal and professional choices. “This is why the work of journalists like Taing Try is so essential and why it is so important that those responsible for his murder are brought to justice,” Ms. Bokova added. Mr. Try – a freelance reporter for local newspapers and a member of the journalist association “Khmer Bracheathibtey” or Khmer Democracy – was killed on 12 October in Kratie province.His name will be added to UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed while on duty.He is believed to be one of several journalists killed in recent years while reported on illegal logging in the province, according to media sources.
OSU then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Matt Dorn (15) prepares to hits the ball during a game against George Mason at St John Arena on Jan. 15. Credit: Lantern file photoFor the first time since 2015, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in an opponent’s home gym. In Tuesday’s showdown between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 13 Penn State, it was the Nittany Lions who had the last laugh.In five sets, Penn State topped OSU. After 11 unforced errors by the Buckeyes in the first set, it was a constant uphill battle for the Scarlet and Gray.After closing out the first set 25-21, Penn State was pushed back by OSU, as the Buckeyes leaned on senior setter Christy Blough, who assisted on 14 kills and picked up one of his own. In the end, OSU dominated the set 25-14.However, the Nittany Lions regained all the momentum, stunning the Buckeyes with a 25-15 tally at the end of the third set. OSU battled back and won the fourth with a 25-22, and forcing a fifth set.A short scoring streak at the end of the final frame by Penn State ultimately pushed the Nittany Lions ahead, clinching their 15th win of the season. After 20-straight road wins, Penn State proved to be too much.OSU returns to Columbus for a homestand against McKendree University on March 31 and April 2, with both games set for 7 p.m.
Reports also for NFMU and E-Gov ProjectMinister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma met, on Wednesday, with Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine at his Office at Eve Leary to hand over the Final Reports of the Forensic Audits of the One Laptop per Family, E-Government Project, National Frequency Management Unit, Guyana Gold Board and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.The decision to have these documents handed over to the Police Commissioner for investigation was made by Cabinet.Present at Wednesday’s handing over were Minister Sharma, Mr. David Ramnarine – Acting Commissioner of Police and Mr. Sydney James – Assistant Commissioner of Police and Head of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRDB Forensic Audit Report now with PoliceJanuary 26, 2017In “Local News”SOCU launches probe into Guyana Energy AgencyOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Top Cop confirms investigation launched into operations of NICIL …as police seize documentsDecember 31, 2015In “latest news”
EuroChem Group, a leading global fertilizer company headquartered in Switzerland, has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ proven HPD® crystallization technology for its VolgaKaliy mine expansion project in Russia’s Volgograd region. The mine is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2018, and the expansion, of which Veolia’s crystallization project is part, is scheduled to start up in 2021.The HPD PIC™ crystallizer system will be used for the production of 2 Mt/y of high purity (98.5%) potassium chloride fertilizer from brine produced from conventionally mined sylvinite ore. The major process equipment provided by Veolia will include multiple HPD PIC crystallizers, recirculation and transfer pumps, vapor condensers and centrifuges. The Veolia system has been designed for EuroChem such that process heat will be optimally reused to maximize the temperature of the spent brine back to the ore leaching process. A primary reason why EuroChem chose Veolia was the latter’s commitment to provide process development and process optimization services to the project at a very early stage. Through this early participation with EuroChem, Veolia was able to systematically evaluate multiple design variations, resulting in a custom engineered system specifically suited to meet EuroChem’s production, equipment layout, and operational needs, all while optimizing the cost effectiveness of the system.Clark Bailey, Head of Mining at EuroChem, commented: “With their proven experience and talented team, EuroChem is pleased to be working with such a strong partner as Veolia. The expansion phase of our VolgaKaliy project will increase the plant’s capacity to 4.3 Mt/y of potassium in grades suitable for both agricultural and industrial applications to better diversify our portfolio and markets. Our first phase continues to be on track to begin production in mid-2018.”“Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources. With the experience from more than 1,200 successful installations for industrial evaporation and crystallization and over 50 references in the fertilizer market, we were able to offer a custom-built system that offers the flexibility to meet a wide range of production requirements. We are proud to partner with EuroChem on this prestigious project,” stated Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Inc.EuroChem is vertically integrated with activities spanning mining and hydrocarbons extraction to fertilizer production, logistics, and distribution. It is currently developing two sizeable potash deposits in Russia with its VolgaKaliy and Usolskiy potash greenfield projects.
ELECTRIC IRELAND LOST more than 100,000 customers last year, while prepay services and small providers saw gains in the electricity market.The Commission for Energy Regulation’s most recent report shows the number of people switching their electricity up slightly from last year at 266,226.PrePay Power broke above 1 per cent of the total electricity usage in Ireland for the first time in June 2013. Over 25,000 customers switched to similar smaller suppliers.Bord Gáis Energy lost more than 32,000 customers, while Energie and Airtricity saw small gains of between 3,000 and 4,000.While Electric Ireland’s losses were the highest, they are down significantly from the 2010 figure of more than 300,000.Electricity net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Bord Gáis Energy saw heavy losses in the gas market as well, losing 56,061 customers.Just over 117,000 switched their gas supplied in 2013, the highest level since 2010.Electric Ireland gained 52,659, while Energia and Airtricity saw little or no gain in 2013.However, Flogas saw their growth slow after a strong performance in recent years, although still gained just over 1,500 customers.Gas net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Read: 48 hours with no technology or electricity, could you hack it? >Poll: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons? >
Les auteurs des peintures rupestres du Paléolithique étaient-ils sous hallucinogènes ?Des chercheurs de l’Université de Tokyo suggèrent que les hommes préhistoriques décoraient les parois des grottes lors de rituels incluant la prise de substances psychotropes, lesquelles leur suggéraient certaines des figures qu’ils représentaient.Grilles, damiers, ‘toiles d’araignée’, tunnels, cônes, spirales… : certains éléments retrouvés dans les peintures rupestres du monde entier se ressemblent grandement. D’après une idée largement répandue, c’est parce qu’ils traduisent la façon dont le cerveau des hommes du Paléolithique commençait à apprendre à traiter l’image. Et si ce n’était pas le cas ? Si ces éléments provenaient d’un autre facteur commun à tous les auteurs des peintures ?C’est l’étonnant thèse aujourd’hui soutenue par Tom Froese, Alexander Woodward et Takashi Ikegami, de l’Université de Tokyo : selon eux, si les éléments se ressemblent autant, c’est parce que les artistes préhistoriques consommaient des plantes hallucinogènes imposant à leur esprit certaines visions abstraites qu’ils représentaient ensuite. Pour en arriver là, ces chercheurs se sont penchés sur les études concernant des rituels existant chez plusieurs cultures actuelles et associant création artistique et prise d’hallucinogènes. Ils se sont également appuyés sur des résultats de tests (réalisés par d’autres chercheurs) qui montrent que le cerveau humain sous psychotropes ‘voit’ des figures géométriques ressemblant à la structure du cerveau (“instabilités de Turing”). Ces modèles graphiques ont ensuite été comparés à ceux de l’art pariétal préhistorique et plusieurs éléments ont semblé correspondre.Des motifs chargés de signification À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Quand ces motifs visuels sont vus pendant les états altérés de la conscience, ils sont directement ressentis comme très chargés de signification […] à utiliser dans les rituels”, ont expliqué les auteurs cités par le Daily Mail. “La prévalence de certains motifs géométriques dans la culture matérielle symbolique de nombreuses cultures préhistoriques […] s’explique en termes de contenu caractéristique de l’expérience hallucinatoire biologiquement déterminée”, ont-il ajouté les auteurs.Néanmoins, substance hallucinogène ou non, ceci n’explique pas pourquoi ces motifs étaient à ce point chargés de sens dans des cultures géographiquement séparées et qui n’avaient pas de contact les unes avec les autres. “Bien entendu, il reste à expliquer pourquoi ces motifs particuliers étaient autant considérés par les artistes et comment ces personnes sont devenues des artistes capables d’expression symbolique”, ont-ils ainsi conclu.Le 16 juillet 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambert
Corrugated packaging employees are to take industrial action in a dispute over pay.Staff based at packaging factories operated by DS Smith, Saica and Smurfit Kappa have voted to reject a proposed 2% pay rise. Industrial action was approved by members via a ballot vote.Around 2,500 members of the GMB and Unite trade unions will take part in the industrial action, which will include an overtime ban from Saturday 26 November 2016 and a day of strike action on Monday 28 November 2016.Stuart Fegan, national officer at GMB, said: “Our members are clearly fed up of seeing their employers make increasing profits in this sector while their wages fall behind in real terms. We urge the employers to get back around the negotiating table and make an offer to our members in respect of their pay claim, which recognises the profits these [organisations] are making and the contribution of our members towards those profits.”Ian Tonks, national officer at Unite, added: “At no time during our meetings with the [organisations] did they raise the [issue of] affordability. Clearly these are profitable [organisations] and our members recognise their contribution towards that profitability and their efforts need rewarding.”A spokesperson for the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), which has been involved with the negotiations, said: “The [CPI] is disappointed with the result of the ballot for industrial action. The industry believes that its pay offer of 2% is fair and reasonable and reflective of the sector performance. The offer is in line with the median settlement level, which is currently being realised in the manufacturing sector, and it is also above inflation.“The [CPI] is committed to supporting collective bargaining within the Corrugated National Agreement. The industry has put forward a good offer and we hope that a speedy resolution to the current situation can be reached.”
A Moulvibazar court has ordered exhuming the body of a Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) student, who was killed after being pushed off a bus last month, reports UNB.Additional chief judicial magistrate Md Bahauddin Kazi issued the order on Wednesday.The body of Wasim Afnan, 22, a final-year biotechnology and genetic engineering student, was buried without autopsy.According to the statement, 11 SAU students boarded a Sylhet-bound bus of ‘Udar Paribahan’ at the Toll Plaza in Habiganj on 23 March. They got down at Sherpur and had an altercation with the bus helper over fare.The helper pushed Wasim when he was getting off and the driver sped away. The university student was run over by the bus and wounded critically. He was taken to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Wasim’s body was handed over to his family without any autopsy at their request.Bus driver Jewel Ahmed, 26, and his assistant Masuk Mia, 38, have been arrested. Police said they confessed to their crimes during interrogation.
X Share 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen The U.S. 290 HOV lane connects with Metro’s Northwest Transit Center.TxDOT is building a new HOV ramp to the Northwest Transit Center and to do that work they have to pour concrete. TxDOT’s Karen Othon says they only way they can do it safely is to close the HOV lane underneath.“And in order to build this one cap to hold the supporting bridge structure, it requires equipment. And like I said, the wooden forms underneath the structure to be placed while the concrete cures.”So what does this mean for commuters? Othon says the 290 HOV lane will close after the evening rush on Friday between the Northwest Transit Center and Hempstead Road. They’re hoping to have it back open before the morning commute on Monday April 17.During that closure, Metro will put extra buses on its commuter routes to help avoid delays for riders.As for drivers, Othon says plan your route carefully.“We’re only going to have one signed detour route and police officers out there helping with the signals on the signed detour route. But if there are other ways that people can get around it then most definitely they can take those. Whatever’s easier for them.”The work is part of a larger project to widen 290 between the 610 Loop and FM 2920 near Waller. TxDOT expects to complete the work next year.
Read the full text of H.R. 1628, “American Health Care Act of 2017,” below: Share AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellThe Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.Schumer says, “We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan “with heart” following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law.Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care “with heart.”The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of the Obamacare law.The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.___11:18 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the Republican plan to scuttle the Obama health care law, arguing it’s the right alternative to a “failed” Obamacare.Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law.He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance.Senate Republicans had been briefed on the plan earlier Thursday.Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.___10:56 a.m.Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.It would repeal tax increases Obama’s law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.It faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans — both conservatives and moderates — have complained about it.___10:20 a.m.Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama’s health law.Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage.Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell developed the bill behind closed doors. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who’ve complained about the measure.McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. But it remains unclear whether he will have enough votes.___3:50 a.m.Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.Congressional aides and lobbyists say it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases Obama imposed to help expand coverage.The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is unveiling the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans.It represents the Kentucky senator’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to hold next week.The measure would drop the House’s waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with medical conditions.The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.
The researchers, Stefano Sacanna and David J. Pine of New York University and Laura Rossi of Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands, have published their study on the magnetic colloids in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“From the cover of your iPad, which clicks magnetically and snugly fits into place, to kids’ construction toys, magnetic forces precisely direct objects to bind or align with each other,” Sacanna told Phys.org. “We thought of using this ‘invisible’ glue to regulate the way microscopic objects assemble. In particular, because magnetic forces are permanent (do not degrade in time) and virtually unaffected by the local chemical environment, this new binding and recognition mechanism between colloidal building blocks offers a large design freedom to material scientists.”The spherical colloids start out as cubes, each of which contains a tiny piece of magnetic iron oxide. The researchers encapsulated the cubes inside silicon oil droplets so that the cubes are trapped at the interface by surface tension. In this arrangement, one face of the cube extends outside the droplet so that it’s exposed to the surrounding water, forming a surface inhomogeneity that the scientists call a “magnetic patch.” In the final step, the oil droplets are hardened into solid colloids. Fabrication of magnetic colloids, which start as magnetic cubes that are encapsulated into oil droplets. The face of the cube that extends outside the droplet is the magnetic patch. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Play Magnetic colloid particles self-assemble into clusters in the absence of an external magnetic field. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society In these cases, an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to surface of the water containing the particles can change the orientation of the particles’ magnetic dipoles. This change causes the particles to rotate and repel each other, and the clusters to unbind. When a homogenous magnetic field is applied, large clusters of particles with multiple magnetic patches reorganize themselves into linear chains. (Phys.org) — Geomag, the popular children’s toy, contains small metal spheres that can be magnetically connected with a click to build a variety of towers, bridges, and sculptures. In a new study, scientists have done something similar on the microscale: they’ve created a new class of spherical colloids that have tiny magnetic patches embedded beneath their surfaces. In the absence of a magnetic field, the colloidal particles can spontaneously form clusters of controlled size and shape. With the application of an external magnetic field, the clusters can unbind and change their geometry, allowing the structures to reconfigure themselves independent of the chemical conditions of the environment. Various structures made with magnetic colloids: (A) Large particles with a single magnetic patch form dimers, (B) smaller particles with a single magnetic patch form trimers, (C) two particles with a single magnetic patch join with one particle with two magnetic patches, and (D) under an external magnetic field, particles form long structures. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society More information: Stefano Sacanna, et al. “Magnetic Click Colloidal Assembly.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja301344n In their experiments, the researchers demonstrated that these new colloidal particles can interact with each other in various ways. Generally, the magnetic attraction between particles has a short range, which is offset by the long-range repulsion of the particles’ electric forces. As a result, the particles only connect when they are already close together. However, the researchers could decrease the particles’ electric repulsion by adding salt to the water, which effectively increases the particles’ magnetic binding energy. As the researchers demonstrated, in the absence of an applied magnetic field, two or three particles in close proximity self-assemble into dimers or trimers. By synthesizing particles with multiple magnetic patches, the researchers could enable larger, more complex structures to self-assemble due to the multiple binding points. The researchers also adapted the inter-particle binding mechanism to bind particles onto magnetically patterned surfaces. Play Magnetic colloid particles form a trimer. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society “Magnetic bonds can form, break and rearrange as many times as we want (again, think about Geomag toys and on how many complex structures you can build with only a few simple elementary units),” Sacanna said. “By applying this principle to colloidal particles, we can envision the creation of colloidal fluids that, upon an external stimulus (for example, the addition of salt), can self-organize into functional materials with microscopic architectures that are enforced by the formation of directional magnetic bonds. The use of external magnetic fields would add the possibility to easily break and reset such architectures. Other than smart reconfigurable materials, these magnetic colloids could find applications as a ‘transporting vehicle’ in drug delivery as the particles can ‘sense’ magnetic fields and autonomously bind on magnetic targets.”In the future, the researchers plan to improve the particles’ control as well as their “intelligence.”“We are currently working on fabricating particles with a higher number of magnetic patches and ultimately we would like to control the orientation of the magnetic dipole in the patch to realize colloids with a controllable ‘valence number,” Sacanna said. “This would allow us to assemble colloidal structures simply by mixing particles in a stoichiometric ratio. Finally, we would like to make our particles even ‘smarter’ by combining our magnetic patches with other classical surface modifications such as DNA coatings, chemical patches, electrostatic charges, etc.” Explore further Geomagnetic storm subsiding This document is subject to copyright. 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Citation: Particles magnetically ‘click’ to form superstructures (2012, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-particles-magnetically-click-superstructures.html 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 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 With the ability to control the size of the particles, the size and number of the magnetic patches, and the external magnetic field, this self-assembly method could have a variety of applications. One potential use is drug delivery, in which a particle and its cargo is delivered to a specific location. An advantage of the magnetic method compared to chemical methods of particle assembly is that magnetic particles are independent of most environmental changes such as temperature, pH, and solvent composition.