17 Sep

Tropical Storm Jose intensifies TS Katia to follow

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HurricaneSeason, #magneticmedianews, #TropicalStormJose, #TropicalStormKatia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUPDATE: The National Hurricane Center has advised that Tropical Storm Jose, with maximum sustained winds of 60mph, is close to hurricane strength. At present, TS Jose continues to gain strength in the Atlantic Ocean and is likely to become the fifth hurricane of the 2017 Hurricane season by tonight.Closely following is Tropical Storm Katia, who is moving little in the southwest Gulf of Mexico but is also forecasted to become a hurricane.As many brace themselves for Hurricane Irma, and others already experiencing the devastation from it, Jose is approximately 1,200 miles East of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 15-20 mph.Magnetic Media will continue to update you as more information comes in from the met office.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Bad weather for Bahamas & TCI ahead of Hurricane Irma Caribbean countries readying for Irma, TS Jose forms today Hurricane Ike strike on TCI was nine year ago Recommended for youlast_img read more

17 Sep

2018 MCAS Miramar Airshow takes place September 2830

first_img2018 MCAS Miramar Airshow takes place September 28-30 Posted: September 21, 2018 September 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:59 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe 2018 Miramar Air Show will take place September 28-30. Colonel Charles Dockery, Commanding Officer at MCAS Miramar, joined us to give us a preview.last_img read more

14 Sep

Magazine Groups Publishers Band Together Against Proposed Postal Rate Hike

first_imgUPDATE: Motion Filed Against Postal Rate Hike ProposalIn another effort to help stem its staggering financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service today proposed enacting an exigent rate case, which could force rates for periodicals mailers up 8 percent. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the rate increases would take effect January 2, 2011.The USPS also proposed to raise First-Class mail stamps to 46 cents, a 5.1 percent rate hike for catalogs and a 23 percent increase for standard mail parcels. It believes the price changes will help raise about $2.3 billion over the first nine months of 2011. In reaction to the potential rate hikes, several magazine publishers, associations and other groups have formed the Affordable Mail Alliance—a coalition that is calling for the PRC to reject the USPS’ proposal “to increase postal rates by ten times the rate permissible by law.” According to Jim Cregan, executive vice president for government affairs at the Magazine Publishers of America, the USPS is abusing its emergency power to raise mailing rates above the rate of inflation. “We firmly believe that this filing is unlawful, is bad economics and is bad public policy,” he said during a press call this afternoon. “What they’re about to do will only accelerate their own death spiral by forcing out the last groups of profitable mailers.”In addition to the MPA, the Affordable Mail Alliance is made up of more than 100 publishers, paper producers, printers and other groups, including American Business Media, Bonnier Corp., Conde Nast, Time Inc., the Direct Marketing Association and IDEAlliance.“The USPS customer base, and the b-to-b media industry specifically, are as financially beleaguered as the Postal Service itself, so the last thing the Service should do is raise its prices, driving more mail out of the system, causing still more lay-offs and exacerbating the effects of the economy on the media industry,” ABM says in a statement e-mailed to FOLIO:. “The days when the USPS had a captive customer base in its flagship, lucrative First Class, are over, courtesy of the Internet; it should act as if it must compete for this business.”  Despite several cutbacks, and a proposed service reduction to five days a week, the USPS is projecting a $7 billion deficit during the next fiscal year. Over the next decade, the USPS projects a $238 billion loss.last_img read more

13 Sep

Congress Close to Clearing FY16 Budget Resolution

first_imgThe House adopted the fiscal 2016 conference budget resolution last Thursday, a compromise that strips out a procedural hurdle that could have blocked the Senate from allocating tens of billions of extra dollars included in DOD’s war account.To evade the $523 billion Budget Control Act cap on national security spending, the budget blueprints advanced in both the House and Senate allot $96 billion — including $58 billion requested by the Obama administration and $38 billion in extra funds — to the department’s overseas contingency operations account (OCO). That account is not subject to the budget caps.The Senate version, however, included a point of order on spending from the OCO exceeding $58 billion, a mechanism that likely would have required defense hawks to produce 60 votes to override any objections raised by Senate Democrats or fiscal conservatives. The maneuver essentially would have counteracted the chamber’s attempt to sidestep the budget caps by stashing extra funds for DOD in the OCO.House and Senate conferees removed the Senate point of order due to pressure from defense hawks, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate is expected to take up the conference report, which will not go to the president for his signature, as early as today.While the compromise budget resolution removes any obstacles to appropriators allocating the extra defense funds, it will not become law and, as a result, does not settle the dispute between congressional Republicans and the White House over how to deal with the statutory spending caps. President Obama has vowed to veto any FY 2016 spending bills that adhere to the Budget Control Act caps or provide budgetary relief only to the Pentagon. Absent a bipartisan agreement to lift the caps for both defense and non-defense agencies, it is not clear how the government will be funded next year. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

11 Sep

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between October 11, 2018 and October 17, 2018:Thursday, October 11Philip P. Perry (63, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor (2nd Offense); Marked Lanes Violation; and Failure To Signal. (9:26am)Friday, October 12Erick J. Benson (41, Worcester) was arrested on a warrant. (9:26am)Saturday, October 13Giovannie Williams (30, Dorchester) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense) and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation. (2:22am)Sunday, October 14NoneMonday, October 15NoneTuesday, October 16NoneWednesday, October 17None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Sep

HDFC cuts home loan lending rate by 25bps after RBI rate cut

first_imgIndia’s largest mortgage lender, HDFC, has reduced its lending rate on housing loans by 25 basis points to 9.65%.The new rate, which is applicable to both existing and new customers, will be effective from Tuesday. Women borrowers are eligible for an additional 5bps cut in home loan rates, HDFC said.Following the cut, the effective home loan rate for female customers now stands at 9.60%.HDFC’s rate cut move comes in the wake of last week’s 50bps reduction in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Soon after the central bank’s rate cut decision, many banks like the State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of India and Andhra Bank announced a reduction in their base rate.While the country’s largest lender, SBI, slashed its lending rate by 40bps, Andhra Bank reduced its base rate by 25bps. Private sectors banks like Axis Bank and ICICI Bank have reduced their benchmark lending rate by 35bps each.With the latest cut, the RBI has slashed the repo rate by 125bps to 6.75% so far this year. The central bank, however, kept the cash reserve ratio (CRR) unchanged at 4%.However, transmission of RBI rate cuts by banks to end users did not keep pace, as lenders remained sceptical about credit uptake even after large base rate cuts.Prior to RBI’s September meeting, the banks had cut the base rate by just 30 bps on an average compared to 75bps cut in the central bank’s repo rate, Business Standard reported.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52%, down from an increase of 13.83% in 2013-14.last_img read more

3 Sep

BNP demands removal of CEC Huda as nephew made AL nominee

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoThe ruling Awami League has nominated chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada for contesting parliamentary elections from Patuakhali-3 constituency.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist has renewed its call for removing CEC KM Nurul Huda since, the paty argued, Huda has lost any moral ground to stay in office after his nephew is made the AL nominatee.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, addressing a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, demanded that CEC Huda must quit showing integrity to the position he is holding, if he has any.”CEC Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada Saju received Awami League’s nomination letter yesterday (Sunday). Its another aspirant AKM Jahangir Hossain said the ruling party has nominated him to use the CEC (Huda) in the election in favour of it,” the BNP leader said.Rizvi said, “We think the government has given the CEC a gift by nominating his nephew and that’s why he’s lost all the moral right to hold office.”Shahjada Saju is one of at least 31 new faces who secured AL tickets for contesting the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on 30 December.Those who get first nomination from the AL include Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza from Narial-2 constituency, former inspector general of police Noor Muhammad from Kishoreganj-2, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s personal assistant secretary (APS-2) and former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Saifuzzaman (Shikhor) from Magura-1, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap from Madaripur-3 and former BCL leader AKM Enamul Haque from Shariatpur-2.Rizvi said it is in no way possible for CEC Huda to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner as his nephew is in the race with an AL ticket.”The CEC through his activities have already demonstrated that he’s an undeclared Awami League leader and he managed the ticket for his nephew,” Rizvi added.He also demanded the EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed be withdrawn from the commission as his statements are similar to the ones made by the ruling party leaders.Rizvi accused the EC secretary of plotting to hold a ‘state-managed’ elections in the country.last_img read more

3 Sep

Australia imposes sanctions on Myanmar generals for Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya Muslims.Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the officers — Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe were “responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command”.The five, some of whom are since believed to have stepped down from their posts, will also be banned from travelling to Australia.Around 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Rakhine state, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.The campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, mass rape and the burning of villages by security forces.last_img read more

31 Aug

Scientists Create First NonCarbon Material with NearDiamond Hardness

first_imgResearch scientists have created the first non-carbon-based material with a hardness approaching that of diamond. Their work could have a significant impact on technologies and industries that rely on diamond as a cutting and drilling tool and abrasive. Extremely hard yet metallically conductive: Researchers develop novel material with high-tech prospects Explore further Citation: Scientists Create First Non-Carbon Material with Near-Diamond Hardness (2007, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-scientists-non-carbon-material-near-diamond-hardness.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The material is a boron nitride “nanocomposite.” This means that, rather than consisting of one large continuous crystal, it is made of crystalline boron-nitride grains that are each a few to several nanometers in size. Although research groups have previously reported boron carbonitride materials, claimed to be the second and third hardest materials after diamond, the particular versions, or “phases,” of those materials were unstable at high temperatures. In industry, this is a major drawback.“The real breakthrough would be a bulk material that is hard, tough, and thermally stable, and thus ideal for cutting and drilling. We are the first to synthesize a bulk noncarbon material that fits this description,” said Natalia Dubrovinskaia, a researcher with the University of Heidelberg and the University of Bayreuth, both in Germany, to PhysOrg.com. Dubrovinskaia is the lead author of the paper describing the new material, which appears in the March 8 edition of Applied Physics Letters.For many materials composed of crystalline grains, also referred to as polycrystalline materials, there is a grain size for which the material’s hardness is optimized. This size is often in the nanometer range.Along this line of thought, Dubrovinskaia and her colleagues synthesized and conducted several experiments on a series of polycrystalline and nanocrystalline phases of boron nitride. This characterization included measuring the samples’ “Vickers hardness,” a test that assigns a hardness value to a material based on how readily it is indented by diamond. That value can be expressed in terms of the pressure applied by the diamond – using the pressure unit “pascal” – before it makes an indentation. For very hard materials that usually means billions of pascals (gigapascals, GPa). Single-crystal diamond, the hardest type, has a hardness of about 100 GPa.The boron nitride nanocomposite synthesized by Dubrovinskaia and her group displayed a maximum hardness of 85 GPa at a grain size of about 14 nanometers, and is thermally stable up to 1600 degrees Kelvin (about 2400 degrees Fahrenheit). The material’s hardness arises from two factors: the nanoscale-grain-size effect and each grain’s two-phase composition. That is, each grain has a nanoscale crystalline structure and a sub-nanoscale structure. This complex composition significantly increases the bulk material’s mechanical strength.Prior to this research, the next hardest known material after single-crystal diamond was cubic boron nitride, a single-crystal phase of the material, which has a Vickers hardness of 50 GPa. That leaves a rather large 50 GPa gap.“This gap can be filled by boron nitride nanocomposites, particularly by tuning their grain size and the compositional structure of the grains,” says Dubrovinskaia. “These materials may come to play an important role in industry.”Citation: Natalia Dubrovinskaia, Vladimir L. Solozhenko, Nobuyoshi Miyajima, Vladimir Dmitriev, Oleksandr O. Kurakevych, and Leonid Dubrovinsky, “Superhard nanocomposite of dense polymorphs of boron nitride: Noncarbon material has reach diamond hardness.” Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 101912 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

31 Aug

The Surprising Boost You Get From Strangers

first_img“People feel more connected when they talk to strangers, like they are part of something bigger,” says Gillian Sandstrom, a psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England, who studies interactions between strangers. In research studies, Dr. Sandstrom has shown that people’s moods improve after they have a conversation with a Starbucks barista or a volunteer at the Tate Modern art museum in London. She’s also found that people are happier on days when they have more interactions with acquaintances they don’t know well and that students enjoy class more when they interact with their classmates. Sometimes a stranger—not a friend or a loved one—can significantly improve our day. A pleasant encounter with someone we don’t know, even a nonverbal one, can soothe us when no one else is around. It may get us out of our own head—a proven mood booster—and help broaden our perspective. They’re typically wrong. Dr. Sandstrom’s research shows people underestimate how much another person will like them when they talk for the first time. And in a study in which she asked participants to talk to at least one stranger a day for five days, 99% said they found at least one of the conversations pleasantly surprising, 82% said they learned something from one of the strangers, 43% exchanged contact information, and 40% had communicated with one of the strangers again, an indication they might be making friends. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal Sue took my hand in both of hers, patted it, and held on tight. We were five minutes into the worst turbulence I’d ever experienced—approaching Boston’s Logan International Airport in a severe winter storm—when I turned to the woman next to me and said: “Hey, would you mind chatting with me for a few minutes? I’m really nervous.” We hadn’t spoken much during the flight, other than the usual pleasantries. But my seatmate seemed friendly. And I suddenly felt desperate for a human connection. “Sure, my name is Sue,” the woman replied, smiling warmly. “What brings you to Boston?” I started to explain that I was on a business trip. Then the plane lurched violently, and I blurted out: “I might need to hold your hand, too.” And yet most people resist talking to strangers, she says. They fret about the mechanics of the conversation—how to start, maintain or stop it. They think they will blather on and disclose too much—or not talk enough. They worry they will bore the other person.last_img read more