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JetBlue

JetBlue Airways, stylized as jetBlue, is a major American low cost airline, the sixth largest in the United States by passengers carried. JetBlue Airways is headquartered in the Long Island City neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. In 2019, it ranked #399 financially on the Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. JetBlue operates over 1,000 flights daily and serves 100 domestic and international network destinations in the U. S. Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. JetBlue is not a member of any of the three major airline alliances but it has codeshare agreements with 21 airlines, including member airlines of Oneworld, SkyTeam, Star Alliance, unaffiliated airlines. JetBlue was incorporated in Delaware in August 1998. David Neeleman founded the company in February 1999, under the name "NewAir". JetBlue started by following Southwest's approach of offering low-cost travel, but sought to distinguish itself by its amenities, such as in-flight entertainment, TV at every seat, Sirius XM satellite radio.

In September 1999, the airline was awarded 75 initial take-off/landing slots at John F. Kennedy International Airport and received its USDOT CPCN authorization in February 2000, it commenced operations on February 2000, with services to Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue's founders had set out to call the airline "Taxi" and therefore have a yellow livery to associate the airline with New York; the idea was dropped, for several reasons: the negative connotation behind New York City taxis. JetBlue was one of only a few U. S. airlines that made a profit during the sharp downturn in airline travel following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The airline sector responded to JetBlue's market presence by starting mini-rival carriers: Delta Air Lines started Song and United Airlines launched another rival called Ted. Song was reabsorbed by Delta Air Lines and Ted reabsorbed by United. In October 2005, JetBlue's quarterly profit had plunged from US$8.1 million to $2.7 million due to rising fuel costs. Operational issues, fuel prices, low fares, JetBlue's hallmark, were bringing its financial performance down.

In addition, with higher costs related to the airline's numerous amenities, JetBlue was becoming less competitive. For many years, analysts had predicted. Despite this, the airline continued to add routes to the fleet at a brisk pace. In addition in 2006, the IAM attempted to unionize JetBlue's "ramp service workers", in a move, described by JetBlue's COO Dave Barger as "pretty hypocritical", as the IAM opposed JetBlue's creation when it was founded as New Air in 1998; the union organizing petition was dismissed by the National Mediation Board because fewer than 35 percent of eligible employees supported an election. JetBlue experienced its first-ever quarterly loss during the fourth quarter of 2005 when the airline lost $42.4 million, enough to make them unprofitable for the entire year of 2005. The loss was the airline's first since going public in 2002. JetBlue reported a loss in the first quarter of 2006. In addition to that, JetBlue forecasted a loss for 2006, citing high fuel prices, operating inefficiency, fleet costs.

During the first quarter report, CEO David Neeleman, President Dave Barger, then-CFO John Owen released JetBlue's "Return to Profitability" plan, stating in detail how they would curtail costs and improve revenue to regain profitability. The plan called for $50 million in a push to boost revenue by $30 million. JetBlue Airways moved out of the red during the second quarter of 2006, beating Wall Street expectations by announcing a net profit of $14 million; that result was flat when compared to JetBlue's results from the same quarter a year before, but it was double Wall Street forecasts of a $7 million profit, Reuters reports. The carrier said stronger revenue helped it offset higher jet fuel costs. In October 2006, JetBlue announced a net loss of $500,000 for Quarter 3, a plan to regain that loss by deferring some of their E190 deliveries and by selling five of their A320s. In December 2006, JetBlue, as part of their RTP plan, removed a row of seats from their A320s to lighten the aircraft by 904 lb and reduce the cabin crew size from four to three, thus offsetting the lost revenue from the removal of seats, further lightening the aircraft, resulting in less fuel burned.

In January 2007, JetBlue returned to profitability with a fourth quarter profit in 2006, reversing a quarterly loss in the year-earlier period. As part of the RTP plan, 2006's full-year loss was $1 million compared to 2005's full-year loss of $20 million. JetBlue was one of the few major airlines to post a profit in that quarter. While its financial performance started showing signs of improvement, in February 2007, JetBlue faced a crisis, when the blizzard of 2007 hit the Northeast and Midwest, throwing the airline's operations into chaos; because JetBlue followed the practice of never cancelling flights, it desisted from calling flights off when the ice storm hit and the airline was forced to keep several planes on the ground. Because of this, passengers were kept waiting at the airports for their flights to take off. In some cases, passengers who had boarded their planes were kept waiting on the apron for several hours and we

Minabe, Wakayama

Minabe is a small town located in Hidaka District, Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Situated on a small bay of the Pacific ocean and surrounded by mountains, it is a quiet and picturesque farming community of about 12,500 people, its location has been mentioned in ancient texts since the 8th century, but the basic land area was incorporated in 1889. After a series of village mergers, the present area of Minabe was formed in 2004. Minabe is known for its high-quality apricots, known as Ume, it is known for a high-quality charcoal called Binchōtan, has good fishing waters, produces a variety of agricultural goods. Minabe is located at the southernmost edge of Hidaka District in central Wakayama Prefecture; the main part of Minabe, including the train station, government buildings, business district, lies around the basin of the Minabe River as it flows into Minabe Bay on the Pacific Ocean. There are three distinguishing features of Minabe Bay: Kashima Island situated 1 km offshore, a long non-swimming beach that runs parallel to the central business district, two prominent rocky points at either end.

The central area of town is flat and comprises the majority of houses and people. It is moderately populated, with many cultivated buildings. To the west-northwest of central Minabe is the Iwashiro region, centered on the Iwashiro River Basin; this area is populated and a mixture of farmland and forested mountains. It features sections of non-swimming beaches. Following the Minabe River northeast one comes to the Kamiminabe region; this area is mountainous and comprises the majority of the town’s ume trees. Following the river farther upwards, the valley becomes narrow and forested, with little ground suitable for cultivation or houses; the path of the Minabe River here is narrow, no more than 30m across. There is little to nothing in the way of cultivated fields. 8 kilometers from the center of town is the populated region of Takagi which features some farmland and houses. A further 6 kilometers up the river valley is the smaller region of Kiyokawa, the end of Minabe; the highest point is located here: 768m.

On October 1, 2004 the village of Minabegawa, from Hidaka District, was merged into Minabe. Minabe is a large producer of two important agricultural products in Japan. One is Umeboshi. Minabe produces processes more plums than any other place in Japan; the plums are grown on the hillsides and mountainsides of the small valley around the Minabe River. Ume are used inclusively in food products ranging from the aforementioned Umeboshi to cooking sauces to ice cream; the other product is a traditional charcoal called Binchōtan. Minabe produces the second most Binchōtan of any place in Japan; this charcoal is produced in small, family-operated outdoor kilns in the upper mountainous areas of Minabe. It is used in a wide variety of products: soaps and shampoos, musical instruments, air fresheners, many others. While much of Minabe's economy is agricultural, it does have several businesses and other industries; the town supports a small business district centered on its train station, as well as 3 full-service hotels and several restaurants and cafes.

Official Minabe homepage Minabe Tourist Information Center

Electribe 101

Electribe 101 was a British-based house-music group in the late 1980s and early 1990s, managed by Tom Watkins manager of Pet Shop Boys. Named after a Soviet refrigerator and the Roland SH-101 synthesizer, the band was composed of four electronic composers and producers from Birmingham and a female vocalist from Hamburg, Germany. Before signing with Mercury/PolyGram Records in 1988, the group released its first single, "Talking With Myself," without much success. However, before its next single release, Martin guested with Eric Robinson of Eric and the Good Good Feeling on the S'Express record "Hey, Music Lover." The Top 10 success of "Hey, Music Lover" sparked interest from the music press in Martin's band, although Eric and the Good Good Feeling's album flopped. Electribe 101 signed with Mercury/PolyGram Records, its single "Tell Me When The Fever Ended" was issued, it reached number 32 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1990, Electribe 101 released Electribal Memories; the group re-released its single "Talking With Myself," which reached #23 on the UK Singles Chart.

In late 1990, the band released its version of the Jesse Rae song "Inside Out" and toured as support act for Depeche Mode. As the group started work on recording its second album, the band members had differences of opinion with Mercury and tensions grew between the members; the label refused to release its second album and Electribe 101 split in early 1992. Not wanting to continue under the name Electribe 101 without Martin, who decided to embark on a solo career, the band renamed itself the Groove Corporation, signed with the Network Records subsidiary label Six6. Billie Ray Martin Joe Stevens Les Fleming Roberto Cimarosti Brian Nordhoff Electribal Memories 1990 UK #26 - reissued as The Best of Electribe 101 featuring Billie Ray Martin in 2002. Co-operation - as the Groove Corporation 1994

Georgia State Route 120

State Route 120 is a 90.7-mile-long state highway that runs west-to-east through portions of Haralson, Cobb and Gwinnett counties in northwestern part of the U. S. state of Georgia. SR 120 begins at an intersection with SR 100 in Haralson County, it heads northeast into Buchanan. Here, it first intersects US 27 Business/SR 1 Business, it meets US 27/SR 1. Just before leaving the county, it enters Draketown, where it intersects SR 113; the two routes run concurrent to the northeast. In Paulding County, it enters Union. There, they intersect SR 101. At this intersection, SR 113 departs to the north. About 4 miles it intersects SR 120 Connector. Nearly 4 miles SR 120 enters Dallas, it meets US 278/SR 6. At this intersection, SR 6 Business east heads northeastward. US 278/SR 6/SR 120 head concurrently to the southeast. At the east end of town is SR 61. Farther to the east, in Hiram, the concurrency intersects Bill Carruth Parkway. At this intersection, SR 120/SR 360 head northward on Charles Hardy Parkway. Just over 2,000 feet they meet SR 6 Business.

At Macland Road, SR 360 splits off to the southeast. A short distance it intersects SR 92. 1.5 miles the road enters Cobb County. Just before entering Marietta, the highway passes through Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. In the central part of the city, it intersects the western terminus of SR 120 Alternate. At this intersection, SR 5/SR 120 head to the southeast. About 1.5 miles they intersect SR 360. Only a short distance the two routes split. To the southeast is Southern Polytechnic State University and US 41/SR 3. A short distance is an interchange with Interstate 75. To the northeast, the highway meets the eastern terminus of both SR 3 Connector and SR 120 Alternate, it crosses over the Willeo Creek into Fulton County. In Roswell, it intersects SR 9. In the central part of the city, they intersect the eastern terminus of SR 92 and SR 140. For about a block, SR 140 joins the concurrency. SR 9/SR 120 pass the North Fulton Hospital, just before entering Alpharetta. In the central part of the city, SR 9 departs to the north on South Main Street, while SR 120 heads eastward on Old Milton Parkway.

Farther to the east is an interchange with US 19/SR 400. In Johns Creek, it meets SR 141; the road crosses over the Chattahoochee River over the Abbotts Bridge and enters Gwinnett County and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. In Duluth is an intersection with US 23/SR 13; the route continues to the southeast, until just before it meets I-85. Just before entering Lawrenceville, it meets the southern terminus of SR 317. To the southeast, is an interchange SR 316; the city limits pass within the interchange. SR 120 continues to the southeast until it meets its eastern terminus, an intersection with US 29/SR 8, in the central part of the city. SR 120 has two sections that are included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy and mobility, they are: From the western end of the concurrency with US 278/SR 6 in Dallas northeast into Marietta, to the eastern end of the concurrency with SR 5 From the intersection with Sewell Mill Road NE, just northeast of Marietta, to its eastern terminus From 1969 to 2007, SR 120 Loop looped around Marietta.

In October 2007, SR 120 Loop was decommissioned, mainline SR 120 was rerouted to the southern part of the loop. Prior to October 2007, mainline SR 120 ran through downtown Marietta and formed the southern part of Marietta Square; the portion of SR 120 from U. S. 41/SR 3 to SR 120 Alternate was renumbered SR 3 Connector. This was done at the same time changes were made to SR 5. State Route 120 Connector exists within the southeastern parts of Paulding County; the route begins at an intersection with the SR 120 mainline southwest of Georgia. It heads east as Scoggins Road to an intersection with SR 61 At this intersection, the highway takes the name Hiram Sudie Road, it continues to the east and meets the Bill Carruth Parkway, before it reaches its eastern terminus, an intersection with SR 92 on the southwestern edge of Hiram. SR 120 Connector is not part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy and mobility; the entire route is in Paulding County. State Route 120 Connector was a connector route of SR 120 in Paulding County.

The highway that would become SR 120 Conn. was established at the end of 1940 as SR 176 from SR 6 in Hiram to SR 92 in New Hope. A portion of SR 176 just west of Lost Mountain had a "sand clay, top soil, or stabilized earth" surface. By the middle of 1950, a portion just west of Lost Mountain was hard surfaced. In 1953, a portion west of Lost Mountain was not surfaced. By the middle of 1955, this entire segment of SR 176 had a sand clay, topsoil, or stabilized earth surface. About two years it was indicated to have a "topsoil or gravel, unpaved" surface. Betwe

MV Yara Birkeland

Yara Birkeland is an autonomous 120 TEU container ship, under construction and due to be launched in 2020. Following trials with a small crew on board, it is scheduled to operate autonomously beginning in 2020. At the time of project initiation, the Yara Birkeland project was designed to create the first autonomous logistics concept in the world. In 2019, the Yara Birkeland was a finalist in the competition for the annual Nor-Shipping Next Generation Ship award. Yara Birkeland will be 80 metres long, with a beam of 14.8 metres and a depth of 12 metres. It will have a draught of 6 metres, it will be propelled by electric motors driving two tunnel thrusters. Batteries rated at 7.0-9.0 MWh will power the electric motors, giving it an energy optimal speed of 6 knots and a maximum speed of 10 knots. It will have a capacity of 120 TEU; the Norwegian Government gave a grant of NOK133.6m towards the construction of the ship, about a third of the total cost, in September 2017. Yara Birkeland is named after its owners Yara International and its founder, Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland.

Costing $25million, It will be designed by Marin Teknikk, with navigation equipment by Kongsberg Maritime. It will enter service in 2019 operating as a manned ship. Yara Birkeland will sail on two routes, between Herøya and Brevik and between Herøya and Larvik, carrying chemicals and fertiliser. Remote operation will start sometime in 2019 and by 2020 it will be autonomous. Unmanned surface vehicle Kongsberg video about Yara Birkeland

Marcie Dodd

Marcie Dodd is an American stage performer, best known for playing Elphaba and Nessarose in various US companies of the hit musical Wicked. Dodd was born in Yuba City, the third of four children, her father is an agricultural consultant and her mother is a piano teacher. She attended Bethany College in Santa Cruz County, California with a major in music from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, she transferred to Azusa Pacific University, graduating in 2001. After graduation, she was cast as a singing princess in Disneyland. During a three-year run, she performed as Snow White. At Disneyland, she met Colin Follenweider, a Hollywood stunt-double. Dodd's first non-Disney role was as Sandy in a regional production of Grease, she took understudy roles in the Las Vegas productions of We Will Rock You and Hairspray, before becoming a cast member of the musical Wicked. Dodd made her Wicked debut on December 5, 2006, as part of the ensemble of show's first national touring company, she understudied both Elphaba and Nessarose.

Her first performance as Nessarose was at the matinee on March 2007 in Miami, Florida. Dodd departed the first national touring company on December 2007 in Hartford, Connecticut. After a year on tour, she replaced Jenna Leigh Green as principal Nessarose in the Los Angeles sit-down production, her first performance took place on December 13, 2007. From late March through early May 2008, she temporarily took over the position of Elphaba understudy, due to the injury of fellow cast member Courtney Corey, her first performance as Elphaba in Los Angeles took place on April 22, 2008. On May 13, 2008, she replaced Teal Wicks as the standby for Elphaba, due to Wicks' promotion to full-time lead. In addition, she returned to understudying Nessarose, with Briana Yacavone replacing her in the lead role, she departed the Los Angeles company on October 26, 2008. Dodd was succeeded by Vicki Noon as the standby to Elphaba. Dodd joined the Broadway production, replacing Kerry Ellis in the lead role of Elphaba on November 11, 2008.

Upon her move to Broadway, Dodd became the first, only actress to date, to have performed in the lead roles of both Nessarose and Elphaba. She ended her limited Broadway engagement on January 11, 2009, was replaced by Nicole Parker. Dodd originated the role of Elphaba on the second national touring company of the show, which began performances March 7, 2009 and opened March 12. Dodd exited the touring company on April 4, 2010, was once again succeeded by Vicki Noon, she succeeded Eden Espinosa as Elphaba in the San Francisco sit-down production of the show on June 29, 2010. She remained with the production until it closed on September 5, 2010. Marcie Dodd at the Internet Broadway Database Marcie Dodd at Playbill.com Broadway.com page