Source: Click here for a larger version of this imageFIGURES FOR THE first half of this year indicate that the horse welfare crisis is continuing with some 2,488 horses seized between January and April.The numbers supplied by Minister Simon Coveney show the problem is worst in counties like Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow.Some 200 horses have been seized by South Dublin County Council so far this year and, as the chart above shows, it is the local authority with the largest number of equine seizures, followed by Kildare County Council and Mayo County Council.There are just two councils that have not seized any horses this year – Cavan County Council and Galway City Council – which have had low seizure numbers for the last three years.Find a full list of horse seizure figures here.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams recently raised the issue with Coveney, asking him if his attention had been drawn to the fact that horse rescue organisations are “struggling to continue with their work” due to the fee they are charged to rescue these animals from pounds.A number of examples have emerged of charity offers to rehome horses being refused by pounds run by councils. In April, four pregnant mares were euthanised by Kilkenny County Council, despite rehoming offers from numerous equine rescue services.At the time, the council said that funding from Coveney’s department had been cut and that it no longer funds rehoming of horses. It said this meant that each council is expected to recover its full costs from the person rehoming a horse, and many charities are unable to manage this.In his response to Adams, however, the Minister said that rehoming fees are set by local authorities and that his department does offer them €200 towards the cost of rehoming each horse, in an effort to ensure increased rehoming of un-wanted equines.He said he had also specifically increased funding in 2014 for animal welfare organisations involved in horse welfare activities.Read: Horses in Dublin estate starved, beaten and mowed down by quad bikes>Read: More than 2,000 horses killed for consumption in 3 months>
Playing Zelda video games is all well and good but what if you could live out a real-life Zelda experience? You’re going to get your chance now that Nintendo has partnered with SCRAP to create a Real Escape Game based on The Legend of Zelda.The Defenders of the Triforce is played with a team of six players who will be seated at a table that serves as their base of operations. Players will then search the surrounding area for clues in order to solve puzzles so they can escape. In case players cannot escape, there will be a solution walkthrough at the end. After the game is over, participants will enjoy hanging out at a Zelda-themed area that has video trailers and special merchandise.“This is NOT a maze or traditional escape room! It is a fully hosted, story-based escape event designed for puzzle fans and fans of the Zelda franchise,” says SCRAP. “If you are a person who likes answering riddles, solving complex puzzles, or are just looking for a good mental challenge, this event is for you!”Defenders of the Triforce will run from January 31 to February 5 in San Francisco, February 10-12 in Los Angeles, and February 24-25 in San Diego. Dates for Seattle, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, and New York will be announced at a later time. You can find out more information by visiting the event’s official website. There, you’ll find a handy FAQ that goes into more detail about what to expect and what is expected from you. Stay on target Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild
Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: FREE FIRE (2017) Filmmaker and animator Ben Wheatley has made a name for himself with pitch-dark films like Kill List and High-Rise. But his newest feature, Free Fire, takes things in a more just-for-fun (though no less brutal or grim) direction; depicting a weapons deal between IRA terrorists and American gun-traffickers that goes bad and turns into a vicious film-length gunfight in an abandoned factor in 1970s Boston. Unlike most Hollywood shootouts, the action here is staged on realistic terms where the violence is exacerbated by few of the characters being especially proficient with their weapons and the fact that gunshots are more likely to cripple or wound than outright kill; leading to a protracted standoff where shooters are occasionally in greater danger from their filthy surroundings or their own clumsiness than their enemies’ gunfire.I recently sat down with Wheatley for a one-on-one interview about the film, on the occasion of its Boston-area U.S. release:Why set a film like this in 1970s Boston?The history, mostly. The history of this period, the IRA coming to buy guns. We’re pretty specific not to mention Boston, though. There’s no mention of it apart from the slight worry about the death sentence in Massachusetts. I was aware of it, but I felt like a lot of crime pictures are set in Boston, and I didn’t want to be another person who just came in and did a movie about the ten where I’m obviously not an expert on it.The Boston accents were well-handled.Oh, cool! Cool. That was a big worry because I know that movies made in Boston – by people from Boston – people complained about the accents. So that’s good.I think Boston will get a kick out of it.That’s good. The last thing I wanted was, y’know, to piss up the leg of Boston.Most films that attempt to do sustained action in a single location are about showing off how many balletic gun-fighting moves can be invented or showcasing proficiency for elaborate scene-geography. This film seems to be on a different wavelength, more about characters and chaos. What were you going for?I wanted to make something that put you right in the middle of it and made you feel that you were there. But also (from what I understood about gunfights, that they hadn’t been represented realistically, not that this is a “documentary” obviously, far from that) from the stuff I’d read it’s far away from the Hollywood idea of people getting shot and dying instantly, or people being competent at all under fire. From reading up on stuff, it feels like you can go to the range and fire all you want, but it’s different when someone is down range firing back at you – unless you’ve got actual nerves of steel, or are some kind of highly-trained Navy SEAL, something like that. It’s messy and chaotic and painful.What does the United State’s “gun culture” look like from outside – from an English perspective?I don’t know… that’s a separate thing, I think, to the film. American politics looks, from and English perspective – I guess the way English politics looks from yours, kind of crazed. I’m always interested in it, and I try to read a lot about American politics (it really dominated our news cycle during your elections) so I like digging into the comments, and it’s just people tearing pieces off one another. That seems to be what the gun discussion is like as well here. It seems to go to the very heart of the country and how is was made.Could a scenario of this type really only be set in the U.S., given the prevalence of firearms here?I don’t think so. I think this is kind of a universal story, if you’re going to look at it in terms of the breakdown of society you could apply it to what’s happening between the U.S. and Syria at this moment; or what’s about to happen in the UK with this snap election that’s been called. It’s that same kind of mutualy assured destruction – hotheaded characters about to tear each other to shreds and not having any concept or understanding how to step back from it. That’s what’s terrifying, and I think any Civil War situation is exactly like this, where people are amped up to the highest level and just will not back down.There isn’t really a “steely-eyed badass” super-competent killer among the characters here, as there often are in other action films. These aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, so to speak – is that intentional?Yeah, it’s not a black hat and white hat sort of film. It’s the rare thing of being a kind of symmetrical war film where you know both sides. Usually, it’s the good guys and the bad guys, they get attacked by the bad guys and mow them all down. That’s the heroism of it, incredible odds, which is most war films to be fair. But this one, you see the both sides, and you like the people on both sides, so it’s sadder and much more impactful when they go.What’s it like to work with Sharlto Copley?Sharlto’s great. He brings everything, so he’ll do the lines and improvisation, and he’ll keep going until he thinks he’s got it right. I really appreciate that. There’s two gamers, basically, with actors: you’ve got them on set, then you get into the edit suite and see what they’ve given you. And in the cold light of day after all the filmmaking is finished, you look at the rushes and go “Wow, they were very generous!”Did you get your first picks for the cast?There was an initial cast – there was a poster for it when we were raising the money – that had Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde on it, but there were scheduling issues, and people dropped out. But otherwise, there wasn’t a great horror. These things happen, and we’re very happy with the people we eventually got.Is it difficult to raise money for a very violent, somewhat unconventional film?It was pretty straightforward. I think the genre element of it and the fun element were enough to override the weird elements of it, in terms of financing. It felt to me like the easiest of all the films we’ve had to finance, and it sold all over the world right away. So from that side of it, we immediately made the money back, that’s a rare thing that just never happens anymore.You’re known for very dark films. Was the intent for Free Fire to be “lighter,” even as it’s still a film about criminals and senseless violence?I think it depends on the movie. I mean, Sightseers was pretty funny. But I did feel like we wanted to make something that met the audience halfway rather than being a bit come hither – which I guess some of our other movies have been. It wears it’s entertainment on the top, so you can watch this film without having to worry about subtext or anything like that. You can take it for the “ride” that it is.Is it difficult to recreate a time period like the 70s, which is so specific to aesthetic and fashion, on a smaller budget?It’s designed to be able to be made, this movie, so that’s why it’s not set in loads of diners or discos or various areas with thousands of people. What an abandoned factory looks like now is not too dissimilar to what an abandoned factory looked like in the 60s, 70s, 50s – that wasn’t by mistake. And costumes? Costumes are costumes, that’s fine.Was the location anywhere near as “distressed” as it looks in the film?That was a clean space!Really? Wow!Oh yeah. Because when you shoot in some place that’s wrecked, you’re going to be hurting the actors – getting dirt and rat piss and viral disease and such, and you wouldn’t know about it until they were suddenly swollen up! So we realized we’d have to build it, and also to make sure that where the pillars and the walls were, it just made more sense.Some of your actors here, like Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, are either cast or often rumored to be cast in big franchise movies like the Marvel and DC films. Is it difficult to cast certain actors now, in this era where people are expected to sign decade-long commitments to these big shared-universe projects?Brie had only just finished Room when she came to us, so that was all in the future for her – Captain Marvel and Kong and all that. So I have not personally been involved in anything where… oh! [laughs] no, I have, what am I talking about!? With [Tom] Hiddleston on High-Rise, there was the call of Avengers back and forth occasionally. We just reschedule it around him; he wasn’t gone for months at a time or anything. It was fine. I think it’s the same as ever, those contracts… it depends on how it works, but I don’t think those contracts exclusively book them out for years, but they have to be careful with what else they take on – they shoot those things for, I think, like five months at a clip. So they’ll disappear for that, yeah.Would you take on one of those Marvel-type projects? Disney calls up and says “We want you to direct Captain Somebody-or-other?”I dunno, it depends what it was or where I sat in it. I’ve never been asked.You’ve just recently secured funding for a “dream project” monster movie called Freakshift – did we hear correctly that you’ve compared the premise to that of [the video game] Doom?.”Yeah – not [Doom] the film, though! The video game! That’s [the film] not my exploration.Read/watch our full review here.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is confident about his team’s chances when they face Liverpool on Thursday.Man City needs to beat the League leaders to keep up the chase for the title and with Klopp’s men still unbeaten, Sterling reckons they need to be at their best to claim the three points.“If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” he disclosed in a quote cited by FourFourTwo“It’s going to be a great game and we’re all looking forward to it.”Manchester City were pegged back in the title race after suffering shock defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…However, they returned to winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over the Saints on Sunday.“It’s a massive step and just what we needed,” he said.“We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win to give ourselves a chance and we did just that. Our previous two results were difficult to take and I thought we bounced back brilliantly.“I think we owed it to ourselves and as a team to bring that level we know we can bring.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 29, 2017 – Kingston – Forty students have received scholarships valued at $1.78 million from the TIP Friendly Society for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September. Thirty-two scholarships were awarded to students who successfully sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), while the remaining eight were presented to tertiary students.Twenty-six GSAT students received scholarships valued at $30,000 each. The other six scholarships, valued at $35,000 each, were presented to students whose parents are members of TIP Society branches in Westmoreland, Manchester and St. Catherine.The $35,000 scholarships were named in honour of past TIP parish Board members. They include Stafford Blake (Westmoreland), Judith Thompson (Manchester), and Livingston Allen (St. Catherine).All eight tertiary scholarships were awarded to students who are members of TIP. Three are undergraduate students, who were each awarded the $100,000 Sylvia Spence Scholarship, named in honour of the former TIP Board member. The five postgraduate students were each awarded the $110,000 Vilma Lawes-Munroe Scholarship, also named in honour of a past Board member.The presentations were made at the 16th TIP scholarship awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday, August 25 Guest speaker, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, congratulated the students on their academic achievements, and lauded TIP for its partnership in educating the nation’s youth.The Minister also reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child has access to education. He further noted that the Administration remains steadfast in its undertaking to diversify the education sector’s provisions to ensure every child receives the requisite support to achieve academic excellence.This, Senator Reid pointed out, is being targeted through the early-education component of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) which has assisted more than 40,000 children; and the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which has seen 48,301 students trained in technical and vocational skills and 5,622 enrolling in the general programme of literacy and numeracy.“I am excited that we are extending the capacity and that we now have the opportunity to have everybody in not just a five-year programme but a seven-year programme to guarantee that every youngster will have the opportunity to fulfil their dream of education and development. That would be a fantastic programme for Jamaica’s future development,” he said.Meanwhile, General Manager of TIP, Wilton South, challenged the scholarship recipients to participate in nation building through academic excellence.“As we offer (these) 40 scholarships to some of the brightest young minds across Jamaica, we feel honoured (that) we are able to give back to our TIP family that has supported us over the years. We (will continue to) support education from the primary to the tertiary level,” he said.TIP Friendly Society (TIP) is a non-profit insuring society for persons employed in the field of education. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
One weather forecaster in the area compared the winds to what is felt during a category one hurricane.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Residents in northern Texas woke up to storm damage as dangerous winds made their way through the city.More than 90,000 people are reportedly without power due to the storm damage, Wednesday.Emergency sirens were heard as a warning to the threat of the powerful winds.No tornado warnings were issued on Wednesday morning although winds reportedly reached 83 miles per hour in some parts of North Texas.Emergency officials reported damages to homes in Johnson County.Small planes could be seen flipped over and damaged at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport.Several mobile homes could be seen on their sides or severely damaged from the storm.
Recasting print content for online purposes, Blanks said, involves a few key elements, the first being getting the editors on board with doing things a bit differently. “Sometimes the conversation with the editors gets derailed by topic of technology, therefore, editors who are already so busy, feel like they’re being asked to learn new responsibilities,” he said. “The key is to get them to understand that if they want reach their target audience, this is what they have to do. It’s about empowering them and tapping into their passion for their work.”Once the editors are on board, it’s about making choices. Blanks says that while there are 300 things in a publication that could be interesting to someone, focusing on one or two of those will attract the broadest audiences. Another important step is anticipating what the metrics will look like. “You have to find a way to measure what worked and what didn’t,” he said. “You want to pay attention to average viewing times, bounce rates, and whether viewers came through a keyword search or directly from the site.” In December, Dan Blank, Reed Business Information’s director of content strategy and development, along with the editors of Library Journal, conducted an experiment on the title’s popular salary and placements survey. The goal was to increase the survey’s page views, create a more engaging online user experience and create new products stemming from the work already done for the print edition.When franchise magazine features were posted online, page views, average time spent and other metrics tended to fizzle after a few days, which prompted Blank to come up with new ways to keep audiences engaged. For starters, the editor’s role needed to change. “Editors think their jobs are done when they’ve completed the article,” said Blank. “But in fact, the editor’s job is only 70 percent done at that point. They have to think about how that content is spreading and how to translate that content from one medium to another.”In 2007, the survey was posted as a 3,500-word article on a single page. But for 2008, the article was split up into sections, with an “article homepage” linking them all together. LJ’s art director created 15 Web-exclusive graphics that accompanied the articles and were used for promotion on the homepage and in newsletters. In-page navigation, which kept readers clicking, was also added. Then came a follow-up story two weeks later with feedback on the original article. The new format resulted in a 1,200 percent increase in page views.“B-to-b publishers will tell you that their readers are busy, they don’t have time to scroll down to read a long article, nor do they find it fun or comfortable to read long articles online,” Blank said. “All of that means that we need to do things differently. Just as we create high-quality content in the print magazine, we also need to do the same for online.”
• See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors What is going on between Huawei and the US? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it It comes as the US cracks down on China’s Huawei, citing security concerns, potentially prompting the country’s tech companies to consider self-reliance in reaching customers. ByteDance is one of the few with a large reach outside China, according to the Financial Times.However, jumping into a smartphone market dominated by Samsung, Huawei and Apple is tough even for massive companies — the Facebook-centric HTC First flopped in 2013 and Amazon’s Fire Phone failed to set people’s imaginations alight in 2014.ByteDance didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:47 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:48 a.m PT: Adds more detail. Post a comment reading • TikTok owner reportedly developing its own phone 4:59 Apple Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Phones ByteDance reportedly intends to preload its own phone with TikTok and other apps. Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the TikTok social video app, is working on its own phone, a report said Monday.It’ll preload the phone with its own apps, including TikTok, newsfeeds and games, according to the Financial Times, which cited two anonymous sources.The device, which ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming has wanted for a while, comes after the company acquired patents and recruited staff from Chinese phonemaker Smartisan, the report noted. Tags 0 Huawei Samsung Apple
Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a contract worth nearly $969 million to build 17 C-130J military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.The work is expected to be completed by April 2020, the Department of Defense said in its daily digest of major contract awards.Last month, Lockheed announced that it had reached a verbal agreement with the U.S. Air Force for a five-year contract to build up to 83 C-130 J Super Hercules transport planes for the Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps through 2020.Lockheed has sold C-130J transport planes to 16 countries, and 330 of the turboprop planes have been delivered or are currently on order.The planes, which are able to touch down on austere landing zones – essentially makeshift runways – are often used for humanitarian relief missions, special operations, aerial refueling, close air support, and search and rescue.
Glenn EllisThe Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare,’ has changed many lives for the better – mine included. But its omission of dental coverage, a result of political compromise, is a dangerous development, as though teeth are apart from and less important than the rest of the body. In fact, cavities are a silent epidemic, and they’re the No. 1 chronic infectious disease in children.Poverty leaves a lasting impact on the dental health of children, our most vulnerable population. The U.S. Surgeon General’s report of 2000 clearly showed that the most common chronic disease among children is tooth decay. Although many of the health problems associated with obesity are well-known, such as increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular problems, those linked with cavities don’t receive as much attention. Although tooth decay is almost completely preventable, according to the Surgeon General cavities are five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever and allergies.A picture-perfect smile falls just out of reach for many children living in poverty. The burden of dental caries falls disproportionately on low-income and minority children. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that one out of every five child between the ages of 2 and 5 have untreated dental problems including infection, cavities and tooth decay. About 37 percent of poor children 2 to 9 years old have one or more untreated decayed baby teeth, compared with 17.3 percent of higher-income children, according to the report for the Surgeon General. Low-income children are less likely to receive regular dental care, and the cavities are more likely to go unfilled. The consequences of untreated decay include ER visits for dental pain and lost time at school and work. They’re then more likely to have the more-severe forms of the disease as they grow older. Recently, it has been recognized that oral infection, especially periodontitis (gum disease), may affect the course and progression of a number of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes mellitus, and low birth weight. Research has even linked poor oral health with Alzheimer’s Disease. The socioeconomic forces that place these children at risk of food insecurity are the very same ones that increase their risk of developing early childhood caries. This disparity in poor oral health adversely impacts these children’s ability to eat, speak, and learn, further cementing social inequities already stacked against this vulnerable population. The lack of money for visiting a dentist is only the tip of the iceberg that fuels the unfortunate trend. Aside from not being able to afford dental care, the less affluent have unhealthy diets filled with sugar and fat (both are fodder for oral bacteria), may be unable to buy basic oral hygiene tools such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss and may not get the proper education needed for oral health. America is a great melting pot filled with people of all ethnicities and geographical origins. However, those who have routes tracing back to Mexico or African have higher levels of cavities and dental problems. Data collected from 2001-2004 and presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that for children 2 to 5 years old, 24.2 percent of Black children and 29.2 percent of Hispanic children (of Mexican origin) had untreated tooth decay. White children had significantly lower levels, measuring at 14.5 percent. Parents and caregivers must intervene in order to curb the growing tooth-decay tragedy facing the nation. Teaching children the proper brushing and flossing techniques, providing them fresh water to drink instead of soft drinks, encouraging physical fitness and eating a balanced diet following the recommended government nutritional guidelines can go a long way toward improving dental health.There is no doubt that tooth decay can be prevented, yet 1 in 4 children have had tooth decay by age 5. For children of color, the rates of tooth decay are much higher. Preventing tooth decay can help protect children from dental pain. It can also protect families and taxpayers from the costs of fillings, crowns or other treatments. The average cost of a dental filling is $171. In addition, fillings usually need to be repaired or replaced. So what about the lifetime cost of a cavity? A more recent analysis of California dental data found lifetime costs for a single decayed molar can exceed $6,000. With already unsustainable health care costs in this country, how can we allow this trend to continue? Good dental health is a smart investment – for our children; our economy; and our future. Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one. DISCLAIMER:The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.) Glenn Ellis, is a regular media contributor on Health Equity and Medical Ethics. He is the author of Which Doctor?, and Information is the Best Medicine. Listen to him every Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) on www.900amwurd.com, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on www.wdasfm.com. For more good health information, visit: glennellis.com
That’s why 46-year-old Heins, a college drop-out from Ottawa who’s been working on his project since 1985, is being very cautious. He is the first to admit that he doesn’t know how his machine works from a physics standpoint. He just hopes that someone else might understand. Last week, Heins demonstrated his machine to MIT professor Markus Zahn, an expert in electromagnetic and electronic systems. It proved interesting enough to stump the professor, as well. But Zahn thinks the idea is worth investigating further. “It’s an unusual phenomena I wouldn’t have predicted in advance,” Zahn told The Toronto Star. “But I saw it. It’s real.”In Heins’ machine, he explains that magnetic friction somehow gets turned into a magnetic boost. Working with an electric motor, he attached the drive shaft to a steel rotor with small round magnets lining its outer edges. In this set-up of a simple generator, the rotor would spin so that the magnets passed by a wire coil just in front of them, generating electrical energy. Then Heins did an experiment: he overloaded the generator to get a current, which typically causes the wire coil to build up a large electromagnetic field. Usually, this kind of electromagnetic field creates an effect called “Back EMF” due to the so-called Lenz’s law. The effect should repel the spinning magnets on the rotor, and slow them down until the motor stops completely, in accordance with the law of conservation. But instead of stopping, the rotor began to accelerate. Heins recounts that the first time it happened, the magnets starting flying off and hitting the walls, as he ducked for cover. The magnetic friction wasn’t repelling the magnets and wire coil. Instead, as Heins explains, the steel rotor and driveshaft had conducted the magnetic resistance away from the coil and back into the electric motor. In effect, the Back EMF was boosting the magnetic fields used by the motor to generate electrical energy and cause acceleration.The faster the motor accelerated, the stronger the electromagnetic field it would create on the wire coil, which in turn would make the motor go even faster. Heins seemed to have created a positive feedback loop. To confirm the theory, Heins replaced part of the driveshaft with plastic pipe that wouldn´t conduct the magnetic field. There was no acceleration.”What I can say with full confidence is that our system violates the law of conservation of energy,” he says. He calls his system “Perepiteia,” which in Greek means an action that has the opposite effect of what is intended. But he will leave it to others to decide if the technique can be described as “perpetual motion.”In 2005, Heins formed a company called Potential Difference Inc. to develop and market his invention. He’s also been working with researchers from the University of Ottawa on its development, and has demonstrated the machine to several institutions, including the University of Virginia, Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Queens University.Heins has also been raising money for his invention, asking individuals such as former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk, and Google´s “ReCharge IT” project. Due to his obsession with his machine, he has suffered a failed marriage and lost custody of his two children, and is currently unemployed. He doesn´t believe that his idea is a scientific breakthrough of any kind – he just thinks that it deserves to be investigated. MIT´s Zahn agrees.”To my mind this is unexpected and new, and it´s worth exploring all the possible advantages once you´re convinced it´s a real effect,” says Zahn. “There are an infinite number of induction machines in people´s homes and everywhere around the world. If you could make them more efficient, cumulatively, it could make a big difference.”Source: The Toronto Star via Gizmodo Thane Heins knows the track record of inventors that claim to make breakthroughs in power generation methods, especially when they claim to defy the second law of thermodynamics. Every so often, a (usually untrained) scientist comes along with a machine that supposedly creates more energy than is put in. Every time, the ideas have been rebuked by real scientists. Thane Heins´ “Perepiteia” generator seems to turn magnetic friction into a magnetic boost, causing the motor to accelerate in a positive feedback loop. Citation: Inventor Doesn’t Dare Say ‘Perpetual Motion Machine’ (2008, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-inventor-doesnt-perpetual-motion-machine.html 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.
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By: The Associated Press “It was really, really ugly”: Survivors describe Aeromexico crash MEXICO CITY — An Aeromexico jetliner taking off in a storm on Tuesday crashed into a nearby field and skidded to a stop virtually intact. All 103 people aboard were able to escape advancing flames before fire engulfed the aircraft.Passengers expressed gratitude to be alive, but many were extremely shaken after the crash Tuesday afternoon.“It was really, really ugly,” said Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his two sons and wife. “It burned in a question of seconds,” he told reporters, snapping his fingers for emphasis.Survivors said the Embraer 190 plane burst into flames right after it hit the ground.“We felt the flames coming quickly … there was a lot of smoke,” Jaquelin Flores told the newspaper El Sol.Romulo Campuzano, head of a political party in Durango state who was on the plane, told Foro TV that both wings were on fire as he bolted from the aircraft.Durango state Gov. Jose Aispuro said a gust of wind hit flight AM2431 heading from the city of Durango to Mexico City just as it was lifting off the tarmac, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff.Passengers said they heard a loud noise as the plane’s left wing banged to the ground, and both engines tore loose. The plane stayed upright, though, and the escape slides activated.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAispuro said it was too soon to speculate on the cause of the crash. Mechanical failure and human error could be factors, but certainly the weather wasn’t favourable. Strong wind and heavy rain with marble-sized hail lashed Durango city, even damaging hangars at the airport.“The most important thing in the seriousness that is an accident of this nature is that there were no deaths – that’s what is most encouraging for us,” Aispuro said at a news conference.After the accident, several passengers walked away from the plane before first responders arrived. Some sought medical help, while others rushed home to loved ones. Officials spent much of the afternoon tracking down survivors to ensure that everyone was accounted for.Officials said 49 people had been hospitalized – most with minor injuries. The pilot suffered the most serious injury, a cervical lesion that required surgery. Some people had burns on a quarter of their bodies, said Durango state Health Ministry spokesman Fernando Ros.Aispuro said all were expected to live.Aeromexico Chief Executive Officer Andres Conesa described the day as “very difficult” and credited the timely reaction of crew and passengers for the lack of fatalities.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“Our heart is with those affected and their families,” he said at an evening news conference.Conesa said the passengers included 88 adults, nine children and two babies and the crew consisted of two flight attendants and two pilots.He said the jetliner had been sent for maintenance in February and the crew was well rested, having started their work day in Durango.Air safety investigator Adrian Young from the Netherlands-based consultancy To70 told The Associated Press passengers in plane crashes like Aeromexico’s have better chances of survival due to more robust aircraft construction.He said that crash survival rates “are higher than they have ever been” in part because “airplanes are stronger than ever.”He told The Associated Press that people are now less likely to be trapped by collapsed seats and floors, especially if the plane is level and on flat ground, as in the crash in northern Mexico. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Aeromexico, Mexico City, Plane Crash Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Related posts:Is party allegiance dead in Costa Rica? There’s more to it than meets the eye Elections: 13 candidates vie for San José mayor’s seat Make Costa Rica great again? Costa Rica y el ‘efecto Trump’ – sin protocolo de emergencia Facebook Comments With 2016 behind us, along with its tumultuous elections in several parts of the world, Costa Rica can look ahead to campaigns of its own this year leading up to the elections in early 2018. What’s in store? Recent elections here have featured massive numbers of parties – so many that election organizers have struggled to fit them onto a debate stage, even in shifts – as well as candidates with little political experience and inflated expectations of change.What might we expect if this trend continues in Costa Rica and a hugely popular non-politician were to enter the ring amidst a ballooning array of parties – say, the nationally beloved astronaut and scientist Franklin Chang-Díaz? (My apologies to Dr. Chang-Díaz, whose unparalleled stature makes him the ideal imaginary candidate for this flight of fancy.)Let’s read a bit of fiction based on non-fictional elements of recent months and years.Headline #1 – The Year 2018The widely admired astronaut and scientist Franklin Chang-Díaz will be the candidate of one of the 134 political parties participating in the 2018 election. He announced his candidacy yesterday accompanied by the ten most upright, wise and brave citizens from each of Costa Rica’s cantons, who together form the perfect sample of what Costa Rican society is today, or thinks it is.After many months of Costa Rican-style speculation and expectation, Chang-Díaz chose to throw his hat in the ring with the party known as “Cosmos” (Costarricenses Mosqueados) and the motto “Together, because why not?” The party is made up of 50% women, proportional representation for every ethnic group, rich and poor, fat and thin. There are even a Maltese cat and a fighting bull as candidates for the legislature in order to hook in key demographic segments, but they are waiting for the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to respond to a consultation from the Supreme Elections Tribunal.The candidate launched his campaign in the National Stadium, filled to the brim with supporters – there were even pirated tickets, very a la tica. His triumph seems assured. His ideology is center-center-center and he promises not to spend even one dollar on his electoral campaign. He has even promised to answer all questions in a way that will leave every listener content. More than content: thrilled.He has also proposed for his administration a complete moratorium on presidential travel, the victory of the National Team at the Russia 2018 World Cup, and daring yet wildly popular policies on all issues fiscal, social, economic or environmental, as well as in public safety and human rights. He will create a country so perfect that all jails will become greenhouses, police officers will offer free massages in the streets, and all pensions will equal those of Judicial Branch employees – but in a sustainable way. The Finance Ministry will hire cashiers just to handle the avalanche of voluntary tax payments. We’ll return to the traffic levels of the 1960s, but with 1.5 million cars. Pure magic. This is destined to be the greatest government in history: the most upright, wise and brave.Homespun but infallible polls conducted yesterday afternoon gave Chang a victory with 100% of votes and six of 57 assembly seats, including one for the bull (the cat may be left out because it is not associated with any cultural traditions or end-of-year television ratings).“But the Legislative Assembly doesn’t matter, anyway – it’s all about the president. We’ll have a president who walked on the moon. That’s the best,” said a lady named Dulce, who came from many miles away for the event without needing to be paid or given a free lunch. She cried from pure emotion.Some analysts suggest electing Chang-Díaz immediately by acclamation, thus avoiding the torture of the electoral process, the Election Day dry law and a vote so lopsided as to awaken suspicions. Yesterday there were 128 presidential candidates who, upon the Cosmos announcement, decided to end their campaigns and join the astronaut. Five are left in competition, but only to keep up their habit of running every time there is an election, and to make a little money. Everyone wins in this scenario. It’s marvelous.Headline #2 – The Year 2019President Franklin Chang-Díaz has been ranked the worst president in the history of the continent in a study that aggregates polls from various countries. One year was enough for widespread euphoria to be replaced by total rejection because the president “doesn’t measure up,” according to citizens polled. This small Central American country has used up its last option in the array of heroic personalities capable of jumping into politics. The only politician now willing to run for president is the cat, which by the way has founded a new party called PUSI (the Social Individualist Unity Party).Headline #3 – The Year 2021A total of 26 politicians compete for the Presidency of the Republic in the 2021 elections. Of these, 25 have two or more previous presidential campaigns under their belts and have served as Cabinet ministers or national lawmakers. The 26th, a retired schoolteacher with no political experience, without a well-known name or any other financing than his retirement pay, says he is running only so that he can repeat in every debate and interview the idea that has been floating around in his mind for many months: “In this country, no one is worthy of me.”Read more of Alvaro Murillo’s “No Sugar, Please” columns here. Álvaro Murillo is an experienced journalist who specializes in political coverage and has written for La Nación, Semanario Universidad and El País. In “No Sugar, Please,” his twice-monthly column, he explores politics in its broadest terms, from the halls of government to community life. Connect with him on Twitter.
As home prices continue to rise, the number of underwater borrowers has fallen over the years significantly to the point where 92 percent of all mortgaged properties are in positive equity territory, according to a recent report from Fannie Mae.Fannie Mae reports that in the first quarter of this year, 46.7 million properties had positive equity levels, while 4 million borrowers were underwater, or owed more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, according to data from CoreLogic. The factors that can lead to negative equity include a decline in a home’s value, an increase in mortgage debt, or both factors combined.The report notes that out of 176 cities that CoreLogic tracks, San Francisco topped those with the highest percentage of homes in positive equity territory in the first quarter of 2016. Additionally, the home equity positions of some of the 10 biggest cities have seen dramatic improvements when comparing the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2016.Specifically, Fannie Mae cites certain areas that have seen large percentage increases such as San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, California jumped from 90.1 percent in 2010 to 99.4 percent in 2016. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas increase from 85.6 percent in 2010 to 98.3 percent in 2016. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado increased to 98.3 percent in 2016 from 2010 where it sat at 75.2 percent. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California rose from 72.8 percent in 2010 to 96.1 percent in 2016. Boston, Massachusetts leapt from 82.1 percent in 2010 to 94.3 percent in 2016.Fannie Mae also presents data from New York-Jersey City-White Plains, New York/New Jersey that jumped from 86.9 percent in 2010 to 94.0 percent in 2016. The Washington D.C. -Arlington-Alexandria area rose significantly from 69.6 percent in 2010 to 89.1 percent in 2016. The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights region of Illinois increased from 71.7 percent in 2010 to 83.3 percent in 2016. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida nearly doubled from 46.7 percent in 2010 to 80.4 percent in 2016. Finally, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada increased a whopping 4 times its percentage of 22.4 in 2010 to 80.1 in 2016.Fannie Mae also notes that Las Vegas’ percentage of homes in positive equity territory grew 57.7 percent in that period, but it’s still among the 10 cities with the lowest equity positions that CoreLogic tracked in the first quarter of this year.These top 10 cities with the highest percentage of homes in negative equity territory for Q1 of 2016 include Ocala, Florida at 21.3 percent; Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada at 19.9 percent; Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida at 19.6 percent; Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida at 18.8 percent; Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey at 18.4; Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Michigan at 17.8 percent; Camden, New Jersey at 17.2 percent; Flint, Michigan at 17.1 percent; Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida at 17 percent; and finally Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio at 16.9 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News More Homes are Returning to Positive Equity August 29, 2016 466 Views Negative Equity underwater homes 2016-08-29 Seth Welborn Share
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