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Pilots pushed Boeing to act after Lion Air crash

first_imgWashington DC: After a deadly crash in Indonesia, American Airlines pilots called a meeting to press Boeing executives for safety changes to the 737 MAX aircraft, US media reported Tuesday. The call for changes, which could have required the best-selling aircraft model to be temporarily grounded, were reported by The New York Times and CBS News after they obtained an audio recording of the November 27 meeting between the American Airlines pilots union and officials from the aircraft manufacturer. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe 737 MAX 8 is currently grounded worldwide after the March crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that killed all 157 people onboard and drew scrutiny to the new Boeing model’s anti-stall system, which investigators believe may have brought the jet down. But the meeting shows that pilots were already worried about the safety of the model following the October 2018 crash in Indonesia of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 that left no survivors of the 189 people onboard. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAccording to the reports, the pilots were particularly concerned about the MCAS anti-stall system that investigators in both Indonesia and Ethiopia have blamed for the crashes. “No one has yet to conclude that the sole cause of this was this function on the airplane,” Boeing vice-president Mike Sinnett told the meeting. “The worst thing that can ever happen is a tragedy like this, and the even worse thing would be another one,” he said later in the meeting held four months before the Ethiopian Airlines disaster. Meanwhile, the pilots in the meeting said they felt they weren’t told enough about the MCAS system, which was new to the 737 MAX 8. “These guys didn’t even know the damn system was on the airplane, nor did anybody else,” said Mike Michaelis, head of safety for the pilot’s union. Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing had issued additional instructions to pilots in case they faced a malfunction of the MCAS. But in a letter obtained by AFP, Michaelis said the instructions weren’t sufficient for pilots to know how to handle malfunctions with the anti-stall system.last_img read more

UN provides help to relief efforts in floodhit Haitian capital

At least four neighbourhoods of the city – Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas and Pétion-Ville, as well as the southern areas of Gressier and Les Palmes, have been badly affected by flooding that began on Monday night, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.OCHA said there are enough pre-positioned medical kits to assist 120,000 people and emergency shelters ready to house as many as 110,000 families, with trauma kits and cholera kits available as well.Stocks of food supplies, such as cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt, are also available at short notice if required.Blue helmets serving the UN peacekeeping force (MINUSTAH) and OCHA staff have been working with emergency officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assess the damages wrought by the rains and floods.Peacekeepers have also transferred some internally displaced persons (IDPs), along with their belongings, to camps situated on safer ground.MINUSTAH reported that it has helicopters on standby in case evacuations are needed and engineering equipment also available if required.Last week the UN said that Haiti was better prepared than last year to handle the annual hurricane season, which officially began on 1 June.But meteorologists have warned that this season could be unusually active, with as many as 18 major storms or hurricanes expected in the Caribbean region. 7 June 2011United Nations peacekeepers and humanitarian staff are helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. read more

Senior UN refugee official visiting the southern Caucasus

The Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees, Kamel Morjane, arrived in Armenia early yesterday. He met with the country’s Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan later in the day. Mr. Morjane is expected to proceed by road to Georgia, visiting a number of refugee sites on the way. He is scheduled to meet Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze at the end of the afternoon. On Saturday, he will leave for Azerbaijan, where he is scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister Artutr Razi-zadeh next Monday. He will stay in Azerbaijan until 9 July. read more

US consumer spending incomes rose in October

US consumer spending, incomes rose in October WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted the fastest 12-month gain in two years.Consumer spending increased 0.3 per cent in October after a revised 0.7 per cent jump in September, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Incomes increased 0.6 per cent, the best showing since April.An inflation gauge closely followed by the Federal Reserve increased 1.4 per cent compared to a year ago. That was the fastest 12-month advance since 2014. The rise was still below the Fed’s 2 per cent target, but with inflation firming, the Fed is expected to boost a key interest rate next month.The inflation gain marked the strongest pace since prices had risen 1.5 per cent for the 12 months ending in October 2014.“These readings continue to move closer to the Fed’s 2 per cent target,” said Gregory Daco, senior economist at Oxford Economics.He predicted inflation would begin to run above 2 per cent early next year, influenced in part by President-elect Donald Trump’s policies to boost spending and cut taxes.Because of this, Daco predicted the Fed would be pushed to a slightly faster pace for raising interest rates. He forecast two rate hikes in 2017 and three in 2018.The 12-month increase in the Fed’s preferred inflation target was a tiny 0.3 per cent a year ago. That reflected a period when oil prices were plunging. The absence of inflationary pressures has been a key reason the Fed has been slow to boost its benchmark interest rate.The central bank is widely expected to increase the rate by a quarter-point at its December meeting, a year after it raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade.With incomes rising faster than spending, the saving rate jumped to 6 per cent in October, up from 5.7 per cent in September.The rise in spending reflected a 1 per cent increase in purchases of durable goods such as autos and a 1.4 per cent rise in spending on nondurable goods. Spending on services such as doctor’s visits and utilities fell by 0.2 per cent in October.Spending is closely watched since it accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity. The overall economy grew at a solid 3.2 per cent rate in the July-September quarter. Analysts believe growth will slow to around 2 per cent in the current quarter.___This headline on this story has been corrected to show that the latest consumer spending report was for October, not September. FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Maddy, left, and her friend Maggie, last names not given, sit with their shopping bags at Union Square in San Francisco. U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months, according to information released Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, by the Commerce Department. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted the fastest 12-month gain in two years. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2016 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oxford firemen rescue teenage bellringer stuck in belfry

first_img“Due to the steepness of the spiral staircase to the bellringing room, there was not the option to carry the casualty out of the church on a stretcher,” he said. “All crews worked well together to achieve a successful outcome, as it required specialist knowledge, equipment and medical expertise.” A teenage bellringer had to be rescued by fire services after being hoisted 40ft into the air in his local church.The 17-year-old learner became entangled in ropes up the tower of St Helen’s Church in Abingdon, Oxon, and was lowered to the floor by fire and rescue services.Using a system of ropes, the team rescued him and an ambulance took him to hospital. Although the teenager sustained injuries to his ankle and shoulder, he was described yesterday by a bellringing colleague as “in good spirits and resting at home”.The incident took place during a practice session of the Abingdon Society of Bellringers, which accepts members as young as 10. Brian Read, the tower captain of St Helen’s Church, said an inquiry will be held.He told The Daily Telegraph that the event was “most upsetting”, but expressed his gratitude to the emergency services for their prompt assistance. “It is a very rare occurrence but it can happen. Like any activity, it cannot be 100 per cent safe.”There were people there at the time who knew what to do and it is very unfortunate that this young man suffered an injury,” he said.Paul Webster, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue station manager, described the incident as “unusual”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Pybar a leading underground mining contractor in automation

first_imgAutomation and the underground mine of tomorrow are themes in the April issue of International Mining. Brendan Rouse, COO, PYBAR Mining Services, notes his company “ taking the lead at the Carrapateena copper-gold project in South Australia by offering some of the latest innovations in support of OZ Minerals’ ultimate vision of the project becoming Australia’s first fully autonomous mine.“This vision strongly aligns with some of our values; safety, service and results, and our commitment to applying innovative technologies that deliver tangible benefits to our clients.“Following the on-schedule completion of the Carrapateena box cut development and portal firing at the end of September 2016, a number of innovative initiatives are now being rolled out during the development of the access decline.“While mine-wide surface support to the backs and walls of excavations has substantially reduced the risk of injury from rock fall, exposure to injury due to loose rock being dislodged from the drill face remains. This hazard is greatest when personnel are installing and charging lifter tubes.”So, PYBAR commenced trials of a spray-on lining membrane, comparing various similar products from several manufacturers. The liner will secure any loose material on the face, providing a safer environment for drillers, nippersand chargehands.“While commonly used in general applications in the coal sector, its application as an alternative to meshing and bolting or shotcreting the face is a first for the Australian hard rock industry,” Rouse explains. The product is easily applied to the face using shotcrete spray rigs and cures rapidly. Early results have been encouraging.Improving safety and productivity with an underground wireless, real time tracking and data communication system is another area in which Pybar is working at Carrapateena. Rouse notes “wireless communication systems that track, schedule and communicate with personnel and machinery have revolutionised open pit operations. Underground, however, has been a different story. Conventional Wi-Fi use has been restricted due to its cost, complexity, poor range and location accuracy of no better than 20 m.Reporting and problem solving is typically retrospective rather than in real time and the solution to accurate tracking of tasks and equipment has proven to be elusive.“Now, the commercialisation of an effective and cost efficient high precision tracking and communications technology has the potential to revolutionise underground operations.“Developed by an Australian mining ICT developer and supplier, the system enables submetre accuracy positioning to track and communicate with personnel and machinery underground in real time.“The infrastructure is powered by core wireless technology invented by the CSIRO, and is believed to be the only dual purpose communications system available globally with this level of capability in the underground environment.“While a number of Australian, and a few international mines, have partially applied this technology for tracking of equipment, we are one of only two mining contractors that have commissioned it for both tracking and data communications.”The application of the technology at Carrapateena will see a phased roll out of the wireless communication and high precision tracking infrastructure and accompanying task management and safety platforms. Phase one consists of a two-way underground digital radio system plus the installation of wireless infrastructure to cover the 500 m to the decline face. “A select number of our heavy and light vehicles will be fitted-out with the system’s mobile nodes and in-vehicle PCs, and set-up with the task management system. This will allow equipment to be visible to other enabled equipment in the work zone, reducing the risk of collision,” Rouse says.The system will allow real time communication and data transfer between supervisors and enabled vehicles and equipment, allowing performance monitoring and problem solving in real time, rather than post-shift.Production information can be directly input to the reporting database by the operators, allowing supervisors and other operators to monitor progress precisely and to better prepare for the next critical-path activity, thereby increasing operational efficiency.In the event of equipment breakdown, offsite electrical maintenance personnel can access the network to assist with diagnosis, parts, technical assistance and repair. No specialist technicians are required on-site.As Rouse reports, “it is widely accepted that without sophisticated communications infrastructure and platforms, autonomous mining simply isn’t achievable. As such, the system represents critical infrastructure on Carrapateena’s journey to autonomous mining.”Increasing drill rig safety with a jumbo safety system is another innovation. Initiatives for the continuous improvement of employee safety and well-being remain a core focus throughout the industry.Rouse: “A known risk underground is the potential for entanglement in exposed rotating drill steels. While this risk is managed through safety procedures, technology is now available which can provide another layer of protection.“At Carrapateena, PYBAR is retrofitting an advanced safety system to its two jumbos onsite. The system uses laser scanners to measure the location of people around the drill and automatically disables the functions of drilling and boom movement should anyone inadvertently pass into the operating zone in front of the drill rig. Carrapateena will be one of the first mines globally to deploy the system.“With safety a core value, this is an important initiative for PYBAR as we continuously seek to improve safety in the workplace. Carrapateena is a high speed development project. Hence, the use of technology that facilitates increased development productivity is a core initiative, Rouse explains.“PYBAR is applying semi-autonomous technology to its LHD that allows for waste [loading] to be undertaken while exhausting toxic fumes following a blast. By shortening the face cycle time, it is expected to deliver significant productivity benefits.”The system allows autonomous navigation capability from the load point to the stockpile within the low visibility area without any operator guidance. The system can steer the loader while engaged in up to fourth gear if the roadway is suitable, hence optimising the cycle time. The operator can then switch to conventional tele-remote function for the more complicated activities of bucket filling and dumping at the stockpile. All video and data transfer is via a wireless network over a fibre optic backbone.“While the system is being rolled out to various sites across Australia, Carrapateena will be the first to apply the technology for development and stockpile application purposes,” says Rouse.“We anticipate exciting safety, productivity and efficiency improvements at Carrapateena as a result of these initiatives. Our early adoption provides an opportunity to establish a strong competitive advantage for our clients and PYBAR.“These programs, and others, will be closely monitored over the coming months with a view to applying them at other PYBAR sites on a best-forproject basis.”last_img read more

PAX East 2017 Hands On With DRAGON QUEST HEROES II

first_img The term “fanservice” tends to get thrown at just about any installment of any gaming franchise with at least one eye on nostalgia or fan-appreciation, but Koei-Tecmo may have discovered the purest distillation of the form with its Dynasty Warriors spin-offs. As it turns out, the famously simple gameplay is essentially: “Go to X spot on the map, throttle a dozen enemies with satisfying/visually-spectacular one-button attacks, repeat” of the mega-popular Japanese hack-and-slash franchise. It’s ideally suited to letting players experience an “exciting parts only” vision of characters and settings from their favorite properties – short on depth but high on cathartic payoff (think The Avengers if there wasn’t a whole movie before “I’m always angry.”)The main series (which is based on a loose retelling of classical Chinese military history) has already spun-off to include other historical eras such as Samurai Warriors and Legends of Troy. But it’s in providing a simple hack n’ slash version of other series from across pop-culture that has turned into a money-printing machine for the franchise. Gundam, One Piece, Fist of The North Star and even the Legend of Zelda series have all gotten “Muso” spin-offs to varying degrees of success, and Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series is due for the treatment later this year. But the most eyebrow-raising installment was 2015’s Dragon Quest Heroes, based on the venerable JRPG franchise from Square-Enix whose old-school turn-based gameplay was seemingly the furthest thing from a Dynasty Warriors game imaginable.But the game (full title: Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below – no, really) was a major success, particularly in Japan, where Dragon Quest’s popularity is only slightly less reliable than that of oxygen. So a sequel was almost immediately greenlit and released in Japan last May. And though Koei-Tecmo has taken its sweet time to get the game localized for international gamers, Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End is scheduled to hit PlayStation 4 and Windows PC platforms in April of 2017. It has a compilation featuring both titles arriving as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch with a TBD U.S. release date. A playable demo of the game’s English-language port was recently featured at the Penny Arcade Expo East.Even if you missed the previous title if you’re even passingly familiar with both the Dynasty Warriors and Dragon Quest series the setup is somewhat self-explanatory. You move a party of characters (cycling between them at the push of a button) culled from the deep backlog of DQ heroes around a world map from mission to mission, engaging groups of enemy monsters from the games with light and heavy weapon attacks and character-specific magic attacks selected from an option-wheel. Some elements like world-maps, towns and “battle stages” have been incorporated to bring the experience nominally closer to a more traditional Dragon Quest experience, but there’s still no mistaking your primary focus: Find monsters, mash buttons, enjoy the show.With gameplay held to such a simple (yet finely-tuned – Koei-Tecmo has essentially been making and remaking Dynasty Warriors since 1997) formula, it’s up to the aesthetics to hold your attention long-term; and as with the other “Muso” spin-offs, the pitch to individual gamers is fairly straightforward. If you like what this is based on, you’ll probably like this. Both DQ Heroes games lovingly recreate the iconic monsters and warriors of the series (designed, as ever, by Dragon Ball legend Akira Toriyama) in appropriately-cartoonish 3D. All to the tune of fresh arrangements of the series’ legendary music score.Is it fun? As in all other areas, that’s going to depend on how much you like Dragon Quest and whether or not that will translate to liking a chance to romp around through a grab-bag of the series’ iconography. While enormously popular in Japan, neither DQ or the Warriors franchise has achieved more than cult status stateside, so it’ll be interesting to see how the sequel actually lands when it gets here. But as far as diehard fans are concerned their copy is already purchased, and for such fans, Dragon Quest Heroes II will almost certainly deliver. PAX East 2017 Hand’s On: HUNTDOWNPAXEast 2017 Hand’s On With ToeJam & Earl Stay on targetlast_img read more

These Robot Delivery Dogs Bring Packages Right to Your Door

first_imgStay on target 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Who let the robo-dogs out? At CES 2019, Continental demonstrated their package delivery concept — and it involves robo-taxis driving canine-inspired robots that autonomously bring deliveries right to your doorstep.With the Continental Urban Mobility Experience (CUbE), the tech company hopes to provide a “seamless mobility chain,” comprised of a driverless vehicle and a delivery robot to deliver packages all the way to the customers – even when they’re not able to physically receive them.Of course, autonomous delivery vehicles are not new anymore. In Arizona, compact driverless R1 “pods” are already hitting the roads to save locals from a run to the grocery store. But the customer still needs to go outside to grab their deliveries.Continental’s proposal will eliminate the need to even go out and meet the van, but deploying delivery robo-dogs that can navigate sidewalks, walk up front porch steps, go right to the door, and even ring doorbells.“With the help of robot delivery, Continental’s vision for seamless mobility can extend right to your doorstep. Our vision of cascaded robot delivery leverages a driverless vehicle to carry delivery robots, creating an efficient transport team,” said Ralph Lauxmann, head of systems and technology for Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “Both are electrified, both are autonomous, and in principle, both can be based on the same scalable technology portfolio.”Photo Credit: Continental AGContinental believes the concept will be important as online shopping continues to surge and delivery costs per hour rise. And to reduce idle times, the CUbE’s driverless vehicles can be used as an addition to public mass transport.“There will be peaks in demand for driverless vehicles during the day. To make use of driverless vehicles outside those peak ‘rush’ hours is where robot-delivery comes in,” said Jeremy McClain, director of systems and technology for Continental North America.He adds: “We see great potential in our automotive technology to support robotics companies in developing autonomous delivery robots as an additional use case for driverless vehicles.”More on Geek.com:Yandex’s Self-Driving Car Is a High-Tech RideSex Toy Stripped of CES 2019 Award Because VaginasWalker the Robot Is Here to Help Manage Your Smart Homelast_img read more

10/3 Previews for 205 Live, NXT and Mae Young Classic on the new Wednesday…

first_img 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterest WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Twitter Facebook The new Wednesday night lineup on the WWE Network continues tonight (October 3).Kicking things off at 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 CT) is a new episode of 205 Live featuring TJP vs. Kalisto and Jack Gallagher vs. Akira Tozawa, which was taped on Tuesday.WWE NXT premieres a new episode at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) featuring EC3 vs. Lars Sullivan, an appearance by NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano vs. Tony Nese, Candice LeRae vs. Lacey Evans and The Forgotten Sons in action.Four more matches will then be featured on the Mae Young Classic to close out the night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (8:00 CT) with the start of the second round. Scheduled for tonight’s episode includes Meiko Satomura vs. Mercedes Martinez, Kacy Catanzaro vs. Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto and Lacey Lane vs. Taynara Conti.last_img read more

Update Robber at iQ Credit Union branch skips fundraiser cash

first_imgAs Jeremy Brock stood at the counter at iQ Credit Union just before noon Tuesday, his focus was on depositing the $6,000 cash in his hand. He chatted with the teller, explaining how the money was from a fundraiser for a friend who has been in a coma since Jan. 15.He had no idea the man standing to his left was robbing the place.“I’m always head-on-a-swivel,” Brock said. “Unless I’m getting robbed, apparently.”Brock stood 3 feet from the robber, stacks of fundraiser cash spread across the counter, as the man allegedly slipped a note demanding cash to another teller. Later, that teller told Brock the man was eyeing the fundraiser money. The robber left without Brock’s deposit, however.That might have been because of how Brock looked. The tugboat captain trainee is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds; the robber — described as a black man wearing a black cap, a black shirt with white lettering and a black hooded sweatshirt — was only 5 feet 5 inches tall. Also, Brock had taken a break from working in his backyard to deposit the money and was still wearing his mud boots, basketball shorts and a poncho from Mexico.“I looked like hell,” he said.It’s also possible, Brock said, that the robber may have overheard him talking about his friend, Vancouver resident Luke Ashe, and the community effort to raise money for his medical care. The $6,000 was nearly half of the money raised at a Feb. 24 auction Brock spent weeks organizing.last_img read more

MySpace reportedly loses 50 million songs uploaded over 12 years

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 5:30 Internet Services Music MySpace may have lost 12 years of music in a “server migration project.” Lionel Bonaventure / AFP/Getty Images MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration.”As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” it said in a note at the top of the site.”We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.” Tags 5center_img Comments Share your voice Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that it could mean millions of songs uploaded between the site’s Aug. 1, 2003 launch and 2015 are gone for good.”Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists,” he wrote Sunday.”I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than ‘we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s,’ ” Baio noted.MySpace didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It might seem like a dim and distant memory now, but MySpace was an essential springboard for musicians like Arctic Monkeys in 2005 and the most popular site in the US in 2006. It was got a makeover back in 2013, when it was refurbished and rebranded as a cool place to share music and video.First published at 5:07 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:44 a.m. PT: Adds background detail. MySpace is still alive but it’s nothing like it was 15…last_img read more

AK Community fights back against Seldovia land buyouts

first_imgZane Henning, a friend of Greg Davis, with Backer’s Island in the background. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)Download audioOver the last eight years, a California man has snatched up dozens of parcels of land in the small community of Seldovia, on Kachemak Bay.His work on that property has dragged him into legal disputes with the city of Seldovia and some of his neighbors.During Greg Davis’ first years in Seldovia, residents were concerned about the amount of property he was buying, but they weren’t overly alarmed.Bretwood Higman says he met Davis about five years ago. He didn’t see him much after that, but Higman’s father became good friends with Davis. Then in the summer of 2015, Higman says Davis’ tone in town started to change.The city of Seldovia considers this a public road and is suing Greg Davis to restore access to it. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)“He seemed to have this vision, and he talked about this, this vision of improving Seldovia and coming in from the outside buying…he talks about buying properties because they were ugly and improving them, cleaning them up,” Higman said.Davis owns 42 pieces of property, inside and outside of Seldovia city limits, through his family business Precious Earth. Seldovians say that’s a lot of land for one man, especially in a town that recorded a population of only 233 people in 2014.“To make it into a soundbite: he came and tried to buy a town and it doesn’t want to be bought,” Higman said.Higman’s family owns beach property surrounded by Davis’ land. They can access it by water and by walking the beach during low tide. But for about 35 years, Higman says, the family has mainly used a trail that crosses Davis’ land.Higman says Davis recently told his family he didn’t want them to use the trail anymore. Last year, Davis put up a no trespassing sign. Higman’s mother crossed Davis’ property at least twice after that but the police declined to intervene. Higman says from there, things escalated.“He sent this email where he lays out very clearly this threat of physical violence, that he would take the law into his own hands and he’s threatening that against my family,” Higman said.Most other residents in town agree. Jeremiah Campbell bought the Boardwalk Hotel in Seldovia about three years ago. He says Davis made a lot of other residents mad when he burned down a historic cabin that sat on his Backer’s island property. He says it wasn’t environmentally friendly.“(He) burned it for a period of about four days, just a plume of black smoke,” Campbell said. “The community wasn’t real happy with that.”There are also hard feelings over a road Davis was building out to the island. Residents worried the work could damage critical habitat. Davis and a friend also blocked part of what the city considers to be a public road after discovering it cut through a corner of one of his properties.The city of Seldovia ordered them to move the barricades, and they refused. Now the city is suing to force them to comply.“Property lines in Seldovia are weird like a lot of small towns in Southeast and stuff,” Campbell said. “So a lot of folks have gotten together and said, ‘hey, no harm no foul. If you’re good I’m good and we’ll just let it be. You’ve got your shed on my property my fence is on your property.’”But, Campbell says, Greg Davis doesn’t feel the same way.Davis himself didn’t want to be interviewed for this story, but he wrote in an email that his mission is, “to as quickly as possible, create the greatest good, for the most people…”Zane Henning is one of Davis’ only supporters in town. He’s the friend who helped Davis set up the barricades. He says there’s nothing wrong with what they did because it isn’t a road, it’s private property.“When you own property, you can do with it what you want as long as it’s within the regulations of the city code….property rights and property boundaries have been embedded in our constitution,” Henning said.(Photo courtesy Bretwood Higman)Henning says he and his wife live right in front of the property Davis and the city are fighting over. They don’t understand why so much of the town doesn’t like Davis.“Because there’s been this underlying tone throughout town…it’s not underlying it’s clear and above board,” Henning said. “I mean everybody makes statements all the time that they don’t like Greg Davis.”Henning says some of that dislike goes back to the amount of property Davis owns.“There was 42 people that didn’t want to be here anymore and Greg bought their properties. It’s great for them. He likes real estate. He thinks that this is one of the most beautiful places he’s ever been in the world. And so he’s buying property,” Henning said. “He’s got the money to buy the property and when he gets a good deal on a piece of property, he buys it. I don’t see the negative.”Higman says Davis is basically fighting a battle against the town and he has no idea how it’s going to end.“I think the thing that Greg completely doesn’t see and I wish he could is that Seldovia is a pretty awesome place,” Higman said. “We’ve been doing alright.”Higman says if Davis felt the same, he might have a better relationship with his neighbors.last_img read more

New magnetoresistance effect leads to fourstate memory device

first_img The researchers, Can Onur Avci et al., at MIT and ETH Zürich, have published a paper on the new memory concept in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.”With some device and structural optimization, the bit density of existing random access memory devices may be increased by several factors, with the possibility of all-electrical operation,” Avci told Phys.org.Magnetoresistance effects date back to around 1850, when Lord Kelvin demonstrated that applying a magnetic field to a metal object increases the object’s electric resistance in one direction and decreases it in the perpendicular direction. Since then, several other types of magnetoresistance have been discovered. Most notably, Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of giant magnetoresistance, which is used to make magnetic field sensors that are found in many of the hard disk drives in today’s computers.In 2015, scientists discovered the newest magnetoresistance effect, called unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance. This effect differs from other kinds of magnetoresistance in that the change in resistance depends on the direction of either the magnetization or the electric current. As the scientists explain, this direction-dependent effect occurs because the spin-polarized electrons created by the spin Hall effect in a nonmagnetic layer are deflected in opposite directions by the magnetization of the adjacent magnetic layer. Previously, this new effect was demonstrated in two-layer structures consisting of a nonmagnetic and a magnetic layer. But by adding another magnetic layer, the researchers achieved a great potential advantage for memories: the ability to distinguish between not just two, but four magnetic states. Other types of magnetoresistance effects are only sensitive to the relative orientation of the magnetizations (parallel or antiparallel), although it’s possible to have four distinct magnetic states. Because the new effect is sensitive to the magnetization direction of individual layers, it can distinguish between all four states.The researchers then demonstrated four distinct resistance levels corresponding to the four different magnetic states in their three-layer device. They showed that the four resistance levels can be read out by a simple electric measurement, paving the way for the development of an all-electrical multi-bit-per-cell memory device.The researchers expect that it will be possible to scale up this memory device to higher bit densities by adding more layers, which could realistically enable eight different magnetization states, each with its own unique resistance level. In the future, the researchers also plan to look for materials that exhibit a larger unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance effect, which would further enhance the performance of these memory devices. (Left) With a single ferromagnetic layer, the system has two resistance levels. (Right) Adding another ferromagnet to the system creates four levels of resistance, corresponding to the four different magnetic states indicated by the arrows. Credit: Avci et al. ©2017 American Institute of Physics (Phys.org)—In 2015, scientists discovered a new magnetoresistance effect—that is, a new way in which magnetization affects a material’s electric resistance—but hadn’t yet found a promising application for the discovery, beyond the existing technologies. Now in a new paper, the same researchers have demonstrated that the effect can be used to design memories with four distinct stable magnetic states, allowing the memories to store four bits of information in a single magnetic structure. More information: Can Onur Avci et al. “A multi-state memory device based on the unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4983784ABSTRACTWe report on a memory device concept based on the recently discovered unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance (USMR), which can store multiple bits of information in a single ferromagnetic heterostructure. 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first_imgAs is Oscar Wilde’s own equally tragic response to this story ‘The Fisherman And His Soul’.Sacha at the Queens House at the National Maritime Museum | Photo: Instagram @sachamermaidhunterTo celebrate this hidden history just before Pride this year we ran a drag-filled screening of ‘The Little Mermaid’ as part of a queer takeover of the Museum called ‘Fish Out Of Water’ during Pride in London.The event sold out and was so successful that we are looking to do future screenings of popular films that connect with our collections in the future, to draw out further stories of people from across the full spectrum of sexual and gender identities.Sacha and drag queen performers at ‘Fish Out of Water’ event | Photo: Instagram @sachamermaidhunterTrans identities and their link to mermaidsAnd now, in the 21st century, the mermaid has become the namesake for ‘Mermaids UK’ a major transgender youth network in the UK.For the past 3 years, I have been working with a group of young people from this network to produce a new piece of art for the gallery at the National Maritime Museum.One of the parents says mermaids are the perfect symbol for the charity because many young gender-fluid children latch onto stories of mermaids. Partly because they can transform and their gender is not related to external biological sex.Another mum says her trans daughter who uses the charity, says its because ‘mermaids don’t have obvious genders.’The finished artwork is a reinterpretation of a merperson with elements from the mythology of sea-dwelling beings with a powerful gender-fluid twist.Check back soon as it will be on display in the National Maritime Museum’s new permanent gallery ‘Sea Things’ opening 20 September 2018.Armada Portrait after conservation, on display in the Queens House (Note the mermaid in the bottom right) | Photo: National Maritime Museum, LondonEmbrace your inner merpersonSo there you have it, mermaids, mermen, and merfolk have a legacy that stretches around the world and throughout history. And it’s all super queer.Mermaids are creatures that can change form, they are part of another world, they are beautiful, powerful and sometimes even dangerous.They also bring stories to light from across the full spectrum of queer identities.So next time you stick on some fake scales for a party or think of wearing a revealing Aquaman outfit for Halloween, take a moment to consider the powerful queer legacy that you are part of.And then, like I do every day, embrace your inner merperson!Read more from Gay Star News:Unicorns are the queer icons of our time Prince Harry thinks trans charity Mermaids are ‘amazing’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Unicorns are the queer icons of our timeMy sketchy experience emailing this anti-LGBTI authorSam Smith on these ’embarrassing’ Brandon Flynn kissing picsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-man-mermaid-hunter-job/ Daily Mail thinks this fish is transgender and readers are hilariously outraged Just to be clear I do not live as a mermaid, unlike some Instagram folk I’ve come across who swim around with a fishtail.Nor do I spend my life bedecked in seashell bras lounging on rocks! Though that’s a shame.I am instead obsessed with mermaids in popular culture. The perfect example? I literally screamed at the screen when a mermaid costume task featured on the last season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.And the real reason I am infatuated with these sirens of the sea is down to my job. I’m the community manager at the National Maritime Museum in London.And my obsession with mermaids extends beyond the creature. I believe they deserve a space on the queer mantelpiece alongside the rainbow flag, and maybe even Unicorns too…[embedded content]How I became a mermaid hunterI am lucky to work in a museum, devoted to the sea, surrounded by incredible collections, artifacts, and paintings with mermaids everywhere. But the real privilege of my job is finding ways to connect diverse groups of people today with their heritage in the past.The symbol has always appealed to me. I grew up with stories of selkies at bedtime and watching Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ until the VHS wore out.Then as a nerdy gay teenager, these mythical creatures continued their powerful appeal. But one, that I couldn’t put my finger on.It is an interest has grown into a full-fledged obsession. Especially since I began exploring hidden queer stories behind merfolk from an LGBTI perspective.Allegory, the Ship of State and the lascivious mermaids in our collection | Photo: National Maritime Museum, LondonAll of this began when I found myself thinking about how mermaids seem incredibly popular within my own circle of friends.Just spend a few minutes on Tumblr and you’ll find that mermaid themed hair, t-shirts, theme parties, Starbucks coffees, drag, and sing-alongs are all hugely popular with adult gay men.Turns out this obsession is not just popular among gay men. There is lesbian mermaid poetry, queer merman erotica, gender-flipped ‘Little Mermaid’ YouTube parodies and queer feminist mermaid folklore analyses.It is actually an obsession ubiquitous to the whole LGBTI community.The cogs in my brain went into overload. I began wondering why mermaids are so popular with LGBTI people today?YASS Rainbows. (and Sacha) | Photo: Instagram @sachamermaidhunterA brief queer history of  mermaidsOne of the most famous stories about mermaids in the western world is ‘The Little Mermaid.’ But it wasn’t originally by Disney, it was written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837.Hans’s love letters have led many historians to believe he was biromantic.One of he mentioned a stong affection for often was Edvard Collin.The two exchanged letters, with Hans telling Collin: ‘I long for you as though you were a beautiful Calabrian girl’.But in a tragic twist, Hans only wrote the original version of his classic fairytale, after finding out that Edvard was marrying a woman.This was my attempt at Puk from #midsummernightsdream circa 90’s snowboard holiday | Photo: Instagram @sachamermaidhunterHans’s original is a much darker tale than the later Disney adaptation. The half-formed protagonist with a doomed voiceless love and enough pain and heartbreak to shake a trident at – it’s easy to see parrallels to what happened in his life.And Disney’s seemingly happy ending that is given to Ariel masks another painful queer story.The writer of much of the music for the film was Howard Ashman, a gay man who whilst working on the film was diagnosed with HIV. He sadly died before finishing his work on ‘Beauty and The Beast’.Songs such as ‘Part of Your World’ an ode to misfits the world over, and the character Ursula the sea witch, who was based on drag queen Divine, owe their existence to this incredible man.Sacha outside the National Maritime Museum | Photo: Instagram @sachamermaidhunterThe Little Mermaid is queer on so many levelsMany queer artists have resonated with the story that expresses forbidden same-sex love.Evelyn DeMorgan’s painting The Sea Maidens, currently on display in the Queen’s House, where the artist depicts her beloved model Jane Hales over and over again as sensuous mermaids languishing over each other is a perfect example. My name is Sacha and I am a mermaid fanatic.So much so, I’ve literally made part of my career about hunting mermaids. Meet the guys dressing as mermen Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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