Hurricane Irma intensifies to Category 4

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 No matter what the future holds for Irma’s path and intensity, the NHC advises, “Everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season.”Forecast: Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, BahamasLeeward IslandsIrma is expected to make its closest pass to the Leeward Islands late Tuesday through Wednesday and will likely be an intense hurricane at that time, possibly still a Category 4.Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are expected within the hurricane warning area of the Leeward Islands by Tuesday night, and tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected by late Tuesday.Preparations should be rushed to completion in the Leeward Islands at this time.The exact strength of the winds will be dependent on the path of Irma’s circulation center near the Leeward Islands.Major wind damage can be expected if the eyewall of Irma cruises through the Leeward Islands, including Saint Martin and Anguilla. Storm-surge flooding, high surf and rip currents will also be dangers, and heavy rain could contribute to flooding and mudslides, as well.The NHC says that a storm surge of 6 to 9 feet above normal tide levels is possible in the extreme northern Leeward Islands near and north of where the center tracks.Rainfall totals in the Leeward Islands may total 3 to 6 inches, with locally 10 inches in spots. U.S. Forecast: Watching Florida, Southeast CloselyIt is too soon to speculate on the specifics surrounding the U.S. threat from Irma, but the hurricane is forecast to remain powerful as it draws closer to Florida later this week.As mentioned before, the vast majority of the forecast guidance indicates Irma will begin to turn more to the north by this weekend. The strength and expansiveness of the Bermuda-Azores high over the Atlantic Ocean and the timing, depth and location of a southward dip in the jet stream near the eastern U.S. will dictate where that northward turn occurs.(MORE: Why the U.S. Forecast is Uncertain)For now, all residents along the Southeast coast and eastern Gulf Coast, including Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, should monitor the progress of Irma closely.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its advisory late Monday afternoon that the chances of Irma affecting parts of Florida later this week or this weekend are increasing. In addition, rough surf and dangerous boating conditions will exist throughout the southeastern U.S. coastline by late week.Destructive winds, storm-surge inundation, pounding surf and heavy rainfall could all be potential threats from Irma in the southeast U.S. Determining where those impacts will occur and how serious they may be is too early to determine. For the next five days, Irma will move west, then west-northwest on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, centered in the central Atlantic.(INTERACTIVE MAP: Track Irma)By this weekend, Irma will begin to turn north in the direction of a departing southward dip in the jet stream that will set up in the eastern United States. Where that northward turn occurs will be critical for what impacts Irma may bring to parts of the southeastern United States.Here’s a general overview of the timing for impacts from Irma into this weekend.Potential Impact TimingLeeward Islands: Late Tuesday-WednesdayPuerto Rico/Virgin Islands: Wednesday-ThursdayDominican Republic/Haiti: Thursday-FridayTurks and Caicos: Thursday-FridayBahamas: Friday-this weekendCuba: Friday-this weekendSoutheast United States: This weekend into early next week (possibly as early as Friday in South Florida) Current Storm StatusThe highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone. Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands. This includes Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the Virgin Islands and Guadeloupe.In addition, a tropical storm warning has been issued for Guadeloupe, and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica. From the Weather Channel Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands, and a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Irma will move close to the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico into midweek, and then near Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, Cuba and the Bahamas late week into this weekend.This weekend into early next week, Irma will turn north and likely impact a portion of the U.S. coastline.It’s too soon to know exactly what impacts to expect in the U.S. and where they will occur, but the chances of Irma impacting Florida are increasing.Hurricane Irma is a growing threat to the continental United States, with impacts possibly beginning in Florida later this week. Before that, Irma will bring dangerous conditions to the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Cuba.Below is everything we know about Irma right now, including its latest status, along with potential forecast impacts in the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands.Irma’s Latest Status, TimingThe center of Irma is located about 450 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving westward at about 13 mph.Irma has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, and satellite imagery shows that it has become better organized in the past day with an eye now clearly evident. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Low wind shear, increased mid-level moisture and ample oceanic-heat content favor that Irma will remain a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) for the next several days, though some intensity fluctuations are likely at times.(LATEST NEWS: Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Possible Hurricane Irma Strike)One potential inhibitor of Irma maintaining its intensity would be if the hurricane’s core interacts with land as it cruises westward near the Greater Antilles later this week. Please enter your comment! Projected PathThe red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herecenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSHurricane IrmaThe Weather Channel Previous articleLabor Daze: The bizarre beginning to the Labor Day celebrationNext articleUpdating: Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and CubaIrma could pass near Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Cuba late this week into the weekend as a major hurricane.Residents and visitors in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Irma and make preparations for a possible direct strike.It’s too early to determine the extent of any impacts at this time. Follow the advice of local officials in the days ahead for instruction.(MORE: Beware ‘I’ Hurricanes)Check back with for updates on Irma through the week ahead for the very latest. We will be updating our coverage of Irma frequently based on the latest forecast guidance for its future track and intensity.This is the first time the name Irma has been used for an Atlantic tropical storm or hurricane. Irma replaced the name Irene after it was retired for the damage it caused in the Bahamas and the U.S. during the 2011 hurricane season. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Puerto Rico and the Virgin IslandsOnce again, the exact path of Irma’s center will determine the strength of the winds and any storm-surge impacts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands starting Wednesday.Hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are possible in the hurricane watch area by late Wednesday, with tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) possible earlier in the day.High surf and dangerous rip currents will be impacts no matter where the center of Irma tracks in relation to the islands.The NHC says that a storm surge of 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels is possible in the Virgin Islands, except St. Croix.Additionally, a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is possible along the northern coast of Puerto Rico, along with a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet along the southern coast of Puerto Rico and St. Croix.Heavy rain bands are also likely to affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which may result in flooding and mudslides. Tropical-Storm-Force Wind ProbabilitiesThe shaded colors represent the probability of any one location experiencing tropical-storm-force winds from Irma in the next five days. Rainfall Forecast Through ThursdayLocalized higher amounts are possible. Watches and WarningsA watch means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours. Irma’s Steering Late Week  Irma has strengthened to a Category 4 hurricane, and additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two. A Growing Threat for U.S.; Hurricane Warnings Issued for Leeward Islands, Hurricane Watch Hoisted in Puerto Ricolast_img read more

Fire Safety Fund opens to help reduce electrical fire accidents in homes

first_img Howard Lake | 5 March 2020 | News Tagged with: Funding Fire Safety Fund opens to help reduce electrical fire accidents in homes  477 total views,  1 views today Consumer safety charity Electrical Safety First has opened its Fire Safety Fund. The grants will fund initiatives that help reduce electrical fires and accidents in UK homes.Electricity is responsible for over half of all domestic fires in the UK. The Fire Safety Fund is open to community services which promote an electrical safety message. These include local fire and rescue services, Trading Standards and charities.Electrical Safety First offers grants of up to £5,000 per organisation but, in exceptional circumstances, awards of up to £20,000 can be considered for collaborative and/or larger projects. Preference will be given to those applications that:address the risks of fires associated with the use of electrical products and appliances, orshow a particularly creative approach in raising awareness of these issues.The awards are made biennially and the closing date for this year’s entries is 3 April 2020.“By supporting grass-roots projects, we can provide a direct benefit to communities, through project-based partnerships”, said Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First. “The fund, which has now been running for nine years, has supported a host of different activities. These range from checking electric blankets for the elderly and hosting events targeting hard to reach communities, to raising awareness of electrical safety with schoolchildren in deprived areas.”center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  478 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5last_img read more

Thursday night football game proving difficult for administration, students

first_imgNick Stephens Linkedin Nick Stephens Nick Stephens Previous articlePower outage affects campus TuesdayNext articleYard signs: A throwback in the digital age Nick Stephens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Nick Stephens TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson calls out a play at the line of scrimmage against Texas in Austin. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printTCU quarterback Shawn Robinson calls out a play at the line of scrimmage against Texas in Austin. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.TCU football’s nationally televised matchup Thursday night against Texas Tech is giving the administration headaches in two primary areas–parking and education.Parking on campus is already a hot topic (see here or here), and game day protocols mean commuter students and faculty will have to be bused in from remote lots.Pair that with concern over students skipping class in anticipation of the contest, and you can see why administrators might not love the idea.“Thursday night games, to put it bluntly, are an abomination,” said Provost Nowell Donovan. “We are an institution of higher learning, not an athletic support facility.”Trevone Boykin finished with 388 yards in TCU’s 40-10 Thursday night win over West Virginia in 2015. Photo by TCU 360.Due to the Big 12 Conference’s television contract with ESPN, member universities are required to host occasional Thursday night games. The last time that happened at TCU was in 2015 when the Horned Frogs defeated West Virginia, 40-10.Donovan said parking is the university’s biggest concern. Supporters pay for parking spots on game days, meaning students have to move their cars Wednesday night by 10 p.m..It’s even tougher for commuter students and faculty, who will have to find somewhere to park off campus or figure out another way to get there.One option is to use Uber. Use the code ‘BEATTECH’ to get a $10 discount Thursday.“We’re trying to make the best of an imperfect hand which we’ve been played,” Donovan said. “I just hope that my faculty colleagues will deliver their usual high-quality lectures and that our commuter students will decide to go to class.” Facebook + posts High school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survivescenter_img ReddIt High school hoops: Paschal and FWCD fall, Arlington Heights wins road tilt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution High school hoops: FWCD falls, Paschal and Arlington Heights win nail-biters Remote parking is available at the new Dickies Arena. Breakfast will be provided by TCU Student Affairs from 7 to 9 a.m.The bus shuttle service will run continuously from 4 a.m. to midnight Thursday.Administrators aren’t the only ones with concerns. Victor Norris, a senior history major,  said he is worried about what a Thursday game will mean for students.“Sadly, drinking is part of our culture, so some students are going to skip class to get drunk the whole day,” Norris said. “That will carry over into Friday, so it’s a really bad concept.”Students study in the library. Photo by TCU 360.Senior graphic design major Christopher Brown agreed that some students will skip class Thursday, but he also stressed the academic downside.“Thursday games can be kind of cool, but at the same time it’s disruptive to the week,” Brown said. “I have to move my study schedule around and I have to wake up early Friday morning after a late night.”Donovan understands these concerns, but he said the decision to hold class Thursday was easy because students need to attend their lectures.“I’m sure that doesn’t apply to football players on Thursday, you know,” Donovan added with a laugh. “You know, the lads have got to get prepared and all the rest of it.”Greer Baiano contributed to this report. Twitter Nick Stephens High school hoops: Paschal and Arlington Heights win, struggles continue for Country Day TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin ReddIt Nick is a senior journalism student from Cleveland, Ohio. He covers the TCU soccer team for TCU 360. Nick is an honors student and is minoring in music.last_img read more

Division of Recreation announces Co-Ed Youth Floor Hockey registration

first_imgRegistration will be held each weekday at the City Hall Recreation Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The Recreation Division will supply equipment such as goalie equipment, hockey sticks specially designed for indoor use, hockey balls and hockey goals.Games will be played Mondays and/or Tuesday nights, at either 6, 7, or 8 p.m., at Robinson School.The deadline for all applications & payment is December 22. All applications & payment must be returned to Room #13 in City Hall. The season is tentatively set to begin on Monday, January 8, 2018. For further information call Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email [email protected] Mayor Jimmy Davis has announced that the Recreation Division has begun registration for the Co-Ed Indoor Floor Hockey League for children in grades 2nd through 8th. The fee for the Co-Ed Indoor Floor Hockey League is $25 per player. The fees collected will go towards the costs of running the program. The fee is non-refundable. The $25 fee includes a game shirt.All individuals who sign up will be placed on a team by the Division of Recreation. Individual applications are available in the Recreation Office.last_img read more

Drama in Jaipur as Jos Buttler mankaded by R Ashwin

first_imgRAVICHANDRA Ashwin has reignited the spirit-of-cricket debate by running out non-striker Jos Buttler without bowling the ball. It turns out the dismissal was touch and go when it comes to being within the laws of the game.Running in to deliver the penultimate delivery of his final over, Ashwin stopped after entering his delivery stride. Buttler didn’t have his eye on the bowler and slipped out of the crease.As soon as he saw that, Ashwin simply turned around and broke the stumps at the non-strikers’ end with the batsman out of his crease. The decision was sent up to the third umpire, who didn’t need much time to send Buttler on his way.Rajasthan Royals’ Buttler had an unpleasant exchange with Ashwin, the Kings XI Punjab captain, while the third umpire made his decision. He walked off angry, and was seen shouting in the general direction of one of the dugouts.Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ashwin said of the incident: “Look, it was very instinctive. On my part, it was very instinctive. It was not planned or anything like that. It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there.“I don’t understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it’s rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else. Neither was Jos Buttler playing there nor was I played so it’s very pertinent to just not compare two people..”This was not the first time Buttler had been run out backing up too far. On air in host broadcaster Star Sports’ “Dugout”, Kumar Sangakkara pointed out how, in a game against Sri Lanka in 2014, Buttler was run out in a similar fashion after two warnings by Sachithra Senanayake.The question here, though, was whether Buttler would have been inside his crease had Ashwin not stopped at the point of delivery.The updated law 41.16 says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”The wording “expected to release the ball” leaves room for subjectivity, which is where Ashwin’s assertion that he hadn’t even loaded becomes critical. If the bowler hadn’t even loaded, as Ashwin said, is it possible to estimate a time when he was “expected to release the ball”?Royals’ coach Paddy Upton, though, didn’t bother about the technicalities. He was miffed, and it showed in the press conference. “I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him, when I looked at his team-mates,” Upton said, “and I’m not sure it represented his team-mates.I think we’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of things they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. But for us, we’re certainly here to play cricket and entertain the fans and be good role models for people who love the game.”Buttler was looking in control of the chase of 185 at that time, having scored 69 off 43. His wicket, though, triggered a collapse as hosts Rajasthan Royals lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose by 14 runs. Every wicket brought about loud boos from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium crowd.At the end of the match, Buttler shook Ashwin’s hand, but refused to look his way. Just behind Buttler, Upton seemed to have said something to Ashwin while shaking his hand, which made Ashwin stop in his tracks and give them a bemused look.“Part and parcel,” Royals’ captain Ajinkya Rahane said at the post-match presentation. “Sadly we are not allowed to comment on controversial issues. I am sure the match referee will take a call. We take these decisions sportingly.” (ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

A agricultura na África do Sul

first_imgCobrindo 1,2 milhao de quilometros quadrados de terra, a África do Sul representa 1/8 dos EUA e tem sete regioes climaticas, desde o clima mediterranico ate ao subtropical e semi-desertico.Esta sua biodiversidade, aliada a sua longa linha costeira de 3.000 km, servida por sete portos de mar, favorece o cultivo de uma enorme diversidade de produtos marinhos e agricolas, desde os produtos da epoca, citrinos e frutos subtropicais ate aos cereais, la, floricultura, gado e caça.As actividades agricolas variam desde a produçao de safras e agricultura mista, nas chuvas de Inverno e no pico do Verao, passando por criaçao de gado bovino no regiao do bushveld e de ovinos nas regioes mais aridas. O milho e muito cultivado, seguido do trigo, aveia, cana de açucar e girassois.Cerca de 13% da terra na África do Sul pode ser usada para cultivo de safras, mas somente 22% desta percentagem e terra potencialmente aravel. O factor de longe mais limitativo e a disponibilidade de agua, ou a falta dela. A epoca das chuvas nao sucede uniformemente por todo o pais, dai que algumas regioes tem grandes periodos de seca. Praticamente 50% da agua e utilizada para a agricultura, com cerca de 1,3 milhoes de hectares a serem irrigados.Hoje em dia, a África do Sul nao so e auto-suficiente em praticamente todos os principais produtos agricolas, como e tambem um fornecedor importante de produtos alimentares. A economia continua a depender em muito da pequena agricultura e do desenvolvimento da África Austral. Desde 1994 que o governo tem vindo a esforçar-se por incrementar a chamada pequena agricultura.ExportaçoesA África do Sul esta entre os cinco maiores exportadores mundiais de abacate, toranja, tangerina, ameixa, pera, uva de mesa e derivados de avestruz.A agricultura contribui com uns 8% do total de exportaçoes do pais. Os maiores sectores de exportaçao sao o vinho, citrinos, açucar, uvas, milho, sumos de fruta, la, frutas de epoca, como maças, peras, pessegos e alperces.Outros produtos importantes de exportaçao sao o abacate, produtos lacteos, flores, alimentos preparados, curtumes, carne, bebidas nao alcoolicas, ananases, fruta em conserva, nozes, açucar e vinhos.Estao a despontar alguns mercados de nicho, como as bebidas a base de ervas e o marisco de luxo.Vantagens competitivasPara la da biodiversidade do pais, os recursos marinhos, as infra-estruturas de primeira qualidade e os custos competitivos, a agricultura da África do Sul e o sector da agro-industria tem vindo a beneficiar de um acesso ao mercado cada vez maior dos seus parceiros mais relevantes, ou seja, a EU e os Estados Unidos da America, sob a egide de alguns acordos comerciais.A sazonabilidade inversa da África do Sul face a Europa, o seu primeiro mercado de exportaçao para produtos horticolas e floricolas, e outra das enormes vantagens. A África do Sul e o produtor do hemisferio sul de produtos horticolas e floricultura que esta mais perto da Europa, com tempos de embarque notoriamente mais curtos do que os seus concorrentes.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

Supersonic dream alive

first_imgWhile America’s government aeronautical agency NASA works on a Son of Concorde to overcome fast flight’s technological hurdles, a new American consortium is aiming to leapfrog other private developers and be first into the air with a new prototype promising affordable supersonic travel for the first time.With the backing of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space travel venture, America’s Boom Aviation plans to fly a scale model of its 40-seat supersonic transport (SST) in 2017 in preparation for an entry into commercial service by a full-scale model in the early 2020s.“We have the simplest product we can bring to market quickly,” Boom’s founder, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Blake Scholl told from the company’s hanger in Denver, Colorado.“This whole program is geared around how do we make the problem as simple as it can be so we can get faster airplanes in people’s hands as soon as possible.”The Boom project is so pragmatic it doesn’t require a change in regulation – some say overregulation – that has banned supersonic flight over land for more than 40 years, following the emotive campaign by environmentalists against the Concorde in the 1970s.Its revolutionary pitch is to promise supersonic flight at existing business class fares – a quarter of what Concorde was charging before it was grounded in 2002.The Boom SST capitalises on advances in engines and construction materials since Concorde was designed 50 years ago that will enable huge savings in fuel consumption, flying at Mach 2.2 (about 2335 kmh), 10 per cent faster than Concorde.It also doesn’t try to significantly extend Concorde’s flying range, which would balloon the SST’s projected $US200 million purchase price and the fares that an operator would have to charge.Twenty seven years of Concorde…. That means longer trans-oceanic routes across the Pacific would require a Formula One-style pit stop for fuel to offer total trip times around half current subsonic times – six to eight hours from Sydney to Los Angeles, for example, instead of the current 14 hours.“The flight-time savings are enormous,” says Scholl. “If you go (from the US West Coast) to Tokyo, for example, with the stop included it’s about 4.7 hours, where today it’s 11 hours subsonic. It’s a huge speed-up.“We looked at what the aircraft would look like if we went for trans-Pacific non-stop and it becomes a much larger aircraft. It’s no longer 40 seats. It’s probably 60 or 80 and it’s much harder to get to the economics to let you price it for a large market. Concorde had “two really basic problems”, Scholl explains.  “One was the fuel economy was really horrible and that pushed the prices (fares) up. And, two, with 100 seats in the airplane, the prices you had to charge (were high). So the whole thing never found a market.”At current business class fare levels being promised by Boom – typically $US5000 one way from Sydney to Los Angeles – there is indeed a huge existing market.“If you look at long-haul business class there at 20 milllion passengers  a year who fly on routes that are mostly over-water trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic. Plus Hong Kong to Sydney is a viable route,” Scholl says. “All of which is a huge market – big enough to justify the airplane. “And then, when the rules get fixed so we can do supersonic over land – this is really more about regulation than it is about technology – the market is three or four times larger. “But our philosophy as a company is to be very conservative – very conservative in technology and markets. We’re not assuming any market growth. We’re not assuming any price premium on supersonic. We’re not assuming any regulatory change.”In fact, regulation is a huge sore point among technologists as the overland flying ban that  killed off Concorde if anything has become worse. The US Federal Aviation Administration revealed in a public statement in 2008 that – worse than the restrictive standards of the 1970s – the US now has no supersonic noise standards at all.“Noise standards for supersonic operation will be developed as the unique operational flight characteristics of supersonic designs become known and the noise impacts of supersonic flight are shown to be acceptable,” the FAA said in the statement..“That’s the catch,” say George Mason University technology academics Eli Dourado and Samuel Hammond in a June 2016 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “Without an official noise standard, how are America’s aviation companies to know what counts as acceptable? No company, they say, is going to spend millions of dollars producing a quiet supersonic aircraft behind “a veil of ignorance, only to discover later that the FAA does not find it to be quiet enough”.“A supersonic noise standard is the only way to create the policy certainty companies need to raise capital and design quiet supersonic aircraft to specification,” they argue. “More vague statements and delays will push the development of affordable supersonic transport even further out into the future – a future that seemed just around the corner over half a century ago.”Dourado and Hammond point out it was only after the 1970s anti-Concorde campaign panicked government into restricting supersonic flight that key allegations of the environmentalist lobby were debunked.“The Concorde was not, in fact, noisier than conventional jets upon takeoff,” they write, recalling one of environmentalists’ more emotive rallying cries. “And while a sonic boom near the ground can in theory cause structural damage, it was not an issue at the Concorde’s 60,000-feet cruising altitude.”The longer the delay in developing a successor to Concorde, the more pressure there will be for technological solutions to the tyranny of distance.However, the airline industry’s rejection of technology that would increase the retail price of travel means that price-conscious entrepreneurs like Blake Scholl are in the box seat. “The world is hungry for something like this,” he says. “The world is hungry for innovation in travel. The only innovation we’ve had in the past 20 years (of air travel) is mood lighting. We haven’t gone faster for 50 years – not in  a way that a lot of people can afford. “I started this company because I never got to fly on Concorde. Even if I could have flown, I couldn’t have flown routinely. And that’s what I want to bring to the world. “People forget what happens when you make the world a smaller place and how it changes business relationships, how it changes personal relationships.” Americans today who might holiday in Hawaii would, with a supersonic travel option, suddenly find it practical to vacation in Australia, Scholl says. “It’s hard to predict ahead of time how that would change the world,” he says, “but we know for sure that it will.”last_img read more

‘SHE Team’ on the patrol in Odisha

first_img‘SHE Team’, the innovative pilot project launched by Odisha’s Gajapati district police in Paralakhemundi started functioning from Friday to ensure safety and security of young girls and women.Justice K.R.Mohapatra of the Orissa High Court formally flagged off the ‘SHE Team’ at a colourful function held at Biju Patnaik Kalyan Mandap of Paralakhemundi. Since June 24, a massive awareness drive about the project had been taken up in Gajapati’s district headquarter town, Paralakhemundi.The theme song of ‘SHE Team’ sung by Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sarah Sharma has already drawn much attention. The young IPS officer used her Hindustani classical skills learnt during her student days in Cuttack. Its lyric was written by female inspector Mamata Nayak. This theme song was launched on June 25 and logo of the project was released the previous day. There were competitions among students and rallies to popularise concept of ‘SHE Team’ in Paralakhemundi.SHE stands for ‘Safety, Health and Environment’. This project is modelled on the lines of Hyderabad ‘SHE Team’, said Ms. Sharma. The ‘SHE Team’ of Paralakhemundi is headed by a lady sub-inspector and includes mobile patrolling teams. Four female and three male police personnel will assist her. They will patrol schools, colleges, other local institutions and public places, where young girls and women are allegedly subjected to eve teasing, stalking and harassment.Website launchedThe website of ‘SHE Team’ has been launched and a mobile app is under construction. At the time of distress, women of Paralakhemundi can contact ‘SHE Team’ through its website ‘’, landline number 06815-222388 or by WhatsApp number 9438916707. The website and phone numbers are being publicised through social media and other means.‘SHE Team’ will also try to prevent harassment of working women at workplaces and public places where they move for their job. It will teach self defence and cyber space safety to young girls and children.It will visit child care institutions and make children aware about sexual abuse.last_img read more

NBA: Clippers want to move out of Staples Center

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ginebra gets its groove back WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The former boss of the internet giant Microsoft bought the California franchise in 2014 for $2 billion and quickly said he wanted the Clippers to play in their own arena. The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ The Los Angeles Clippers see action against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers announced Thursday they are considering leaving Staples Center arena which they have shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings since 1999.The Clippers reached an agreement with the city of Inglewood, California to look into building a new stadium in the suburbs, about 12 kilometers (eight miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT “I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options,” said Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.“The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallmer said the Clippers hope to build a state of the art facility on 20 acres of land that would include an arena, training center and offices. It would be located across the street from the NFL Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium.But Ballmer said the Clippers would not be able to move before 2024, when their current lease with The Anschutz Corp. expires. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: US women win gold in 4x100m relay

first_imgAfter the woeful performance by the men sprinters of United States of America, it was left to their high profile women’s quartet to do the star turn as they smashed the 4x100m relay record at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night. The quartet of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter burned the track as they beat the challenge from the Jamaican relay runners to win gold in 40.82 seconds in front of an appreciative audience.This relay record was one of the oldest in athletics history, the previous one having been set by the erstwhile German Democratic Republic (GDR) quartet in Canberra, Australia in 1985.And the improvement by the Americans on the record now is by 0.78 seconds.Jamaica finished in 41.41 second for silver and Ukraine 42.04 seconds for bronze.Running the anchor leg, Carmelita Jeter was in terrific form as she helped the Americans beat the Jamaicans squad which included Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by more than four-tenths of a second.The atmosphere in the arena was electrifying.After Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake had treated the global audience to amazing 100m and 200m runs during the week, the American women grabbed the spotlight with bursts of speed where the runners’ baton exchange caught the eye.As Carmelita Jeter tore down the final straight, she raised the baton in triumph and looked at the electronic scoreboard 40.82 seconds!Tianna Madison gave the US a brilliant start, with, with Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight maintaining the lead before 100m Olympic silver medallist Carmelita Jeter ran flat and hard.”I knew that these girls were going to run their hearts out,” said Carmelita. “I knew we were running fast.”There was a cloud hanging over us with people saying ‘they can’t do this, they’re going to drop the stick’ but we did it.”Four years ago, at the Beijing Olympics, the US quarter had been disqualified and in the 2009 world championship, they had failed to finish.The record books say this is the 10th time the US runners have won the women’s 4x100m title at an Olympic Games. However, after the Atlanta Olympics, this win comes after a long time.”We had confidence in each other. It felt great to walk out to the stadium and feel that atmosphere and electricity,” said Tianna Madison.As one who changed from long jump to relay recently, Tianna said it was her husbands decision.”My big turnaround was my husband. He said I was sleeping on my potential and being really lazy.advertisementIn September, we made the commitment to train hard and on New Years’ Eve we said 2012 was going to be our year and we were going to do everything by the book to make sure that happened,” he said.”The last time I was in a relay was probably in college. I owe this turnaround to my husband for being real with me.””It was an absolutely unreal feeling. I just feel that for so long that record has stood and to look up and see we had a world record was just crazy. You just don’t think something like that.”We were walking to the call room before the race and we were having so much fun. I knew from that moment we were going to run well, we were just so happy,” said Carmelita Jeter later at the press conference.last_img read more