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US Navy to cut V-22 nacelle repair time with $81M contract

first_img“We wanted to make sure that the individuals actually doing the hard work, opening up the nacelles, having to replace wires and troubleshoot, reap the benefits of this program,” MSgt Bryan Sohl, the CV-22 division superintendent, noted. The Marine Corps and Navy are also looking to incorporate the nacelle and wiring improvements onto the MV-22 and CMV-22B variants. Initial kit delivery and installs, covered in this contract, are scheduled for completion in late-2021 at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Amarillo, Texas. “By refining the design for maintainability in these areas, we will ultimately reduce repair time and improve readiness.” “Approximately 60 percent of maintenance man hours are spent in the nacelles,” Col. Brian Clifford, the PMA-275 CV-22 program manager, explained. Share this article The planned modifications were designed based on feedback from Air Force and Marine Corps maintainers to improve access to the nacelles. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Bell Boeing an $81 million contract to develop, design and install nacelle modification kits and install conversion area harnesses on the CV-22 Osprey, the Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) variant of the tiltrotor aircraft. View post tag: CV-22center_img View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration. Image by US Navy “This contract implements the most comprehensive maintainability improvement since CV-22 fleet introduction 14 years ago; it will quickly pay readiness dividends for the fleet.” View post tag: nacelle The V-22 nacelles house the power and propulsion components of the aircraft and the conversion area includes complex wiring bundles routing from each nacelle, feeding power through various elements of the aircraft. Together, the nacelles and harnesses are crucial and complex elements, responsible for giving the V-22 its ability to fly vertically and horizontally. View post tag: Osprey “This complex effort will improve both the reliability and maintainability in one of the most critical areas on the aircraft,” Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) program manager, said.last_img read more

Unprepared hikers rescued as winter-like conditions persist

first_imgAppalachian Trail hiker Christopher Lebel, 38, of Phippsburg, wrapped in a sleeping bag, walks out with assistance by rescuers through the woods to a waiting ATV. (Maine Warden Service photo)WELD – With the weather is still very much like winter on Maine’s mountains, emergency personnel were called Saturday night to rescue multiple people who were unprepared to hike in below freezing temperatures.The Maine Warden Service and emergency service personnel rescued one stranded family on Tumbledown Mountain in Weld, and in a separate incident, one severely hypothermic Appalachian Trail hiker in Township E.Wardens and emergency service personnel rescued a hiker on the Appalachian Trail Saturday who, rescuers said, likely would not have survived the night after falling into the water.Christopher J. Lebel, 38, of Phippsburg was hiking south with his dog on the Appalachian Trail in Letter E Township when approximately four miles into his trip, he fell into the water.Lebel changed his clothes but was unable to get warm and became severely hypothermic with temperatures below freezing, winds blowing, and ice and snow on the ground. Lebel was able to text a friend that he needed help, who in turn contacted 911 at 9:42 p.m. Saturday night. Game wardens and rescuers were able to take an ATV to get closer, then hiked through the woods to reach Lebel.Rescuers found Lebel unable to walk when they reached him. Wardens started a fire, provided hot liquids and food to Lebel, and were able to re-warm him to the point that he was able to walk out of the woods to the waiting ATV at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning.“Lebel did not have appropriate clothing or hiking gear for this time of year,” said Sgt. Scott Thrasher of the Warden Service. “Had Lebel been unable to send a text for help, it is unlikely he would have survived the night in the woods.”The Maine Warden Service was assisted in the rescue by members of the Rangeley Fire Department, U.S. Border Patrol and North Star EMS. Lebel was not transported to a hospital.In Weld, a family of five was also rescued on Saturday night after they had become stranded on the summit of Tumbledown Mountain.The family, Don Lantona, 53, Meena Latona, 52, Connor Latona, 18, Meaghan Latona, 20, and Ashley Latona, 22, all of Freehold, N.J., had climbed to the top of Tumbledown Mountain on Saturday. Due to the snow and ice at the summit, they could not find the trailhead to descend back down the mountain.With the sun going down, improper clothing, and not enough food, water or lighting to attempt to climb down the mountain, they called 911 at 6:46 p.m.Game wardens and first responders hiked up the mountain, where it was windy with temperatures in the low 30s. Upon reaching the summit, rescuers found the family huddled together for warmth. After starting a fire and warming members of the family, rescuers and the family hiked back down the mountain, getting to the base of the mountain approximately at midnight.“This family was not prepared for the conditions they experienced on this hike. There still is ice snow, and sub-freezing temperatures on the trails of many Maine mountains,” Thrasher noted. “These conditions can be extremely dangerous for those who are unprepared.”The Warden Service was assisted by members of the Weld Fire Department and Franklin Search and Rescue.last_img read more

NSF rapid grants awarded to coronavirus response projects

first_imgNine Harvard researchers have received nearly $1 million in fast-tracked funds from the National Science Foundation for seven coronavirus research projects focused on aspects of the pandemic ranging from the virus’ effects on the economy to studying social distancing using social media platforms.The funds come from the NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) mechanism. The program was created to fund time-sensitive proposals when there is an urgent need for immediate research on natural disasters and unanticipated events like mass shootings, hurricanes. So far, the funding mechanism has awarded almost $75 million for 502 studies related to COVID-19.“COVID-19 is a global pandemic that demands rapid responses,” said Weihe Guan, executive director for the Center for Geographic Analysis and principal investigator on one of the projects. “Given the urgency and complexity of this problem, no single research team can provide the solution quickly enough.”The project Guan is overseeing brings together a taskforce of international researchers to create a platform that provides essential resources and tools needed for COVID-19 research — such as revealing disease transmission patterns, modeling social and economic impacts, evaluating the effectiveness of policies, assessing health facility capacity, and predicting public sentiment from social media — through a single gateway.James Stock, the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy at the FAS,  and his co-principal investigator Emmanuel Farhi, the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, are studying how to reopen the economy while simultaneously controlling the spread of the disease. They plan on doing this by creating a modeling system that combines epidemiological models and economic models to provide a quantitative framework for assessing the path of the epidemic and the economy at a granular level. Such a model is currently not available, they said. “Our hope is that these results can help to inform decisions on epidemiological/economic policy as we confront a second wave of infections,” Stock said.Another economic project comes from Emily Breza, an assistant professor of economics. She and her co-investigators Marcella Aslan, a professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, and MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Benjamin Olken plan to design and implement messaging campaigns in two vulnerable communities to study how messages about social distancing and personal hygiene reach groups most affected by the pandemic and how effective they are. They hope their research can provide guidance on policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics.Matthew Baum, the Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications at the Kennedy School, will use his award to analyze data collected through rolling 50-state and national surveys in order to study the attitudes and behaviors of the approximately 25,000 respondents polled each month. He hopes to capture how well the information and communication needs of Americans are met during the crisis, observe patterns of citizen compliance with government recommendations — such as stay-at-home orders and enforced lockdowns — and assesses the impacts of policy on suppressing the spread of the virus among diverse populations.Philip Demokritou, associate professor of aerosol physics at the Chan School, and his team plan to figure out a way to use a recently developed nanotechnology-based carrier platform to inactivate airborne viruses like COVID-19. The proposed method has the potential to transform the way we currently control airborne infectious diseases, the researchers said.Sheila Jasanoff, the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at HKS, plan to study the relationship between expertise and trust during the pandemic, “a critically important nexus for policy makers in an era of decentralized information and polarized politics,” the researchers wrote in the abstract for the project.Marinka Zitnik, the assistant professor of biomedical informatics at the Medical School, plans to develop a machine learning toolset to identify existing drugs that can be repurposed to treat the coronavirus.“By putting tools in the hand of practitioners, the activities in this project will have an immediate impact,” Zitnik wrote in the project’s abstract. “This project will provide new, open tools for rapid drug repurposing that will be relevant for COVID-19 and other emerging pathogens.”last_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital apologises over death of 26 year old man

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has apologised unreservedly to the family of a 26-year-old who it is claimed died because he did not get a timely operation on a bowel obstruction.John Paul McCloskey died on November 22nd, 2016 due to a brain injury and multi-organ failure after his bowel was perforated, causing septic shock. His family on Thursday settled a High Court action over the death of the Co Donegal man and the care he received at Letterkenny University Hospital. Liability was admitted in the case.The Irish Times reports that in a letter read to the court, the hospital’s general manager Seán Murphy expressed sincere regret over “the devastating loss of John Paul”.“I wish to apologise unreservedly that the standard of care delivered to John Paul during his admission at our hospital was not to the standard that we believe would be appropriate,” he said.“I fully recognise that nothing that I nor the team here at Letterkenny University Hospital can say, can in any way make up for the tragic loss which you have experienced and there is a huge regret within the team here that John Paul did not receive better more organised care during his time with us.”To see full story see https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/hospital-apologises-over-death-of-man-26-after-bowel-obstruction-1.3825854Letterkenny Hospital apologises over death of 26 year old man was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boweldeathdonegalHIGH COURTJohn Paul McCloskeylast_img read more

Donegal man Tommy goes down a “bomb” in The Restaurant

first_imgDonegal man Tommy Martin is the final celebrity taking on the HeadChef Challenge in Virgin Media One’s ‘The Restaurant’ tomorrow night (Thurs).The final episode of the new series of ‘The Restaurant’ with Marco Pierre White and Rachel Allen airs on Virgin Media One at 9pm.This week it’s the Annagry man’s turn to take on our Head Chef Challenge. Tommy, who’s a sports presenter and columnist, is a Donegal man with Italian blood.His Italian grandmother fed the family in the best traditions of Italy and Ireland, encouraging her extended brood to enjoy pasta as well as potatoes, so naturally, Tommy’s menu has an Italian influence.Tommy and the crew from The Restaurant including Ramelton chef Gary O’Hanlon.For starters, Tommy made Lobster & Greencastle Crab Bisque with Scallops & Langoustine, honouring his home county of Donegal.For mains, Tommy served Duck Confit with Gratin Dauphinoise & Irish Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Sadly, the dish didn’t go down well with the critics, Rachel Allen found the duck “lovely and tender, but a bit unimaginative”. The second main course was Loin of Lamb with Salsa Verde & Caponata that went down well with Marco, who commented, “I like big flavours, and this ticks all the boxes for me”.For desserts, Tommy served, a Pistachio & Almond Cake with Lemon Ripple Ice Cream. The cake recipe came from Tommy’s wife Catriona.And the second dessert, Chocolate Bombe with Strawberry Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate Sauce, was from a happy family holiday in France and Tommy’s two children; Isla and James who just loved it. Sadly, the bomb did not ignite the Critics’ table. Marco commented “I don’t think I can eat this”.The Restaurant is hosted in Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill Donnybrook.Donegal man Tommy goes down a “bomb” in The Restaurant was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:the restaurantTommy Martinlast_img read more

Art as Propaganda for Evolution

first_imgShould a scientific theory be propagated by appeal to scientific evidence, or by appeal to emotions through visualization?  Nature this week contained two articles that shamelessly praised art as propaganda for evolution.  Surprisingly, one of them mentioned Charles Darwin as someone “at the cutting edge of visualization.”Endless Forms:  Carl Zimmer reviewed an exhibit currently at the Yale Center for British Art, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.1  The title is taken from the last sentence in the Origin where Darwin said that endless forms most beautiful are being evolved from so simple a beginning.  Zimmer said that in the 19th century, “artists shaped the way scientists saw nature, and thought deeply about how science changed the nature of art.”    The exhibit examines the history of art as Darwinism was overtaking traditional religious beliefs.The exhibit does a good job of showing how differently people saw the world at the dawn of the nineteenth century.  Nature was replete with signs of divine design.  A painting of Noah’s flood was considered historical art.  Yet Darwin was able to learn a great deal from art of this time, whether he was studying illustrations of geological formations or marvelling at the paintings of French�American naturalist John James Audubon, who Darwin met as a teenager.   As Darwin developed as a scientist, he made some modest art of his own.  On his journeys in South America, he painted the rock strata of the Andes in watercolour.  On his return to the United Kingdom, he began to scribble odd little tree diagrams in his notebooks – a visual expression of his great epiphany that species are related through common descent.  Darwin worked closely with artists to illustrate his books.  This may surprise readers of On the Origin of Species – a book with a single illustration showing the branching of species.  But his other books were lavishly illustrated….    Darwin was at the cutting edge of visualization.  His 1872 work The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals was one of the first books ever to be illustrated with photographs – including pictures of faces distorted by electric currents, produced by the work of French physician Guillaume Duchenne.Zimmer claims that Darwin did not use pictures merely to illustrate ideas, but to investigate them.  For instance, “the very notion of beauty was something Darwin wanted to explain: the beauty of orchids actually masked a complex contrivance for getting pollen onto insects; the beauty of an Argus pheasant’s feathers was the result of sexual selection.”  Artists, in sympathetic vibration, paid attention to Darwin.  “They replaced sentimental scenes of nature with bleaker portraits of the struggle for survival.”    Zimmer was glad the exhibit did not shy away from difficult subjects.  “….some [artists] wrongly took it [evolution] as justification to elevate whites over other races, cloaking their freak-show voyeurism in the guise of anthropology.” Why Zimmer gives the exhibit “great credit” for this was not explained.  Is he glad that the dark side of evolutionary thinking is being exposed?Scopes Cartoons:  Another article by Michael Hopwood in Nature “applauds an account of how US scientists used images to counter creationism and promote public understanding of evolution in the 1920s.”2  Sure enough, artists during the Scopes trial, rather than being scorned for misleading the public, are praised in this book review of God – or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age by Constance Areson Clark (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008):God – or Gorilla hints at a larger clash of visual cultures between modernists and fundamentalists: Neanderthals versus Adam and Eve, church frescoes depicting ascent from protozoa against a ‘picturable God’.  That would be a great topic for further research, which would need to pay religious icons more attention, but this highly readable book is valuable as it stands.  It is also timely.  The 1920s shaped pictures of evolution, and of evolutionary debate, that are still in our heads.  As biologists work with illustrators to communicate science, and creationists attack textbook icons,3 it is helpful to reflect on the struggles of that decisive decade.Hopwood thus identified the evolutionist imagery as useful to science, whether or not it was accurate.  Clark, for instance, said “Cartoons played on images of the Scopes ‘monkey trial’, and people joked about missing links.”  In museums, tree diagrams and misleading sequences like the fossil horse series were presented as “unvarnished facts.”  Hopwood did not condemn any of this.  For instance, he disparaged the attempts of Henry Fairfield Osborn to imply that evolution was compatible with religion.  “This theistic evolutionism repelled secular scientists and fundamentalist Christians alike, but was often presented as the scientific consensus.”  Hopwood seems to imply that the scientific consensus allows no such accommodation – it must be anti-religious and materialistic. 1.  Carl Zimmer, “Drawing from Darwin,” Nature 458, 705 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458705a; Published online 8 April 2009.2.  Nick Hopwood, “A clash of visual cultures,” Nature 458, 704-705 (9 April 2009) | doi:10.1038/458704a; Published online 8 April 2009.3.  This seems to be a direct reference to Icons of Evolution by Dr. Jonathan Wells (Regnery, 2000).Visualization is one of several pedagogical aids that can enlighten or propagandize, depending on how it is used.  There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with cartoons, simplified illustrations, and diagrams if they illuminate the truth.  However, wrong inferences can be made – such as Darwin’s photos of people expressing emotion being used to infer they inherited these capabilities from apes.  Art and visualization can distract, mislead, mischaracterize, or create emotional responses in lieu of scientific evidence.  Darwinists have been very skilled at this propaganda since their master wrote his materialist manifesto.  They should be scorned, not praised, for pretending that peppered moths prove humans had bacteria ancestors, or for piecing together unrelated fossils into a story of evolutionary progression.  Awareness of the danger of visualization is the best defense, and the best offense is to unmask it as propaganda.  Truth needs illumination, not varnish.(Visited 149 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More jobs created in December

first_img11 January 2012 Over 100 000 new jobs were created in South Africa in December 2011, with temporary work growing the fastest, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index.“A total of 103 327 new jobs were created in December 2011 – the fastest rate of growth in nine months,” Adcorp said in a statement on Tuesday.All employment categories reported growth in December, with the fastest being temporary work (15 percent) and permanent jobs (six percent), said Adcorp labour market analyst Loane Sharp.He said labour agency work lagged behind with a growth rate of five percent, “possibly reflecting regulative and regulatory uncertainties regarding labour broking”.However, the number of jobs in South Africa was still 850 000 below the peak reached before the 2009 global recession.The country had lost 1.56-million permanent jobs and created 0.71-million temporary jobs since then, Sharp said.In December, the distribution and logistics sector grew significantly at 16 percent, as did the financial services (nine percent) and retail (eight percent) sectors.The index found that no sectors had reported a decline in employment.Job growth was fastest in the low-skilled and semi-skilled job categories.Services workers grew at a rate of 11 percent, clerks at 10 percent and elementary occupations at eight percent.“This is the first time since the 2009 recession that employment growth has been observed in the entry-level occupations,” Sharp said.Sapalast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren: We only worry about usby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren says no-one is getting carried away with being top of the table.Lovren says the current team has slowly learnt to neither look back or forward, at history or at what they hope to achieve. Instead, the calm around the training ground allows them to concentrate fully on the task in hand.“We don’t look at who is behind us or in front of us. It’s more only about us and that’s how we should do it always,” he said.“We learn from all these previous seasons. When you look against Newcastle it was quite a tough first half, there were chances but we couldn’t find the right spot to score.“Luckily enough I scored but again we had this winning mentality that kept us going, and the second half we played like a new game.” last_img read more

10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours

first_imgAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img