Preds spoils Sharks clinching party at the Tank

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The party will need to wait for at least two more days.The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks opportunity to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, earning a 4-2 win at SAP Center. In doing so, the Predators handed the Sharks their first back-to-back regulation losses at home this season.The loss also cost the Sharks an opportunity to regain first place in …last_img read more

With walk-off homer, Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski joins his grandfather in exclusive club

first_img … Mike Yastrzemski not only boosted the Giants on Sunday with a walk-off home run — his first as a major leaguer — but he may have inspired a Final Jeopardy! clue.Q: On July 21, 2019, Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk-off home run to lift the Giants over the Mets. Carl Yastrzemski, Mike’s grandfather, hit four walk-offs in his Hall of Fame career. Are these the only grandfather and grandson to both hit major league walk-offs?Player 1: “Yes.”Alex: “That is incorrect, and you lose everything.”last_img read more

Ford secures Africa export contract

first_img8 May 2008Pretoria-based Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has secured an export contract to supply right- and left-hand-drive models of the popular Ford Ranger pickup truck to African markets.In a statement this week FMCSA said that it began exporting the right-hand-drive variants from April and will follow with exports of left-hand-drive vehicles from July onwards.The company expects to manufacture approximately 10 000 Rangers for export at its plant in Silverton, outside Pretoria, during the remainder of the year.This number will increase to 24 000 Rangers for export in 2009, and to approximately 40 000 Rangers by 2010, raising the company’s total export volume to 60 000 vehicles per year.“This is another important contract for Ford of Southern Africa, and clearly shows the confidence Ford Motor Company has in our world-class workforce and their ability to produce vehicles of international standards and quality,” said FMCSA chief executive Hal Feder.“It also further highlights our ongoing commitment to expanding our operations and export component in South Africa.”The contract would assist the company in preparing for the export programme of Ford’s next generation global compact pickup in 2011, by enhancing the plant’s manufacturing capabilities.FMCSA recently announced it would invest more than R 1.5-billion to expand operations for the production of the next-generation pickup truck and Puma diesel engine.Apart from the Silverton plant that assembles Ford, Mazda, Volvo and Land Rover vehicles, from passenger vehicles to commercial truck ranges, Ford also has an engine plant in Port Elizabeth, which is the company’s global producer of the 1.3-litre RoCam engine which it exports together with the 1.6-litre RoCam engine to Ford plants in India and Europe.The company also uses its Port Elizabeth plant to manufacture catalytic converters for export, with Ford pointing out that South Africa had become a centre of excellence in the field, with the city acting as a hub for the catalytic coverter industry.“This announcement further highlights South Africa’s capabilities in an increasingly competitive global market,” said Feder. “The automotive sector plays an important role in the South African economy and we will continue to develop our significance both locally and as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Design of aircraft is rarely a crash factor

first_imgLoss of control in-flight and runway overruns, typically in bad weather –not aircraft design – continue to be the biggest factors in air crashes in the first six months of 2013.While last year was the safest year ever for flying according to the International Air Transport Association with only 15 fatal airline accidents with 414 fatalities the aviation industry is working on programs to reduce the rate further.*But this year –so far – is even safer with only 6 major accidents with 46 fatalities for airlines and charter operators.Commenting on the figures airlineratings.com Editor Geoffrey Thomas said that where once aircraft design was a factor this is rarely the case today.“This safety report builds on our ‘Best and worst crash rates’ feature published on June 18, 2013,” said Mr Thomas.“Relating to that report it is important to clarify that an aircraft’s crash rate has almost nothing to do with the design or quality of the aircraft.”“Intending passengers should look more at the operator’s safety rating and then how and where they operate the aircraft – not necessarily the aircraft itself,” said Mr Thomas “Take aircraft such as the twin-engine LET410 and Twin Otter turboprop which have been involved in some accidents over recent years but none were related to the design of the aircraft. In fact the L410 has not been involved in any incidents or accidents this year,” said Mr Thomas.“In fact the latest models the rugged LET410 UVP-E20 and L420, being in production since 1990 have an excellent safety record and have been certified by many authorities including those in Australia, the US and Europe.“These aircraft [LET410] have made a name for themselves on the continent of Africa with their remarkable “hot and high” performance, excellent Short Take-off and Landing capabilities, durable structure and their ability to operate under extreme climatic conditions,” said Mr. Thomas.“Crash rates for aircraft must be treated with extreme caution as aircraft such as the LET410 and Twin Otter operate where most aircraft cannot and provide critical lifelines to communities in rugged mountainous regions and jungles almost always onto grass or gravel runways.”It is also important to look carefully at the model of the aircraft. For instance the airline industry differentiates when major upgrades occur such as with the 737 and DC-9 designs that date to the 1960s.Early models of the Boeing 737 and DC-9 have a higher crash rates than later versions which have had extensive systems upgrades as technology improves and industry wide safety lessons are learnt.According to Boeing data the earliest 737 series has a crash rate of .88 per one million departures, while the next series upgraded models have a rate of .26, while the latest series the 737NG has a rate of just .15.“It is the same with the LET410 series,” said Mr Thomas“The latest models are not to be compared with earlier versions from the 1970s and the manufacturer Czech based Aircraft Industries is now developing the new LET410NG which features a glass cockpit and General Electric H80 engines.*IATA’s data is based on twin-engine turbine aircraft above 5,700kg for turboprops and 15,000kg for jets. Airlineratings.com adopts the same standards.last_img read more

Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017

first_img SharePrint Related3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fateMarch 30, 2017In “Community”Geocaching Vacation Destinations – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community” We look forward to what the next year brings to the geocaching community. Do you have a good story to tell? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter! Phenomenal geocaching communityA golden ammo box full of juicy geocaching secrets travels around France! A beloved German geocaching rock band retires after 10 years! A wheelchair-bound geocacher simultaneously nabs his first T5 and his 1,000th cache!Geocachers have always done great things and this past year was no exception. Here are some of the most phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017. 3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fate3 countries + 2 geocachers + 1 geocoin = an incredible twist of fateTwo geocachers, one from Germany and one from Canada, meet at an event in Florida in the United States. The German cacher finds a treasured geocoin that the Canadian lost a year earlier on a muddy and flooded trail. At the end, one of them sums up the experience, “Clothing is wet, but spirits are high. Mission accomplished.”15 geocaches. 15 countries. 22 hours and 25 minutes. Geotrip ’17.15 geocaches. 15 countries. 22 hours and 25 minutes. Geotrip ’17.On a single day in April, a group of Finnish geocachers found geocaches in 15 different countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, and Poland. In 2011, a group of Dutch geocachers did this route in just under 24 hours. This new group beat them by an hour and a half! It should be noted that the Geotrip’17 team drove according to speed limits and took their time to find each cache and log them. In order to achieve this, they preselected low difficulty caches with a few backups just in case.How do you say, “Golden Ammo Box” in French?How do you say, “Golden Ammo Box” in French?Boîte à munitions dorée. Although not the first to implement the concept of the “golden ammo box,” this French Mega-Event hosting duo pays it forward. The box travels from Mega-Event host to host, and contains coveted tips and tricks on hosting a successful Mega-Event.  Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!Congratulations PodCacher on 600 episodes!Sonny and Sandy have been geocaching together since 2004 and hosting PodCacher since 2005. We learn more about where they grew up, how they met, what it’s like to do a podcast for over 13 years, and some of their favorite geocaches.Mission 9 is alive!Mission 9 is alive!On August 17, 2017, Moun10Bike, owner of the long-archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache, registered an Owner Maintenance log on the cache page, “The enemy agents thought they had us defeated, but we have persevered. T minus thirty-six hours.” That rescued the northwest APE cache from archival and back into the world.T5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaT5 Klettersteig caching in AustriaGeocaching superwoman and self-proclaimed flip-flop connoisseur Annie Love travels to Austria and nabs her first Klettersteig cache. Klettersteig or via ferrata is a protected climbing route that incorporates cables, iron rungs, pegs, and ladders. Not only did this cache require nerves of steel, it also required carabiners, steel cables, gloves, helmets, and of course, close-toed shoes.The Dosenfischer — The  final curtainThe Dosenfischer — The final curtainThe Dosenfischer was a very popular German geocaching band. That’s right — they wrote and performed songs about geocaching. This past summer, after 10 successful years, they hung up the bass, drums, and guitar and played their last gig. If there’s one country that is absolutely INSANE for geocaching, it’s Germany.Canadian geocachers rescue stranded camper in remote woodsCanadian geocachers rescue stranded camper in remote woodsTwo geocachers in Ontario woke early one morning to grab an FTF, locate a previous DNF, complete a cemetery Multi-Cache, and log some trackables. But through a series of events that changed their course that day, they discovered a camper who had fallen two days before in a remote location and helped save his life.Max enters the treeMax enters the treeMax is a young man living from the Netherlands who is bound to a wheelchair. An avid geocacher, he had always dreamed of logging an elusive T5 cache. To make his 1,000th find memorable, his local geocaching community got together to get him into a tree to log a very special cache.Are you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 monthsAre you crazy?!? No, I’m Radu! Geo-cycling through 16 countries in 5 monthsRomanian-born geocacher Radu Clapa (Radu C) did the exceptional this past summer: geocaching on a bicycle through 16 countries. Although he focused on T5, Virtual, and Webcam caches, and managed to find an additional 1,400 Traditional caches. His 7,800 km (4900 mi) adventure started in Denmark on July 5th and ended on November 15th in Romania. center_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Is Your Startup Too Geeky?

first_imgaudrey watters If you tell most folks that Diaspora is promising to build a distributed, open-source social network, they are apt look at you glassy-eyed. Perhaps they’ll nod and say, “Oh. Cool.” Tell those same people that Diaspora is promising to build an alternative to Facebook, and they’re much more likely to know what you are talking about. And as of late, it’s much more likely they’ll nod and say, “Oh! Cool!” – and mean it.Now, it’s not that the idea of a distributed, open-source social network is a bad one. To the contrary. But the stars that lined up for Diaspora this week and that resulted in their securing over $100,000 in microfunding probably wasn’t due entirely to the technical specifications they boasted for their project: “Full-fledged communications between Seeds (Diaspora instances), Complete PGP encryption, External Service, Scraping of most major services (reclaim your data), Version 1 of Diaspora’s API with documentation, Public GitHub repository of all Diaspora code.”Of course, these details matter. Building an anti-Facebook might be a timely idea, but you also need to have (or hire) the technical chops to bring that idea to fruition. No matter how beautiful or brilliant your code, investors and customers are probably not all that interested in, for example, the intricacies of how you plan to use JSON to handle your payload. They need to know that your product works and works well, and just as importantly, you need to show them why they’d want to use it. There are exceptions, for sure, and times when it’s necessary to speak to the technical details. You might need to address why you’ve chosen to build your new smartphone app in Flash, for example.My point isn’t that your ideas are too geeky or complex. Here at ReadWriteWeb, we love geeky, complex ideas. The point is that when you sharing your ideas with others that you need to pay attention to who comprises your audience. You need to make sure that you help them understand why they should care in your ideas (why they should invest in your startup or become your customer) and you need to craft your message accordingly.You want to give someone a reason why they should use your product. But you needn’t give them the user’s manual.Brain coral photo from Flickr 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

A Passivhaus Project in D.C. Nears Completion

first_imgUPDATED on May 1, 2011, to change the description of the exterior-wall insulation layers outside the SIPs to EPS (expanded polystyrene) from XPS (extruded polystyrene).In October, when we last checked in on the New American Foursquare, a Passivhaus project in Bethesda, Maryland, the foundation was already in the ground. Passive House Institute U.S. director Katrin Klingenberg had stopped by the jobsite an offered a suggestion for airsealing the foundation perimeter, and a crew of specialists in structural-insulated-panel installation would soon get to work putting up exterior walls.The project is now in the finish-work stage and has been put through a couple of preliminary blower-door tests to track down air leaks and affirm that the house is sufficiently airtight. The first test showed about 0.67 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference. The second test, conducted before drywall and trim were installed, showed 0.59 ACH, which meets the Passivhaus airtightness requirement.A prototype and suite of plans for replicasAt 4,318 sq. ft., with five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a finished attic and basement, this house is being presented by the project principals – O’Neill Development and Peabody Architects – as a prototype that can be replicated in several sizes and less-costly configurations. The strategy is to offer plans for American foursquare homes in sizes ranging from 2,400 to 4,400 sq. ft., and homes built in a Craftsman cottage style from 1,500 to 2,500 sq. ft.The New American Foursquare prototype is located in a Bethesda neighborhood that, even by the standards of the Washington, D.C. metro area, is relatively pricy. The home’s listing price is expected to be $1,688,000, but the partners hope to accommodate far smaller budgets with many of the replicas.SIPs and “outsulation”The home’s exterior walls are built with 8-in. InsulSpan SIPs covered on the exterior with two staggered layers of expanded polystyrene (1 3/4-in. thickness total), bringing the total thermal resistance of the wall assembly to R-36. The foam sheets were covered with Tyvek housewrap and vertical furring strips to create a rainscreen; the siding is HardiePlank fiber cement.The roof was constructed with 12-in. SIPs, with standard asphalt shingles over felt, for R-45 thermal resistance. Foundation walls are insulated to R-44 with 4 in. of EPS on the exterior and 5.5 in. of fiberglass on the interior, while the concrete slab, at R-20, has 4 in. of EPS with a vapor barrier underneath.Windows on this project are Thermotech triple-glazed units with insulated sashes and frames, and motorized awnings have been installed on the west wall of the home. (There are roof and porch overhangs on the south wall.)MechanicalsThe house is equipped with two Zehnder ComfoAir 350 energy-recovery ventilators, one for the attic and second floor, the other for the basement and first floor. A hot-water line from the home’s gas boiler runs to a heat exchanger downstream of each ERV unit. The boiler also supplies hot water to a Weissmann insulated tank with an integral solar heat exchanger, although installation of solar collectors will be up to the homeowner.A 36,000 BTU Mitsubishi ductless minisplit air-source heat pump will assist with cooling and dehumidification.Bringing the home to the Passivhaus performance standard added 8% to the project’s construction costs, according to the project partners. The annual energy bill is expected to be about $2,400, although the usage habits of the occupants will obviously come into play. Still, architect David Peabody points out that only about $600 – or 25% – of the estimated annual energy bill is likely to be for heating and cooling.last_img read more

5 DIY Tips for Your Next Shoot

first_imgHere are a few other DIY posts from PremiumBeat worth checking out:10 Cheap Tripod Dolly Options to Try at HomeMake Your Own DIY LED Light BarDIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.Cover image via Film Riot.One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for.Low FogIf you’re shooting a horror film, or any type of science fiction story, creating mood and environment is key. This low-lying fog adds a layer of creepiness and a boosts the sense of production value on your set. As Connolly advises, when handling the dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and make sure you don’t touch the ice with your bare skin.What you need:Styrofoam coolerFog machineDry Ice Spray Paint LightsLet’s say you don’t have the resources or time to get a few gels before your next shoot. Not to worry. You can simply spray paint the lightbulb. You can even include these in the shot, as they are visually appealing. Make sure you purchase heat-resistant paint because the bulbs become extremely hot as the shoot goes on (we’ve all seen what they can do to gels).What you need:Heat-resistant paint Lens FlareCapturing an organic lens flare in camera is easier than it sounds, and this cost effective technique will get the job done without taking your shoot outside. With a little bit of tape on the top and bottom of your lens, you can get the flare effect you’ve always wanted, without distracting your audience.If you still want more control over the flare or need to add one during the post-production process, check out RocketStock’s anamorphic lens flare pack here.What you need:TapeFishing line Do you have DIY production tips? Let us know in the comments. Simulating a PartyOne of the most frustrating aspects of shooting a scene that requires a lot of extras is actually rounding up enough people to make the scene look convincing. Fortunately for you, there’s a simple solution to subtly deceive the audience that uses only a handful of people and a few crew members to create the appearance of a raging party. Use your telephoto lens or zoom in enough to close the background up around your subject. Voila. If you want a little added spice, have a crew member walk in front of the camera or behind your subject to add even more to the illusion.What you need:A longer lens Shower CurtainUsing a shower curtain as a diffuser is not just a household trick. Professional cinematographers like Shane Hurlbut have used it on big-budget film sets. Even if you don’t have shower curtain with you on set, a quick visit to nearest online grocery or supply store will set you up with a super cheap solution. This curtain will add a level of diffusion that will help with harsh sunlight or shadows.What you need:Shower curtainlast_img read more

Bengal BJP president’s vehicle attacked

first_imgAt least seven persons were injured in an attack on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh’s vehicle in Purba Medinipur district on Monday. Mr. Ghosh alleged that supporters of the Trinamool Congress were behind the attack. “Since the Trinamool Congress is unable to tackle us politically, they are targeting us with brute force,” said Mr. Ghosh. The BJP leader was visiting the district to attend a BJP meeting. He was shown black fags and stones were thrown at his car, damaging its windows. The attack was carried out near Contai bus stand. Some media persons who reached the spot to report the violence were also injured. Several motorbikes, which were part of Mr. Ghosh’s cavalcade, were also attacked. TMC leader and MP from the district Dibyendu Adhikari denied any involvement of the State’s ruling party in the violence. “The clash was a result of factionalism in the BJP. The party members are fighting over the post of district office-bearers,” he said.last_img read more

See glass half empty? Your diet may be in trouble

first_imgAre you a glass half full or a glass half empty person? When it comes to dieting, your answer could change how many calories you drink, according to a study published this month in PLOS ONE. Food psychologists have previously found that people drink less and feel more satisfied when they use a tall, skinny glass rather than a short, wide one, because the human brain perceives height more readily than width. Now, researchers suggest a more nuanced reality: The difference also has to do with where you focus your attention when you pour that drink. When the scientists asked people to pour an amount of lemonade that they deemed equivalent to a shot into a glass, the participants poured less into a skinny glass and more into a wide one of the same volume, as expected. But when the team asked the participants to leave a fixed amount of space at the top of the glass, the participants poured more lemonade into the skinny glass, because the same visual bias tricked them to overestimate the amount of space left unfilled in the skinny glass. So if you are on diet, remember to view the glass half full when you use a slender glass.last_img read more