USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017 View post tag: Dawn Blitz View post tag: HIMARS October 24, 2017 View post tag: US Navy USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017center_img Authorities US Marines fired the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from the flight deck of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during the joint US Navy-Marines drill Dawn Blitz 2017.The HIMARS is a weapons system made up of the M142 five-ton chassis vehicle and can carry either a launcher pod of six rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).It enables Marines to engage targets within minutes after firing and features a greater range than traditional artillery, allowing smaller units to cover a larger area.The October 22 demonstration on Anchorage consisted of HIMARS engaging a land-based target with a guided multiple launch rocket system unitary (GMLRS-U).“We had two training objectives for today’s shoot,” said Army Maj. Adam Ropelewski, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), lead planner for sea-based expeditionary fires. “The first training objective was demonstrating this capability and, second, we wanted to have good effects on the target. We achieved both objectives. We destroyed the target at 70 kilometers while at sea.”This portion of Dawn Blitz validated the commander’s ability to integrate HIMARS with ships to conduct a sea-based strike.The shoot was a success from the operator’s perspective as well. “We shot a rocket off Anchorage to validate that we, as HIMARS operators, can shoot off an LPD and successfully hit the target,” said Lance Cpl. Ryan Irving, a HIMARS operator assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.”Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events and establish expeditionary advanced bases in a land and maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies. View post tag: USS Anchorage Share this articlelast_img read more

“Watermark Ink” device wins R&D 100 Award

first_img Read Full Story A device that can instantly identify unknown liquids based on their surface tension has been selected to receive the 2013 R&D 100 Award—known as “the Oscar of Innovation”—from R&D Magazine.Invented in 2011 by a team of materials scientists and applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, the “Watermark Ink” (W-INK) device offers a cheap, fast, and portable way to perform quality control tests and detect liquid contaminants.W-INK fits in the palm of a hand and requires no power source. It exploits the chemical and optical properties of precisely nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension.Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and by the editors of R&D Magazine, which covers cutting-edge technologies and innovations for research scientists, engineers, and technical experts around the world.last_img read more

Indiana NBA All-Stars

first_imgRecently I read an article in the Indianapolis Star that talked about 5 NBA stars with Indiana connections.  All 5 are capable of leading their teams to playoff berths.  They are:1.  Gordon Hayward of Brownsburg, Butler, and now Utah2.  Zach Randolph of Marion High School who went directly to Memphis3.  Mike Connelly of Lawrence North and also with Memphis4.  Jeff Teague of Pike High School is a member of the Atlanta Hawks.5.  Victor Olidipo of Indiana University and also a member of the HawksPut these 5 on the same team, and you would win a lot of NBA gameslast_img read more

Young Chelsea XI beaten by Arsenal

first_imgChelsea’s reserves were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at Cobham on Monday afternoon.Chucks Aneke scored first for the Gunners, who doubled their lead when Hector Bellerin’s effort was adjudged to have crossed the line.Lucas Piazon had a decent chance for Chelsea but headed over. He later forced an excellent save from keeper Damian Martinez.AdChoices广告Arsenal would have added a third but for Nathaniel Chalobah’s late goal-line clearance.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Florida Supreme Court Clears the Way for $15 Minimum Wage Amendment

first_imgFlorida voters will have an opportunity to decide this November whether to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, after the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously approved a ballot proposal. The measure will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2.The proposed constitutional amendment, which is spearheaded by Orlando attorney John Morgan, would need approval from 60 percent of the voters to take effect. If that happens, the state’s minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour on September 30, 2021 and increase by $1 each year until it hits $15 an hour on September 30, 2026. The minimum wage is currently $8.46 an hour.Morgan, who also led a ballot drive three years ago that legalized medical marijuana, issued the following statement Thursday:“Now, the sprint to reverse decades of inequality really starts — and let me tell you — this is going to be a tough challenge,” Morgan said. “But just like voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of medical marijuana in 2016, I’m confident that we will do the same in 2020. I’m confident because Floridians are compassionate and know that giving every worker a fair wage means not just lifting up those who would directly benefit but lifting up our broader economy when hardworking folks have more money to spend.”On the other hand, Governor Ron DeSantis and groups including the Florida Chamber of Commerce fear that increasing the minimum wage could raise costs for many businesses, and lead to job cuts.According to Edie Ousley, vice president of public affairs for the Florida Chamber, “We fully expected it to be confirmed (by the Supreme Court), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. This ballot measure will actually hurt the very people its proponent claims it will help. In fact, Florida could very likely lose nearly half a million jobs by 2026, and we’ve seen estimates that are higher than that. This is the poster child for a proposed constitutional amendment masquerading as a turnout weapon to impact the presidential election.”The Supreme Court does not typically consider the merits of proposed constitutional amendments. However, it reviews issues such as the wording of ballot titles and summaries that voters see at the polls. Justices weigh questions such as whether proposals might be misleading and whether summaries meet a 75-word limit.Thursday’s opinion stated the minimum-wage proposal “clearly and accurately identifies the subject matter, and it complies with the word-count requirement.”“Likewise, the ballot summary is clear and unambiguous and complies with the word-count requirement,” the opinion continues. “Indeed, the ballot summary is nearly identical to the language of the proposed amendment itself, and it explains in a straightforward and accurate manner how the proposed changes would affect the existing system — by raising the minimum wage incrementally on an annual basis to a certain point and then resuming the existing system of adjusting the minimum wage annually for inflation.”last_img read more

Deputy shot 14-year-old who stole vehicle in St. Lucie County

first_imgA 14-year-old suspect was shot by a deputy according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities are investigating a deputy-involved shooting in which a 14-year-old suspect was shot after ramming a deputy’s patrol car. The incident took place on Thursday morning near King Orange Drive and Mura Drive after a deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in which the suspect was in.“When our deputies pulled into the apartment complex where the vehicle was located, the driver ignored all commands to stop and exit the vehicle and instead rammed one patrol vehicle before fleeing toward another deputy then crashing through a concrete wall,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara in a written statement.Sheriff Mascara said the deputy feared for his life and therefore opened fire, hitting the suspect in the leg.Police later located the suspect and was transported to the hospital for treatment.No further details have been released.last_img read more

Call to “close” two Donegal islands over health and safety fears

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has called for the closure of two Donegal islands in the interests of health and safety fears. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said damage to roads and walkways on Gola and Owey Island was going to cause serious harm to visitors if emergency funding was not allocated in the next week.The issue was raised at a meeting of Glenties Municipal District on Tuesday. It is understood that funding has not been sanctioned from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the islands in 2019.In 2017, over €600,000 was allocated to all of the islands, while last year €359,000 had been allocated – a 25% reduction in funding.However, Mac Giolla Easbuig said while the government spent money promoting the islands every year, the lack of proper infrastructure being implemented was ‘alarming’.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “Not one red cent has been allocated for roads on any of the Donegal islands this year. “And recognising that money has been sanctioned in the past, which is fine, but I now have roads that are not safe to walk on never mind drive.”He added: “There is a huge contradiction here because the government will promote the Wild Atlantic Way and the Islands’ but fails to put any proper infrastructure in place.“So, without money being allocated very soon, some of the smaller islands need to be closed in the interest of health and safety.“Gola and Owey Island are not fit for purpose, you cannot even walk on the island, it is that dangerous.“And the last floods in August have done a lot of damage. “I have been out on the Islands’ recently and we need to get the government to announce proper funding so that we can fix the roads up to an acceptable level.“We have businesses that are doing a huge amount of work to promote our islands, the likes of Selkie Sailing, Ian Miller, Rapid Kayaking.“They are doing a colossal amount of work and the islanders themselves try to better their own community, but we are at a stage now were two of the islands that I mentioned are unfit to walk on. That is not even an exaggeration,” he added.“How can the state be telling people to come and visit the beautiful islands’ of west Donegal if they are not fit for purpose? “If a tourist asked me about going on Owey Island, I would tell them not too because it is not safe. It’s sad.“People can get seriously hurt because there are holes on the ground.“There are literal holes on the ground and someone could break a leg very easily.“We should be making these islands accessible to people of all abilities because a lot happens on them.“Even over the summer, there were summer camps and festivals and the state continues to fail it.“These issues shouldn’t have to be highlighted like this, it should be done because the community deserve better.”Call to “close” two Donegal islands over health and safety fears was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:callclosuregola islandMicheal Mac Giolla EasbuigOwey Islandlast_img read more

LUH to light up for Baby Loss Awareness Week

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital will be lit up in a special way this Tuesday in memory of all babies lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth.Baby Loss Awareness Week (09-15 October) is an international event that aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a baby.On Tuesday 15th October, pink and blue light will shine on Letterkenny University Hospital as part of the ‘Wave of Light’ display. The global event aims to let families know that they are not alone.Throughout Ireland and across the world, landmarks and buildings will be illuminated in pink and blue on 15 October as part of a continuous wave of light around the globe in honour of babies who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the neonatal period.LUH to light up for Baby Loss Awareness Week was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Fire Technology Began Much Earlier Than Believed

first_imgA team publishing in Science1 claims they found evidence that humans were using fire treatment of stone tools much, much, much earlier than prior dates for cognitive abilities.  But they can’t seem to settle on just how early.  The dates vary by more than 100%.  One date, 72,000 years before the present, is about 50,000 years earlier than the previous record.  Kyle Brown of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State said, “We show that early modern humans at 72,000 years ago, and perhaps as early as 164,000 years ago in coastal South Africa, were using carefully controlled hearths in a complex process to heat stone and change its properties, the process known as heat treatment.”  Sure enough, their paper stated that some items they found in a South African cave may date to 164,000 years before the present.  “Heat treatment demands a sophisticated knowledge of fire and an elevated cognitive ability,” the paper said, “and appears at roughly the same time as widespread evidence for symbolic behavior.”  The team figured that some of the stones examined would have had to be heated to 450° C.    John Webb and Marian Domanski of La Trobe University, Australia, writing in the same issue of Science,2 repeated the 164,000 year figure without blinking an eye, and went on to explain the usual evolutionary scenario:This use of fire as an engineering tool is an early step in the evolution of means by which humans could more effectively control their environment.  Heat treatment in Africa appears at roughly the same time as widespread evidence for symbolic behavior, signaling the development of increasingly complex cognitive ability.  By enabling the manufacture of more efficient tools, heat treatment may have played a key role in allowing early modern humans to spread rapidly from the relatively benign environments of southern Africa into the colder, more hostile environments of Europe.  The Neandertals in Europe apparently lacked this technique, perhaps giving the early modern humans an evolutionary advantage as they moved into Eurasia.But wait; if humans in Africa had this ability 164,000 years before the present, the next signs of symbolic ability appear “starting around ~71 ka,” (71,000 years), according to the paper.  That’s a gap of 93,000 years – nearly 10 times the length of all recorded history.  Are they claiming that humans could work stone with heat on purpose, and shape spear points for hunting, but never learned anything else for nearly 100 millennia?  Apparently so.  And so did Science Daily, the BBC News and National Geographic News, without blinking an eye.    Brown told National Geographic the significance of this “sophisticated technology” for the story of human evolution.  “These people were extremely intelligent,” he said.  “These are not the image of the classic cavemen, of brutish people that are stumbling around the landscape and, in spite of themselves, surviving.  These are the people that [may have] even colonized the rest of the world.”  NG only quoted one anthropologist, John Shea of Stony Brook University, who did not think it to be evidence of a “transformative event” that showed modern cognitive abilities had arrived.  Nevertheless, Shea “praised the study, saying it will inspire people to seek out other heat-treated stone tools undetected in the African record.”  Shea also declined to explain what a transformative event would look like that could turn an upright ape into a thinking man.1.  Brown et al, “Fire As an Engineering Tool of Early Modern Humans,” Science, 14 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5942, pp. 859-862, DOI: 10.1126/science.1175028.2.  John Webb and Marian Domanski, “Paleontology: Fire and Stone,” Science, 14 August 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5942, pp. 820-821, DOI: 10.1126/science.1178014.Dear readers, what more evidence do you need that the Darwin-drunk evolutionary shamans have gone completely nuts?  Think about this.  (Prerequisite: don’t be automatically compliant and submissive when a “scientist” says something.)  They are asking us to believe that our ancestors had (1) all the bodily equipment that you do (including brain size), (2) the ability to learn technology and learn from experience, (3) the foresight to understand that heat-treating stones gave improved performance in tools, which they were skilled at making, (4) were “extremely intelligent,” (5) created decorative objects to adorn themselves, indicating aesthetic ability, and (5) had the ability to colonize the world.  OK so far?  Now, get this: they want you to believe that these full-size, full-brained, fully-modern people sat around in caves and hunted game for 93,000 years – never learning to talk to each other, never learning agriculture, never attempting to build a city, never learning to ride a horse, and never inventing anything better than sharp rocks.  On top of that nonsense, then they want you to believe that another 50,000 to 60,000 years passed by before the first idea of agriculture and civilization popped into their intelligent heads.     Let the insanity of that belief system sink into your cranium.  Who could possibly believe this tale?  Everything we know about human beings screams otherwise.  Put a small clan of feral humans together and they will begin communicating with symbolic language, investigating the environment, and finding ways to get more done with less work (unless they are government employees or sophomores).  Rest assured: any humans living in a mythical time 164,000 years ago would be under no obligation to follow the evolutionary timeline.  With fire and technology and language and intelligence, nothing would have made them wait tens of thousands of years for the signal to invade Europe or plant a farm.  And what would the signal have been?  A lucky mutation that switched on civilization?  Get real.  You know what would have happened: civilization would have ensued within a few centuries and we would be colonizing the galaxy by now.    This story should also call for a serious “time out” about the dating methods they use.  Anything that produces a story this incredible cannot possibly be right.  Need more proof?  The BBC News article claims that humans were using fire to cook food 800,000 years ago.  That’s five times the craziness that red-lined the craze-o-meter before.  Try to imagine it if you can – 800,000 years pass by in this farcical fiction, with upright large-brained humans grunting over fire, then all of a sudden, they are irrigating plantations, mining gold, building ziggurats and marching armies against their neighbors.  Talk about belief in miracles.  Belief in a miracle would be tame compared to the faith it takes to accept their fairy tales.    The commitment of evolutionary biologists to Charles DearOne and his tall tale has obliterated their common sense.  That commitment also requires commitment to Charles Lie-all and his promise of endless millions of years.  It forces them to make reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007) whenever they need to cover their credibility deficits.  Glutted with time they didn’t work for, they toss around their tens of thousands of years like government bailouts, hoping you won’t notice their policy is scientifically disastrous.  It counts on profits from futureware that never comes, taxes the credulity of the citizens, and burdens our children with intellectual deficits they won’t be able to repay.    Their scheme depends on the gullibility of the public.  They keep hoping that the reputation of Science will prevent a revolt.  Welcome to Town Hall.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trigana Air flight IL267 crashed into mountain side

first_imgThe Trigana Air Service plane that crashed into a mountainside on Sunday, August 16th has been reached by search and rescue teams.  Reports from the crash site state that the plane has been completely destroyed by the impact and there are no survivors.Trigana Air Service Flight IL267, a French built ATR 42 turboprop aircraft with 54 passengers (44 adults, 5 children and 5 crew) departed Jayapura at 2.21pm local time for the 50 minute flight and was due to arrive into Oskibi at 3.16 pm but contact was lost just before arrival. It is understood from local reports the plane was on approach in bad weather to Oksibil which is located in the central mountainous region of the country.The air crash investigator’s primary goal is to find the black box recorder to determine how this tragic accident occured. World’s Safest AirlinesSee video on flying in Indonesia Papua’s highlands.The plane is 28 years old and is registered PK-YRN and was under the command of Captain Hasanuddin.Since 1991 when it was formed, Trigana Air Service, which is banned from the EU, has been involved in 10 crashes, four of which involved fatalities.Its worst accident till yesterday was in July 1997 when a twin-engine Fokker F-27 on a domestic flight crashed at Bandung after take-off when one of the engines developed problems. Twenty eight of the 50 aboard were killed. The airline has been heavily involved in transportation around the oil industry.It operates flights to 16 destinations in Indonesia usinf a fleet of 10 ATR turbo prop planes and six Boeing 737s.Indonesia is considered by ICAO  (International Cival Aviation Orgnisation) to have the poorest oversigth of aviation safety of any of the world’s major countries.  Whilst there are other countries with worse safety ratings, the popularity of Indonesia as a tourist and business hub results in very high number of passengers and therefore it is of great concern.In some cases Indonesia is only 20 per cent compliant with world standards.last_img read more