Flight lands safely with help from mobile phone text messages
Flight lands safely with help from mobile phone text messages

Monday, August 11, 2008

In November 2007, a twin-engine 30-year-old Piper aircraft lost all electrical power on board shortly after departing from Kerry airport in Ireland for a flight to Jersey. Without any electrical power, the pilot was unable to use his radio to contact air traffic control. He was briefly able to re-establish contact with the tower using his cell phone, but that was also disrupted.

The report into the incident published on August 6 revealed how a quick-thinking air traffic controller in Cork started sending directions to the pilot by text message. With this assistance, the plane, with five people on board, landed safely after the undercarriage was lowered manually and air traffic control visually confirmed that it was down. Prior to lowering the undercarriage, the first officer noticed that the nose wheel had failed to retract fully and was actually at half its travel.

“In this incident the positive and proactive initiative of the ATC controller, who, on realising that mobile audio communication from the pilot was intermittent, quickly switched to texting his instructions instead”, said John Hughes, an air accident investigator who reported on the incident. “This contributed to the safe resolution of the incident and, for such, the controller should be commended for his actions.”

The pilot, aged 39 and with 1,900 hours of flying experience, succeeded in climbing to an altitude of 6,500 feet without any problems, but needed to communicate to ensure a safe landing. He originally attempted to contact Kerry airport, and after that failed he made attempts to contact Cork.

The report found that the loss of electrical power was due to the aircraft’s alternators failing to maintain the required voltage, probably due to the battery voltage being insufficient to excite the alternator’s windings. The relay may have been in poor condition after having been subjected to a heavy load following take-off, possibly contributing to the incident.

What You Should Know Before Choosing Your Roofing Contractor In West Des Moines

byAlma Abell

Whether you are a roofing contractor, a building owner or a design professional, it is important to make sure that you choose the right roofing material for your building or project. Installing the right roofing materials will not only improve the beauty and value of your building, but will also ensure your investment is protected for decades. Quality roofing materials and proper roof installation techniques are essential for the overall performance of your commercial or residential establishment. It is imperative that you work with a competent Roofing Contractor in West Des Moines to help you choose the right roofing material and ensure it is installed correctly. The following are the most common roofing materials in the market today.

Slate Roofs

Slate roofs are available in a wide range of sizes and textures. They have a distinctive, beautiful appearance, and thus they can be used to improve the beauty and overall value of a building structure. Although they are very heavy, slate roofs are non-leaching and can last for extended periods of time. Slate roofs are dark, and they are not recommended for high-heat regions.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt roofs come in a wide variety of colors and textures, and this gives them the appearance of the more costly slate roofs. Asphalt roofs are made by soaking a thick paper in a mixture of tar and granulated ceramics. They are three major types of asphalt shingles, which include the dimensional asphalt shingles, strip asphalt shingles, and premium asphalt shingles.

Metal roofs

Metal roofs often have a high percentage of recycled content, and they can be made from different metals including copper, aluminum and stainless steel. They are lightweight and provide a high insulation solar reflective capability than asphalt roofs. They also have a good resistance to harsh climatic conditions, such as wildfires.

The choice of your roofing materials will be determined by factors, such as price, slope of the roof and typical weather conditions in your area. It is important to hire an experienced Roofing Contractor in West Des Moines to guide you through the entire roof installation process. For additional resources about the types of roofing materials, please visit Rightroofing.com.

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei: Three awards, One target
2008 COMPUTEX Taipei: Three awards, One target

Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei, the largest trade fair since its inception in 1982, featured several seminars and forums, expansions on show spaces to TWTC Nangang, great transformations for theme pavilions, and WiMAX Taipei Expo, mainly promoted by Taipei Computer Association (TCA). Besides of ICT industry, “design” progressively became the critical factor for the future of the other industries. To promote innovative “Made In Taiwan” products, pavilions from “Best Choice of COMPUTEX”, “Taiwan Excellence Awards”, and newly-set “Design and Innovation (d & i) Award of COMPUTEX”, demonstrated the power of Taiwan’s designs in 2008 COMPUTEX Taipei.

Apple to hold media event on September 1, may update iPods and Apple TV
Apple to hold media event on September 1, may update iPods and Apple TV

Friday, August 27, 2010

Apple Inc. will hold a music-centered event in San Francisco, California on September 1. It has been widely speculated that the company will introduce an updated line of iPod portable music players and a new Apple TV.

The company e-mailed invitations for the event to various media organizations on Wednesday. The message included a picture of a guitar and the time of the event. Apple did not release any information about what products would be involved.

Apple has released new iPods through previous similar events in September in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. This year, Apple may unveil a new iPod Touch with two cameras, similar to their recent iPhone 4 design. It will likely also update the iTunes music store and software.

Speculation about a new Apple TV is mixed. While many blogs are reporting that a refresh of the device will be announced, analysts say that it is unlikely to happen during next Wednesday’s event. According to Reuters, sources are saying that Apple is negotiating with major television networks, including ABC and NBC, in order to provide shows for purchase on iTunes. However, they also reported that the deal has not been completed, and none of the companies involved have commented on the rumors.

It has also been rumored that Apple will introduce a new online music service. In 2009, Apple took over a company that allowed users to stream music online rather than download individual songs. Apple has not confirmed the rumors.

Last September’s media event saw the return of Apple CEO Steve Jobs after he took a break to undergo a liver transplant. This year, the event will be held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, previously used by Apple in April for the unveiling of the iPad.

Key Benefits Of Recycling Waste

byAlma Abell

In years gone by, very few people gave a second thought to the damage that was being done to the planet. However, over recent years, the green cause has become increasingly prevalent, and more people are now doing all they can to try and protect the planet. One of the ways in which this can be done is through recycling, which is why this has become such an important topic in relation to waste and product disposal.

These days, people are recycling all sorts of items, from old mobile phones and electrical to bottles, cans, and paper. In short, the more we are able to recycle, the greater the benefits will be to the planet and everything on it, from humans and animals to plant life. This is why, when it comes to recycling in North East homeowners and businesses should take this subject very seriously and try to find more environmentally friendly solutions.

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Protect the planet by recycling waste

When you take steps to recycle waste, you will be able to contribute towards benefits such as:

1. Reduced waste in landfills2. Fewer resources required to create new products3. Creating more jobs for local economies4. Limiting the production of products such as glass, plastic and paper5. Saving energy, as less is required to make products with recycled materials6. Helping people, animals, plant life, and the planet as a whole.

Remember, there are many ways in which you reduce your carbon footprint through recycling, both at home and at your place of work. When you recycle products such as electrical items and phones, you can often even get some money back, so you not only do your bit for the environment but also get a little extra spending money as well.

If you are carrying out a project at your home or place of business, such as a massive clearout or renovation work, you will probably have a huge amount of waste to get rid of. Again, you can turn to recycling solutions to ensure that this disposal is carried out safely, efficiently, and in a sustainable way that will minimise on harm to the planet. There are companies that are committed to green waste disposal and can recycle the majority of the waste you need to get rid of.

JBT Waste Services provides recycling & waste management services to the whole of the North East. Visit them online for more information.

Zimmerman stands before judge for the Trayvon Martin shooting
Zimmerman stands before judge for the Trayvon Martin shooting

Saturday, April 14, 2012

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain who shot African American teenager Trayvon Martin in February, stepped into court for his first appearance Thursday afternoon after his arrest the previous night. The judge found probable cause in the charges of second degree murder, but Zimmerman’s lawyer held off on making a bail request out of concern for his clients safety.

It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment.

At a Wednesday evening news conference in Jacksonville, Florida, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced Zimmerman willingly turned himself in. A law enforcement official said at the time Zimmerman was in custody at the Seminole County Jail in Florida. Corey said, “It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment.”

Zimmerman, 28, was involved in an altercation with the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that led to Martin’s death the night of February 26 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman claimed self-defense when he shot Martin. Martin was in a gated community returning to the house he and his father were staying at carrying a pack of candy and iced tea when Zimmerman followed him and called the police to report a “suspicious” character. Since then, black leaders have demanded justice for a murder that they believe to be driven by race.

Zimmerman’s arrest and charge occurred after his lawyers announced Tuesday they were quitting the case after having no contact with him since Sunday. They also said Zimmerman was in a fragile mental state.

In Florida, a person charged with second-degree murder can spend life in prison, and the charge is usually when a confrontation ends with the death one of the parties involved. Florida also has a Stand-your-ground law, which means people can use deadly force in cases of self-defense, which is expected to play a major role in the case. In the United States, 24 states, including Florida, have such a law while the other 27 states do not. The National Rifle Association pushed for the law’s passage in Florida seven years ago.

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have been publicly calling for Zimmerman to be prosecuted. They appeared at a press conference after the special prosecutor’s announcement with Reverend Al Sharpton in Washington, D.C. Fulton said, “We simply wanted an arrest. We wanted nothing more and nothing less, we just wanted an arrest. And we got it.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara has already signaled that his client will plead not guilty at a future hearing which the judge set for May 29, but he also expects to request bail for his client once safety details are worked out.

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Mo Ibrahim: Some African countries too small to continue to exist independently
Mo Ibrahim: Some African countries too small to continue to exist independently

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sudanese-born British mobile communications tycoon Mo Ibrahim told a news conference in Tanzania today that some African countries are too small to keep functioning independently, and need to integrate in order to survive.

Ibrahim, speaking at the beginning of a two-day-long event encouraging good governance on the continent, commented that “some of our countries, and I’m really sorry to say this, are just not viable….We need scale and we need that now — not tomorrow, the next year or the year after.”

“Intra-African trade is 4–5 percent of our international trade. Why? This is unacceptable, unviable, and people need to stand up and say this,” he continued. “Who are we to think that we can have 53 tiny little countries and be ready to compete with China, India, Europe, the Americans? It is a fallacy.”

“We are poor, we are hungry, we are going without. Something is drastically wrong. I think we have the right to ask our leaders: are they really serious?” he said.

A reporter for the BBC suggested that the tycoon was talking about economic, not political, integration.

Ibrahim also surprised many African leaders when he did not give out his Ibrahim Prize in October, worth US$5 million. The prize is given to former sub-Saharan African leaders whose governance has been deemed good. Prize judges didn’t say why it wasn’t given out this year. Former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Festus Mogae of Botswana both have received the prize in the past.

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Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal gets final approval by city Planning Board
Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal gets final approval by city Planning Board
Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Buffalo, New York —The proposed Elmwood Village Hotel got the final approval it needed from the city of Buffalo’s Planning Board this morning.

In a unanimous vote, the Board approved most of the design and site plan of the hotel.

The Elmwood Village Hotel is a proposed hotel by Savarino Construction Services Corporation and is designed by architect Karl Frizlen of the Frizlen Group. It is to be placed on the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo and will require the demolition of at least five properties (1109-1121 Elmwood).

Despite the fact that today’s meeting was not a “public hearing”, several citizens lashed out at the Board after the approval.

“Thanks for destroying Buffalo,” said one man.

“[I am] disgusted. Because they did not allow the community to speak, it is the bastardization of the concepts of justice and democracy, and that’s what happened [today],” said Clarence Carnahan, a local business owner and concerned citizen, to Wikinews. He also referred to some board members as “immoral pigs.”

“[I feel] frustration because no one could speak. I was going to address the displacement of all the shops that are there and that they should be grand-fathered into the new space. We did not get to say that. [I am disappointed] that they are endorsing this enormous monstrosity.” said Nancy Pollina, co-owner of Don Apparel with Patty Morris at 1119 Elmwood.

Although the Board approved the hotel proposal, Savarino Construction must still go before the board to approve things such as signage and lighting. The Planning Board meets again on April 11, 2006 at 8:00a.m., but it is unknown if the hotel proposal will be on the agenda.

Pano Georgiadis, owner of Pano’s Restaurant at 1081 Elmwood and owner of 605 Forest Avenue in Buffalo, threatened to sue Savarino Construction at a public meeting on March 15, 2006 saying, “if you try to get a variance to change the code, I will sue you. This is my home, number one. If you go against city code, and you try to do the most rooms with a minimal amount of parking, again, I will sue you.”

Today, Georgiadis confirmed to Wikinews that he is “definitely” suing, but that his “situation is different” as compared to others looking into legal action. “This is my property. They did it [changed the code] without my approval.”

Last week, the Common Council voted and approved the rezoning of all five properties including 605 Forest.

Some are also considering taking the case to the New York State Supreme Court to “seek an injunction”and would go “pro se, meaning I am going to present the case myself,” said Carnahan.

Despite the approvals by the Common Council and Planning Board, organizers schedulaed another protest for Saturday April 1, 2006 at 2:00p.m. on the proposed site at Forest and Elmwood.

“We are not going to go down without a fight. We are going to go kicking and screaming,” said Pollina.

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Get Your Smile On With Dental Implants In Annapolis

byAlma Abell

Smiling is contagious. A smile is one of the first things people when meeting new people. People with missing, crooked, or discolored teeth are often too embarrassed to smile. Now, with Dental Implants in Annapolis, people have a reason to smile. Dental implants, also known as endosseous implants or fixtures, are essentially artificial tooth roots fitted into the jawbone to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

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The types of dental implants used are endosteal (in the bone) and subperiosteal (on the bone). Endosteal is the most commonly used type involving screws, cylinders, or blades surgically implanted into the jawbone. It is generally used as an alternative for bridges or removable dentures. Each implant holds one or more artificial teeth. Subperiosteal implants are fitted on top of the jawbone with the metal posts protruding through the gums to secure the artificial teeth. This type of implant is used for patients with the minimal bone who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Ideal candidates for Dental Implants in Annapolis are those in good overall dental and general health, who have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant and have gums free of periodontal disease. Periodontists are the dental experts that specialize in this area, and many of them have websites where prospective clients can Click Here to view before and after pictures. The periodontist and patient will, together, consider the patient’s needs and available implant choices and work to create a winning smile.

If one tooth is missing, one implant and a crown can replace it. If several teeth are missing, implant-support bridges can replace them. If all of the teeth are missing, an implant-supported full bridge or denture can replace them. A key factor in implant success is the quantity of bone where the implant is to be placed. In some cases, like those involving the upper back jaw, the quantity of bone is insufficient due to the proximity of the sinus. This can be addressed by sinus augmentation where the sinus floor is raised and allowed to develop bone for the dental implants.

Dental implants offer a number of advantages over dentures. For example, they provide a more natural-looking appearance, permanence, improved speech, and easier chewing. Most people find that once they’ve acclimated to them, their dental implants function exactly like real teeth.

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US reveals Nazi war criminal’s location was known two years before his capture
US reveals Nazi war criminal’s location was known two years before his capture

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The 27,000-pages of documents released on Tuesday reveal that while the United States and West Germany knew the location of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann two years before his capture, the fact was kept secret. The documents were declassified as part of the Nazi War Criminals Disclosure Act of 1998.

West German Intelligence informed the US in March 1958 of the whereabouts of the senior Gestapo officer, who was living under the alias “Clemens” in Argentina where he had arrived seven years earlier.

It was not US policy at the time to go after Nazi criminals since they were still recruited for Cold War operations.

“It now appears that West Germany could have captured him in 1958, if it wished to,” said University of Virginia historian Timothy Naftali. He also said that CIA helped West Germany at the time to suppress part of Eichmann’s diary – which was in the possession of Life magazine – that would have embarrassed West German national security adviser Hans Globke, himself a former Nazi.

Eichmann was captured by Israelis in 1960 in Argentina. He was tried in Jerusalem and received the death penalty.

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