Search for Missing Malaysian Plane Continues

first_imgThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 223,000 square kilometres, 1680 kilometres west north-west of Perth.Eight military planes will assist in the search. One of these planes will be tasked to drop self locating datum marker buoys within the search area. The first aircraft departed for the search area at 6am WST.Nine ships have been tasked to search.The weather forecast for today’s search is fair, with visibility approximately 10 kilometres, however the southern area may experience some isolated showers.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau continues to refine the area where the aircraft entered the water based on continuing ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary technical analysis of satellite communication and aircraft performance, passed from the international air crash investigative team comprising analysts from Malaysia, the United States, the UK, China and Australia.[mappress]Press Release, April 3, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy April 3, 2014 Search for Missing Malaysian Plane Continues View post tag: Naval View post tag: Plane View post tag: Malaysian View post tag: missingcenter_img Up to eight planes and nine ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Share this article View post tag: continues View post tag: News by topic View post tag: search Back to overview,Home naval-today Search for Missing Malaysian Plane Continues last_img read more

Rolls-Royce introduces autonomous naval vessel concept

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Rolls-Royce introduces autonomous naval vessel concept Share this article Authorities September 12, 2017 View post tag: autonomous systemscenter_img Rolls-Royce introduces autonomous naval vessel concept View post tag: Rolls-Royce British propulsion systems supplier and developer Rolls-Royce has revealed its designs for an autonomous, single role, naval vessel capable of covering distances of 3500 nautical miles at a time.According to the company, the vessel would be capable of operating beyond the horizon for over 100 days, displace 700 tonnes and reach speeds above 25 knots.Measuring in at 60 meters, Rolls-Royce envisions the vessel as performing a range of single role missions, for example, patrol & surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening.According to Benjamin Thorp, Rolls-Royce, general manager naval electrics, automation and control, “Rolls-Royce is seeing interest from major navies in autonomous, rather than remote controlled, ships. Such ships offer a way to deliver increased operational capability, reduce the risk to crew and cut both operating and build costs.“Over the next 10 years or so, Rolls-Royce expects to see the introduction of medium sized unmanned platforms, particularly in leading navies, as the concept of mixed manned and unmanned fleets develops. With our experience and capabilities we expect to lead the field.”The initial design features a full electric propulsion system which requires fewer auxiliary systems (lubrication, cooling system etc.) and offers better reliability levels than mechanical counterparts.It features two Rolls-Royce MTU 4000 Series gensets providing around 4MW electrical power to a 1.5MW propulsion drive. An alternative to diesel engines could be small gas turbines, further improving the system’s reliability and reducing onboard maintenance. Permanent Magnet Azipull thrusters together with a bow mounted tunnel thruster will make the vessel highly maneuverable.To reduce fuel consumption and extend operational range an additional 3000 kWh of energy storage will facilitate efficient low speed loiter operations and the vessel will also be fitted with photovoltaic solar panels to generate power when the vessel is on standby.Many of the technologies needed to make autonomous ships a reality already exist. Rolls-Royce has created what it believes to be the world’s first Intelligent Awareness System combining multiple sensors with Artificial Intelligence, to help commercial vessels operate more safely and efficiently. Significant analysis of potential cyber risks is also being undertaken to ensure end-to-end security.last_img read more

GRiZ Ensures That “Good Will Prevail” With Funky Portland Throwdown [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Beloved saxophonist/producer GRiZ recently released a staggering new album Good Will Prevail, and is supporting it with one of his most extensive tours to date. The musician has redefined the funk genre for a new generation, blending elements of other-worldly electronic production with the crisp tones of his saxophone. With a number of special guests adding to the magic throughout the night, there’s no stopping the man at work!Last Friday, 10/7, GRiZ brought that funk to the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR, treating the Northwestern fans to a serious dance party rager! Fortunately, we can share a full gallery of images from the performance. Check them out below!Photography by Jordan Ingleewww.visualsuplex.comFB: /visualsuplexInstagram: @visualsuplexlast_img read more

For Library staff, a weekly break to breathe, stretch and let go

first_img Read Full Story Every week, Marilyn Morgan, manuscript cataloger at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, leads chair yoga for librarians. “I find that librarians especially tend to be very service-oriented and put themselves last,” Morgan said. “We often feel guilty about taking time for ourselves. This class is great because anyone can carve out 30 minutes once a week.”The class starts with a simple breathing exercise; it also serves to reset posture—which has a tendency to sag after a few hours in front of a screen. She then moves on to gentle neck stretches, seated spine twists and hand and wrist stretches, which are especially helpful for people who type a lot. Morgan ends with a series of stretches for hamstrings and hips. “I choose exercises that can easily be done at your desk,” Morgan said. “I suggest that everyone take a few minutes each day to stretch and breathe.”Morgan holds a Ph.D. in American history, but she’s also always been interested in health and wellness, especially yoga; she was trained at the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge. Morgan began teaching the weekly class for library staff in fall 2011, an idea she first proposed to the Harvard Library Strategic Conversations committee.“We live in a culture that cultivates stress,” Morgan said. “I love the Harvard Library community, so I am so glad to be able to share my skills with other staff members. I appreciate knowing that the Harvard Library supports this emphasis on wellness.”last_img read more

Medicating mosquitoes to fight malaria

first_imgMosquitoes that landed on surfaces coated with the antimalarial compound atovaquone were completely blocked from developing Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum), the parasite that causes malaria, according to new research led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study showed that atovaquone — an active ingredient in medication that’s commonly used in humans to prevent and treat malaria — can be absorbed through mosquitoes’ tarsi (legs) and prevents the insects from developing and spreading the parasite. The findings indicate that treating bed nets with atovaquone or similar compounds would be an effective way to reduce the burden of malaria while significantly mitigating the growing problem of insecticide resistance.“Mosquitoes are amazingly resilient organisms that have developed resistance against every insecticide that has been used to kill them. By eliminating malaria parasites within the mosquito rather than killing the mosquito itself, we can circumvent this resistance and effectively prevent malaria transmission,” said Flaminia Catteruccia, professor of immunology and infectious diseases. “Ultimately, the use of antimalarials on mosquito nets could help eliminate this devastating disease. It’s a simple but innovative idea that’s safe for people who use mosquito nets and friendly to the environment.”The study will be published online today in Nature. “By eliminating malaria parasites within the mosquito rather than killing the mosquito itself, we can circumvent this resistance and effectively prevent malaria transmission.” — Flaminia Catteruccia Malaria poses a risk to nearly half of the world’s population. Annually, more than 200 million people become sick with malaria and more than 400,000 people die from it. During the past 20 years, bed nets treated with long-lasting insecticides that kill mosquitoes have significantly reduced the global malaria burden. It’s estimated that the nets are responsible for 68 percent of all malaria cases averted since 2000. Recent years, however, have seen a surge in mosquitoes that are resistant to the most commonly used insecticides. In some malaria hot spots, there is near total resistance to pyrethroids, one of the key groups of insecticides currently in use. The waning effectiveness of insecticides is a public health emergency that threatens to undo decades of progress toward controlling malaria, and highlights the urgent need to develop new approaches to stop the spread of the disease.For this study, the researchers reasoned that they could introduce antimalarial compounds to Anopheles mosquitoes in a way that’s similar to a mosquito making contact with insecticides on a bed net. Rather than kill the mosquitoes, the aim was to give them a prophylactic treatment so they could not develop and transmit the malaria-causing parasite.To test the approach, they coated glass surfaces with atovaquone and covered them with a plastic cup. Female mosquitoes were then introduced into the cup. Prior to or immediately after the mosquitoes made contact with the atovaquone-coated glass, the researchers infected them with P. falciparum. Over the course of the study, mosquitoes were exposed to different concentrations of atovaquone and were kept in the cup for different amount of times.The study found that P. falciparum development was completely blocked at relatively low concentrations of atovaquone (100 μmol per m2) when mosquitoes were exposed for just six minutes, which is comparable to the time wild mosquitoes spend on insecticide-treated bed nets. The researchers had similar success when using other compounds similar to atovaquone. While atovaquone effectively killed parasites, it had no effects on mosquito lifespan or reproduction.“When we put these data into a mathematical model using real-world data on insecticide resistance, bed net coverage, and malaria prevalence, it showed that supplementing conventional bed nets with a compound like atovaquone could appreciably reduce malaria transmission under almost any conditions we had data for in Africa,” said Douglas Paton, research fellow and lead author of the paper. “What got us really excited is that it also showed that this new intervention would have the greatest impact in areas with the highest levels of mosquito insecticide resistance.”Other Harvard Chan School co-authors included Maurice Itoe, Inga Holmdahl, and Caroline Buckee.Funding for this study came from a joint Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant OPP1158190 (Catteruccia), National Institutes of Health grants R01 AI124165 and R01 AI104956 (Catteruccia), Simons Foundation Collaboration grant 524390 (Childs), and National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant R35GM124715-02 (Buckee).last_img read more

Utility Execs Press for Transition to Gas and Renewables

first_imgUtility Execs Press for Transition to Gas and Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Power generators are reiterating plans to move away from coal­fired generation as coal producers continue to participate in a tight supply market.CMS Energy Corp. President and CEO Patricia Poppe noted the utility has reduced its carbon intensity by 30% since 2005, surpassing targets of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, at an event Sept. 25.According to SNL Energy fuel contract data, recent suppliers of CMS Energy coal plants include Peabody Energy Corp., Cloud Peak Energy Inc. and Arch Coal Inc.During a Sept. 26 presentation NextEra Energy Inc. CFO John Ketchum said that even when renewable tax incentives like the production tax credit and investment tax credit expire, the economics of renewables continue to suggest a healthy competition against other fuel sources. He noted that the production tax credit ratchets down to 40% by the end of 2023.“That gives us a lot of time for wind economics to continue to improve by the time we get to the middle of the next decade,” he said. And then with solar, the [investment tax credit] doesn’t go down to 10% until 2022. … So a lot of room there to continue to achieve economic efficiency and further cost declines in the sector, which match up very well against the other forms of generation.”More: Major suppliers of NextEra coal plants include Cloud Peak and Contura Energy Inc.last_img read more

Rules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines

first_imgRules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines Rules panel asks court to remove DNA deadlines Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to remove the deadline for convicted inmates to request DNA testing in an effort to prove their innocence.Meeting 22 days before that deadline was set to expire, the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, on September 9 at The Florida Bar’s General Meeting, voted to file an emergency petition with the court. That petition, asking the justices to remove the testing time limit, was scheduled to go to the Bar’s Executive Committee for its review after this Bar News went to press, and then be filed with the court.More than 1,000 inmates are still being screened to see if their case fits within the DNA testing guidelines.The vote, which was 23-0 with one abstention, came after the committee heard Bar President Alan Bookman and President-elect Hank Coxe explain that the Bar supported that or any other measure that would free an innocent person from prison.“This was a rule passed by this committee, and at the time (in 2003) this committee voted to put a two-year sunset provision in the rule,” said committee Chair George Tragos. “The provision automatically terminates on October 1 of this year. Many things have happened in the interim, including the governor ordering the biological evidence be preserved.”Those events, he added, also include some dramatic cases where DNA evidence has freed inmates, including two cases where the defendants, who had been convicted of rape, were exonerated after more than two decades each in prison.Coxe said he and Bookman met with both legislative leaders and with the governor’s general counsel, Raquel Rodriguez, and found support for the availability of DNA testing.“Raquel Rodriguez’s words were, ‘Neither I nor the governor can tolerate that an innocent person is in prison,’” Coxe said. “The Bar Board of Governors is of the position, just like Rocky Rodriquez, that innocent people in our prisons is intolerable.”He noted that the Board of Governors generally has become more involved in criminal justice issues in recent years, instead of concentrating mostly on civil matters.When the rules committee acted two years ago, it became part of a debate between the court system and the legislature over the court’s rule-making authority and whether it had exceeded procedural matters and was encroaching on substantive matters. Committee members then said the deadline was a procedural issue.“We are sensitive to the conflict and tension versus rule and statute as a solution,” Coxe said. “We are aware of this committee’s history and the position you took two years ago.“The Florida Bar would support whatever it took to keep innocent people from sitting in prison, whatever the means. We support the committee in that effort and we support the legislature on that issue.. . . Everyone has the sense there is no question what the right result is; it’s how you get there.”He read the recent legislative position approved by the Board of Governors. It says that the Bar supports making a permanent part of the criminal justice system a way for those in prison to seek DNA testing to prove their innocence.While legislators in both the House and Senate are preparing bills, those are not likely to be heard until next spring during the 2006 Regular Session.Tragos prepared the amendment, which simply repeated the language already in the Rule 3.853(d) but omitted any references to the October 1, 2005, deadline. More than 1,000 inmates seeking the testing still wait to have their requests screened to see if they qualify and if evidence in their cases is still available.Even committee members who opposed the DNA rule two years ago supported the action. Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney Abe Laeser said his previous objection was based on the rule would require local governments to expend money to preserve evidence and hence exceeded its authority. But now since Gov. Jeb Bush has ordered the evidence preserved, that issue is moot, he said.“The economic condition has basically disappeared,” he said. Joking about his reputation as prosecutor, Laeser added, “Even I don’t like the idea of really, really innocent people sitting in the hoosegow.”Committee member Scott Fingerhut said if the committee failed to act that he and another attorney, who are representing about 200 of the inmates seeking testing, would have filed a petition with the court to extend or eliminate the deadline.“It’s not like nothing will happen, but coming from us, it will have a far greater impact,” he said.Tragos said the change will be submitted as an out-of-cycle rule amendment to the court, with a request to expedite its review.Jenny Greenberg, director of the Florida Innocence Initiative, watched the rule debate and praised the action.“It means that, pending Florida Supreme Court action, that the rights of innocent inmates to seek DNA evidence to prove their innocence will still be alive in Florida,” she said.The rule amendment will be reviewed by the Bar’s Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Governors, before it goes to the court. 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Wolf Administration Taking Lead on Health Enrollment after Trump Administration Cutbacks

first_img November 30, 2017 Healthcare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Wolf Administration, including Pennsylvania Insurance Department Acting Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne will be joined by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network to offer enrollment assistance for individuals eligible for Medicare, plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medical Assistance, and CHIP at the KING Community Center in Harrisburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017.“Selecting a health care plan can be confusing and enrollment is vital to ensuring you are receiving the best plan with the coverage options you need for the following year,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We want to make navigating that process easier by having subject matter experts on hand to walk you through enrollment.”The open enrollment period for 2018 coverage for Medicare beneficiaries interested in making changes to their Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage closes on December 7, and open enrollment for 2018 coverage for ACA enrollees closes on December 15. Enrollment for Medical Assistance and CHIP is always open.“This year, the federal government shortened the ACA enrollment period, so my administration is doing all we can to make sure Pennsylvanians are informed and educated,” said Wolf. “Time is running out – let us help you get the coverage you need.”For individuals unable to attend the event at the KING Community Center on December 2, 2017, please refer to the following information:For additional help signing up for health insurance, visit the Insurance Department’s Open Enrollment Assistant page here: www.insurance.pa.gov/Coverage/Pages/Open-Enrollment-Assistance.aspxFor additional help enrolling in Medicare, find your local Area Agency on Aging here: www.aging.pa.gov/insurance.Pennsylvanians eligible for Medical Assistance or CHIP can apply for benefits in person, by paper application, or online at www.compass.state.pa.us.The KING Community Center is located at 1243 South 18th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104. Wolf Administration Taking Lead on Health Enrollment after Trump Administration Cutbackscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch schemes failing on mortgage investment policies

first_imgDutch pension funds lack clear policies for their investments in residential mortgages, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).A survey of mortgage portfolios and risk management by the regulator suggested schemes usually adopted the policies of their providers. Instead, schemes should develop their own policies, including targets and limitations, DNB said.Currently there is no link between a scheme’s asset-liability management study and its investment beliefs, the regulator said. It added that pension funds often did not provide clarity about their risk attitude towards illiquid investments either. Residential mortgages as an asset class has gained in popularity during the past few years, as mortgages are considered a better-performing alternative to low-yielding government bonds.Dutch pension funds have invested 2.4% of their portfolio in residential mortgages on average, with some schemes having exposures of as much as 20% of their portfolios, according to DNB.The regulator said that it wanted pension funds to develop their own policy,In its opinion, schemes’ policies should also include the proportion of state-guaranteed mortgages (NHG) in their portfolio, the desired duration of the allocation and the types of mortgages owned.The watchdog also emphasised that pension funds must establish the risk and return criteria for mortgage investments and subsequently opt for a matching product, rather than the other way round.DNB added that pension funds must explain how their mortgage holdings fit with their policy on hedging liabilities.It found that many schemes had fully factored in mortgages into their interest rate hedging policy. Others had merely modestly underpinned this decision, in particular in case of a high debt-market value ratio of the portfolio.The supervisor also said pension funds should explain how they had valued their mortgage holdings, and how they assessed the risk of mortgages paid off early.It warned that just using mortgage providers’ quote could improperly affect the valuation of the holdings.During its survey, the regulator also assessed the outsourcing of asset management and visited a number of undisclosed providers of mortgage investments.last_img read more

Interview: Mats Langensjö weighs options for Sweden’s giant AP7

first_img“The big balancing act is between the implied or expected cautiousness of pillar one and how you maximise pensions”Mats Langensjö“Having this kind of structure in the first pillar system is rare, as there are not many such systems that rely on market returns – in fact, I haven’t come across any others where this is the case,” he said.“So the question is, how do you then position that? It is a given that the structure is there, but what is the appropriate level of risk and appropriate objective, particularly for the savers?”Other issues that needed to be resolved in the report included defining the target group for the default fund.“In one sense you are targeting the whole population of Sweden, but maybe you need to prioritise certain groups such as people who are younger, older, or have different earnings levels,” he said.New investment guidelines?Langensjö said he would also consider whether AP7’s investment universe should be updated, as a consequence of the objectives and risk profile.AP7 currently invests more than 80% of its portfolio in equities, but its leadership has called on the Swedish government to broaden investment rules to allow real estate and infrastructure allocations.In his report, Langensjö said he would also address AP7’s use of leverage.He cited Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler, who last year stated that AP7 should not apply leverage to its investments, but Langensjö said there were good arguments for and against the use of gearing.Langensjö refused to be drawn on the specifics of how the investment universe might be altered.“It is too early in the process to say, but the big balancing act is between the implied or expected cautiousness of pillar one – the social security approach – and how you maximise pensions, which in simplistic terms is to maximise risk,” he said. “In the end that will define the investment universe and the type of portfolio.”Further readingSweden cuts one third of investment options in system overhaul Pensions regulator outlines plans to cull a third of the investment funds from the PPM, transferring roughly SEK9bn (€879m) to AP7Swedish Premium Pension: Safe and sound Reform of the Premium Pension System aims to root out poor management practices and make the system sustainable, writes Gail Moss “It was set up at a time when there were no other investment options in the first pillar system, then later it became the default option and now it is a fund in excess of €50bn because more than two thirds of savers have chosen to stay in it.”AP7 was the most rapidly growing investment fund in the world, he said, which meant the framework had now to be changed. According to data from IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey, it has grown from €8bn in 2009 to almost €62bn as of last year, as a result of investment returns and policy reforms.AP7’s growthChart MakerLangensjö’s report is likely to be submitted by the summer and will probably be put out for consultation later this year as part of the second stage of the PPM reform that is currently under way.Just over 13% of Swedish individuals’ state pension contributions – equating to 2.5% of salary – are directed into the PPM, which allows people to put their money into a wide range of private investment funds or into the default option, the balanced Såfa fund run by AP7.In compiling his report, Langensjö said he would look at what the future role and objective for AP7 should be as the default fund. The Swedish Finance Ministry has tasked pensions expert Mats Langensjö with devising a new framework for the country’s largest public sector pension fund.AP7 is the manager of the default option within the defined contribution (DC) segment of the state pension, known as the Premium Pension System (PPM).Langensjö – who has played significant roles in several pension reform processes in Sweden – is considering all options for the fund, including expanding its investment universe as well as changing its use of leverage.He told IPE: “AP7 has been around since 2000, but nothing has really changed since then in terms of the framework.last_img read more