Small neighborhood park turned into area’s newest raceway with bit of childhood imagination

first_imgOliver and Hazel Whitman at their creation in Empire Estates Park.One family has turned a small neighborhood park with a limited offerings into a new attraction for children with a bit of imagination and love of racing.Oliver Whitman, with paintbrush in hand, had the idea to create the racetrack.Just two blocks south of Prairie Village, the Empire Estates Park at Roe and 97th Street has some playground equipment and an odd circular sidewalk that may have at one time surrounded some play equipment. That sidewalk has been transformed into a racetrack, which was the idea of Oliver Whitman, age 6. With the assistance of sister Hazel, 5, and some parental guidance, Oliver turned his vision into a reality by painting a raceway complete with a checkered finish line.Oliver and Hazel are students at Trailwood Elementary. The Whitman family, which has been doing annual brush clearing projects at the park, got permission from the parks director in Overland Park for the paint job and Oliver and Hazel painted all of the stripes and checkers. They live about two blocks away from the park and their parents report that more neighborhood kids began using the track as soon as it was finished: “Kids know what to do as soon as they see it.”Bikes, tricycles, remote control cars and foot races now are used on the circle. As evidence, Monday afternoon a youngster with a bag of toy cars in tow was racing them around the track with full sound effects.last_img read more

Chronic diseases may increase risk of dementia

first_img“We were not able to investigate the specific mechanisms by which multimorbidity contributes to cognitive impairment; however our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that multiple etiologies may contribute to late-life cognitive decline and thus emphasize the importance of prevention,” said Dr. Rosebud Roberts, senior author of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. “They also emphasize that chronic diseases, once diagnosed, should be efficiently managed.” Share Email In a new study of older adults, having multiple chronic conditions was linked with an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.Investigators assessed 2176 cognitively normal participants who were an average age of 78.5 years and were followed for a median of 4 years. Participants with more than 1 chronic condition were 38% more likely to develop MCI/dementia. Participants with 4 or more conditions had a 61% increased risk compared with those with 0 or 1 condition. Men also had a higher risk than women.The findings suggest that preventing chronic diseases may help aging adults maintain their mental health. LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Historic NASA-SpaceX launch ‘go’ for liftoff

first_imgSource: NASA/Bill Ingalls“We’re burning down the final paper. All the teams are a go, and we’re continuing to progress toward our mission,” said Kathy Lueders, Manager of the NASA Commercial Crew Program.The US Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicted a 60% change of unfavourable weather conditions for the Demo-2 mission, citing the primary weather concerns that could prevent launch are flight through precipitation, thick and cumulus clouds.But 45th Weather Squadron Launch Weather officer Mike McAleenan said things are looking up.“It certainly has been trending better over the last day or two for launch weather,” McAleenan said yesterday. “If I was to issue the forecast today, right now, we would probably be down to 40% chance of violation.”Currently in quarantine – a routine part of prelaunch preparations for astronauts journeying into space, crew members Behnken and Hurley took part in a full dress rehearsal of launch day on Saturday, including suiting up and climbing aboard the Crew Dragon at Launch Complex 39A. Source: NASA/Bill IngallsThe missionLifting off from Launch Pad 39A atop a specially instrumented Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate its two passengers to approximately 17,000 mph and put it on an intercept course with the International Space Station.Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system and the manoeuvring thrusters, among other things.In about 24 hours, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station.The spacecraft is designed to do this autonomously but astronauts aboard the spacecraft and the station will be diligently monitoring approach and docking and can take control of the spacecraft if necessary.After successfully docking, Behnken and Hurley will be welcomed aboard station and will become members of the Expedition 63 crew. They will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew. Part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, NASA and SpaceX officially gave the mission to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space a “go” following the passing of its final major review yesterday at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.If all goes according to plan, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will liftoff at 4.33pm EDT from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A tomorrow.As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities.This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.center_img Source: NASA/Bill IngallsAlthough the Crew Dragon being used for this flight test can stay in orbit about 110 days, the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch.The operational Crew Dragon spacecraft will be capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days as a NASA requirement.Upon conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the two astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.Upon splashdown just off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by SpaceX’s Go Navigator recovery vessel and return to Cape Canaveral.The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station.This certification and regular operation of Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station, which benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.last_img read more

Megacar takes to the rails (video)

first_imgThe mega railcar features a 40 ft load deck, which UTC claims is the longest of any 16-axle depressed centre car available in North America.The extra length on deck and a 400-tonne capacity makes it ideal for the movement of out-of-gauge and project cargoes, and provides an attractive alternative to the 20-axle Schnabel cars, the company adds. UTC Overseas executive vice president Marco Poisler said: “Our new design, created by UTC’s own rail engineering team, greatly enhances our ability to serve our customers in a timely and efficient manner, and reduces our reliance on the extremely scarce leasing market.”HLPFI reported in January 2014 that UTC has begun developing the new custom-designed railcar, with Matt Fielder, project manager at UTC, stating: “In recent years, the size and weight of the project cargoes our customers have been asking us to handle has been steadily growing.”A video of UTC’s new mega railcar can be seen below.www.utcoverseas.comlast_img read more

Pohjanpalo promoted

first_imgShe will report to ceo Tero Vauraste and will be in charge of finance, property and asset-related topics. Pohjanpalo was formerly the company’s business controller.The current chief financial officer, Teppo Talvinko, will leave the company during the first quarter of 2020.www.nurminenlogistics.comlast_img

International Mother Tongue Day

first_imgCape Town – 190106 – The Human Rights Association for Victims of Coercive Conversion Programs (HAC) hosted a special memorial service at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town to commemorate the death of Ms Ji-in Gu, a victim of coercive conversion. Picture: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA) Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Mother Tongue Day on Saturday February 23 with a public discussion at the Iziko South African Museum, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, from 10am to 1pm. Language activists, writers, poets, language practitioners and cultural activists will talk about the role of indigenous knowledge and languages in contemporary South Africa. The panel of speakers include Denver Breda from the Munainai Khoi Language Project; Dr Sebolelo Mokapele, a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of the Western Cape; Nompumelelo Radebe from the Western Cape Government Language Services; Deon Xhamela Nebulane of Ubuntu Bridge; and Karel King and Timo !Ngonnemaoa of the !AL-OM Aboriginal Customary Council Taal Projek Stellenbosch.Entry is free. Contact Xola Mlwandle on 021 481 38952 or email xmlwandle@iziko.org.za for more information.last_img read more

A long way to go

first_imgASIA: Almost since the dawn of railways, far-sighted engineers and politicians have been talking about linking Europe and India by rail. The second half of the 19th century was an era of economic expansion and power politics, as evidenced by the construction of transcontinental railways across the USA, Canada and Russia, and the unfulfilled dream of a Cape to Cairo railway running the length of Africa. Two years after America’s Pacific Railroad was completed, visionary engineers William Low and George Thomas wrote to the British Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1871 with proposals for a 9 500 km railway linking London with Karachi and Mumbai, via Trieste, Istanbul, Aleppo and Baghdad. Although little more than 1 700 km through Western Europe had been built at the time, they believed it would be feasible to complete the route for around £24m. Political turmoil in the 20th century meant that it was not until the Trans-Asian Railway project was launched by the United Nations in 1960 that efforts could begin to focus on joining up the separate networks to create a 14 000 km rail link between Turkey and Singapore via Iran, India and southeast Asia.Just a few months short of its 50th anniversary, Unescap’s Trans-Asian Railway concept is starting to bear fruit, with the intergovernmental agreement coming into force in June (RG 7.09 p20). Over the years, the project has expanded to cover four main axes, and it seems that governments across the region are increasingly starting to recognise the role that international rail services could play in supporting economic development and alleviating the problems of climate change.Implementation of different sections of the TAR is likely to be taken forward at regional level. And following the announcement in June that the Bam – Zahedan line in southeast Iran had been completed, the first international freight train ran over this route in August.On August 14, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani marked the country’s national day by flagging off an inaugural container train from Islamabad to Tehran and Istanbul via Zahedan. Expected to take 15 days, the train was operated under the auspices of the regional Economic Co-operation Organisation. Originally established in 1985 by Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, ECO later expanded to encompass seven Central Asian states. It is actively promoting the operation of other long-distance container trains across the region, including Almaty – Bandar Abbas and Istanbul – Urumqi. Although the initial train from Islamabad was a demonstration run, it carried 20 containers with 750 tonnes of freight. PR General Manager Saeed Akhtar is confident that there would be sufficient traffic for a regular service linking Lahore or Faisalabad to Istanbul. RAI is expected to start regular services between Tehran and Zahedan by the end of this year. With the Mar­maray tunnel under the Bosporus nearing completion, this just leaves the train ferry across Lake Van in eastern Turkey to be bypassed before the rails are finally linked throughout. It is conceivable that long-distance freight trains could begin running soon, but recent experience on the Trans-Siberian corridor suggests that it would be a challenge for rail to compete with ocean shipping, even in a relatively stable political and economic environment.Some people dream of through passenger trains between London or Paris and India, with sleeping cars and full dining facilities, but it seems unlikely that these could be operated profitably as anything more than luxury tourist trains, as it would be difficult for rail to compete with air travel for ordinary traffic on price or time. Although it is possible to travel from London to India by rail for around £500 each way, the journey time is around 16 days, even with good connections between very infrequent trains. For example, PR’s mixed train between Zahedan and Quetta only runs twice a month, taking almost 30 h to cover the 734 km, and is frequently cancelled as a result of security concerns in Baluchistan. It is a far cry from the 4½ days envisaged by Low and Thomas, who postulated an average speed of 80 km/h. Discounting end-to-end business, there is still scope to develop shorter-distance passenger traffic along different sections of the corridor. But for these to succeed, work is needed to improve the quality of rail operations, even in eastern Europe where services between Budapest and Istanbul leave much to be desired. Meanwhile, as we reported last month, Iran is investing heavily in upgrading and expanding its rail network, and Turkey’s railways are developing rapidly. Nevertheless, the completion of this corridor marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Asia’s railways and as such deserves to be celebrated.last_img read more

WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship review

first_imgFor many years now the WRC series of games have been lagging behind Dirt Rally in terms of popularity and general opinion. Can WRC 8 be the game to shrink the gap between the two rivals? In a nutshell yes, WRC 8 makes the most of official licencing, great handling and challenging gameplay.WRC 8 is definitely taking a more serious approach than previous outings and is aiming for realism over accessibility. For someone like myself who knows nothing about rallying and the engineering behind it, WRC 8 can have a quite a steep learning curve.View the WRC 8 launch trailer below:I decided to play the career mode at first as I felt this would give me the broadest experience possible. Things begin in your virtual garage where you can hire and fire team members, set up your cars and upgrade your racing team to name but a few options. I found these screens were not laid out in the most intuitive way and would have benefited from more tooltips to help guide less seasoned drivers such as myself. I did eventually figure out most things through trial and error but I would have welcomed some more hand-holding, at least to start with.To hammer this point home, I had started a race to find my car completely unresponsive and I was constantly falling off cliffs, in the snow at night! This was purely because I hadn’t noticed every single light on my dash was blinking an angry red. Everything was broken as I hadn’t realised I needed to assign a mechanic to the task as repairs aren’t taken care of automatically. Obvious in hindsight but not at the time.Credit: KT RacingAs you progress through the career mode you earn XP which can be spent on levelling up your team, making your car better or more reliable and increasing your chances of getting better-paying contracts. Given that I came last, if I even finished at all, the reputation of my team wasn’t exactly high and morale was pretty low in my garage!Now on the driving itself. Thankfully in this most important of areas, WRC 8 really shines. The handling model is excellent and even using a gamepad it feels responsive and pant-wettingly exciting at the same time. The steering feels precise and once you get the hang of using the handbrake and entering corners sideways you’ll be shouting at your screen in glee as the back end of your car is mere inches from slipping off a hundred-foot drop while you take a corner at 100mph. I didn’t get to try WRC 8 using a steering wheel but I can only imagine this would heighten the experience even more.Credit: KT RacingThe rally stages themselves are also challenging and varied. You get to drive in lots of different dynamic weather conditions and around lots of pretty environments. There are also night rallies which add a whole other dimension of difficulty. Whilst the backgrounds are pretty they aren’t fantastic but let’s be honest, you’re going to spend most of your time looking at the car and the track. The cars themselves are very detailed and the damage model really makes your car look like it’s had a battering (especially with me behind the wheel)Other game modes in WRC 8 include another career mode without all of the team management, a free drive mode where you can practice with any car/course combination and multiplayer options where you race against other player ghosts on the same course. Sadly during my playthrough, I couldn’t find a single lobby for multiplayer so I can’t really comment on that aspect of the game.To see the game in action, check out our video below:I really enjoyed playing WRC 8 and I’m not really into driving games, mainly because I’m crap at them. I was especially crap at WRC 8 but despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my failure. The game is definitely challenging and if you’re looking for a more arcadey driving title this definitely isn’t for you. If, however, you want an authentic driving experience and are willing to put the time and effort into mastering rally driving you should 100% give WRC 8 a chance.WRC 8 was reviewed using a digital code supplied by the publisher.Publisher: BigBen Interactive Developer: Kylotonn Release Date: 5th September 2019 Reviewed On: Xbox One Also Available On: PS4, PCWRC 8 is available to buy at Amazon UK on PS4, Xbox One , Nintendo Switch (from 14th November) and  PC.last_img read more

Peace Ark marks new milestone for Dominica China Friendship  says Health Minister

first_imgHealthLocalNews Peace Ark marks new milestone for Dominica China Friendship  says Health Minister by: – October 15, 2018 288 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth Darroux has described the arrival of the Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, Ark Peace as a new milestone in the bilateral bond between the two countries.He made that statement while speaking at a welcome ceremony for the ship held on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard on Friday, October 12th 2018.Dr. Darroux stated that the relationship between the countries have yield tremendous assistance for Dominica in all areas.He described the relationship between the two countries as ‘mutually respectful relationship over the years’, noting that it has yielded tremendous assistance in the form of technical cooperation for medical services, provision of medical equipment, road networks, schools, bridges, stadiums, the construction of a new national hospital and most importantly assisting us in building capacity and development of our human resource.“Today however the arrival of the Peace Ark to our shores is yet another manifestation of this extraordinary friendship and takes the deep and strong relationship between the countries to a whole new level and marks a new milestone in the two countries bilateral bond,” Dr. Darroux stated.According to Dr. Darroux, the “harmonious mission” will provide medical services to Dominicans as the island recovers from the effects of Hurricane Maria.“Ladies and gentlemen, this harmonious mission 2018 will provide humanitarian medical services to our people in our time of need as we seek to rebuild our countries from the ravages of Hurricane Maria just over a year ago,” he noted.Dr. Darroux went on to add that the mission “underscores the continued commitment of the People’s Republic of China to provide support to the Commonwealth of Dominica in area of health.”The ship docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles on Friday, October 12th, where a welcoming ceremony was held, before The President of Dominica, Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin and other Ministers of Cabinet were treated to a tour of the ship. – / 19last_img read more

NI AWR Design Environment V12 Pre-Release Now Available

first_imgNI (formerly AWR Corporation) has announced the availability of the NI AWR Design Environment™ V12 — Its first major software release in 2015. This release is available as a pre-release to select customers, partners and evaluators. It will be previewed at the International Microwave Symposium 2015 (IMS2015) for the first time at the NI booth #2431. This latest release boasts new load-pull and antenna- and radar-specific features, as well as ease-of-use improvements, speed enhancements and third-party integration flows. View measured data and design matching networks using swept load-pull files APLAC tuning and optimization speed enhancements Improved simulation control Schematic editing, layout viewing and layout editing improvements Select highlights of V12 NI AWR Design Environment include:Microwave Office/ Analog Office Analyst™ and AXIEM To learn more about V12 NI AWR Design Environment, stop by NI booth #2431 at IMS 2015 for a demonstration, attend an NI AWR software-centric MicroApps session at IMS (see schedule here) or visit awrcorp.com/what-is-new/v12-preview.Pricing and AvailabilityV12 NI AWR Design Environment is planned for full release in the third quarter of 2015. Contact your local NI AWR software sales representative for more information, specific pricing and licensing options.center_img Visual System Simulator™ (VSS) An enhanced phased-array block and simplified Microwave Office consistent VSS sources Bidirectional blocks for more readily managing both transmit and receive systems RF models auto-configuration option for phased-array block, WLAN 802.11ac library, enhanced radar library and more Easier 3D EM setup and an improved 3D editor experience; geometry cleanup and standard for the exchange of product model data (STEP) import for Analyst Anisotropic dielectric materials support for AXIEM Faster and more accurate simulation results due to threading, frequency sweep algorithm improvements, meshing options/refinement enhancements and a remote simulation option Visualization of the impact of circuits on antenna patternslast_img read more