SeaRoc Rolls Out In-Turbine Communications Solution

first_imgSeaRoc Group has launched a new, fully portable communications solution that allows technicians to communicate from within a wind turbine.As radio signals are not able to be detected from within the confines of the turbine because of the metal structure, this can create a challenge for offshore wind farm maintenance.SeaRoc’s new solution enables the radio signal to be broadcast within the turbine so technicians can communicate with third parties.“This new product addresses a very specific and common problem during operations on offshore wind farms,” Nick Murphy, Head of Operations at SeaRoc Group, said.”Supplied in a light, compact unit that can be easily moved and set up, the system enables essential safety radio communications for technicians working inside a turbine. This solution increases both efficiency and safety as it means technicians don’t have to go outside to talk to the rest of the network and they can now talk to other users from the inside of the turbine using their own handheld radio.”This new solution is an extension to SeaRoc Group’s SeaHub range of communications solutions.last_img read more

The Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open

first_imgThe Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___12:30 p.m. Associated Press The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___center_img More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 11, 2020last_img read more

‘There is nothing you can do about it’

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)http://http://vimeo.com/11370119http://http://vimeo.com/11369166Joey Labuz wins the game for The Badger HeraldVILAS PARK — The situation was perfect. It was a familiar scenario; one that sets men up to become legends. And with 2009’s hero watching from the dugout, it was Editorial Board Chairman Joe Labuz who ensured The Badger Herald would come off the diamond victorious for the second year in a row.Down 10-9 with two runners on and two outs, Labuz crushed a long home run over the heads of a deep Daily Cardinal outfield that was already backed up to the city limits of Middleton. The blast gave the Gentle Clowns of the Badger Herald a 12-10 walk-off win in the annual softball game, a year after former sports editor Ben Voelkel provided a theatrical ending to the 2009 game.“There is nothing you can do about it,” Labuz said repeatedly, as he rounded the bases — each utterance of the phrase sapping the already-low self-esteem of the Dirty Bird infielders.But as in any storybook ending, the result would not have been possible without some drama.Up 9-3 in the top of the seventh inning, the Herald looked to be comfortably in control despite muddy, wet conditions due to the kind of weather that scares off those pansies in Major League Baseball. Needing only three outs to avenge an October loss in the flag football game, BH pitcher Michael Bleach and his defense ran into some trouble.“Yeah, we wanted to give the Dirty Bird a chance to save face,” Bleach said. “You might say I was just clowning around out there.”With a defense consisting of late-season call-ups, the Dirty Bird started chipping away at the deficit, eventually going ahead on a home run over the heads of an over-confident Herald outfield. Defensive substitutions helped Bleach — who had a part in all three putouts in the inning — get the Gentle Clowns off the field down just one run.“You can’t have a walk-off win unless you’re losing, that’s totes obvi,” Bleach said. “The plan was to let the Cardinal have some fun before letting Joey just shatter their souls with one swing of the bat.”That game plan, referred to by ArtsEtc. content editor Tony Lewis as “The worst idea I’ve ever heard,” turned out to be just crazy enough to work.In the bottom of the seventh, Publisher Nick Penzenstadler and sports writer Cassie Paulsen reached base, and both advanced into scoring position by the time Labuz — who already had a home run in the game — came up to the plate.Dirty Bird manager Nico Savidge already knew the game was over as soon as Labuz entered the batter’s box.“I considered stacking the outfield, but what’s the point?” Savidge said.Asked to elaborate on the term “stacking the outfield,” Savidge admitted he planned on sending the entire Cardinal staff into the field, but realized he didn’t want to add a 300-foot walk to what he knew was already going to be an embarrassing, shameful end to the game for the Dirty Bird.Aside from the carefully planned seven runs the BH allowed in the top of the seventh inning, it was a game dominated by the Herald from the first drink of beer.BH designated drinker Adam Holt won a controversial chug-off against future DC editor in chief Emma Roller that required an overtime period. Roller was visibly nervous during the bout, trembling with obvious premonitions of the softball beat-down that would follow.“I had a bad feeling about the whole thing,” Roller said. “I’m going to have nightmares of that plastic cup hitting the ground for the rest of my life.”Observers from both teams called Holt’s chugging everything from “magnificent,” to “terrifying and unnatural.” BH Sports editor and manager Jordan Schelling agreed Holt’s drinking made up for the two times he struck out looking during the game, adding he thought keeping Holt from swinging might work in the Gentle Clowns’ favor. He finished 1-3 with an RBI single and a walk in the game.The Herald managed to score in the first inning after a scoreless top half, but found itself down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning. Big hits off the bats of Labuz and Editorial Page editor Sean Kittridge — blasts most easily likened to those caused by Sidewinder missiles — helped produce a six-run inning for the Gentle Clowns.Labuz and Kittridge, who declined to create a catchy moniker like “The Bash Brothers,” or “Duran, Duran,” would strike again in the fifth inning to give the Herald a 9-3 cushion. As Kittridge put it, “the bats were pretty bangin’ today, huh?”Frustration was clearly mounting for the Cardinal, as BH News editor Alex Brousseau was beaned in the inning, one of three Gentle Clowns to be hit by a pitch in the game. There was a tense moment when Associate Photo Editor Bobby Breitenbach, replete in short-shorts, flung his bat into the air after being hit.But instead of rushing the mound, the Herald retaliated the only way it knew how: Hitting the cover off the ball and drinking Genny like it’s going out of style.In the end, there was truly nothing the Cardinal could do about it.“The bottom line is, the Dirty Birds’ bats were small and inadequate tonight,” BH editor in chief Jason Smathers said. “Small and inadequate is all too often the theme with the Cardinal.”last_img read more

Sports Minister to face Parliament over Ghana’s failed AFCON campaign

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, is expected to be hauled to Parliament, to answer why Ghana performed poorly at the 2019 AFCON tournament.The MPs expressed concerns over the Black Stars’ disappointing performance which saw them exit the tournament after Monday’s defeat to Tunisia at Ismailia in Egypt.Black Stars lost 5-4 on penalties to the Carthage Eagles following a 1-1 in 120 minutes of action. Read also: AFCON 2019: It’s journey over! Tunisia wins 5 – 4 on penaltiesIt is the first time the team is exiting the tournament without reaching the semifinal stage since they were eliminated at the group stage in the 2006 tournament also staged in Egypt. The team is expected to arrive at the Kotoka Airport in Accra, by Wednesday.On Tuesday, members on the two sides of the House indicated that they have begun the process to get Mr. Asiamah to appear before them to respond to questions.An urgent question has been filed by the Minority for the Minister to appear, Ranking member on the Sports Committee, Kwabena Woyome, has indicated.Mr. Woyome says there are lots of questions requiring answers, hence the urgent question. “We’d want the Minister to tell the country something through Parliament,” Mr. Woyome told JoyNews correspondent, Joseph Opoku Gakpo. Mr. Woyome also wants to know what lessons have been learnt from the country’s abysmal performance while trying to juxtapose that with the ongoing process to normalise football in the country.Chairman of the Youth and Sports Committee, Kofi Agyekum, disagrees with his colleague on the minority side for attempting to summon the minister to the floor to answer questions. He says the committee will rather invite him to come to brief them on the AFCON at a committee sitting.“…As representatives of the people, he has the duty to appear before us to answer those questions,” Mr. Agyekum stated.He believes the current development “presents the country with an opportunity to tackle issues relating to football systematically and have them addressed.”last_img read more

Famous Fairie Pictures which Fooled the World Sell for Outlandish Sum

first_imgPrints of the famous Cottingley fairy photographs recently came to auction. Although initially expected to fetch £2,000 ($2,600), they ended up selling for over £20,000 ($26,000). The photographs have been famous ever since they were published in the 1920 Christmas edition of The Strand.The world was aghast to see pictures, taken by two young girls, apparently proving the existence of fairies.Cottingley Fairies pictures. Photo by Johnny Green – PA Images/PA Images via Getty ImagesElsie Wright, aged 16, and nine-year-old Frances Griffiths were cousins. When they took the first photographs, Frances was visiting Elsie, who lived in the village of Cottingley, England.The girls used to play a lot by a nearby stream. This annoyed Elsie’s mother since they often came back bedraggled, but the girls insisted they went there to see the fairies.When no one believed the cousins, Elsie took her father’s camera the next time they went to play. When they came back, Elsie’s father, Arthur, developed the photographs they’d taken.Among them was one showing Frances sitting with four fairies dancing in on a rock in front of her.Frances and the Leaping Fairy.Arthur knew his daughter was creative and assumed the fairies were merely cardboard cut-outs. But two months later, the girls took another photograph which Elsie’s mother, Polly, was convinced was authentic.In mid-1919, Polly attended a meeting of the Theosophical Society in Bradford. The subject under discussion was “fairies,” so she took the pictures along.The photographs were subsequently exhibited at the Society’s annual conference, and so they came to the attention of the public.Cottingley Beck, where Frances and Elsie claimed to have seen the fairies Photo by Paul Glazzard CC BY-SA 2.0Edward Gardner was a leading member of the Society. He sent the prints, along with the original glass-plate negatives, to Harold Snelling, a photography expert.Snelling’s response was that “the two negatives are entirely genuine, unfaked photographs… [with] no trace whatsoever of studio work involving card or paper models.”However, Snelling made it clear that he wasn’t suggesting that the photographs proved the existence of fairies, only that they hadn’t been tampered with, but showed “whatever was in front of the camera at the time.”Edward. L. Gardner, member of theosophical society in London, in the 1922 book ‘The Coming of the Fairies’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Gardner got Snelling to make prints, which he took with him to lectures he gave around the country.The pictures ultimately came to the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a prominent spiritualist as well as the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories.Doyle and Gardner had the photographs examined by two more experts. After three evaluations, it seemed that only one came back with the opinion that there was “some evidence of faking.”The second of the five photographs, showing Elsie with a winged gnome.Gardner went to visit Elsie and her family. Arthur Wright said that he’d been so sure the photographs were fake that he’d searched Elsie’s room and the stream in an effort to find evidence. But he’d failed to find anything incriminating.Gardner wanted to prove the photographs beyond doubt. To that end, Frances was invited to stay with the Wrights again for the summer of 1920.At the end of July, Gardner returned with two Kodak cameras and 24 photographic plates.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.He gave each girl a camera and some brief instructions on how to get the best pictures. However, he assured them “[i]f nothing came of it at all… they were not to mind a bit.” He did not want them to feel under pressure.The girls insisted that the fairies would not come if others were watching, so they were left alone.They took several pictures over that time, including those entitled Fairy offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie, Frances and the Leaping Fairy, and Fairies and their Sun-Bath.One of Claude Arthur Shepperson’s illustrations of dancing girls, from Princess Mary’s Gift Book.Doyle sought permission from Arthur Wright to publish the first two pictures as part of his article on fairies which he was writing for The Strand. Arthur gave his consent. Doyle protected their identity by naming the family as “the Carpenters” in his article.The photographs had a mixed reception. Maurice Hewlett, a historical novelist and poet, stated in an article for John O’London’s Weekly: “knowing children, and knowing that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has legs, I decide that the Miss Carpenters have pulled one of them.”Comparison of Cottingley Fairies and illustrations from Princess Mary’s Gift Book.In 1921, Doyle published the later pictures in The Strand, inspiring similar reactions. In August of that year, Gardner took another trip to Cottingley.This time, Gardner took with him Geoffrey Hudson, a noted clairvoyant. Neither Elsie nor Frances claimed to see any fairies during that visit. In contrast, Hudson claimed he saw them everywhere.After 1921, interest in the photographs died down. In 1966, Elsie was interviewed by a reporter from The Daily Express. She didn’t say the photographs were fake but suggested that what the camera had succeeded in photographing might have been a figment of her imagination. She gave the same story again in another interview in 1971.Elsie Wright in 1920, picture printed in the American edition of the 1922 book ‘The Coming of the Fairies’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Author is not precised.Finally, in 1983, the cousins admitted that the pictures were fake. Elsie had copied pictures of dancing girls from Princess Mary’s Gift Book and drawn wings on them. The two girls had then cut the drawings out and stood them upright using hatpins, which they later disposed of in the stream.However, the girls disagreed on the authenticity of the fifth photograph, the last one they took. Elsie maintained it was a fake, but Frances said: “It was a wet Saturday afternoon and we were just mooching about with our cameras and Elsie had nothing prepared. I saw these fairies building up in the grasses and just aimed the camera and took a photograph.”Frances Griffiths in 1920.Geoffrey Crawley, in a letter to The Times published in April 1983, suggested how both girls might be telling the truth. He reasoned that the photograph was “an unintended double exposure of fairy cutouts in the grass.”In 1985, for the television program Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers, Elsie admitted why they had carried on the ruse for so long: they were embarrassed to admit the truth after fooling the famous author.The fourth photograph – Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie.“Two village kids and a brilliant man like Conan Doyle – well, we could only keep quiet… I never even thought of it as being a fraud – it was just Elsie and I having a bit of fun and I can’t understand to this day why they were taken in.”Geoffrey Crawley sold his Cottingley fairy collection to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The items included prints of the photographs, two of the cameras used, watercolors painted by Elsie, and a letter admitting to the hoax written by Elsie.The fifth and last photograph of the Cottingley Fairies – Fairies and Their Sun-Bath.On October 4, 2018, two of the prints used by Gardner in his lectures came under the hammer at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, England. Since these were only prints, rather than the original photographs, they were given a conservative estimate of £700-£1,000 ($900-$1,300) each.In fact, the print of Elsie with a gnome sold for £5,400 (around $7,000) while the other print, showing Frances with the fairies sold for £15,000, or almost $20,000.Read another story from us: Marie Antoinette’s Dazzling Jewelry Made Public for the First Time EverWith such a price tag, it seems fair to say that the Cottingley photos fascinate the public as much today as they did in 1920.last_img read more