News story: Degree-level Apprenticeship in Economics

first_imgThe Institute for Apprenticeships has now approved the Professional Economist Integrated Degree Apprenticeship for delivery.A diverse range of employers from across the industry helped to design and develop the new standard, as part of the Professional Economist Apprenticeship trailblazer group, led by the Government Economic Service (GES).Open to those with 3 A-Levels and an aptitude for maths, this 4-year integrated degree apprenticeship will create a new career route to becoming a professional economist. Once complete, apprentices will have a level 6 apprenticeship, an economics degree, along with the experience of 4 years on-the-job training.For the GES, this is a new recruitment route into the profession. Apprentices will be provided with all the training to meet the high standards required of a government economist, through both formal and on the job learning, whilst earning.This Standard is now open and available to all employers. For public sector organisations, the GES are leading on the procurement of a training provider partner, to be in place by mid-September 2018. Around 75 economist apprentices will be appointed across the Civil Service and wider public sector by August 2019, with training starting September 2019.This new apprenticeship model is a key step in broadening the range of entry routes into the economics profession, and providing the opportunity for those from diverse backgrounds to embark upon a career in economics.To find out more about this great opportunity, visit: read more

Darn Tough Vermont to supply US Marine Corps with 450,000 Merino wool boot socks

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont,Darn Tough Vermont, domestic manufacturer of premium all-weather performance socks, has been awarded a contract to supply the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with 450,000 pairs of its Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Socks, a style in the company’s Tactical sock line. The contract is worth about $3 million. According to Ric Cabot, president of Darn Tough Vermont, this latest award represents the company’s largest Tactical order to date and demonstrates its commitment to creating uncompromising products for U.S. warfighters. US Senator Patrick Leahy, who secured a $1.6 million military contract for Darn Tough in 2008, said he was very pleased to see how Darn Tough leveraged that opportunity to create a major clothing line with a growing fan base among deployed troops fighting in harsh environments. ‘This contract proves that a seedling contract can blossom into substantial business for a Vermont manufacturer,’ said Leahy.  ‘All these Vermonters needed was a chance to put their best foot forward. It also proves that Vermont quality counts when it comes to outfitting and protecting our troops.’Ric Cabot, President of Darn Tough Vermont, said, ‘We Vermonters are a proud bunch. When you give us a job to do, we do it with heart and soul. The contract Senator Leahy secured for us in 2008 was an acknowledgment of this work ethic. Since making good on that contract and putting our best into every pair of socks we knit, we’ve been able to consistently grow the tactical side of our business, adding more jobs and investing more in our infrastructure every year.  Northfield, Vermont, is, in my mind, the sock capital of the world ‘ we produce the best with the best. And obviously,’ Cabot added, ‘FOR the best.’   A single award was issued by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) to Darn Tough Vermont, in partnership with long-time industry partner ADS Inc., for 450,000 pairs of socks to be delivered by September 2012. Marines will receive four pairs each of Darn Tough Vermont’s Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Sock (style #14033). The Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Sock uses densely knit Merino wool fibers to provide moisture transfer away from the foot, minimizingthe risk of lower extremity injury (e.g., blisters, cellulites, frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot) and ensuring insulation and protection from cold weather environments.‘There’s no sock that better meets the mission-specific requirements of the USMC and provides an immediate improvement to the quality of life for our Marines,’ said Shannon McKenna, director of government sales at Darn Tough Vermont. ‘Our military personnel demands the best, without compromise, and Darn Tough Vermont has repeatedly been the sock they turn to.’ The previous Darn Tough Vermont award was a contract with the USMC, in partnership with ADS Inc., for nearly 200,000 pairs of its All-Weather Boot Socks. Additionally, the sock maker continues to deliver on a four-year contract with PEO Soldier for the Team Soldier Certified Gear sock of the US Army’s Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble (FREE). This is a multilayered insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions, involving numerous manufacturers, awarded under a single contract to ADS Inc.  ‘Our troops need the best equipment and their families back in the States need jobs. Working with the military allows us to achieve both,’ said McKenna. ‘In fact, our business growth in the Tactical sector has helped us add jobs to our hosiery mill and make infrastructure upgrades, all during a time when almost every U.S.-based hosiery mill, and most of the textile industry, has taken their manufacturing and jobs overseas.’Darn Tough Vermont’s combat proven Tactical sock line is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces by improving quality of life, increasing soldier safety, enhancing force protection and heightening overall warfighter survivability. Custom, ultra-fine merino wool yarns and the highest density stitch count in the industry result in a sock that achieves ‘ and often exceeds ‘ the military’s rigorous standards.‘We’re one of just a few companies that ensure uncompromising quality standards by making our socks in the U.S., with U.S. labor, in our own mill.’ said McKenna. ‘A lot of pride goes into every pair; it’s especially rewarding when our socks go to those who serve.’  For more information about Darn Tough Vermont, please visit is external). For more information on ADS Inc. Operational Equipment and Logistics Solutions please see is external).About Darn Tough VermontDarn Tough Vermont is a manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont, offering both Tactical and Specialty product lines. The company’s Tactical line of footwear includes Tactical PT, Tactical Dress and Tactical Boot socks comprising 23 styles ranging from True-Seamlessâ ¢ mesh, no-show PT socks to over-the-calf extreme cold weather mountaineering boot socks. Darn Tough Vermont’s Berry Amendment Compliant style selection is one of the largest in the tactical industry.  Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; small-needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch, and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management.  For more information, visit: is external).last_img read more

The 2017 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report Card (2): How Are the Teams Faring At…

first_imgThe 2017 Formula One season being the 71st season of Formula One motor racing features ten teams and twenty drivers. This is one team and two drivers short of the 2016 season after Manor Racing closed down effectively in March as administrators could not find buyer for the struggling Banbury-UK based team. Just Racing, the parent company of Manor, had gone into administration earlier in January.Dominating talks coming into the season was the retirement of the reigning Drivers’ champion, Nico Rosberg. The German driver had announced his shocking retirement in December 2016 after triumphing over title favourite teammate, Lewis Hamilton. The 2017 season is the first since 1994 in which the reigning champion did not compete. That, coupled with the announcement of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas as replacement for the retired reigning Drivers’ champion put Lewis Hamilton in pole position to reclaim the title he last won in 2015.However, after a fortnight of winter testing in Barcelona, Ferrari emerged as genuine title contender as their SF70-H showed impressive reliability.This performance put Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the mix for the battle to end Mercedes’ winning streak and Ferrari’s nine-year constructors’ title drought. With one point separating both Ferrari’s Vettel and Mercedes’ Hamilton after 10 races, there is no doubting the amount of grounds the Prancing Horse has covered over the Silver Arrows.The second and concluding part of our 2-part series review focuses on how the 10 Formula One teams on the grid have shaped up at the halfway point. From Mercedes-Ferrari title battle, Red Bull surge and the misery at McLaren………Mercedes W08 (L) and Ferrari SF70-H (R) have been relatively marched in 2017Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 Hybrid and Ferrari SF70-H at Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday 13 April 2017.MERCEDES – 330pts [Lewis Hamilton – 176pts; Valtteri Bottas – 154pts]Lewis Hamilton (L) and Valtteri Bottas (R)Struggled with balance, set up and putting the tyres into their temperature operating window early in the season after the FIA insisted their suspension system had to be changed but are now fully up to speed. Still quickest in qualifying and boast two drivers both scoring strongly. Remain the team to beat – but only just.FERRARI – 275pts [Sebastian Vettel – 177pts; Kimi Raikkonen – 98pts]Kimi Raikkonen (L) and Sebastian Vettel (R)On a par if not quicker than Mercedes in race pace, the Scuderia have a car that has proved easy to set up, well-balanced – especially through the corners – and have backed it with aggressive and largely successful strategy calls. Raikkonen has not scored well but Vettel is making the most of finally having a competitive ride.RED BULL – 174pts [Daniel Ricciardo – 117pts; Max Verstapen – 57pts]Daniel Ricciardo (L) and Max Verstapen (R)Opened the season off the pace due to a discrepancy between data from the wind tunnel and performance on the track but now have it licked. The car is improving but remains behind the two leaders. They are confident of stepping up as the season progresses and, though the championship is beyond them, race wins are on the cards.FORCE INDIA – 95pts [Sergio Perez – 52pts; Esteban Ocon – 43pts]Sergio Perez (L) and Esteban Ocon (R)Finished fourth last season and are punching well above their weight again this year. Two fiercely competitive drivers have been scoring points hand over fist and managing them on track is proving to be a tricky task. The best of the midfield bunch, they are not challenging the big three but are the team the others must catch.WILLIAMS – 41pts [Felipe Massa – 23pts; Lance Stroll – 18pts]Lance Stroll (L) and Felipe Massa (R)Started the season with a car that was better than they expected, but are still adjusting to losing Bottas to Mercedes. Stroll has taken time to adapt in his rookie season and is finding his feet, so points have been scarce. The team will develop strongly as Paddy Lowe makes his presence felt and could yet catch Force India.TORO ROSSO – 33pts [Carlos Sainz Jr. – 29pts; Daniil Kvyat – 4pts]Carlos Sainz Jr. (L) and Daniil Kvyat (R)pHad what looked like a decent package at the start of the season but have failed to exploit it fully. Too many DNFs have cost the team but Carlos Sainz Jr. has once again proved worthy of more in Formula One, qualifying well and having been daring and skilful while racing.HAAS F1 – 29pts [Romain Grosjean – 18pts; Kevin Magnussen – 11pts]Kevin Magnussen (L) and Romain Grosjean (R)Still only the team’s second year in Formula One and so taking 29 points to date can be deemed a success. Now the American team need to find consistency and reliability. The car is temperamental and tricky to balance and set up, but Grosjean has done well when he finds the sweet spot.RENAULT – 26pts [Nico Hulkenberg – 26pts; Jolyon Palmer – 0pt]Jolyon Palmer (L) and Nico Hulkenberg (R)Still a development year as the manufacturer returns to Formula One with a car it has designed. The power unit also needs work and Palmer’s place is under threat – he is yet to score a point and has been outraced by his teammate Hülkenberg. Have the resources to develop well but there is still a long way for them to go.SAUBER – 5pts [Pascal Wehrlein – 5pts; Marcus Ericsson – 0pt]Marcus Ericsson (L) and Pascal Wehrlein (R)Running a year-old Ferrari engine meant this season would always be a struggle but they have been hampered by internal politics that ended in the team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, leaving and her replacement over a fortnight by the former Renault chief Frédéric Vasseur. Expected to be at the back of the field and should be overtaken by McLaren.MCLAREN – 2pts[Fernando Alonso – 2pts; Stoffel Vandoorne – 0pt]Fernando Alonso (L) and Stoffel Vandoorne(R)A once mighty team rendered powerless by the woeful performance and reliability of their Honda engine.A divorce looks inevitable. Still clinging on to their greatest asset – the double world champion Alonso – who has proved the chassis is strong but the Spaniard will likely walk if he can find another drive for next season.My Take on the Season so far………There is no gainsaying the fact that Mercedes remains the team and Lewis Hamilton the driver to beat, but Ferrari remains an easier car to make work – the SF70-H seems to be competitive whenever it hits the track, no matter what the situation is.The performance balance at the top has left many within the paddock with little or nothing to separate both teams.Whether the season remains a two-horse race remains the question that lingers as the second half of the 2017 Formula One season starts in Hungary this weekend. Has Daniel Ricciardo’s resurgence or Valtteri Bottas’ incredible form made it a three-horse or perhaps a four-horse?Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s impeccable run of form has only proven that the title is not beyond either of the drivers. If anything at all, Ricciardo and Bottas are just the drivers to add more excitement to the season and nothing more.Going by the battle we have seen in the first half, the second half can only be more exciting! Soliu Adeyemo is a renowned Formula 1 Expert. Follow him @SolihuF1 on Twitter and Instagram for more updates and analysis.RelatedThe 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij PreviewJuly 29, 2017In “Sports”F1 Champion Hamilton Extends Mercedes ContractJuly 19, 2018In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report Card (1): A Review of Major EventsJuly 23, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

After Nine Years, A Determined Brookdale Student Earns Her Degree

first_imgLINCROFT – “Did you ever think this day would come? I certainly had my doubts and I’m sure the doctor who diagnosed me never dreamed I would ever be capable of earning an associate’s degree, let alone have the ability to speak before you today.”These are the words of Emily Brush, a Brookdale Community College graduate with cerebral palsy from Freehold, whose journey to her associate degree in arts and liberal education began in 2006.Nine years later, Brush saw her dream of graduating college come to life at Brookdale’s 45th annual commencement ceremony at the Lincroft campus on Friday, May 15 where she gave a moving commencement speech to families, faculty and her fellow graduates. Her 10-minute speech was delivered by a computerized voice.Due to her disability, Brush was only able to handle one course per semester, but she did not let that stop her from achieving her goal of earning an associate degree from Brookdale and becoming a part-time teacher’s assistant, she said.“Despite my predicament, my parents, teachers and therapists never allowed me to adopt a ‘no can do’ attitude,” said Brush. When she was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior in Colts Neck High School, her parents insisted she earn the honor with 30 hours of community service each year, just like everyone else. “I was not allowed to use my disability as an excuse for not trying or doing something.”Her community service project was to use software to create language boards, to help non-verbal children and adults communicate. Her coursework at Brookdale, especially in digital media and writing, have helped her pursue this skill as a career path. She works as a part-time job as a teacher’s assistant at Hawkswood School for multiply handicapped children in Eatontown.Brush was only one of a number of graduate speakers at the commencement ceremony where the school celebrated the Class of 2015.Over 2,000 students graduated with associate degrees in arts and science, among other subjects.“I cannot tell you how much we value your hard work and all of your achievements as Brookdale students,” Brookdale President Maureen Murphy said as she addressed the graduates. “As you move on to the next phase of your journey, please stay in touch. We want to know what you are doing and we want to celebrate your continued success.”Also honored at the ceremony were commencement speakers David Prown, who spoke about youth programs, and David Goldman, who founded a parental child abduction foundation.Prown, of Red Bank, has developed a number of local mentorship programs and advocated for the graduates to give back to their communities in similar ways.“During your journey to get here today, you have had many supporters,” Prown said. “Now it’s time for you to repay that support, with your support of others.”Goldman, of Holmdel, is the cofounder and director of the Bring Sean Home Foundation, which grew out of his struggle to bring home his son Sean, after they boy was abducted by his mother and taken to Brazil in 2004.Since Sean was reunited with his father on Christmas Eve 2009, Goldman and the foundation have become advocates for victims of parental child abduction.Brookdale also presented Distinguished Alumni awards to New Jersey Supreme Court Judge Teresa Kondrup Coyle and Brookdale women’s soccer coach Katelyn Miller.Graduates Nicholas Antonucci of Jackson, Amber Mallm of Freehold, Alexander McKenzie of Freehold, Patricia Prioli of Howell, Nicholas Sakowski of Aberdeen and Adam Winkler of Manasquan were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the ceremony.–By Joey Dominguezlast_img read more

His Reputation Soiled, Former Superintendent Files New Suit

first_imgAt police headquarters, Tramaglini had his mug shot taken, although the suit claims such photos are forbidden by state law for minor offenses. Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, said Oct. 8 that “there is no statewide policy regarding the release of arrest photos.” He declined further comment on the matter. According to the suit, Kenilworth Board of Education officials cited the mug shot as a basis for ending Tramaglini’s tenure. “The loss of income and other personal and professional harm that has befallen (Tramaglini) has been enormous and irrecoverable,” the suit said. By Philip Sean Curran “The sensational media coverage he received seems to have stemmed from the evocative nature of plaintiff’s public defecation charge – a charge to which he eventually pleaded guilty – coupled with the fact that plaintiff was a superintendent at a different school district,” the judge wrote in her opinion. News stories said Tramaglini had been arrested, which he was not, according to the suit. But for all the outlets that wrote about or covered the case, the lawsuit focused on the conduct of, a news site owned by the Newhous family-controlled Advance Publications. The suit references unnamed sources at the website. Tramaglini resolved the case by pleading guilty in October 2018 to a municipal ordinance, with the other allegations dropped. His attorney, Matthew S. Adams, did not return a phone call seeking comment. Neither nor any of its employees are named as defendants in the suit. Kevin Whitmer, senior vice president for content, expansion and development at NJ Advance Media, had no comment when contacted Oct. 8. The fallout from the controversy ended Tramaglini’s tenure at Kenilworth Public Schools. The suit said he “was forced to step aside” as superintendent, where he earned more than $140,000 a year. “When it comes to the legal, I just let the process take its place,” Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds said. “I certainly believe whole-heartedly that our police did everything in the correct way.” But he was “unlawfully” taken into custody by Martin, an officer assigned to the school, without being given his Miranda warning, the suit claimed. He was allowed to drive himself to the police station, where he was issued two summonses for two municipal ordinances. A third summons was later mailed to him. “Multiple whistleblowers from inside at the time have revealed that Christopher Kelly, the current director, news innovation, topics and features for, instructed journalists to write multiple, redundant stories lacking any news value whatsoever, focusing primarily on what was depicted in the unlawfully taken and disseminated booking photograph,” the suit claimed. “Despite the resistance of many in the newsroom, Mr. Kelly forced journalists to continue publishing Tramaglini’s mug shot and related stories of Tramaglini’s supposed ‘arrest.’ These stories ultimately fueled other national and international stories providing false and misleading information.” “It is not clear how the mug shot – a simple neck-up photograph – plausibly could have caused any inaccurate reporting, and plaintiff does not allege that defendants publicly distributed any inaccurate information. Simply put, it can hardly be argued that but for the distribution of the mug shot – the only constitutionally deficient behavior alleged – the sensational media coverage and plaintiff’s termination would not have transpired,” Thompson wrote. “The booking photograph should have never been taken, to say nothing of the fact that it was immediately thereafter released into the public domain, fueling sophomoric, inaccurate and damaging ‘news stories’ about (Tramaglini),” the suit claimed. “The mug shot gave traction to inaccurate media accounts.” The photo eventually ended up in the hands of both state and national news media some of which labeled Tramaglini the “super pooper.” Police said there had been daily discoveries by high school staff of human feces “on or near” the track and football field. Police and school authorities monitored the area, ultimately charging Tramaglini, then 42, of Aberdeen, with defecating in public and related offenses. It came on the heels of Tramaglini having his lawsuit thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson. In her opinion dated Sept. 9, Judge Thompson said Tramaglini failed to show a connection between losing his job and the alleged distribution of his mug shot. The case began when Tramaglini went for an early morning run May 1, 2018 at the outdoor track at Holmdel High School. He later said he had a sudden need to defecate and did so under the bleachers. Thompson did not rule on other claims made in the suit, which included negligent and intentional inflicting of emotional distress, defamation and negligent hiring, saying the claims belong in state court, not federal court. Thomas W. Tramaglini sued the township, police chief John Mioduszewski and patrolman and school resource officer Jonathan C. Martin in state Superior Court, in a case also focusing on the role of the media in publicizing what some dubbed the “super pooper.” The suit, filed Oct. 2, seeks punitive and other damages. HOLMDEL – The jogger who relieved himself under outdoor bleachers at Holmdel High School last year claims in a new lawsuit that the “unlawful leaking” of his police mug shot led to him losing his job as a superintendent of schools in Union County. Mioduszewski did not return a phone call seeking comment.last_img read more

Bombers take it on the chin at Wild Hoopfest in Cranbrook

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers took it on the chin at the Mount Baker Wild High School Basketball Hoopfest Saturday in Cranbrook.The Bombers lost all three games in the girl’s side of the draw. The final contest saw the host Wild bounce the Bombers 70-38.“We took a few steps back in our season progression,” said a Bomber spokes person. “We now need to get some rest, work on a few things to prepare for the second half of the season that starts in January.”The Bombers, a double-A school, were matched up against some top caliber competition from Lethbridge and the East Kootenay.Playing for the third time in less than 24 hours, LVR were no match against the highly skilled Wild. Baker jumped to a 19-6 first quarter lead and never looked back.Katie Nutini and Taylor Lawrence led the Wild with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Sarah Fuhr, with eight points in the final period, led LVR with 16 points. Samantha Einarson added eight.The Bombers lost a heartbreaker earlier in the day against double-A rival Golden Eagles.Tia Sadler poured in 38 points, including 14 in the final period to break open a close game, to lead the Eagles.The contest is the first since LVR knocked off the Eagles in the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Hoop final last season.LVR started slow, trailing 12-9 after one quarter and 30-22 at the half. The Eagles increased the margin to 35-24 before the Bombers went on a 14-2 run to grab a 38-37 lead. However, the Bomber offence dried up allowing the Eagles to streak to the victory.Fuhr had 20 points to lead the Bombers. Kyndle Doolan broke out of a scoring slump to net 12 points. Rachael Moulson had seven while Kiandra McLaren and Einarson each had four.The Bombers opened the tournament against a high-powered 4A school from Lethbridge, losing 89-30. Fuhr scored 20 for LVR.Next action for the Bombers is December 27 when the club hosts the annual Alumni game at 4 p.m. in the [email protected]last_img read more

May 27th Community Events Photos

first_imgParents and kids enjoy an interactive story with Ronald McDonald at the North Peace Cultural Centre.                                                                                                 Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – Volunteers work together to construct planters for the new Community Garden. The garden is located behind the medical clinic in Fort St. John.                                    Picture: Amber Davy Many Fort St. John residents visited the Pomeroy Hotel to check out the Fort St. John Energy Expo.                                                                                                   Picture: Amber Davy last_img read more

‘Digital Drum’ makes TIME inventions list

first_img30 January 2012The Digital Drum, co-created by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been cited by Time Magazine as one of the top 50 inventions in the world for 2011.According to the CSIR, a Unicef/CSIR team was tasked with coming up with an alternative computer learning solution for Uganda, using local materials in simple but robust housing housing.Unicef Uganda IT specialist Khalid Arbab suggested that, since oil drums were readily available locally, they could be used as a basis for the new housing. The CSIR’s Grant Cambridge worked with Jean-Marc Lefebure from Unicef’s Uganda office to come up with a prototype wall-mounted Digital Drum.‘A solution developed in the absence of technology’“The Digital Drum design proved to be an innovative way for Unicef and the CSIR to address a need through a solution developed in the absence of technology,” says Cambridge.The Digital Drum is based on the CSIR’s Digital Doorway, a robust stand-alone computer system that promotes self-learning of computer literacy and information skills, while giving people access to information on health, education and other relevant issues.The Digital Drum has two work stations, with content adapted from the standard Digital Doorway suite.The original prototype, as well as a subsequent iteration of the Digital Drum using a second oil drum as a stand, is on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.South Africa’s Digital Doorway projectSouth Africa’s Digital Doorway project, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, explores “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy.It does this through Digital Doorways, free-standing multimedia computer terminals with keyboards and touchpads embedded in robust kiosks, accessible to the public 24 hours a day.It seeks to verify results, in the South African context, of research conducted in India, through an initiative called Hole-in-the-Wall, indicating that children can acquire functional computer skills without any formal training – through their own intuition and exploration.The idea is to provide people in rural and disadvantaged areas with computer equipment, and allow them to experiment and learn with minimal external input.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Aerial encounters abound during curious time for drones

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture’s infatuation with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology is at an all-time high with no sign of that passion wavering at any point in the near future. Just as ag is actively exploring the new technology, so is the general American public. Now though, some negative incidents for the revolutionary equipment are making their way to the forefront of the drone discussion.A new report recently released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at ( showed the amount of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft by pilots, air traffic controllers, and citizens have risen sharply through Aug. 20 of this year. Though numbers are up, a closer look at the figures show the encounters are heavily focused on five states in particular.Slightly more than half of the total 952 reports received by the FAA since the beginning of 2014 were from five states. California led the pack with 196 reports (21%), Florida noted 110 reports (11%), New York had an even 100 reports (10%), Texas tallied 48 reports (5%), and New Jersey rounded out the top five with 37 reports (4%).Eight incidents were reported in Ohio.Significant concern has been brewing over the failure for operators to follow basic rules set forth by the FAA — the paramount fear being collisions with human-operated aircraft. There were 138 pilots who reported seeing drones at altitudes of up to 10,000 feet during the month of June, and another 137 in July. Some such incidents have even gained national attention.Aerial firefighters taking on blazes in the western states are, from time to time, being temporarily called off of their airborne duties due to drones flying too close for comfort. There’s also the story of an Ohio crop duster and an incident involving a drone flying just feet over his wing while well above the ground, requiring him to postpone that application to that field until a later time. Even more recently, the U.S. Open found there was more flying through the air than just tennis balls as an errant drone held up match play after it crashed into fortunately empty seats at the event. The New York Police Department said the operator of that drone was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone, and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.Those incidents are just a sample of the exponential increase in encounters with UAS in a not-so-favorable manner over recent months. In the wake of so many close calls, the FAA has taken the step of issuing a strongly worded statement to those ignorant and irresponsible operators.“The FAA wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal,” the agency said in a mid-August announcement. “Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”Why are these FAA reports important to agriculture? It’s an uneasy time with regard to aviation guidelines and regulators are attempting to make crucial decisions promising to heavily influence the future of drone use within the United States — something that will undoubtedly change the way drones are utilized above farm fields.The FAA has noted that hobbyists racing drones and others operating UAS for commercial applications are likely not the main culprits who are approaching too close to airports and other breaches of government protocol. The statutory parameters of a model aircraft operation are outlined in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012). A quick review of those points for operators is as follows: Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles.Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times.Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.Don’t fly within five miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying.Don’t fly near people or stadiums.Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 pounds. Helping to determine the uncertain future of unmanned aerial systems will be two newly announced “unmanned aircraft executives.” The FAA has selected Marke “Hoot” Gibson and Earl Lawrence for two executive-level positions “that will guide the agency’s approach to safe, timely and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace.” Gibson will become the Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. Lawrence will assume the position of Director of the UAS Integration Office within the FAA’s Aviation Safety organization.Many inside and out of the aviation world are eagerly awaiting the FAA’s final rules for commercial drone use. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said, “The rule will be in place within a year. Hopefully before June 17, 2016.” Bumping up previously held expectations for finality in late 2016 or early 2017.In the meantime, UAS operators have to follow specific rules set forth by the FAA and must file for an exemption if using such equipment for commercial purposes. The future seems bright for drone technology, but storms are on the horizon before the destination will be reached.last_img read more

Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic

first_imgDenver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) is pressured by Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) and Jonathan Isaac (1). APDENVER — Jamal Murray scored a career-high 32 points, Will Barton had 26 points and nine rebounds — both season bests — and the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 125-107 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Nikola Jokic had 12 points and 17 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and also added eight assists for Denver. Six Nuggets scored in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Murray had 22 points in the first half to help Denver take a 70-47 lead and hit a basket late in the fourth to set his career high.Denver finished its season-long six-game homestand 5-1 and benefited from a shorthanded Magic team. Guards Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin didn’t play due to left hamstring injuries, and the Nuggets took advantage of their absence to score 70 points from their backcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarreese Speights led the Magic with 19 points. Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons scored 18 apiece.The Nuggets took control with a 13-0 run late in the first quarter. Murray scored nine of his 16 points in the period during the run that gave Denver a 35-19 lead. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ball youngest to have triple-double but Lakers fall to Bucks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Nuggets put it away in the second quarter when Orlando went cold. The Magic had just one field goal for the first 6 minutes of the period when Denver built a 26-point lead.The lead grew to 30 in the third quarter but the Magic battled back to make it a 13-point game but never got closer.TIP-INSMagic: Payton didn’t play to protect against him aggravating the left hamstring that kept him out of eight games this season. “One thing he hasn’t done since he’s been back is playing in a back-to-back,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Traveling, arriving late at night, if he still has some tightness in there this is a concern. It’s not a setback, we’re just being smart with it.” … Augustin missed his fifth consecutive game.Nuggets: G Gary Harris did not play because of a shoulder injury. Coach Michael Malone would not say if Harris would miss more than one game. … Denver’s 70 points in the first half were its most for any half this season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more