AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Is Retiring After Current Tour

first_imgAC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.last_img read more

Improved Batteries to Lighten Soldiers’ Load

first_img A Soldier treks through treacherous terrain in a dangerous combat zone with a rucksack filled with meals ready-to-eat, first-aid gear, weapons, ammunition, radios and batteries. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is lightening the Soldier’s load by developing smaller and lighter batteries. Scientists and engineers are unburdening the Soldier, increasing maneuverability, reducing fatigue, and cutting time needed for battery re-charging. Christopher Hurley, an electronics engineer with RDECOM, leads the battery development projects team. Hurley and his colleagues have reduced the size and weight of the standard BA-5590 battery by half, but the performance and run time has remained the same. The Half-Size BA-5590 plugs into the same equipment, about 80 types of radios and robots, as the full-size version. “The Soldier can still perform the same [mission] with half the weight and volume in batteries,” Hurley said. “It will lighten their load and increase their maneuverability so they have more freedom to get around on the battlefield,” Hurley explained The research team accomplished the size and weight savings through improvements in the battery’s materials, he added. One of the battery chemistries under development is lithium-carbon monoflouride. The Army has been working on the battery for five years, and it should be fielded to Soldiers in about a year, Hurley said. POLYMER CONFORMAL BATTERY As the Army transforms to meet changing battlefield threats, Soldiers need to be agile without carrying boxed-sized batteries around their bodies. CERDEC is partnering with RDECOM’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to develop a 0.8 inch-thick battery that can be placed into a Soldier’s vest. “We’re putting those same battery chemistries into a wearable battery configuration known as the Polymer Conformal Battery,” Hurley said. “The idea is to keep it close to the body so there are not a lot of projections from the body. When the Soldier is in a prone position or tight spaces, you don’t have huge batteries sticking out. “The next step is to get it into an integrated, wearable vest system so that Soldiers can wear this battery to have it run to all of their equipment.” SOLDIER WEARABLE INTEGRATED POWER SYSTEM The Soldier Wearable Integrated Power System (SWIPES), supplies a main battery from a central location to power all end-items. SWIPES places pouch-mounted chargers and power cables for batteries, GPS units, shot-detection systems and handheld communications into the vest. It allows for extended mission times without the need to of swap batteries or power sources by keeping devices charged at all times. SWIPES won one of the top 10 U.S. Army Greatest Inventions in 2010. “All of the cabling is routed through the different pockets for radios and equipment. The idea is to have this battery power all of the equipment,” Hurley said. The Army Rapid Equipping Force and Project Manager Soldier Warrior have started field testing several hundred SWIPES units. “The major benefit is the weight savings. For a typical 72-hour mission, a Soldier will save up to 12 pounds of batteries they don’t have to carry,” Hurley said. By Dialogo May 11, 2012last_img read more

Torrential rains unleash havoc in South Asia

first_imgTopics : In Bangladesh, authorities said conditions had improved slightly but nearly one-third of the delta nation was still under water.At least six people have died with 1.8 million people’s districts hit by the severe downpours and overflowing rivers, Bangladesh’s disaster management ministry said.The mighty Brahmaputra, a transborder Himalayan river system, burst its banks late Wednesday and flooded a border town and several villages.In Nepal, 67 people have died and 45 are missing after landslides and floods triggered by the rains since Sunday last week, with the army and police searching for survivors. “I can say that it’s one of the worst floods in the state and in the park in the recent times,” Assam’s Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya told AFP.Rangers had to guide back into the park two of the three tigers that swam outside the area, he added.Kaziranga is home to the largest concentration of the world’s remaining one-horned rhinos.The homes and communities of more than 3.5 million people in Assam have been flooded or damaged by heavy rains, with 28 people killed in the last 10 days.center_img Torrential monsoon rains swept across South Asia on Thursday, having killed more than 100 people in recent days and almost entirely flooding a massive park reserve, officials said.Hundreds die every year in floods and landslides during the July-September monsoon season in the densely populated region, but officials have warned that the current deluge could become one of the worst in recent years to hit Bangladesh, India and Nepal.People and animals alike have been affected — in India’s Assam state, around 90 percent of the famous 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) Kaziranga National Park is under water, drowning several rhinos and wild boars.last_img read more

A peaceful sanctuary on the market in Parkinson

first_imgThe floorplan of 11 Bellfield Cres, Parkinson.Outside there is a solar-heated in-ground swimming pool and well-maintained lawns and gardens. The property is in the Stretton College catchment and is walking distance to a bus stop, the lake, parks and walking tracks. It is also just a short drive to shops, schools, medical centres, daycare centres and the Logan Motorway. The home at 11 Bellfield Cres, Parkinson.Two of the three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower. The laundry has built-in storage and external access, and there is a powder room close to the living areas. The home has ducted airconditioning, security screens throughout and an alarm system for added peace of mind. The home at 11 Bellfield Cres, Parkinson.THIS four-bedroom family home is on a big block in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood. Selling agent Andrea Manson of Belle Property Calamvale said the current owners of 11 Bellfield Cres, Parkinson loved the outdoor area overlooking the lawn, garden and in-ground swimming pool. “They liked the space on offer, the location and the general feel of the home,” she said. “It’s a real sanctuary for them. It’s so quiet and relaxing.“They are only selling due to relocating out of Brisbane.” center_img The home at 11 Bellfield Cres, Parkinson.The 293sq m home is on a flat 815sq m block in sought-after Lakewood Estate. The home has an open-plan family, meals and kitchen area that flows out through sliding doors to the back patio. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen has ample bench space, a pantry, dishwasher and recently updated cooktop. There is a separate formal lounge and dining area that also opens to the patio.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, patio access and ensuite with corner spa bath, a shower and separate toilet. last_img read more