Archive for Srpen, 2011

Excellence in Recycling Awards announced

Středa, Srpen 31st, 2011

The 19th Annual Excellence in Recycling Awards Luncheon, held recently, rewarded several businesses and not-forprofits for their environmental stewardship.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District awards the Closing the Loop Award and 3R Award as a way of encouraging local businesses and organizations to reduce the amount of waste headed to the area landfill. The Closing the Loop Award recognizes organizations that “Close the Loop” by purchasing and using products made with recycled content or by creating and manufacturing recycled content products.

In the Industrial/Manufacturing Firm category, General Motors, Fort Wayne Assembly was lauded for developing an absorbent recycling program. This program reuses absorbent mats and pads up to five times. Non-reusable mats and pads are shredded, mixed with recycled plastic, which are made into pellets and the pellets are then used to make automotive parts.

The 3R Award recognizes organizations’ efforts to develop and implement programs to divert waste from landfills through reducing, reusing and recycling. In the Industrial/Manufacturing Firm category for the award, Raytheon’s Fort Wayne Operation’s Waste Minimization Team’s efforts to educate and involve employees with recycling initiatives was selected as a winning concept. Raytheon’s Fort Wayne site recycled more than168 tons of paper, 107 tons of scrap metal, more than three tons of fluorescent bulbs and batteries and 2.38 tons of plastic bottles. The cafeteria eliminated Styrofoam cups and plates and the cash registers now print one receipt, not two.

In the Commercial Business Firm category, Press-Seal Gasket established a “Top 10” list of materials to be recycled. Each of the “Top 10” was given a goal, measured, and the resulting data was shared with staff and upper management. This helped Press-Seal Gasket reduce their waste stream by 66 percent from 45,000 pounds to only 15,000 pounds being landfilled per month.

In the Not-for-Profit category for the 3R Award, there was a tie this year.

How the Lusitantia Artifacts were Raised By Diver Eoin McGarry

Úterý, Srpen 30th, 2011

Earlier in the month Eoin McGarry led the technical dive team on the expedition that was carried out by National Geographic, this was for a two hour documentary special which will be aired in May of next year in time for the anniversary of the sinking of Lusitania. Due to contractual agreements McGarry cannot discuss the details of that expedition but the recovery of artifacts was executed by him and and a specialised dive
team, and the details of that the Waterfor diver can reveal exclusively here to readers.

The recovery of artifacts took place on the 22nd of this month as a continuation of Gregg Bemis’s five year license. As recovery of artifacts was not on the Nat Geo agenda, their primary objectives were for a forensic examination of the wreck.

Subsequently, it was decided by Gregg Bemis and myself to return to the wreck and recover some significant items from the wreck while his licence was still active.

Agreement from the Irish Underwater Archaeological Unit and the National Museum of Ireland was necessary for this recovery to proceed as the surrounding site and wreck of the RMS Lusitania is a designated National Monument, and while carrying out the recovery we were monitored by the Irish Naval Service.

Many hours of research involving global positioning satellite information, multibeam data and side scan sonar images of the site were carried out to determine the exact location from which to recover the objects.

This is very important due to the physical size of the wreck site, as if you land in the wrong area of the wreck the dive could or would be wasted. Once determined, the remainder of the proposed expedition had to be put in place, a dive vessel suitable in sized and also had to be able to cater for divers, a specially designed lifting vessel that would be able to recover the heavy phosphor bronze bridge telemotor, the dive team, all necessary paperwork and most importantly… the weather.

Family values

Pondělí, Srpen 29th, 2011

That’s why Hurst had an IRA account at 20 years old and why, when he was making serious money on “The Tonight Show” — mid-six figures annually — he had no trouble sidestepping Hollywood temptations.

“Bob is a well-studied person,” McBride said. “A lot of musicians don’t have that kind of sophistication, but he balances that with a lot of street cred. He can talk politics, business. But you sit at the bar and he starts to feel comfortable and the needle starts to shift.”

Hurst grew up listening to his parents’ jazz LPs — Miles Davis, Modern Jazz Quartet, etc. — and his father taught him that jazz was a glory of black culture.

He started guitar lessons at 7, then switched to electric bass at 9. The family moved to Grand Rapids briefly, returning when Hurst was 12 and settling in Rochester. He studied acoustic bass with Dan Pliskow, a seasoned Detroit jazz musician and noted teacher.

A turning point came when Belgrave came to Rochester High for a master class and concert. Hurst, a precocious sophomore, asked if he could play a duet with Belgrave, choosing the bebop standard “Confirmation.”

He stunned Belgrave by playing the demanding melody instead of a routine bass line. Belgrave asked Hurst’s parents if he could work with their son. That LED diving flashlight to countless gigs and all-day rehearsals.

“Marcus didn’t treat me like a student,” Hurst said. “He treated me like a fellow musician and a man. In classical music there’s this hierarchy with the teacher up here and the student down there, but we’re all students and we’re all teachers. That’s the most beautiful thing Marcus instilled in me — that you’re a perpetual student.”

Baltimore Orioles Legend Mike Flanagan Passes Away

Pátek, Srpen 26th, 2011

Mike Flanagan was much more than the 1979 Cy Young Award winner who LED diving flashlight his team to a World Series appearance. He was much more than an integral component of the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Championship team. He was more than the last man to ever start a game at the historic Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Known for his friendship, humor and dedication to the Orioles, Mike Flanagan was truly an icon to the city of Baltimore, Maryland. He passed away today at the age of 59 years old.

Flanagan joined the Orioles as a seventh round draft choice in 1973. He made the Orioles in 1975 and struggled at first.

“He was something like 2-9 that year,” recalled Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer. “Earl Weaver, the Orioles Hall of Fame manager, told the press that Flanagan was destined to be a winner. He really didn’t mean it. but he wanted to help Flanagan along.”

Flanagan finished up that year 15-10 after the Weaver quote. It was the beginning of a career where Flanagan would win 167 games and lose 143 at a 3.90 earned run average. Flanagan became a tough as nails starter who epitomized “The Oriole Way.”

Rick Dempsey, the Orioles catcher who was the 1983 World Series MVP, recalled Flanagan after the Orioles won it all that year.

“We were still disappointed in losing the 1979 series, so we did a lot of hard work to win it all in 1983. After we did, we wrote ‘Now We Can Go Home’ on Flanagan’s back in shaving cream.”

Palmer and Dempsey openly wept at the passing of Flanagan on the Orioles Television Network after the team beat the Oakland Athletics for a third straight time. News of Flanagan’s passing was given to them after the conclusion of the Orioles’ latest victory. Buck Showalter, now the team’s current manager, also shed tears and was only able to answer the one question from a crying reporter.

Flanagan did just about every duty imaginable for his beloved team. Not only was he once the Orioles general manager, but he twice served as a pitching coach and television analyst for the organization.

Which brings us to the cuts. And an admission of personal interest.

Čtvrtek, Srpen 25th, 2011

I liked Harry’s column and was a regular reader, sometimes to marvel at the haplessness of some of the people asking him questions and the gentle, helpful responses he offered. He is also a seriously nice man.

I also like Signe’s strip and have been her friend since the days when she was very young and riding around the city on a bike with freelance art rolled in a tube. As an old editorial page editor, the loss of op-ed space makes me twinge. As a former feature buyer for the Daily News and lover of comic art, losing a page of comics turns the twinge into real pain.

Twenty full columns a day is a lot. Some of the choices aren’t the ones I would have made, but I don’t have the responsibility for making them.

It’s not a question of preference. For instance, I don’t really care whether the local anchordude and the anchorchick beside him are fiercely feuding or enthusiastically canoodling. As an editor, though, I have to acknowledge that a lot of people who buy the paper do care. Some of them can even tell one Kardashian from another. So space devoted to gossip is probably well-spent.

If I were making choices for any newspaper these days, I’d be seriously looking at some traditional pillars of the paper. Stock listings are a thing of the past. TV listings take up a lot of space and need a survey to determine how useful they are to readers. Personally, I haven’t used them in decades, but it’s important to know how many people still find them essential. Does anybody care about the horoscope? If the newspaper business can’t evolve, it will go the way of the woolly mammoth. In the last month, the Daily News evolved.

The current business climate for newspapers is brutal. It began years ago. I had to take reader calls back when the DN dropped its bridge column. You wouldn’t think people who play bridge would be that fierce, but they were. The calls about the “Phantom” and “Mary Worth” comic strips were less polite. The artist who drew the “Ghost Who Walks” organized a campaign for his restoration (it didn’t work) and even meddlesome Mary had her devoted fans.

It doesn’t matter though.

Středa, Srpen 24th, 2011

Since that day, August 18, at least 15 Palestinians have been killed during Israel’s “retaliation” attack on Gaza. One Israeli also died after a rocket slammed into his house in Beer Sheva. A precarious ceasefire has now been called between the two sides but the damage, and the propaganda, is well underway.

Israel, in classic style, is playing on the “terrorist threat” paradigm that has kept it alive and well for so long. Because it claimed that the gunmen originated from Gaza meant this was the story necessarily accepted by the rest of the world, the West in particular. Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committee, which Israel says carried out the attacks, have denied involvement, saying it is not their policy to attack Israel from other countries’ territories.

It doesn’t matter though. As long as Israel says it was Hamas, then it must have been Hamas. Fifteen people, children included, have been killed in the raids, dozens of others injured. And not unlike Qaddafi or Syria’s Bashar Al Assad, Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak warned that, “Those who operate against us will be decapitated.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was no better. “We all witnessed today an attempt to escalate the terrorist war against Israel by launching of attacks from the Sinai,” he said. “If there is someone who thinks that the state of Israel will let this pass, he is mistaken.”

So today, we are back to the unenviable situation we have been in so many times before. Instead of focusing on our legitimate bid for statehood at the United Nations, we now find ourselves fending off more attacks from Israel and defending ourselves against unsubstantiated accusations. The seven Israelis who were killed in the Sinai attacks will be used as pawns in Israel’s war against Palestinian independence. And because the West coddles Israel like no other, it will pay off just like it has in the past.

Screens set to go green

Úterý, Srpen 23rd, 2011

In addition to offering significant energy savings over conventional LCD-based displays, OLED screens improve picture quality by producing richer blacks; they also offer a wider viewing angle. In an LCD screen, each pixel is effectively a little filter, selectively blocking light produced by a large backlight. In an OLED screen, however, each pixel is a tiny light emitter such that no backlight is needed. This means that pixels in dark areas of the image consume no power, reducing energy use.

To maximize the energy-saving benefit, screen makers select OLED materials that most efficiently convert electrical current into light, a property known as high external quantum efficiency (EQE). Some of the best materials are phosphorescent metal complexes, but these are typically composed of rare and expensive metals such as iridium.

Copper complexes have long been known as potential alternatives, and would cost 1/2,000th that of iridium phosphors, according to Osawa. Until the work of Osawa and his colleagues, however, these copper complexes had a low EQE. Such complexes can be readily excited into a high-energy state, but they tend to physically distort, which dissipates their extra energy rather than emitting it as light.

The researchers resolved this problem by altering the molecular environment in which the copper sits. They wrapped each copper ion inside a newly designed bulky organic ligand. They then conducted X-ray diffraction studies, which revealed that the ligand had forced the copper to become three-coordinate—it had formed three bonds to the ligand, rather than the usual four.

Osawa and colleagues also demonstrated that the EQE of their green-light-emitting copper complex increased dramatically and matched that of iridium complexes. “The three-coordinate structure is a crucial factor for high EQE, because it hardly distorts in the excited state,” Osawa explains.

Baltimore lifeboat is like little republic of its own

Pondělí, Srpen 22nd, 2011

MY house in Baltimore was reputedly occupied by the Victorian coastguard officer (clearly a hardy soul who made LED diving flashlight of the water that weeps from its sea-sand walls) so I take a proprietorial interest in the comings and goings in Baltimore Harbour.

Last Monday night I was standing at the window, watching the whitecaps fade in the foggy light and joking on the phone with Paul Cusack who, with his wife Elma, and extended Cusack family, was sitting snug in Annie May’s in Skibbereen, celebrating his mother-in-law Eleanor’s 90th birthday.

Just as I was getting into a good riff about what tourists would make if Jeremy Irons (alas, away filming) turned up at the feast in full Borgia mode, I heard a coastguard helicopter heading out to sea. And I knew the Baltimore lifeboat would be out there too, looking for those in trouble with the sea.

Your name is George David. You are 69 years old but fitter than men 20 years younger. You are a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes Scholar and a multi-millionaire, and have been racing yachts since you were a boy.

You are taking part in the Fastnet Race in your 18m yacht Rambler 100. You were tipped to win with the help of your special canting keel. You have rounded the Fastnet Rock and are beating into the wind.

Five miles south of the Fastnet, you hear a bang. You look up but the mast still stands. You know the special keel has snapped. You have 30 seconds before the boat capsizes and you are flung into the sea.

You have no time to send a Mayday. You can’t get back to the hull where the crew is scrambling. You tie yourself and your girlfriend Wendy Touten and three others together. You drift into the darkness.

You try to keep Wendy awake. But after almost three hours in the water her body temperature is only one degree away from the sleep of death. You know the sea drowns rich and poor with equal indifference.

Dancing is encouraged by the staff and performers

Pátek, Srpen 19th, 2011

The club plays “everything but classical and hip hop,” said Brennan Reilly, from jazz to oldies rock to beach music to big band to Motown. Regular performers include Doc Scantlin, Beatlemania and Satin Doll Jazz.

Brennan Reilly said he appreciates it when performers “do more than get up there and sing. They make it a night out. That’s one of the benefits of having such a small venue. That’s ultimately what we try to do here. To make it more fun than just seeing a concert.”

Dancing is encouraged by the staff and performers. “You don’t have to be professionally trained to dance. Everybody can get up and have a good time,” said Sharon Reilly.

They hold charitable events as well as political fundraisers. “We’re equal opportunity,” said Brennan Reilly. John Warner, Mark Warner and Patsy Ticer have all held events there. “There isn’t anything in the meeting or event area that we can’t do,” said Hewitt.

Although the music is often the focus, the Carlyle Club is, after all, a supper club.

“The purpose is to come here and enjoy the music and have an excellent meal. But you don’t need to be a foodie,” said Sharon Reilly.

The style of food is “American kind of steak and seafood,” said Brennan Reilly.

Meaghan Reilly, the oldest daughter of Sharon and Brennan Reilly, runs the hostess stand. At 16, she has gotten her friends from school involved in the upkeep up the Carlyle Club. She said she likes “the whole atmosphere” and “I like working with the different bands that come here. I get to know them.”

Waiter Joseph Elian echoes her sentiment. “I enjoy every band that comes here … I love it here. I enjoy every moment of it.”

Shelters going green

Čtvrtek, Srpen 18th, 2011

Homeless shelters want to go green, but donors just don’t have that warm, fuzzy feeling they get from giving when they know the money is being spent on thermostats and insulation, according to shelter operators.

Shelters can help get more people off the streets if they are saving money because their buildings are more energy efficient, which makes shelters some of the best places to use “green” technologies.

The Ottawa Mission is trying to prove this through leading by example.

Over the past year, the 107-year-old shelter has saved thousands of dollars by becoming more environmentally conscious and it is poised to save another $25,000 next year thanks to even more green initiatives.

Often, philanthropy is focused on creating new beds in shelters or providing meals, but becoming more energy efficient is a means to that end, said Diane Morrison, executive director of the Ottawa Mission.

Putting new, better-insulated windows or a programmable thermostat can have an even bigger impact in the long term, she said.

“These are the hard things that when you ask donors, they don’t really think about that. They want to help people,” Morrison said. “So it’s easier to raise money for people to help people than to raise money for new windows, or insulation or a hot water heater. All of those things that are really needed here.”

The Mission recently replaced more than 100 of its 175 old, leaky windows with newer versions that seal in warmth and reduce the cost to heat the Waller Street building. Add that to other initiatives, such as an energy-efficient dishwasher that uses 50 per cent less electricity, reducing the amount of paper the mission uses and switching to LED diving flashlight, and the mission will cut its costs by an estimated $25,000 this year.