World Expert; Not finding MH370 risks more lives

first_imgGovernments planning to halt the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 next week are facing a growing tide of opposition from international experts worried the Ministers involved are avoiding their responsibilities and putting the flying public at risk.Do Malaysia and China really want to find MH370?David Gallo, a world-renowned oceanographic expert who co-led the teams that found Air France flight 447 and produced the first detailed maps of the wreck of the Titanic, yesterday warned the governments to look closely at the cost of not continuing the search.“I have everyday people emailing, texting and tweeting asking can you please stand up and say we need to get this done,’’ he told The Weekend West from the US.“I think people don’t realise what the impact is. One is to the families and the loved ones. But the second part is the flying public and not knowing what happened to this aircraft means that we’re all at risk of having the same thing happen to us or to our loved ones,” said Mr Gallo.Over 10 million people get on board over 95,000 flights every day.“When you look at that cost I think it becomes worth it to spend that kind of money and effort.’’Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester, his Malaysian counterpart Liow Tiong Lai , and China’s Yang Chuantang decreed last year that the search will end after almost three years in the absence of credible new evidence leading to the identification of a specific location for the aircraft. This is expected to happen late next week when the last remaining ship, the Fugro Equator, halts operations to head back to Fremantle. where it is scheduled to demobilise and return to Singapore. The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777 — which disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned. The Equator is currently using an autonomous underwater vehicle to run sonar scans in the new 25,000 sq, km area identified by international experts as the most likely site for the aircraft debris. The experts identified the site, to the north of the original 120,000sq km site where the plane was not found, after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane. They recommended the search continue and exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also want to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the information is not precise enough to warrant the additional $50m in funding.Mr Gallo, who is a former director of special operations at the US-based Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution and one of the first scientists to use robots and submarines to map the deep ocean floor, questioned how the governments could decide the information provided by the experts was not precise enough. He said the search area for AF447 had been a circle with an 80-mile (129km) diameter, even though the aircraft was transmitting data prior to plunging into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 and wreckage was found on the surface. The search for the Air France Airbus A330 in deep water is the one most often compared to the MH370 operation because the black boxes were not found until a second expedition funded by French air safety investigator BEA, Airbus and Air France was mounted in 2011.The US expert said the disruption of ending the search and demobilising the Fugro Equator would break up an experienced team and meant it would cost more to restart the search later, something he considered inevitable.“You break the ribbon, you lose all the pieces and the cost goes way up in attempting to bring it all back together.’’ he said.Debris hunter Blaine Gibson, who has found over 10 pieces of MH370 wreckage yesterday told AirlineRatings.com that the Malaysians just want to move on.“I think the Malaysians right now just want to forget about it. “They just want to put it behind.”last_img read more

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA notes success in Environmental and Natural Resources CDE

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 A-C FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event team, consisting of Billy L’Hullier, Bronowyn Cummings, Blair Farmer and Michael Montoney, placed seventh in the state of Ohio in this very challenging Career Development Event area.The Environmental and Natural Resources Management CDE is a team oriented contest with four members working together to solve different problems and perform different tasks related to natural resources management. In addition, the team must make a presentation about an environmental topic to a panel of judges. Currently, this is an invitation-only CDE.To participate, a chapter must have a CDE team place in the top 5 in the state of Ohio in any of the following contest areas: Forestry, Rural Soils, Urban Soils, Nature Interpretation or Wildlife Management.This is the eighth year the chapter has placed in the top ten in the state of Ohio, winning the state contest two times.last_img read more

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Farm Economics Changing Dynamic of Seed Purchasing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While at Farm Science Review, many growers take a look around at new equipment and technology making their ways to the farm. Most say it may not be the right time for a big purchase, but it is nice to know what is available if and when the time to buy arrives. Although buying new gear can wait, but seed can’t. Daniel Call with Seed Consultants visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how farmers are approaching seed buying for 2019.last_img read more

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Cellulosic Production Idled

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — In another response to EPA’s actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC announced Tuesday the company will “pause” production of cellulosic ethanol at its Project Liberty plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels is a 50-50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET LLC, created in response to the RFS. The plant has produced cellulosic ethanol from corn cobs and other corn fiber such as husks.The ethanol plant will instead by shifted to focus on research and development and improving operational efficiency, company officials said. POET executives made it clear the decision to stop cellulosic ethanol production at the plant “is a result of EPA’s challenges with the implementation” of the RFS.“Over the past three years, EPA management of the RFS has held back advancement of cellulosic biofuels,” said Kyle Gilley, POET’s senior vice president of external affairs and communications.The joint venture will focus on R&D with the goal of improving mechanical reliability, creating additional technological efficiencies and licensing technology in countries, which favorably support the use of low-carbon fuels from crop residue and other biomass, the company stated.Gilley said the POET-DSM plant had been producing and selling cellulosic ethanol into the market, but declined to provide a volume level. The cellulosic project is also co-located with a more traditional corn-ethanol plant owned by POET that is not affected by Tuesday’s announcement.Gilley said the POET-DSM plant was hurt by EPA blocking pathways for cellulosic approval, such as failing to make decisions on corn fiber as a cellulosic material. Another major impact was EPA’s decisions brought cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) down from $3 per gallon in 2017 to roughly 59 cents a gallon today. That has effectively killed incentives for investors to build out cellulosic production, Gilley said.“That has been one of the major handicaps EPA has created with their mismanagement of the program,” he said.Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America, said the joint venture will look at export markets that may be more focused on low-carbon fuels such as South America, Europe and possibly China as well.“Because of these policy changes, the economic landscape for cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. makes private and global investments in this technology more challenging. As a result, our joint venture is responding by temporarily pivoting and focusing on R&D efforts to improve technological efficiencies and explore additional international licensing opportunities in countries that are not choosing oil over agriculture,” Welsh said.As part of the R&D work, the plant will continue using biomass stored on site or under contract, but will not buy further biomass at this time, the company stated. The facility also will move ahead with a smaller number of employees, but company executives did not detail those numbers.EPA has come under withering criticism from the ethanol and biodiesel industries for reducing obligated volumes of ethanol under the RFS, largely through small-refinery exemptions. In August, EPA granted 31 small-refinery exemptions affecting roughly 1.3 billion gallons. But POET’s announcement highlights EPA also has been working to erode support for advanced and cellulosic biofuels as well.“We are grateful to President (Donald) Trump for his support of biofuels policies, including year-round E15 and recent efforts to maintain the integrity of the RFS,” Gilley said. “But while the White House is pursuing policy proposals to help biofuels, tremendous harm has been done. Over the last three years, EPA management of the RFS has held back cellulosic ethanol advancement, hindered future agricultural markets for U.S. farmers, and undermined what the president has promised.”EPA over the past month has released a supplemental plan for RFS volume levels in 2020 that would account for about 770 million gallons of lost biofuels demand over the past three years, though EPA, on average, has granted small-refinery exemptions averaging closer to 1.35 billion gallons a year, according to the Department of Energy. Biofuel groups and Midwest lawmakers have been calling on EPA to uphold a position laid out by President Trump in September that would assure at least 15 billion gallons of obligated volumes under the RFS.During the past 18 months, more than 20 ethanol plants have stopped production while many others have scaled back production, in response to struggling profit margins.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(TN/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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TipJoy: Twitter Startup Fails Despite Major Blessings

first_imgThere’s a seemingly infinite list of startup companies based on adding one form of value or another on top of Twitter. One called TipJoy closed its doors this week, despite a remarkable set of blessings that thousands of developers throughout the Twitter ecosystem would be wildly jealous of.TipJoy offered a service that would let people pay small amounts of money as tips for online content, with the transaction being processed via messaging on Twitter. That wasn’t the only way TipJoy worked, but the company was very closely tied to Twitter. TipJoy had three big advantages that we can see. The company raised money from investors, something that few Twitter-related startups are able to do. Among those investors was BetaWorks, the funding incubator that backed search engine Summize and sold it to Twitter. BetaWorks has invested in a number of other related services, including popular Twitter client Tweetdeck. Backing from BetaWorks is a big advantage for a Twitter-related startup.Also among TipJoy’s investors was Chris Sacca, an early Google employee turned startup investor. Sacca also has money in Twitter. Twitter founder and CEO Ev Williams has more reciprocal @ conversations on Twitter with Sacca than with anyone else except his wife. Getting that guy’s money and backing on your side sounds pretty great for a Twitter-related startup, right? Finally, TipJoy got placement in the “definitions” section in the top-right corner of Twitter.com for millions of people for some period of time. Hardly anyone gets placement there.And still it didn’t work. What’s the takeaway? Maybe that people really don’t want to do micropayments. Maybe that close connections with Twitter investors and staff don’t always impact a Twitter-related startup as much as you might think.Update: The next day it was reported by TechCrunch that one of the founders of TipJoy has been hired by Facebook. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Are Crowdsourcing and Outsourcing No-Nos For Startups?

first_imgchris cameron Related Posts Chances are, if you’ve called customer service to enough companies, you’ve come across a representative who works for a call-center which has been contracted to handle a comapany’s account. Large corporations that don’t want to employ their own agents and maintain their own facilities will often outsource customer service to a third party, which at times can mean a company in another part of the world. Bangalore, India was famously portrayed for its role in call-center outsourcing in the Thomas Friedman book The World Is Flat, servicing many large American companies. But tools like outsourcing or crowdsourcing are not always beneficial to every breed of company.A recent post on crowdsourcing from the startup blog Pluggd.in, and a Forbes article about outsourcing have both warned startups of the possible complications of both. Crowdsourcing is similar to outsourcing in that a task normally conducted by an employee is shifted to a third party, but in this case the job is performed by numerous people, not just one. If I wanted to outsource the web design of my new site, I might hire a graphic designer, but if I wanted to crowdsource, I could use a service like crowdSPRING to host a competition and pick from a whole slew of designs and designers.While crowdsourcing and outsourcing are fundamentally different, they share similar risks, especially for startups and small businesses. As the Pluggd.in article suggests, more mature companies might be better candidates for this type of work. “Startups do not fit the ‘business case’ that could garner qualified social feedback for its product from the crowd,” the article argues. “The product engagement within the market has not been long enough, and more often than not the sample size of [the] crowd may not be representative at all.”The idea here is that crowdsourcing works better when the audience participating is more aware of the product in the market. With startups, crowds may not have the most accurate sense of the best direction for an idea, especially one that is new and innovative. That’s what you, the entrepreneur, are for. The article warns startups to not rely too heavily on information gathered from the crowd in terms of which features to keep, which to throw away, which to add, or any other kind of information. Startups should always listen to their users, but work with them, not for them.Along the lines of do-it-yourself, the Forbes article chronicles an unfortunate tale of outsourcing gone wrong. In my interview this week with Danny Wong of Blank Label, he pointed me to this article based on an interview with his co-founder, Fan Bi. In it, Bi warns startups looking to outsource design and development to cheaper labor pools should think twice before doing so.“It was too good of an opportunity to pass up when we were trying to bootstrap our business. Getting the work done for a quarter of the price was tempting,” says Bi. “The team abroad wanted quick and dirty projects that can be turned around quickly and get them paid. They had no real ownership.”The outsourced work came back looking “terrible”, he says. The designers and coders they had outsourced had no passion or personal investment in the work they were doing, and it showed in the quality. For startups, it seems that finding a partner or employee who is just as passionate about the company and its vision is well worth the extra money for the quality they bring with them. Entrepreneurs are highly motivated and driven people, and companies succeed when a group of passionate people set their sights on one goal. Outsourcing and crowdsourcing seem to go against that mantra, and one could argue that these are lazy roads to go down for a startup. But are crowdsourcing and outsourcing a pair of techniques that should be avoided outright by startups? Or are there times when a startup can employ one of these tactics? Let us know how you feel about this issue in the comments.Photo by Flickr user Vilma.com. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Santora says the man called her back a few minutes later, saying the text’s intended recipient only wanted one set of the tickets.The tickets were priced at $329. The man told Santora she could have them for free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantora and her husband took the man up on his offer, finding seats behind the goalie.As for the mystery texter, Santora says “whoever you are, thank you.” MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins’ Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH — A text message sent to the wrong number led to a Pittsburgh couple scoring free tickets to see the Penguins play Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final.KDKA-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2sjMRoJ ) Amy Santora received a text offering four tickets to Wednesday night’s game against Nashville. She called the number, and the man at the other end said he sent the text to the wrong number.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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The Reload: Four-star Safety Planning Official, New Southlake Carroll Offer and Pitt Visitors

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed on the latest news and rumors surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Oklahoma State Offers Southlake Carroll StarAmong the visitors this weekend for the Pitt game (more on that below), was RJ Mickens, a 2020 defensive back from Southlake Carroll. The 5-foot-10 standout already has an offer from Arizona and other interest. And although it is extremely early in his recruitment, the Pokes are jumping in the ring early for a prospect who may be one of the top players in the 2020 class:Blessed and extremely honored to have received my 2nd offer from Oklahoma State University ???#GoPokes pic.twitter.com/zg87rNeesa— Rj Mickens (@RjMickens10) September 18, 2016Four-star safety planning official visit2017 safety Chaz Ah You, whom OSU has been in on for more than a year, is planning an official visit to Stillwater before the season ends according to Scout.com. The Provo, Utah native is ranked as the No. 1 safety in Utah, and the No. 116 overall prospect in the 2017 class. The 6-foot-1 safety also has strong interest in UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame, too. The Pokes offered him a scholarship as a safety but his size at 190-pounds with a good frame to build into could make him an ideal candidate to slide into the versatile STAR linebacker position as well. Recruits who attended Pitt gameAmong the many visitors for the Pitt game this past weekend were several OSU verbal commits, and a few other with interest.Brock Martin – DE commitBrendon Evers (per gopokes.com) – DT commitBraydon Johnson – WR commitDamion Daniels – DT offer (Darrion Daniels brother)Justin Dutton – OL committed to Arkansas State, no offerIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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