U.S. Coast Guard(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — One of the rescuers who helped get four crew members out of the Golden Ray, the cargo ship that capsized and caught fire off the coast of Georgia on Sunday, described the harrowing attempt to free the trapped men.Sean Cogan, a rope access supervisor for Elevated Safety, a company that trains and helps people rappel on ropes, was appointed the rescue team leader for salvage company Defiant Marine, he told ABC News.Cogan, who typically helps engineers get to hard-to-access places like bridges for inspection, was part of the team that first heard tapping noises coming from the Golden Ray as they rappelled over the side of the ship.He knew “the clock was ticking” for the men as soon as he got to St. Simons Sound, off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, he said.The first priority was to drill a small hole big enough to shake the men’s hands, hand them bottles of water, flashlights and a device to communicate on and assure them that help was on the way, Cogan said.It was about 120 degrees where rescue teams were working outside the ship and even hotter inside, Coast Guard Capt. John Reed told reporters on Monday.Once teams drilled the first half-inch hole to get an air monitor and airflow into the ship, Cogan could feel the hot air spilling from inside, he said, adding that it felt like they were drilling into a thermal oven.“With each hole, I think it just got more and more, in terms of intensified focus, of, ‘We’ve got to finish this,’” he said.Three of the crew members trapped inside were grouped together, while the fourth was trapped behind a glass enclosure in the engineering room, Reed said.They could hear each other, but could not access each other, Cogan said, adding that the “first thing” the three shipmates asked for was a set of tools so they could help free him, Cogan said.“Those guys that were in that ship are probably the strongest in terms of mental fortitude of anything I’ve seen,” he said.Once a larger hole was drilled, the first two crew members were able to climb out with little assistance, but Cogan and others had to go in and help the third, he said. At that point, the crew had been stuck inside the ship for nearly 34 hours.Cogan said the wrecked vessel was not a “pleasant environment to be in.” Everything inside had shifted, and the ship had been “baking” under the sun.Cogan described the moment after they recovered the fourth crew member as “very emotional.”“I mean, to see two arms, two legs and a smile coming up the ladder at you, that’s a surprise,” he said.It is unclear what caused the ship, which was carrying vehicles on its way to Baltimore, to catch fire and list on its side.The operation has now transitioned to salvage and mitigating any possible pollution, Coast Guard officials said at a press conference Tuesday.The Port of Brunswick, one of the busiest in the nation, remains closed, but the Coast Guard hopes to open it to limited commercial traffic by Thursday, officials said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
CUNA is kicking off the social media portion of its “Strong Credit Unions, Strong Middle Class” campaign leading up to Tuesday’s Republican presidential candidate debate.Launched last month, CUNA’s Middle Class 2016 campaign provides credit union stakeholders the opportunity to reach out to presidential candidates about the important, numerous ways credit unions serve middle-class Americans.“The goal of this campaign is to further educate our members about the benefits of membership in a credit union and convey that stronger credit unions mean a stronger middle class,” said CUNA Chief Political Officer Richard Gose. “Additionally, we want to share this message with the presidential candidates as they campaign and formulate their economic policies.”Credit union stakeholders can also visit www.MiddleClass2016.com to learn what presidential candidates have said about the middle class, tweet messages to each candidate reminding them of the importance of credit unions when it comes to serving the middle class and sign a petition espousing credit union service.This aspect of the Middle Class campaign is designed to increase the number of tweets highlighting the many ways credit unions help America’s middle class by “putting credit unions’ economic concerns on the front burner in 2016,” Gose said. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Engagement is the name of the game for gamification. Nearly 70% of US employees report that they are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work. With disengagement costing US employers $550 billion per year, having engaged employees is key for your credit union’s success. For the in-depth conversation about how much disengaged employees cost your credit union, listen to the podcast in full here. What is gamification?Gamification is the use of game-thinking and game mechanics in non-game situations to engage audiences and solve problems. It’s not creating a game, but rather, looking at the elements of a game structure and applying them to the real world.Gamification is all around us. A popular example of gamification is Fitbit fitness trackers. Fitbit users can check in on their goals, their activities, and their progress at any time, receiving instant feedback about their performance. Another example is loyalty programs in which customers earn points for their interactions with a company. Customers acquire points through purchases which they can then exchange for a reward after they meet a certain threshold. continue reading »
Macao: Dutch racer Richard Verschoor survived an intense challenge from Juri Vips to take victory in Sunday’s Formula 3 Macao Grand Prix and win the FIA F3 World Cup.Starting fourth on the grid, Motorsport’s Verschoor moved up to second on lap 1 and took the lead from pole-sitter Juri Vips on lap 7 as the field returned to racing speed following a safety car period to clear Ferdinand Habsburg’s stricken ART.Vips tried several times to retake the lead as the leading duo approached the Lisboa Bend right-hander, but the delayed deployment of the DRS system meant the Estonian was unable to take advantage of higher speeds on the Guia Circuit’s long straights.The Estonian came closest to passing Verschoor on lap 11 but ran wide after he drew alongside and locked his tyres under heavy braking, with the resultant flat spots affecting his car’s handling thereafter.Verschoor’s win was all the more impressive considering he had finished a lowly 13th in this season’s FIA Formula 3 championship, and unlike many of his rivals, the Dutchman was also racing at Macao for the first time. IANSAlso Read: Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup LaunchedAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliament
England internationals Bronte Law and Toby Tree have been selected for the European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA from September 24 – 25.The team, comprising two under-16 boys, two under-16 girls, four under-18 boys and four under-18 girls, will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ – 10½ defeat at The Gleneagles Hotel in 2010.Bronte Law, 17, from Bramhall in Cheshire, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was in GB&I’s winning Curtis Cup team at Nairn in June. She first represented England girls in 2010 and became a full England international last year. This season she has been runner-up in the French lady junior championship, tied fourth in the British women’s stroke play and was third in the English girls’ championship.Tree, 18, from Worthing in Sussex, is a former under 16 international, has played as a boy and full international this year and made his full debut against France in May. He was also a member of the winning England team in the Boys’ Home Internationals and reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship.The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before The Ryder Cup.The Junior Ryder Cup celebrates the progress and hard work taking place at the grass roots level of golf, which helps talented young players develop into national team amateurs and some even to The Ryder Cup itself.The collaboration between PGA professionals and junior organisers at club level and PGAs and governing bodies at a national level help these youngsters develop into Junior Ryder Cup players. The Junior Ryder Cup promotes friendship and good sportsmanship between the best junior golfers from the US and Europe.It has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for numerous players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match and four years later was part of the full European Team at The Country Club in Brookline, while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in six Solheim Cups.Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team, since when he has won two Major Championships and will represent Europe for a second time in The 2012 Ryder Cup. For the Americans, Hunter Mahan, having been in the 1999 junior team, has progressed to become a US PGA Tour winner and was part of the 2008 and 2010 US Ryder Cup teams.European team: Quirine Eijkenboom (Germany), Dominic Foos (Germany), Bronte Law (England), Harang Lee (Spain), Gavin Moynihan (Ireland), Renato Paradore (Italy), Emily Pedersen (Denmark), Covadonga Sanjuan (Spain), Matthias Schwab (Austria), Linnea Strom (Sweden), Victor Tarnstrom (Sweden), Toby Tree (England). 29 Aug 2012 England pair picked for Junior Ryder Cup team
By John BurtonRED BANK– What Borough Councilmen-elect Michael Whelan and Mark Taylor lack in experience in their young political careers, they say they make up in energy and enthusiasm.Red Bank Councilman-elect Mike Whelan“We’re going to be like a sponge, absorbing everything,” said Taylor, about his and Whalen’s plans for learning the ropes as the two Republicans prepare to take their seats on the new borough council. The Republicans will have the majority for the first time in more than two decades.“We’re still in kind of a limbo,” Whelan pointed out. As members-elect they haven’t formally taken their place on the six-member council but are already being approached by residents asking about things and what to expect. “People are looking at us to make changes,” Taylor said.The two will be sworn in on Jan. 2 during the borough re-organization meeting which will be held at the municipal complex at noon.As for what to expect, “I think we want to continue the progress that has been made,” in the last couple of years, Taylor offered, referring to the work of their GOP predecessors Cindy Burnham and Linda Schwabenbauer. Burnham was elected two years ago, and Schwabenbauer was elected last year.“We’re not going to upset the applecart,” Taylor assured, “but we’d like to continue the progress.”Red Bank Councilman-elect Mark TaylorTaylor, 34, a lawyer, and Whelan, 25, who works in the insurance industry, are two political newcomers who won what turned out to be a protracted and close campaign that eventually was determined by a formal vote recount last month. Whelan’s victory was particularly narrow, winning by a mere three votes over nine-year-incumbent Democrat Michael DuPont. Their victory, with previous wins in the last two years by Burnham and Schwabenbauer, set the stage for the GOP to take the majority control of the council for the first time since 1989.Whelan said this amounted to a mandate from the electorate. “People want change,” he said.The changing of the political guard generally ensures there will be some changes in political appointments for the new year. And that could possibly mean a different attorney, engineering and auditing firms, among others, positions that traditionally serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council.Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, said last week he hasn’t been informed about the future appointments as of yet. Taylor, in response, said it was premature to discuss that and no final decisions have been determined at this time.“Yes, we’re the majority,” he noted, “but we’re not the only ones on the council.”But the two, presumably with the support of their fellow Republicans have issues they would like to tackle in the coming year. Taylor sees it as time for the governing body to once again address the longstanding, and sometimes thorny, issue of parking. “We have an opportunity to dive deep into this,” said Taylor.Certainly, one of the considerations could be further discussions about a parking garage. Taylor said that could be one remedy “if done smartly,” and something that should be raised. “If it doesn’t cost the taxpayers money.”For Whelan, “The one thing I’m really concerned with is the businesses.”Whelan maintained, “When I hear horror stories of mom and pops (businesses) waiting for months to get a variance,” so they can proceed in opening, he finds that troubling.Making the borough more business-friendly and improving the parking situation, “These issues dovetail into each other,” Taylor believed.And the goal is “to get people to Red Bank,” Whelan stressed.Getting people here as visitors—competing with the recently redeveloped Asbury Park as an attraction, especially for younger people—and getting them to move here, to live and to raise their families, should be a priority, they believe.Another area needing attention is the borough’s infrastructure. Taylor called it “ancient” and “actually dangerous,” given its age and condition. Up to this point Whelan describes remedies as, “It’s been a lot of Band-Aids.” Both men acknowledged this could mean spending considerable money but it has to be addressed.“These are not new ideas but we need to move them forward,” Taylor said.Whelan said he would love to serve as the borough council’s liaison to Red Bank RiverCenter, the commercial district’s business alliance.Taylor, who has been active with the Parks and Recreation Committee for a number of years, and would like to continue working with the department if possible.In closing, Whelan offered, “I think the people of Red Bank deserve a break,” and they hope to “dig deep” into the budget to help ease the tax burden.“The vision we have is something we’re going to work on,” he said.
Lewis said he was very antsy before the bout but was able to overcome nerves to persevere over Gowanlock.“I think the fight went really good . . . I think there is lots that I can work on,” Lewis said after the bout.“Being my first fight it felt nerve-wracking for sure . . . I was a bit scared going in. Overall I was able to end up with the decision so in the end it was good.”Lewis, who comes from a family of boxing enthusiasts, felt he needed to get away from the brawling aspect of fighting.“Boxing is way more of a sport than people realize,” he said. “There’s some brawling in the sport but during a fight you’re always trying to get ahead by working the chest and jabbing your opponent.”In the end, Lewis pounced on Gowanlock, who had the bout stopped a few times for a standing count by the referee, to be checked by the ring doctor and to deal with a bloody face.Other matches had Riel Martinez of Nelson fighting Dylan Muhlig in a 38 kg Initiation bout; Krishan Lysenko of Nelson meeting up with Danica Dreyer of Thistletown in girls Elite Exhibition match; and Cranbrook boxers Alexica Hansen and Sierra Pearson facing off in a 32 kg Initiation match.Joe Armstrong of Thistletown knocked out the final Nelson Boxer, Bohdi Cartland, in the 91kg Elite Novice bout.The KO came in the first round, after Cartland knocked Armstrong’s headpiece off Armstrong off earlier in the round.Parsa Bisheh of Griffins Boxing defeated Brandon Emerick of Thistletown by a TKO in 60 kg Junior C Novice.Other matches had Conner Null of Revelstoke facing Clive Fagan of Thistletown in 69 kg Elite Exhibition and Dom Barbosa of Salmon Arm meeting Kaden Swanson of Cranbrook in 64 kg Junior C Exhibition.The Nelson Boxing Club is located at 685 Baker Street in Nelson in the basement that houses Pharmasave. Check out the club’s Facebook page. Fight Night #2 Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club mirrored May’s inaugural event in a lot of ways — a full house with lots of local talent from the Nelson Boxing Club on display.However, the action and intensity inside the ring was turned up just a little more than Fight Night #1 which gave the Nelson Boxing Club coaching staff plenty to build on as the organization moves forward.“I was super happy with all our athletes tonight,” said Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club.“Everyone gave it everything and showed a lot of skills. . .. I’ve very proud of them all.”Fight Night # 2 saw a handful of local fighters take center stage at the Rod and Gun Club.Nelson boxers Elias Martinez and Jeff Emmett brought the hometown crowd to their feet with after earning unanimous decisions over Aaron Madriaga and Geoff Hewlett in the later fights on the card — the latter bout the Nelson Brewing Company main event.Madriaga is from Thistletown Boxing Club while Hewlett is from North Vancouver.Earlier bouts saw Ryan Lewis, competing in his first ever bout, score a TKO decision over John Gowanlock of Revelstoke.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a life-sized statue of late president Nelson Mandela at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on Monday 24 September 2018. This comes as part of South Africa’s continued centenary celebrations of the founding father of the nation’s democracy – President Nelson Mandela. The year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, thus providing a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy.President Cyril Ramaphosa says the late Nelson Mandela will forever hold a special place in the world for his dedication to peace and his legacy of forgiveness. “This celebration has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made as a young democracy and the tasks that still lie ahead of us. It has also reinforced the need for South Africa to continue to build on the legacy of President Mandela in working towards a peaceful, just and prosperous world,” added President Ramaphosa.President Ramaphosa called on global leaders, international organisations and civil society groups to work together to restore the primacy and relevance of multilateralism, and emphasised the need for strengthened efforts to a more proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security.Team South Africa – led by President Ramaphosa kicked off their 2018 participation at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in the form of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which was hosted in collaboration with the UN and coincided with Heritage Day in South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit included a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the unveiling the Mandela live-size statue, and a reception hosted by South Africa for about 300 delegates on 24 September 2018. The high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, aimed to adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.President Ramaphosa concluded: “In line to the philosophy and practice of the Mandela years, South Africa continues to seek warm fraternal relations and strong economic ties with all the countries if the world, regardless of size, influence or alignment.“We remain firmly committed to the rules-based multilateralism as the most sustainable and effective approach to the management of international relations – and will continue to advocate for the needs and interests of developing countries to be placed at the top of the international agenda.”The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) commenced on 18 September 2018, and the first day of the high-level General Debate starts today – Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.Article Submission by: Tsabeng NthiteFollow the conversation on #SAatUNGA73 #BetterAfricaBetterWorld
In part I of this blog, we looked at some puzzling examples of unidentified substances from buildings I have investigated over the years and discussed how sometimes it is challenging to determine whether what looks like something that is growing on various surfaces of buildings is actually alive, dead, or neither. In my work, I came across a guru of unidentified substances, Russ Crutcher of MicroLab Northwest. I decided to interview Crutcher as a way of addressing the puzzles presented in Part I. If you are just interested in the results of Crutcher’s work, browse this blog’s and take a look at his report. Interview with Russ Crutcher Russ Crutcher is a forensic scientist at heart, regardless if the evidence was from a long-gone culture, a recent crime scene, or microscopic mysteries. He has been the environmental microscopist leading MicroLab Northwest since 1978. He’s also the leading voice in this interview: Crutcher: I was trained as a physical anthropologist, which meant going to ancient sites and examining everything from artifacts to debris, minerals, and pollen. My first job was as a crime scene investigator.RELATED ARTICLESAnimal, Vegetable, or Mineral? (Part I)How to Look at a House like a Building Scientist (Part 1: Air)An Introduction to Thermal Imaging Yost: I introduced one of your methods in part 1 of this blog series. Could you tell us more about using capillary tubes and a torch on unidentified materials. Crutcher: Let’s use the sample you sent and use it as an example. I took a small [piece of the] sample and worked it into the end of a capillary tube. Russ Crutcher capillary tube loaded with Yost sample. I torched the end of the tube with the sample enough to melt and seal off the end. Russ Crutcher sealing end of cap tube with torch. You can see tars and soot up the capillary tube from the sealed bulb (fused sample of the Moss 1), indicating lots of organic content in the sample. Russ Crutcher fused cap tube sample. The closeup of the fused bulb end shows lots of gas bubbles indicating the presence of a carbonate. Russ Crutcher torched and fused black moss sample up close. This is typical of a carbonate because the CO2 isn’t released until the glass is beyond its melting point. Finally, I compared this capillary tube process with a soil sample containing significant organic content and a known carbonate (fused sample 1b) with similar results. Russ Crutcher fused soil sample. Yost: What about your microscopic analysis of the samples we sent? Crutcher: The cell phone images viewed through the 10X jeweler’s loupe that you sent were a good start. In this 1st image, the growth shows the branching pattern with stems and leaves evident. This is an Andreaeaceae moss (a “black moss”), dark in color except for the tips. The leaves of the moss envelop the stem and are one cell thick for most of the leaf. Russ Crutcher observing magnified black moss. In the 2nd image you can see the tips forming the fruiting bodies, which are often yellowish. Russ Crutcher observing moss leaves and stems. The 3rd image is a leaf fragment single cell in thickness typical of the edge of a moss leaf of this type. Russ Crutcher observing moss leaf fragment. The 4th image is at 100x magnification, showing cell structure of a fragment of a leaf and the stem structure adjacent to the leaf. Russ Crutcher observing black moss leaf and stem fragment magnified 100X. This moss is very primitive; it exudes a calcium carbonate mucilage protective layer. Yost: Is this moss an epiphyte as our regular GBA Q&A contributor Peter Engle postulated? Crutcher: That is a really interesting question. While this moss gets quite a bit from the atmosphere around it, it does pull material from the rock on which it is growing, so technically it is not an epiphyte. Yost: But as with most things in nature, it’s on a spectrum rather than completely categorically discrete in its nature? Crutcher: (chuckling): That is a pretty good way of thinking about this sample and materials/organisms in general. Yost: So what about the black shapes in this image from Part I of this blog: animal, vegetable, or mineral? These black dots looked almost like pustules, with an open hole in the center of each one. Note the geometry appears round, not angular. Crutcher: Those are spores of the same Black Moss, believe it or not. So it’s a plant (vegetable) but comprised of some mineral from the rock substrate on which it is or was growing. Yost: What about the black spots on my storm window: living, dead, or neither? Crutcher: The black spots on the window are typical of fungus growing on food sources that have accumulated on the window. Spider and insect frass are especially nutritious, being high in nitrogen containing compounds. The larger spots are probably where frass was on the window. Bacteria are another source of nitrogen. Pollens on windows release germination tubes and starch grains. These are low in nitrogen but when they fail to germinate and die they become food for bacteria that are then a source of nitrogen to allow fungi to grow. Then the fungal growth becomes a site that collects more particles from the air, more food. We are a living planet. But I think you are missing one condition with your three categories: dormant. While the frass on your storm window is technically dead, or waste material, there are likely spores, which while technically not living, they simply await conditions to become alive.” Yost: The Photomicrograph Gallery you have built on the web is quite amazing. Why did you take the time and effort to not only post all the images, but to create more than one way of categorizing them for greater accessibility? Crutcher: I built this gallery because it did not exist, anywhere. You can find individual images scattered here and there, but never with multiple images of the same material or organism and also not organized in any way. Yost: What portion of you work is for the building industry? Crutcher: At least 60% of my work is for the building industry. I have done work for organizations/businesses such as NASA and Boeing, as well. You would be surprised how often it is important to identify just what ends up on all types of surfaces. -Peter Yost is GBA’s technical director. He is also the founder of a consulting company in Brattleboro, Vermont, called Building-Wright. He routinely consults on the design and construction of both new homes and retrofit projects. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years, and he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. Photos by the author, except where noted.