Teen takes stand for Christmas tree business

first_imgClark County says its not looking to play the Grinch this year for a 16-year-old girl running a Christmas tree lot to earn money for college.It’s a turnaround from earlier this week when the girl working the lot, Kaitlyn Metscher, discovered a note from Clark County code enforcement attached to the fence. Apparently the county wanted to speak with her about the seasonal business at Northeast 107th Avenue and Covington Road in Orchards.It’s the first year she’s rented this residential lot to sell Douglas, grand and noble firs, but her family has run a tree lot every year since she was 2 years old.“We haven’t done it on this lot before, but we did right across the street,” Metscher said. “The difference is over there is zoned commercial.”Metscher called the county, but they didn’t give her much information other than telling her the land wasn’t zoned for Christmas tree sales. She decided to double-check the county’s work and refer to state and county code.last_img read more

This 65 waterproof wireless speaker is on sale for 2250

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Big points for the name alone: Vava Voom! Vava Need a speaker you can take with you to the beach? The pool? The quarry? (I don’t know, do people still go swimming at quarries? If Breaking Away taught me anything…) Make sure it has an IPX5 rating or better so it can withstand the inevitable splashes.Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, ZDNet Academy + Deals has the Vava Voom 20 Bluetooth Speaker for $22.50 when you apply promo code VAVA25 at checkout. Price at Amazon: $65.See it at ZDNetJust to be clear, the Voom 20 isn’t 100% waterproof — it’s splashproof. So it probably won’t survive getting dunked, but if it gets sprayed by the hose, no problem.Beyond that, the speaker is notable for offering dual passive subwoofers (translation: lots of bass), the option to pair two different Bluetooth sources (two phones, for example, or a phone and a tablet), support for NFC pairing (great if your phone supports it as well) and a rechargeable battery that promises up to 8 hours of play time (at 80 percent volume).The Voom 20 also has a Type-A USB port you can use to recharge your phone or another mobile device, though because it’s a 1-amp port, it won’t recharge particularly quickly.CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but some 365 Amazon customers collectively rated it 4.1 stars.The key thing to know here, aside from this being a crazy-good deal, is that if you order today, delivery is about two weeks out. That means this won’t arrive in time for Father’s Day. But if you need a gift for a midsummer graduation party, this could work.And, hey, if you just need something to accompany you on your next quarry visit, done and done. Bonus deal: Get 10 feet of cord-covering raceway for $10Nothing destroys decor like unsightly cords, especially when they’re running down walls or along baseboards. Solution: Raceway track, which isn’t as good as running the cords inside the wall, but is definitely an improvement.Here’s a dirt-cheap kit to get you started: The Yecaye CMC-01 Raceway Kit for $10.19 when you click the on-page 10%-off coupon and then apply promo code YECAYE01 at checkout. Regular price: $17.See it at AmazonThe kit includes 125 inches’ worth of paintable cord channels, including 90-degree and T elbows for making turns. You can screw the channels to the wall or use the included adhesive tape.At this price, this is without question one of the cheapest ways I’ve seen to hide ugly cables.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Bluetooth The Cheapskate Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Tags The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Share your voice 4:05last_img read more

Indonesian fishermen rescue 5 stranded Rohingyas

first_imgFive Rohingyas stranded at sea for almost three weeks have been rescued by Indonesian fishermen but another five of them died during the harrowing ordeal, officials said Friday.News of the rescue comes several days after the arrival in Malaysia of another boat carrying dozens of members of the persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar.The group of two men, aged 28 and 33, a 20-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and an eight-year old boy were spotted Monday in a small boat in waters off southern Thailand and Myanmar, 325 kilometres (176 miles) from Aceh province in Muslim-majority Indonesia.The fishermen took them back to Aceh on Sumatra island and the group arrived early Friday.”They were immediately brought to a local hospital for treatment as they were weak,” Abdul Musafir, head of the East Aceh search and rescue team, told AFP.”But I’m sure they will be fit again after a couple of days in hospital.”Musafir added that the group said they had been travelling with some two dozen other Rohingya but got separated. He did not provide further details.East Aceh police said the rescued five were stranded at sea for about 20 days while five others had starved to death and their bodies were thrown overboard.It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.But there have been concerns desperate migrants might start taking to the high seas again after mainly Buddhist Myanmar launched a new crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the stateless Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh.In 2015 hundreds of Rohingyas came ashore in Aceh, where they were welcomed in the staunchly conservative Islamic province.last_img read more

Full Show No Knock Warrants And Bringing The Arts To Juvenile Detention

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:34 center_img Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: “No-knock” warrants will now require a district court judge’s okay under new policy changes in the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division. Chief Art Acevedo shared those changes with members of the Houston City Council Thursday. We learn more.Then, the HISD board has decided to hold off – for now – on renewing several charter school contracts.Also this hour: The Theater District has started a new program bringing arts projects to at-risk youth, including some in juvenile detention. Plus we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.And, in advance of the annual Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, our host, Craig Cohen, and spelling bee host Ernie Manouse come up with some challenging words for each other to spell.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

New hydrogen storage material could be added directly to fuel tanks

first_img Citation: New hydrogen storage material could be added directly to fuel tanks (2011, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-hydrogen-storage-material-added-fuel.html (PhysOrg.com) — If hydrogen is to ever play a role in powering vehicles on a large-scale, researchers must not only find a way to produce hydrogen, but also a safe method to store it. Currently, storing hydrogen requires either very low temperatures or very high pressures, both of which are expensive, require large amounts of energy, and involve safety risks. Now a new spin-out company from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK called Cella Energy Ltd. is developing an inexpensive, practical method to store hydrogen that could be added directly to conventional automobile engines. The method could lead to clean hydrogen fuels for vehicles that can be pumped like gasoline, fuel additives to lower emissions in vehicles with minimal modifications, and even batteries that allow laptops to last a week between charges, among other uses. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The new storage technique stems from research performed by Professor Stephen Bennington, Dr. Arthur Lovell, and others at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the University College London and the University of Oxford. The researchers developed a way to make tiny microfibers that are just 2-50 nm in diameter using low-cost automated processes called electrospinning and electrospraying. The microfibers can then be woven together to create a micro-porous polymer that resembles tissue paper, or a similar technique can be used to make micro-beads. The tiny pores in the polymer can encapsulate a variety of hydrides, which are chemical compounds that include hydrogen and other elements. When the hydrides are trapped inside the polymers, the hydrogen can be rapidly desorbed (released) at low pressures and ambient temperatures. According to Cella Energy, the micro-porous polymers can store as much hydrogen for a given weight as high-pressure tanks. The micro-beads, which also encapsulate hydrides, are especially interesting for vehicular applications. The micro-beads resemble a fine powder and could potentially be poured and pumped like a fluid into vehicles’ fuel tanks. The company explains that the encapsulated hydrogen could be safely used in either an internal combustion engine or fuel cell. Once the hydrogen is desorbed from a bead, the empty bead is stored in a separate lightweight plastic tank in the vehicle. When the vehicle needs to be refueled, the waste beads are removed from the vehicle and taken elsewhere to be rehydrided and recycled. Unlike hydrogen stored in high-pressure cylinders, new micro-beads could be refueled into vehicles just like vehicles today are refueled with gasoline. The company adds that the hydrogen storage materials are actually safer to handle than gasoline.According to the CEO of Cella Energy, Stephen Voller, the technology has the potential to provide a driving range of 300-400 miles between fueling. As for pricing, an article on Gizmag says that the storage materials could lead to synthetic fuel that costs just $1.50 per gallon, although it’s not clear where that price comes from.During the past year, the researchers at Cella Energy have been experimenting with ammonia borane as the hydride. When encapsulated, the accessible hydrogen content is 6% by weight. Although this percentage exceeds the DOE target of 4.5wt%, it is less than that of ammonia borane in its normal state. However, one of the advantages is that the hydrogen in the new polymer is desorbed an order of magnitude faster and at more convenient temperatures than ammonia borane in its normal state. The researchers noted that, while this will work for proof-of-concept work, it is too expensive to make for a commercial product and cannot be easily recycled. The company is currently looking into different hydrides that have slightly lower hydrogen contents, but that could be recycled many hundreds of times.At this point, Cella Energy has at least one investor, the chemical company Thomas Swan and Co. Cella Energy hopes to perform the first road tests next year, and, if they go well, could commercialize the product within the next five years. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Putting the fuel in fuel cells More information: www.cellaenergy.comvia: Gizmag (Left) Cella Energy CEO Stephen Voller and (right) micro-beads that make up the new hydrogen storage material. Image credit: Cella Energy.last_img read more

Two new massive planets detected around the star HD 27894

first_img Citation: Two new massive planets detected around the star HD 27894 (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-massive-planets-star-hd.html Panels a) and b) illustrate the 3PKM signals of planets HD 27894 b and c, phase folded to their periods of about 18 and 36 days, respectively. Panel c) illustrates the Doppler signal induced by planet d, and panel d) shows the residuals of the 3PKM. Credit: Trifonov et al., 2017. Gas giant planet HD 27894 b appears to have at least two massive companions, according to a new study published June 1 in a paper on arXiv.org. One of the newly discovered alien worlds is a Saturn-mass planet, while the other one is a cold exoworld several times more massive than Jupiter. Located about 138 light years away from the Earth, HD 27894 is a non-active solar-type star of spectral type K2V approximately 20 percent less massive than the sun. In 2005, HD 27894 b was detected using radial velocity measurements conducted with the use of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.Given that HD 27894 has a low declination, visual brightness of 9.36 mag and a slow rotation period of about 44 days, it is an excellent target for HARPS observations. So after the discovery of HD 27894 b, researchers monitored the star using this spectrograph during three observational campaigns in 2006, 2013 and 2016.Now, an international team of astronomers led by Trifon Trifonov of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany has analyzed the available archival and new HARPS data in order to find additional planets in the HD 27894 system. The study detected the presence of two gas giant exoplanets, which received designations HD 27894 c and HD 27894 d.”In this paper, we present an updated orbital configuration for the HD 27894 system; according to our self-consistent N-body analysis of the RV data, the system is composed of three planets, the inner two likely in a 2:1 MMR (mean motion resonance),” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the research, HD 27894 c has a mass of about 0.16 Jupiter masses, an orbital period of 36 days and is circling its host at a distance of 0.2 AU. HD 27894 d is much more massive, with a mass of approximately 5.4 Jupiter masses. The Jovian planet is also orbiting the star at a much larger distance than the other two worlds in the system. It takes HD 27894 d over 14 years to complete one full orbit, as it is located almost 5.5 AU from the host. Moreover, the researchers noted that their new findings show that this planetary system has a unique configuration.”The co-existence of a massive, distant, and moderately eccentric Jovian planet and a possibly resonant inner pair of massive planets makes the HD 27984 system truly unique,” the paper reads.The authors reveal that such a configuration provides important hints about the formation and evolution of this system. They assume that the inner pair of planets has probably been trapped in a 2:1 MMR by smooth migration capture, while the outer planet migrated to its current distant position before the circumstellar disk evaporated, thus halting the migration.”The planetary system around HD 27894 is important for probing planetary formation and evolution scenarios and illustrates the importance of further follow-up of radial velocity planet hosts,” the astronomers concluded. Explore further More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1706.00509.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby starlast_img read more

Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s

first_img Posted by Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Friday, March 22, 2019 center_img Travelweek Group JAKARTA — Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months.It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new model aircraft were grounded following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.PT Garuda Indonesia, which had ordered 50 Max 8 jets in 2014 and had received just one plane last year, has sent a letter to Boeing last week requesting to cancel the order worth US$4.9 billion, the company’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said Friday. The carrier has so far paid Boeing about $26 million for the order.“Passengers always ask what type of plane they will fly as they have lost trust and confidence in the Max 8 jet. This would harm our business,” said Rosan.“We don’t want to use Max jets … but maybe will consider switching it with another Boeing model of plane,” Rosan said. He said Indonesian passengers are afraid to take flights using any Max model, whether it’s the 8, 9 or 10 series.A preliminary report from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee in December stopped short of declaring a probable cause of the Oct. 29 crash.Officials have provided scant details since then, saying they are still analyzing data from a cockpit voice recorder that was only recovered from the sea in January.Meanwhile, in Europe, Polish national carrier PLL LOT said it was considering asking for financial compensation from Boeing or even a delay to deliveries of purchased 737 Max 8 aircraft after the planes were grounded globally following the crash in Ethiopia.In a statement Friday, LOT said it would wait for communications from Boeing and flight regulators on whether to put the Max 8 planes back into service. LOT has five 737 Max 8 planes and is to receive nine more this year. Its total fleet counts over 80 aircraft.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAnother Polish carrier, charter airline EnterAir, said Friday it would also seek damages. It has two Max 8 planes and has placed orders for another four.Earlier this month, Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing. It had grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.The news comes on the heels of revelations that Air Canada and WestJet have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.The New York Times has reported the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights.The safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the country’s largest airline purchased both safety features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell said the Calgary-based airline’s 13 Max 8 planes are not configured with the angle of attack indicators.She said the disagree light was purchased so the new aircraft will have common configurations with its Boeing 737 NG fleet.Neither airline would disclose the cost of purchasing these options.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Norwegian Air, which is preparing to launch Canadian service to Europe on March 31, says it hasn’t added the optional extra because it is “not a critical safety feature nor is it a requirement by any aviation authority.”“We are in close dialogue with Boeing and follow their and the aviation authorities’ instructions and recommendations, we immediately implement all safety recommendations as required,” stated acting chief operating officer Tomas Hesthammer.The low-cost carrier said it is working on using other aircraft to cover the route but said it is too early to tell how the grounding of the Boeing planes will impact its operations in the coming months.The safety indicators help pilots detect any erroneous readings from two vanelike sensors that determine the position of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air.The angle of attack indicator displays the readings of the two sensors while the disagree light is activated if the sensors don’t provide the same information, the U.S. daily said.The MCAS system can automatically push the plane’s nose down to prevent stalling if it determines it is pointing up at a dangerous level.The New York Times also said, citing unnamed sources, that Boeing will soon update the MCAS software and make the disagree light standard on all new 737 Max planes, but maintain the angle of attack indicator as an option.Boeing is reportedly rushing to complete the upgrades on jets by early next week.With files from The Canadian Press Tags: 737, boeing, Garuda Indonesia, Indonesialast_img read more