Nature not on Angels’ side

first_img There, an estimated 65,000 to 70,000 visitors watched aircraft ranging from World War II and Korean War-era fighters to the Air Force’s latest: the stealthy supersonic F/A-22 Raptor air superiority fighter, a vertical-takeoff CV-22 Osprey, and a remote-control Predator spy plane. “It’s a happy crowd … super flying weather,” said Edwards spokesman John Haire. Edwards’ gates open at 7 a.m. today for the second day of its air show. Flying is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude about 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s Point Mugu visitors got to explore a C-130 cargo plane from the California Air National Guard unit stationed at the base. “It brings us closer to the community,” Air Guard Lt. Col. Arvin Mayberry said of the air show. “People can actually see their tax money at work, and talk to the crews about the missions we perform. They get a chance to see the hardware, and get a sense of what the military does for them on a daily basis.” Grandparents and their grandchildren, groups of schoolchildren and parents pushing strollers posed for photos next to aircraft and spread out picnic blankets and folding chairs along the flight line to watch planes perform stunts and streak across the sky trailing colored smoke. Among the spectators were 7-year-old Leslie Guzman of Santa Paula and her cousin, Besty Luebano, 7, of Oxnard. The little girls chanted “Blue Angels! Blue Angels! Blue Angels” and were thrilled when the group’s C-130 support plane, “Fat Albert,” roared past them, taking off at a steep angle with blue-colored flames from the engines and a thick trail of smoke. “We thought it was cool; we liked the color of the flames,” said Leslie. She said she wasn’t too disappointed that the Blue Angels show wasn’t longer. Her father, Miguel Guzman, 40, of Santa Paula agreed, noting, “It’s just fun coming out here. There’s plenty of other stuff.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fans will get another chance to see the Blue Angels today, weather permitting, as the air show continues beginning at 8 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts morning low clouds and fog with only partial afternoon clearing today along the Oxnard coast. Despite the gray skies, nearly 21,000 fans came out to Naval Base Ventura County, enjoying the flying acts that performed earlier in the day. Those included a massive pyrotechnic demonstration in Rich Perkins’ “Wall of Fire” act with his Aero Vodochody L-39 jet, an F/A-18 Super Hornet jet demonstration and an F-16 demonstration flight. Dozens of other planes were on display, including an AV-8B Harrier II and an E2-C Hawkeye 2000 surveillance plane. At Edwards Air Force Base in the Antelope Valley, blue skies and warm temperatures prevailed Saturday for Edwards’ first open house in two years. POINT MUGU – Mother Nature clipped the Blue Angels’ wings Saturday at the 41st annual Point Mugu Air Show. Low clouds and fog delayed the start of flying until almost 11 a.m. By 2 p.m., when the Blue Angels were only a short way into their precision flying routine, the clouds descended to 800 feet again, making it unsafe to continue. “The FAA requires at least 1,000 feet for safety reasons,” explained Jeff Davis, air show coordinator. The fog and low clouds were “unusual for here, at this time of year.” last_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa in Wimbledon

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 13 July 2018 – Brand South Africa congratulates Kevin Anderson after knocking Roger Federer out of Wimbledon and becoming the first South African to reach the semi-finals since 1983. Anderson successfully defeated defending champion Roger Federer in a five-set thriller that lasted slightly more than four hours.The 32-year-old is currently ranked world number 8 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), having turned Pro in 2007.  In 2016 -2017, he struggled with a series of injuries and having undergone ankle surgery, Anderson overcame all odds and fought back to seal a victory against Federer.Team South Africa continues to make the country proud as Raven Klaasen reaches the men’s doubles semi-finals as well.“We are proud of team South Africa and thank them for putting South Africa’s prowess in sport, in this case tennis, on a global stage”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-SangaretAnderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.“I would like to acknowledge Kgothatso Montjane for breaking stereotypes and making history as the first South African Black woman to play at Wimbledon. We are so proud of you all”, concludes Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.last_img read more

W Cape launches R5.8m artisan plan

first_img20 August 2013South Africa’s Western Cape has launched an artisan development programme to tackle the shortage of skills in the province and create employment opportunities for young people in the region.The R5.8-million programme was established in partnership with the private sector, communities, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.“The lack of artisans in our region could have a devastating impact on our economy down the line, as artisans play a crucial role in the delivery of services, especially in engineering trades,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said at the launch in Epping, Cape Town on Monday.“Through this programme, we aim to create a pipeline of qualified artisans who can play a role in growing the emerging sectors of our economy, such as oil and gas.”The pilot phase of the programme this year will provide funding for 200 young people to complete in-service training, to write the National Trade Test and become fully qualified.It will also fund the training of coaches within 72 partner companies in order to train their interns.The programme forms part of the government’s National Development Plan (NDP), which states that it is activities like artisanship “that provide shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-employment” in developing countries.“The NDP states that to grow the economy and reduce poverty, we need to produce 30 000 artisans a year,” Winde said. “The Western Cape government is determined to play its part in realising this national goal.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap

first_imgMost brands of foil-faced bubble wrap are only 3/8 inch thick or less, and have an R-value of only 1.0 or 1.1. Since the product often costs more per square foot than 1-inch thick rigid foam rated at R-5, why would anyone use bubble wrap as insulation?The R-value of foil-faced bubble wrap is so low that it has few, if any, advantages over rigid foam. Of course, the product’s foil facing can be used as a radiant barrier — but if you want a radiant barrier, cheaper products are available. (The bubble wrap layer is unnecessary, since it adds cost to the material without adding any useful thermal performance.)Since the main benefit from foil-faced bubble wrap is due to its radiant-barrier facing, the product is basically worthless unless it faces an air space. A decade ago, when I was the editor of Energy Design Update, I noticed that many manufacturers of foil-faced bubble wrap were promoting their products for use under concrete slabs on grade. In this application, the shiny foil is clearly not facing an air space, so the exaggerated R-value claims made by bubble-wrap manufacturers were particularly outrageous. My article exposing the bubble-wrap scammers appeared in the September 2003 issue of EDU.In that article, I reported that one manufacturer, WE International, made absurd claims about a thin (5/16-inch) product called Concrete Barrier rFoil. The manufacturer’s website boasted, “Concrete Barrier can serve three purposes underneath concrete: R-10 insulation, a vapor barrier and a radon barrier. … How does it compare to 2-inch foam board? It works just as well.”Similarly, Insulation Solutions, the manufacturer of a 3/8-inch thick product called Insul-Tarp, claimed that the flexible tarp has an “R-value equivalent” rating of R-5 to R-10.After these lies were publicized, three manufacturers wrote letters to EDU apologizing for the “oversights”… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Music Innovators: Montag Reimagines the Album

first_imgBjork involved the listener in the music by making her apps interactive – each song/app doubled as a game. However, as with traditional albums, there was still a distance between the artist and listener. You could play with Bjork’s music, but you couldn’t interact with the artist herself.While Montag doesn’t open himself completely to his audience (comments are turned off on his website, for example), he does bring the listener into his world more. He explains the creative process for each song, which makes listening to it feel surprisingly intimate. He is also active on social media – in particular Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.Pushing The Boundaries, Even More Than RadioheadThe Web has already disrupted how we listen to music (Spotify, Pandora) and buy it (iTunes). But up till now, on the production side, the innovations have been mostly around how music can be published and promoted (SoundCloud, Bandcamp). The actual formats of popular music, singles and albums, have so far not strayed too far from the norm. Even Radiohead, which has done a lot of experimentation with the Web, has continued to release traditional, thematically cohesive albums.Artists like Bjork and Montag are beginning to test those boundaries now. It’s great to see – and hear! Tags:#music#web Related Posts While listening to a Spotify playlist from music discovery service We Are Hunted, I came across an intriguing artist I hadn’t heard of before: Montag. I starred the song, called ‘True Love’, and a bit later went back to explore more of Montag’s music. It turns out he is in the middle of a project, called Phases, that is attempting to reimagine the album. Other musicians have experimented with the album format too over the past couple of years – most notably, Bjork with her “App Album” Biophilia. Like Bjork, Montag has broken up the album format into unique pieces. But his approach from there is quite different.For Bjork, each song was an iOS app, with animation and gaming being as much a part of the album experience as the music. For Montag, it’s less about augmenting the music with multimedia and more about playing to the strengths of the Web – publishing songs without a middleman (a.k.a. a record company), explaining the components of each song (small pieces loosely joined!), collaborating with other artists, building a social connection with his listeners.Montréal based Montag has committed to posting one song every month, over 2012. This enables the creative process to be more real-time than with a traditional album, because his songs will be released soon after he completes them. The title of his project is Phases, reflecting what he calls a “12-phase music project.” richard macmanus 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img There is one other key difference to a traditional album, but this is something that Montag could’ve easily chosen not to mess with. Most albums are a cohesive set of songs, with a common theme or sound. Every Bob Dylan album, for example, has a unique sound and is thematically different from his previous album. In Montag’s Phases, each song will have a different music style. So while he will end up with a set of 12 songs, his goal isn’t to create a cohesive album. Montag says this approach allows him “to be more spontaneous with each release [song].”Montag’s Album That Isn’t An Album So what exactly is Phases? So far he has released seven songs, up to and including July. Each song is posted to his website, using SoundCloud, accompanied by a blog post in which Montag explains the creative process. The post features an explanatory “audio documentary,” which includes sonic details on how the track was constructed. There is unique – and quite gorgeous – artwork for each song and five of the songs so far have videos. The action isn’t just on his website. Each “phase” is released on Spotify and iTunes (it’s free to listen to on Spotify and costs 99 cents per single in iTunes).Montag himself is insisting this isn’t an album, but “a monthly singles project.” However, at the risk of incurring the artist’s wrath, I think it’s interesting to view this as an experimental album. There is a cohesiveness to his method, if not with the songs. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Montag changes his mind at the end of this project and releases it as an album!The music itself is a mix between electronica and synth-pop and it’s a matter of personal taste whether you like the sound of it. Regardless, Montag’s project is to be commended for using the Web to push the boundaries of the album. It isn’t as ‘out there’ innovative as Bjork’s App Album, but in many ways it utilizes the Internet better. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more