“The Perlan 2 glider sits awaiting its next flight at its home base in Minden, Nevada. Photo: Airbus/James Darcy A team hoping to take a glider to the edge of space is hoping surf’s up in the atmosphere this year as they make their second attempt at setting a new altitude record for horizontal flight.The pressurised Perlan II glider is designed to catch giant “mountain waves” with the potential to take the engineless composite aircraft to an altitude of 90,000ft.This would see it operating in a zone where the atmosphere is less than 2 per cent of sea-level density and temperatures drop to minus 70C, conditions approximating the surface of Mars.But the rare stratospheric mountain waves — strong updrafts capable of reaching the edge of space — only occur for brief periods at certain times in a few places on Earth.The team travelled to Argentina’s Patagonia region last year, conducting eight flights in 17 days, but the necessary conditions for a mountain wave failed to materialise. However, the glider reached a height of more than 26,00ft and conducted a five-hour flight.On Saturday, it eclipsed that feat with a new “personal best’’ over the Sierra Nevada mountain range near its US headquarters of Minden, Nevada. Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi took the glider to 30,615 ft, reaching airspace normally occupied by jet airliners.The world altitude record for a glider of 50,772ft was set in 2006 by the Perlan 1 glider, now on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight, flown by the late Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson.Fossett initially funded the Perlan II but his death in 2007 saw that responsibility taken up by others. The project took on new life when European aerospace company Airbus joined as a major sponsor in 2014.The glider is pressurised at an altitude of 15,000ft to avoid the need for pressure suits and the crew uses an oxygen re-breather system to escape hypoxia.The team of volunteers is now preparing to head to Patagonia for its second attempt at the record in May. “This past year our team gained invaluable insight and experience from flying the glider in and around the Andes Mountains,” Perlan Project chief executive Ed Warnock said. “Using that information, we’ve made improvements to the aircraft that will help us have even greater success this year, first in Nevada and later in Argentina, if the wave and weather conditions are optimal.”The glider has been updated based on the experience garnered last year.The updates include heating for critical items such as the battery and air and oxygen regulators, control stick improvements and flight simulator updates to improve pilot training.Reaching 90,00ft would beat the previous record for horizontal flight of 85,069ft set by a Blackbird spy plane in 1965.But the Perlan II team is aiming even higher with an ultimate target of 100,000ft.
27 August 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela was honoured on Monday with the inaugural Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation. Receiving the award on Mandela’s behalf during a ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya, Malaysia, South African President Jacob Zuma said: “We are humbled as South Africans to share president Mandela with the world. “At the same time, we are truly proud that our country, and the struggle for liberation in particular, produced such an international icon.” Zuma, who arrived in Malaysia for an official visit on Sunday, said that the 95-year-old statesman was still “in a critical but stable condition” in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted on 8 June and has been receiving treatment since for a recurring lung infection. “While wishing him good health, we also have to celebrate his legacy, and learn from it, in order to build a better world.” Zuma added that Mandela was also “no stranger to Malaysia”, having led South Africa in cementing ties with Malaysia during his presidency, and being a personal friend of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “In a rare gesture for a foreign head of government at the time, Dr Mahathir was among the first to meet Mr Nelson Mandela at the airport in Zambia in 1990, soon after his release from prison,” Zuma said. “In the meeting they later held at a Zambian government guest house, Dr Mahathir presented Madiba with a silver keris, the symbol of Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy system of government.” The award, Zuma said, would further highlight the need for peace in the world, “as it has been given to a man who has demonstrated a remarkable ability for forgiveness and reconciliation, which are the building blocks for a peaceful society”. It was this commitment to reconciliation, Zuma said, that stood at the core of the Mandela legacy. “It influenced both his efforts to build a new democracy at home and his contribution to the resolution of conflicts in the larger world. “When others doubted whether it was still possible for old enemies to beat their swords into ploughshares, he showed us how.” SAinfo reporter
Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old). We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Ellen Argo, PT. Ellen works at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN . This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a Physical Therapist, and currently work as an Assistant Manager in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Fifty percent of my job duties are administrative and 50% are in patient care, mainly in the Acute Care and NICU setting.What’s your favorite part of your current job?Interacting with patients and their families is by far my favorite part of my job.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.Although my current position is in an acute care setting, I have worked with military families in the outpatient setting as well. During the past 15 years, I worked with military families who have had children in the NICU, children who have had acute illnesses or injuries and are in the hospital, and children who need outpatient physical therapy due to congenital, chronic, or acute conditions or injuries. I have worked with children from birth to 21 years of age.How did you find yourself working with military families?I moved to Clarksville, TN, a “military town” due to its proximity to Ft. Campbell, and began working in a pediatric outpatient clinic in 2002. I transitioned to a job at Vanderbilt in 2003 and because of its nature as a major children’s hospital, I continued to work with military families and their children there. Since then I have worked in another outpatient pediatric setting in Clarksville, TN, and continued at Vanderbilt as well.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.There are SO many that it’s hard to choose only one! I once worked in the NICU with a family whose baby was born prematurely and had several significant health issues. The father was deployed but when the baby was born and the health issues were apparent, the father was allowed to come home for a period of time. On the day before he was supposed to return overseas, he and the mother were visiting the baby in the hospital and they arrived as I was beginning the baby’s PT session for the day. I had the honor of getting to teach the father how to perform infant massage on his tiny daughter—and it was the first time he was able to hold her.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Early in my career working with military families I found it challenging when I needed to help a family order equipment or orthotics. Negotiating the Tricare system was a little different than working with commercial insurance.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?All families want the best for their children and will go to any length to get it. It seems to me that military families rely more on friends and other non-family relationships for assistance with “life.” With deployments and trainings, frequently families often have only one parent or neither parent present and able to participate in therapy sessions. The internet and other technological advances have made it possible for the parent who is not present physically to participate in other ways such as videos of activities for caregivers to do at home with a child or “Skyping” to discuss a child’s progress.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school? It is important to remember that as providers it is not our job to tell families what to do, but rather, to help educate families so that they can make the best decisions for their children and families. The work of PT does not happen in the clinic or during the PT session-it happens at home, when the family is playing with, caring for, or otherwise interacting with their child. As providers it is imperative that we avoid judging families who are not able to follow through with our recommendations and work with the families to identify barriers and create recommendations that work within the family structure.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.One stressor of deployments is the knowledge that the family members at home may or may not have regarding the deployed family member’s safety and when contact is infrequent and/or limited. I remember one occasion when a pre-teen patient arrived at the clinic for physical therapy with her mom, who was visibly distressed. As we began the session, the mother discreetly explained to me that earlier in the day she had received a call from the father, who was deployed. She explained that he had been with his unit earlier in the day when it was attacked. There had been one fatality and several injuries, although the father was not physically injured. The father had called to alert the family that he was ok, but he couldn’t talk on the phone for long or give more information. The mother chose to bring her child to PT to maintain a sense of “normalcy” for her and the child, but the stress of the situation clearly had an impact on the child’s performance that day.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Become educated about the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and develop rapport with someone at the EFMP program. That was invaluable for me.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?At Vanderbilt I work with numerous providers, many who do not understand the challenges faced by military families. I would love if non-military providers had more information so they could understand the challenges and rewards of military life. The MFLN blog is a great opportunity!What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have worked to develop rapport with people who are on staff with Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) and EFMP.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nursing an LCL injury, Jalalon was stuck in the sidelines doing therapy with the Hotshots PTs, watching helplessly as coach Chito Victolero laid down the groundwork in the team’s first week of practices.But the former Arellano guard’s frustrations isn’t limited on Star alone with the injury also ruling him out of Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already out. I really want to join them, but the doctors advised me to not to,” said Jalalon, who is will continue therapy for the next two weeks before the doctors could give him the green light to finally rejoin the Hotshots.With the chance to don the national colors out of the picture, Jalalon is now looking at the next task ahead, and that is to be in full strength once Star opens its campaign this upcoming 2017-2018 PBA season. “I’m just strengthening my knee and following what the PTs tell. I’ll continue doing therapy and I’m preparing to play in the opening,” he said.As an observer, Jalalon also liked what he saw from the Hotshots after this first week of training.“I could really see that we play well in our practices and I feel that this will be the timewe’ll really be contending for the title.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win MOST READ LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSophomore playmaker Jio Jalalon couldn’t hide his frustrations as he was limited to a spectator in Star’s morning practice at Ronac Art Center on Tuesday.“I’m not used to this, that I’m not practicing. I’m jealous,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and in-form Robin Uthappa’s crackling half centuries to sail to a facile seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant in an IPL game and go on top of points table here on Wednesday.Uthappa (87; 47b 7×4 6×6) stole the show with some crisp power hitting as he brought up his third IPL 50 in this season of the Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Gambhir (62; 46b 6×4 1×6) at the end played second fiddle as the visitors made the most of some poor bowling by the hosts to finish on 184/3.Uthappa was dropped on 12 when the team was 51/1 by Jaydev Unadkar off Imran Tahir’s bowling.Gambhir notched up his 34th half-century in his 100 game for the men in purple. For Pune who set a target of 183 after being asked to bat first, only Unadkat and Dan Christian got wickets.Narine (16; 11b; 3×4 0x6) was run out after the spinner turned opener got off to another brisk start.Unadkat took the wicket of Uthappa while Christian sent Gambhir back in the hut but it was too little too late as the damage was already done. Darren Bravo (6 not out) milked a cover drive to hit the winning runs as Manish Pandey (0 not out) watched from the non-striker’s end.Earlier, captain Steve Smith led from the front with an unbeaten half-century to help Rising Pune Supergiant post 182/5.Smith (51 not out from 37 balls) held the innings together as openers Ajinkya Rahane 46 (41b; 4×4, 1×6) and Rahul Tripathi 38 (23b; 7×4) played important knocks. Smith’s half century was laced with four boundaries and a six.advertisementChinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/31) was the pick of the bowlers for KKR.Pune openers recovered from a tentative start against KKR new ball bowlers with Tripathi playing the aggressor’s role after being dropped on 35 by Yusuf Pathan off Colin de Grandhomme’s delivery.The in-form 26-year-old right-hander took a liking to pacer Umesh Yadav, hitting three fours, two in one over, to race to 38 off just 22 balls before leg-spinner Piyush Chawla outfoxed him with a googly that the batsman chopped onto his stumps trying to cut.At the other end, Rahane looked steady for his knock but fell short when Sunil Narine went wide outside off stump to force him to come down the ground and get stumped by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa.Rahane was part of two vital partnerships, with Tripathi for a 65-run stand for the first wicket and with Skipper Smith for a 47-run second-wicket stand.Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a quickfire 23 (11b 1×4 2×6) before Kuldeep got the back of the former India captain with a googly as Uthappa stumped him.Christian 16 (6b 0x4 2×6) hit big too before getting out off the last delivery as KKR leaked 30 runs in the last two overs. Christian tonked two sixes to take his side to a par score on this wicket.
Achieving your goals is the philosophy Daniel Barton follows.The 24-year-old has had a rollercoaster 2012; he won the National Touch League (NTL) with the Sydney Scorpions in March, debut for the Australian men’s opens team in the Trans-Tasman series in Mudgee in April and tomorrow he will don the sky blue shirt of New South Wales for the first time.Barton will be one of many NSW players taking on Queensland in the 2012 State of Origin (SOO) series, which will be played in Port Macquarie tomorrow and Saturday.But Barton’s success in Touch Football can be attributed to hard work, dedication and his passion for the sport.“If you want to succeed in sport and want to do well, you have to set your goals,” Barton said.“It’s good to set your goals and achieve them.”The Parramatta Eel said he has been fortunate to grab the opportunities he has been given with both hands.However, he is not the first Barton to wear the NSW and Australian colours.In 1985, his father Paul played for Australia in the first Test series against New Zealand and also represented NSW for seven years.“Although he hasn’t said it, I’m sure he is proud of me. He came up and watched me in the Trans-Tasman series,” Daniel said.Being one of the seven debutantes in the 14-man NSW line-up, Daniel is jumping out of his skin to get on the paddock.“I’m really looking forward to it. It is a different environment.“Speaking to Steve [Roberts, NSW captain] and he said ‘this [SOO] is the hardest tournament. It’s more competitive than Trans-Tasman’.“Queensland have a good side and quite a few good players.”The men’s opens first match will tap-off at 7.30pm tomorrow.For more information on the State of Origin series, check out these websites:SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksState of Origin
Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan coach Conte disappointed with Italian fansby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has regressed,” said Conte in a Press conference ahead of tonight’s Milan Derby.“People write exclusively to foment hatred. Italy has become far worse lately and we are all to blame. We’re talking about something that educates the next generation to hate and engage in violence.”He added: “It would be wonderful to see fans attend games just to cheer on their own team. Children ought to hear that instead of observing these hostile atmospheres that are right on the borderline.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say