It is with profound sadness that AirlineRatings.com announces the passing of its Technical and Safety Editor Jerome (Jerry) Greer Chandler on Thursday, August 15th.Jerry (71) succumbed to Parkinson’s disease and passed away quietly with his family around him.Recently retired after 30 years of teaching writing at Jacksonville State University, Jerry has been a professional aviation journalist for over a quarter of a century.In 1986 his best-selling book Fire & Rain chronicled the crash of Delta Flight 191 at DFW and its was subsequently made into a TV film on USA Network.He appeared over the years on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC, Nova and the National Geographic Channel in his capacity as an aviation safety “observer” as he hated the term “expert.”He authored over 1,500 articles, consulted on three made-for-television films, wrote two books and managed to support a family of seven.He also helped write two other books Green Wings and Greener Wings which chronicle Aviation’s true impact on the environment.In early 2013 he joined AirlineRatings.com.In 2011 he had the privilege of beginning work as a regular contributor on medical matters to VFW magazine, which sprang from his “stint” as an Army combat medic in Vietnam, where he was wounded in July 1970.Jerry was awarded the Purple Heart in Vietnam.Jerry in Vietnam.In 2017 Jerry was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Aerospace Media Awards banquet in Paris, France.Jerry said of the recognition at the time, “It’s a real honor, one that I will treasure always. Thanks to all who helped along the way — my family, editors, and colleagues. I’m humbled.”Jerry’s passion for aviation started when his Dad took him to Dallas Love Field to watch DC-6s, DC-7s take off and land.But that passion took a tragic turn when two relatives died in separate air crashes.Jerry wanted to know more about why those accidents happened.Jerry has worked for some of the world’s leading publications: Aircraft Maintenance Technology, AirlineRatings.com, Air Transport World, Time, Overhaul & Maintenance, The Financial Times of London, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Travel & Leisure, Popular Science, and Wirtschaftswoche.Jerry leaves his wife Kathleen, five children and 11 grandchildren.AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said: “The aviation industry has lost a dear friend, insightful commentator and passionate advocate.”“No assignment was too much trouble; Jerry’s depth of aviation knowledge was amazing as was his list of contacts. He knew everyone and what is more, they knew him and respected Jerry and would always help on or off the record.”“We at AirlineRatings.com will miss his friendship, dedication and humour dearly.”
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#web#Web Office This week Read/WriteWeb will be featuring a series of posts about the Web Office. Let’s start by summarizing what exactly is a Web Office. In a June post we mentioned that a Web Office suite should have, at the least, the following apps in it: email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations. These are the core products of Microsoft Office, the dominant office suite package. You could also make a case for apps like contacts manager, task manager or even project management to be in the core products, but we’ll keep things real simple. Here’s how the main Web Office contenders shape up:Web Office Suite: Core Products Note: Zimbra and Microsoft Office Live don’t have separate names for their appsIt’s certainly over-simplifying, but it helps to get a sense of where all the main players are in creating a basic Web Office suite. Google Apps has everything but Presentations, but that is rumored to be here soon after recent acquisitions in that space. Zoho has the most complete offering so far, including many other apps not listed (Meeting, Wiki, etc). Zimbra also has an impressive offering – like Google it is only missing Presentations. ThinkFree has the main productivity apps, but it doesn’t have email or calendar.A note about Microsoft. Currently it has a number of different offerings, all under the ‘Office Live’ banner – there are 7 products listed on this page, including Office Live Premium and Office Live Groove. But as yet, no sign that Microsoft will risk its massive desktop Office revenues, by offering an online office suite. Indeed, that may never happen – as Microsoft attempts to create a desktop/online hybrid around its ‘services’ strategy. There are signs though that Microsoft is at least experimenting – earlier this month they announced a free, ad supported version of Microsoft Works, its ‘lite’ office suite. However it isn’t a browser-based office offering, as was rumored last year.Here’s this week’s poll: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A return visit to the Vacaville, California, Costco by a crew accused of stealing from the store weeks earlier led to the four Vallejo residents being arrested Friday.An employee of the Costco on Hume Way called the Vacaville Police Department just after 6 PM to report that a crew believed to have stolen more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store was back, according to a post on the department’s Facebook site.Officers were able to place three individuals inside the store under arrest on charges of burglary and conspiracy, as all three were identified by employees of the store as having been involved in the previous theft. Arrested were… The Reporter- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
With summer seasons getting ready to start across the country, it’s time to make sure you are in the right gear for the season. Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) sponsors, X-Blades, KooGa, Hyper-Active and BodyScience have all the equipment you need for the summer season. X-BladesX-Blades is the official footwear supplier of TFA and has a large range of boots for both children and adults. To visit their online shop, please visit – www.bladesfootball.com.auKooGaKooGa is the uniform supplier of TFA and have a wide range of styles for team uniforms. To visit their website, please click on the following link – www.kooga.com.auHyper-ActiveHyper-Active is the merchandise supplier for TFA and have been involved with Touch Football for over 25 years. To view their range, please visit their website – www.hypertouch.com.auBodyScience TFA compression supplier, BodyScience, has all your needs when it comes to compression gear. Through their Club Direct program, BSc can personalise your club’s compression gear to have your logos and colours. For more information about this, please contact Ryan Brustolin at BSc by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned to the TFA website for more information in the coming weeks. Related LinksSummer Touch Gear
Mourinho only felt Man Utd at their best when…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho felt he only saw his players at their best mentally when they went a goal down.The Manchester Evening News says Mourinho felt he learnt more about his players when they went a goal behind, and that they would only start performing to their full potential once this happened.After beating Swansea, the Portuguese even explained how going behind worked well for United, despite it piling pressure on him.He said: “The only thing I want to see, but I don’t want to see if it happens, is the team losing and see the way we emotionally react to it because it’s also another stage to be losing and try to change a result.”Because, at the moment, everything is going in our favour but it’s not always motorway. You always find difficult roads and road works and you have to be ready.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER — The wandering river otter with a taste for decorative and valuable koi carp has managed to elude a trap set Tuesday in hopes of removing it from a classical Chinese garden in Vancouver.Officials with the Vancouver Park Board baited the humane trap with chicken and smeared a mat with fish oil to entice the otter in an effort to relocate the adventurous mammal to a more appropriate home in Stanley Park, about three kilometres away.But a park board spokeswoman says the trap was empty Wednesday.She says there’s still no solution to the mystery of how the otter found the tranquil ponds within the walled Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden at the edge of the city’s Chinatown.The otter has had no trouble chasing down some of the large, and very old koi that live in the garden’s ponds, and is blamed for eating about five or six of them.While they try to catch the otter, park board and Vancouver Aquarium staff are also making plans to remove the roughly 11 large koi still remaining in the ponds.The Canadian Press
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternThe Ohio State baseball team may have narrowly missed out on postseason play this season, but it finally had some reason to celebrate during the second day of the 2015 MLB draft.Right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins became the highest OSU player drafted since fellow righty Alex Wimmers went 21st overall in 2010. The Boston Red Sox selected Lakins in the sixth round — 171st overall — on Tuesday afternoon.Lakins, a hard-throwing product of Franklin, Ohio, is coming off a sophomore season in which he went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out a team-high 84 in 96.0 innings pitched.Lakins’ final start of the season was arguably his strongest, as he neutralized Iowa’s lineup to the tune of six hits and one run allowed over eight innings in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament. However, a blown save in the ninth following Lakins’ departure gave the Hawkeyes the 3-2 victory.In the righty’s freshman campaign, he was used primarily out of the bullpen, where he made 23 of his 25 appearances. In 55.0 innings of work, he fanned 55 batters and compiled a 2.45 ERA, the second best on the team.He later made headlines after his freshman season when he threw a perfect game on June 20, 2014 while pitching for the Chillicothe Paints in summer ball. He struck out 14 in the perfect game against the West Virginia Miners, which was the first in the history of the Prospect League.Should Lakins choose to sign with Boston, the slot value for the 171st pick is $287,500, according to Baseball America. He was previously set to play for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League this summer alongside outfielder Ronnie Dawson.The 2015 draft marked the fourth consecutive year at least one OSU player was drafted, following John Kuchno in 2012, Jon Pellant, Brett McKinney and Brad Goldberg in 2013 and Greg Greve last season.The MLB draft is scheduled to conclude with the 11th through 40th rounds on Wednesday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFrom Obi Pindling, leader of Visage and close family friend…“I have been asked by the family of Bahamian cultural giant, recording artist and entertainer par excellence, Mr. Franklyn H. Ellis more affectionately known as “Count Bernadino”, to formally announce his passing shortly after midnight today at Doctor’s Hospital with his dear and loving wife, Juanita, at his bedside. He was 92 years old.As many of you may know, for the past eighteen (18) months or so, “Count” has been bed-ridden and unable to walk, as he battled heart and thyroid issues. A more detailed statement along with funeral arrangements will be given at a later date.On behalf of my own family, the Visage family, the entire music and entertainment industry of our beloved Bahamas and Bahamians everywhere, I wish to extend condolences and deepest sympathies to his wife, children (especially my very close and dear friends, Joey, Nita and Mia) and his extended family. We all offer our prayers that the Lord strengthens all of you at this very difficult time.May his soul rest in peace. Amen.” Related Items:BAHAMIAN MUSIC LEGEND, COUNT BERNADINO Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
a female aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe children who are older than six years are at a greater risk of dengue infection since they spend more time in crowded places like schools and parks, says a new study of icddr,b.Under the study, two household serosurveys were conducted in 2012 to assess the seroprevalence and seroincidence of dengue fever virus (DENV).During the period, information on demographic, socioeconomic, and other relevant characteristics was collected from the study participants using a structured socioeconomic questionnaire. The findings have been released recently.The study combines serological surveys of blood samples with participant interviews to determine various socio-cultural risk factors that predict DENV infection.Serological surveys measure the presence of circulating antibodies in blood samples to objectively determine whether each participant has been infected with DENV in the past.The study identifies various household and community level risk factors that increase the risk of dengue infection. At the household level, the presence of ornamental potted plants, potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes was found to increase the risk for DENV infection.According to research investigator at icddr,b and co-author of the study Kishor Kumar Paul, home-based interventions such as removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, as well as vector control measures in public parks, will reduce the exposure to dengue infections among the city dwellers.Dengue is spread by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the two species which can also transmit other mosquito-borne viruses.Multiple dengue outbreaks have occurred in Bangladesh since the first major outbreak in 2000. The vast majority (91 pc) of reported dengue cases between 2000 and 2009 occurred in Dhaka.Official data show that so far over 660 dengue cases with two fatalities have been reported this year in the capital. Of them, 121 dengue cases were reported in May, followed by 202 in June and 84 up to 16 July 2017.The new study found a very high degree of seroprevalence for DENV across Dhaka city, with the highest seroprevalence in the older, more densely populated areas. It is an indicator of significant unreported dengue virus-associated illness.There are also many new infections that occur between the pre- and post-monsoon period, suggesting that DENV was circulating through the city quite intensely during the study.Findings of this study indicate that home-based interventions like removing indoor potted plants and increased bed net use, in addition to vector control measures in public parks, would reduce exposure to DENV and further decrease risk of viral associated disease.Principal investigator of the study W Abdullah Brooks said this study demonstrates that formulation of an active DENV surveillance system is urgently warranted, particularly to estimate the impact of DENV disease burden in Dhaka and other urban areas of the country.
The overturned truck at Mirzapur, Tangail. Photo: Prothom AloThree members of a family were killed and five others injured as a tiles-laden truck carrying them overturned in Shuvulla of Mirzapur upazila, Tangail early Tuesday. The deceased are Niranjan Mali, 35, his wife Sagari, 25 and their daughter Swarna, 8, from Joypurhat’s Khetlal upazila. The injured are now undergoing treatment in Mirzapur’s Kumudini Women’s Medical College Hospital, said witnesses. Confirming the incident, assistant sub-inspector of Mirzapur police station, Nazrul Islam, told Prothom Alo that the truck, which was heading towards northern region, had eight passengers on it. When the truck reached Shuvulla area around 2:30am, the driver lost control and it overturned on the road, leaving the three members of the family dead and others injured. The injured were whisked off to Kumudini Women’s Medical College Hospital in Mirzapur, the police officer also said adding that at least two injured are in critical condition.