We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE for the several months month we have been hearing that Mike Braun a former Indiana State Representative and highly successful businessman from Jasper has a good chance of winning the United States Senate Republican Primary? …that our recent non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” predicted that Mr. Braun will win this primary in a close six (6) man race?IS IT TRUE that the well respected political columnist Brian A Howey predict that “Mr. Braun is making this a 3 man race”? …Mr. Howey reported, “that Braun has $2.3 million cash on hand with $2 million raised in the fourth quarter, including about $1.75 million of his own money”. He added that; “Messer reported $430,000 raised and $2.4 million in cash. Rokita posted $459,000 for the fourth quarter and $2.4 million cash on hand”? …that Brian A. Howey also wrote “this is a wide-open, toss-up race. With his personal wealth, Braun has run three flights of the statewide TV to gin up his name recognition, while the two (2) congressmen have been dark.” …Mr. Howey also wrote that “Nobody has ever tried on the Senate level to come from the business side, outside of politics”. “They’ve gone through the feeder system that’s given (Congress) a 20 percent approval rating.” …in this article Mike Braun calls himself a “disrupter,” saying of his worldview, “I’ve been in the trenches building a business, not through the lens of a politician. There’s never been a better time for the party to have one pathway versus the other.”IS IT TRUE we urge our readers to learn more about this highly successful and self-made businessman? … he’s a Harvard honors graduate and a conservative Christian businessman from a little town called Jasper, Ind?IS IT TRUE below we have attached a link to the article about United States Senatorial candidate Mike Braun written by political columnist Brian A Howey for your reading pleasure?http://www.heraldbulletin.com/opinion/how-braun-makes-the-gop-senate-race-a–way/article_eccd4c33-223b-50e7-a237-34e231ee8344.htmlIS IT TRUE its time that our local elected officials stop relying on money generated from Tropicana as their own political patronage slush fund? …it’s also its time that our elected officials to stop dogging Tropicana to give them an advanced on future projected revenue to offset their bad spending habits?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago nine Vanderburgh County jail inmates were formally charged for their alleged roles in a “jailhouse riot”? … all of the defendant’s charges including counts of aiding, inducing or causing a battery to a public safety officer, resisting law enforcement and rioting? …we are glad that the Judge throws the book at these idiots? …we were extremely pleased with the public statement made by Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding that “He’s going to run the jail, the inmates aren’t”? …all we can say to Sheriff Wedding we are pleased that he said the heck with political correctness and tell it like it is?IS IT TRUE it looks like the election promise made by candidates during the last City Council election that they are going to be a fiscal watchdog is down the tube? …don’t you just like it when political types run for election as a right-wing fiscal conservative and turn out to be a left wing tax and spend liberal?IS IT TRUE last year we predicted that City Council will support some expensive capital projects in 2018? …don’t be surprised that additional funds will be given to phasing in SpotShooter, designing and developing Roberts Park, designing a new Aquatic Center to be located at Roberts and Park unbudgeted projects at the Zoo? …we hope when City Council give permission to fund these projects they will also put money in the budget to pay for upkeep and maintenance of these new endeavors?IS IT TRUE one would expect after the last city election we would have more than two (2) strong independent thinking and the fiscally conservative persons on the city council? …this is the kind of results you get when only 7 percent of people turn out to vote in a city election?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Frank McDonald Jr left office he had $58 million dollars in the General Fund? …when former Mayor Russ Lloyd Jr left office he had a disappointing $232,000 in the General Fund? …when former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel left office he had $4 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE we would like to wish Evansville own Channel 44 TV their upcoming “Happy Two Year Anniversary”? …under the able leadership of News Director, Warren Korff and General Manager, Jeff Fisher Channel 44 has grown by leaps and bounds? …we highly recommend that you set your TV dial to Channel 44 for nonbias, accurate and refreshing news?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the election promise made by candidates during the last City Council election that they are going to be a fiscal watchdog is down the tube?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. 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Kleven Verft, a Norwegian shipyard, has found a buyer for a newbuild multi purpose support vessel which it completed back in 2015.Kleven said on Wednesday it had sold the newbuilding 379 to an undisclosed, international buyer.“We are pleased to have found a solution for this vessel. This was a challenging project for us, since the original customer could not find the finances to take over the vessel by agreed delivery in 2015. It is great to see that the vessel is in operation, says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.To remind, Kleven had signed the shipbuilding contract with Malaysian-based IES Pioneer Ltd. back in July 2014, with the expected delivery in September 2015.The vessel is of the MT 6015 MPSV design, designed by Norwegian design company MarinTeknikk, outfitted with a crane, helideck and FiFi II.The original order stipulated that the vessel would have a length of 93,8 meters, a beam of 20,0 meters, a working deck of more than 1,000 sq. meters, and feature a 150 MT active heave compensated offshore crane, accommodation for 60 persons, CAP 437 compliant helideck , fire-fighting capabilities as well as provisions for ROV operations.However, in March 2015, Marin Teknikk AS informed it was performing a large re-construction of the vessel including the lengthening the vessel by 9 meters, plus adding a moon-pool and life boats. This was supposed to push the delivery date to December 2015, however, as seen today, the delivery had to wait for more than a year and a half.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Edelkrone is at it again this week at NAB 2018. Meet their latest release, the Dolly Plus — an app-controlled dolly system.Top image via Cinema5D.You may remember last summer when Edelkrone released the Slider Plus, offering a fluid, motorized slider mount for anybody working with time-lapses or interviews. However, like most Edelkrone products, the price was hefty (to say the least). Well, this year at NAB, Edelkrone unveiled their next foray into the tracking game: the Dolly Plus. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see. Cinema5D brings us an taste of the dolly with an interview and a demo.You control the dolly using an app, which allows you to determine the path and the movement. These movements include straight, curved, circle, and . . . square? The app lets you focus on your subject, and then the dolly will track the subject along whatever path you have selected. The head on the dolly can pan and tilt, and you can focus using the app.This piece of equipment is a must-own for the hundreds of filmmakers who simply refuse to push their dolly two feet forward — so they can breathe easier since they no longer need to exhaust themselves by pushing a dolly. Edelkrone is here to give your muscles a break — while depleting your bank account. The Dolly Plus will debut this summer, so pop an ice-cold La Croix, sit back, and let the Edelkrone app make a film for you.The prices is undetermined right now, but come on . . . it’s Edelkrone.Looking for more NAB 2018 announcements? Check these out.NAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art LensNAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control SystemsNAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the Test
zoom Following the introduction of stringent regulations aimed at reducing the impact of leisure craft operations on the marine environment, Subsea Industries is looking to introduce its Ecospeed coating in the luxury yacht market.The Antwerp-based sustainable coatings specialist will market its non-toxic hard coating initially in the United States, where there is increasing scrutiny of copper-based antifouling systems on the hulls of all types of pleasure boats.“There is a momentous drive to remove copper from the antifouling coatings typically used on the hulls of pleasure yachts,” Kelly Townsend, Subsea Industries’ US-based Sales Manager, said.“Since our Ecospeed product contains zero chemicals and is completely non-toxic to marine life, it has the potential to meet the yacht sector’s requirement for a clean, reliable and cost-effective alternative to copper-based coatings.”There has already been a number of studies published that found pleasure boat antifouling products to be the primary source of copper and biocidal contamination in US marinas.The US Department of Pesticide Regulation (DRP) published a study in January that found excessive levels of copper and other toxic compounds were resultant of the “frequency of in-water hull cleaning and the use of abrasive and aggressive practices”.The study found spikes in copper leaching, increased dissolved copper content and released paint particulates in to the marinas’ studied.Since the study, the DPR has now proposed a ‘Cu AFP Regulation’ that would require ISO leach rate data with every copper AFP product applied. It also recommended that from July 2018, no new or currently registered copper AFP product above 9.5μg/cm2/day would be registered, except when labelled for commercial vessel use only and prohibited from use on recreational vessels.It is widely anticipated that California will follow Washington state’s lead in introducing legislation to reduce the amount of copper leaching into marinas and harbours.“We are increasingly seeing the introduction of legislation, regulations and guidelines aimed at keeping our oceans, seas and harbours clean and free of pollutants. When there are safe, reliable and non-toxic alternatives to chemical-laced marine coatings, there can be no excuse for their continued use in any maritime setting,” Manuel Hof, Subsea Industries’ Production Executive, said.One of the first yachts to have opted for a copper-free coating solution was the 76ft yacht Oceantide, which was coated with Ecospeed in 2007. The entire hull bottom, rudders and stabilisers were painted with two coats of Ecospeed, a total thickness of about 1000µm, according to the company.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the National Organization for Women-New York (NOW-NY), and feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem held a press conference last week to highlight the detrimental impact the PornHub pop-up shop has on our culture and to call on elected officials to halt the expansion of more pop-ups in New York City.Joined by sex trade survivors, the group asserted that the physical presence of PornHub, an Internet warehouse of graphic, violent pornographic videos, promotes and normalizes sexual violence against women and girls.The groups were joined by supporters from around the city who are concerned about the proliferation and unchecked accessibility of pornography online that is contributing to boys’ and young people’s understanding of sexuality and to a broader rape culture that normalizes violence against women. The PornHub site’s titles include “Picking up a Schoolgirl for a Quick Drive Home,” “Jap Maid Serves the House Guest,” “Hot Innocent Teen Gives Grandpa a Blowjob.” Viewers pick the women by race or categories, like “stepdaughter,” “gangbang,” or “barely legal.”“At a time when we are beginning to dismantle the fear many sexual violence victims have from speaking out, the last thing our society needs is a storefront promoting violence against women,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women- New York (NOW-NY). “We are creating a dangerous precedent when we glorify this pop-up, even if on the surface it appears harmless, PornHub and similar sites are teaching young men that the violence they see is normal and accepted.”Protesters called out the way PornHub crosses the line on the exploitation of women, promoting racist language and stereotypes and selling violence against women and girls.“As long as porn is seen as synonymous with sex, people will defend it, but in fact, pornography is about power, not sex,” said Gloria Steinem. “We need to make the difference clear to save the lives and shared humanity of both men and women.”Studies have found that the consumption of pornography is associated with the perpetuation of male physical and psychological violence against women and rape myths.“Many survivors of the sex trade, including me, can testify that our pimps or traffickers have brought cameras into the room to get our rapes on film,” said Melanie Thompson, 21, who was trafficked in Queens at the age of 12. “You had to smile and submit, or face the consequences from your buyer and your pimp. You had to deal with it, whatever that was.”The website PornHub is just a parcel of the multi-billion dollar sex industry that profits from exploitation, dehumanization, and the sex trafficking of the most marginalized people. It opened its storefront in November 2017 and is planning to open additional storefronts throughout the city and across Europe.“PornHub is grooming the next generation of sexual predators,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. “If New Yorkers want to honor the #MeToo movement and end sexual violence, we must make the connections and stop mainstreaming the sex trade.”
(Top) The TRES RV measurements of KELT-20b with the best fit model shown in red. The residuals to the fit are shown below. (Bottom) The RV measurements phase-folded to the global fit determined ephemeris. The predicted RM effect is shown at 0.25 phase. The residuals are shown below. Credit: Lund et al., 2017. Citation: New ‘hot Jupiter’ with short orbital period discovered (2017, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-hot-jupiter-short-orbital-period.html ‘Hot Jupiter’ transiting a rapidly-rotating star discovered © 2017 Phys.org More information: KELT-20b: A giant planet with a period of P~ 3.5 days transiting the V~ 7.6 early A star HD 185603, arXiv:1707.01518 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1707.01518 (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new “hot Jupiter” exoplanet with a short orbital period of just three and a half days. The newly detected giant planet, designated KELT-20b, circles a rapidly rotating star known as HD 185603 (or KELT-20). The finding was presented in a paper published July 5 on arXiv.org. Explore further The new planet was identified by a group of researchers led by Michael Lund of the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The astronomers observed HD 185603 using the KELT-North telescope in Arizona to identify the initial transit signal of a potential planet. The observations were made as part of the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) survey, which is dedicated to searching for transiting exoplanets around bright stars.The observational campaign was carried out from May to November 2014, and allowed the scientists to identify KELT-20b as an exoplanet candidate. Afterwards, the researchers analyzed archival data and conducted follow-up observations and high-resolution imaging of the object, which resulted in confirming the planetary status of KELT-20b.”We identified the initial transit signal in KELT-North survey data. Archival and follow-up photometry, the Gaia parallax, radial velocities, Doppler tomography, and adaptive optics imaging were used to confirm the planetary nature of the companion and characterize the system,” the authors wrote in the paper.According to the study, KELT-20b has a radius of about 1.73 Jupiter radii and a maximum mass of 3.5 Jupiter masses. It orbits its host every 3.47 days at a distance of approximately 0.05 AU. The planet’s equilibrium temperature is about 2,261 K.The derived parameters of KELT-20b indicate that is belongs to group of planets known as “hot Jupiters.” These exoworlds are similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their host stars very closely.The researchers emphasized that the newly discovered planetary system is extraordinary in several ways and that the planet itself is unusual when compared to other “hot Jupiters.””The KELT-20 system represents one of the most extreme transiting hot Jupiter systems, and indeed, one of the most extreme transiting exoplanet systems yet discovered by several measures. The host star is both exceptionally bright (V ∼ 7.6), and exceptionally hot (Teff ~ 8,700 K). It is only the sixth A star known to host a transiting giant companion. The planet itself is on a relatively short period orbit of P ~ 3.5 days, and thus receives an extreme amount of stellar insolation, resulting in an estimated equilibrium temperature of ∼ 2,250 K,” the team concluded.They added that KELT-20b is a great example of a “hot Jupiter” suffering from extreme stellar irradiation, particularly in ultraviolet wavelengths. Therefore, the planet is an excellent target for detailed follow-up observations and characterization. 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.