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‘Miracle man’ survives lying unconscious in parking lot for 7 hours with fire ants on his face


first_imgSt. Josephs Hospital(TAMPA, Fla.) —  A Florida man miraculously survived after he collapsed in extreme heat and was lying unconscious for seven hours with fire ants crawling over his face.Clifford Rice, 49, had just finished his shift as a security guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ opening game on Sept. 9 when he had a seizure in the parking lot and fell between two parked cars, according to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was treated.Rice was not discovered until more than seven hours later and rushed to the Tampa hospital.The last thing he remembered before blacking out was fire ants covering his face.“A lot of them … [the ants] were just coming in a line like, ‘Hey, man, come get some meat.’ I was like, ‘Wow, OK, this is a bad way to go out,’” Rice told ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS-TV.The hospital said when he arrived he was not able to breathe on his own, was dangerously dehydrated and suffered from organ failure and extensive physical injures.“His chance of survival was very low,” the hospital said on Facebook.By the time he woke up a week after he was admitted, he was about 60 pounds lighter and partially blind out of his left eye.But despite the harrowing ordeal, Rice recovered in the hospital for about two weeks and was released on Sept. 25.“I wasn’t supposed to be alive. They had never seen anything like it before,” Rice told WFTS.Rice did not immediately respond to ABC News.The hospital said he “defied the odds” and called him the “miracle man.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Storms converge on East Coast as huge warm up expected this weekend


first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Finally, the severe storms have moved out of the South, where they produced up to 7 inches of rain and caused flash flooding for parts of the Carolinas and Georgia. Some streets in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, were impassible Thursday due to heavy rain.This same southern storm will now move along the East Coast and join with another storm coming out of the Great Lakes, which will bring a chance for rain and snow to the Northeast and parts of the East Coast.Friday morning, as these storms come together on the East Coast, 11 states are under wind and snow alerts, from Wisconsin to Georgia and up to Massachusetts.Both storms will combine by Friday evening in the Northeast, forming a stronger storm off the coast. This new storm system could bring a brief period of snow for West Virginia, North Carolina, parts of southeast New England and eastern Long Island.In the mountains of West Virginia, some areas could see up to 10 inches of snow.Saturday morning, snow will be ending in most areas, with gusty winds expected on the East Coast. Some gusts could reach 65 mph in coastal Massachusetts.As the East Coast storm pulls away, behind it is a major spring-like warm-up with highs approaching 70 degrees in some areas across the Plains, the Midwest and the Northeast. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


‘Point-scoring politicians’ are exaggerating poor standards in the PRS


first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » ‘Point-scoring politicians’ are exaggerating poor standards in the PRS previous nextHousing Market‘Point-scoring politicians’ are exaggerating poor standards in the PRSLandlords are spending many £1000s improving their properties but campaigners and ministers ignore this, it is claimed.Sheila Manchester26th September 20190304 Views While politicians on all sides of the political spectrum declare war on landlords and others go even further by demanding the end of privately owned rental properties, the truth is that landlords’ spending on refurbishment has seen the quality of accommodation in the private rented sector (PRS) drastically improve in the last decade, according to the latest report Unlocking value: The role of refurbishment in buy to let by InterBay Commercial.The standard of accommodation in the PRS has significantly improved in the last decade as the sector has expanded and professionalised. The proportion of homes in the PRS in England deemed non-decent by the ONS has fallen for ten consecutive years, decreasing to 24.5% from 44% in 2008, closing in on the level seen among owner occupied stock (18.7%).In spite of the sector growing by 45% over the period, adding 1.5m homes, the number of non-decent homes has fallen in absolute terms too; down by 275,000. While there is clearly more work to do, the improvement is significant and sustained. As a result, the latest English Housing Survey shows that the vast majority (84%) of private renters were satisfied with their current accommodation. ProfessionalismInterBay’s analysis shows that landlords typically spend £12,000 on a refurbishment. Substantial works such as conversion, extensions and often requiring planning permission) on average stood at £40,000, compared to just £7,000 on a light refurbishment.Darrell Walker (left), Head of Sales, InterBay Commercial says: “It may be an easy target for political point-scoring, but the private rented sector has been a success story since the financial crisis, catering for a growing proportion of the population that either cannot or chooses not to purchase a home. As the PRS has grown, it has also professionalised. As it has done so, the standard of accommodation for tenants has improved drastically too.“Refurbishment has been central to this improvement. It is a win-win for tenants and landlords. Tenants see better quality accommodation, while landlords improve the rent they receive and maximise the value of the property.” September 26, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more


Learning to find ‘quiet’ earthquakes


first_img New earthquake mapping system could save lives Ph.D. student to discuss earthquake research during the Harvard Horizons Symposium Understanding faults 3-D modeling captures complexities of fault lines Imagine standing in the middle of Harvard Square and the swirling cacophony that comes with it: the thrum of passing cars, the rumbling of trucks and buses, the chattering tourists and students, and a busker or two competing for attention. Now imagine trying to filter out all that noise and pick up a whisper from a block away, and you have some idea of the challenge facing seismologists. Related Marine Denolle, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard, is one of several co-authors of a study that used computer-learning algorithms to identify small earthquakes buried in seismic noise. Other authors are Thibaut Perol, who has doctoral and master’s degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science, and Michaël Gharbi, a doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study was published in the journal Science Advances.While researchers hope the algorithm may one day allow for development of a system for real-time earthquake detection, the ability to track limited “micro-seismicity” should help scientists draw a clearer picture of a number of processes in the Earth.“We can use this data to map fluid migration, whether it’s magma or wastewater or oil,” Denolle said. “In addition, there is a redistribution of stresses after an earthquake … but it’s very difficult to understand that process because the only data points we have are the earthquake, so we have to infer our models from there. This can help give us a more complete picture.”Denolle said that studying the data will be easy — because it’s already being collected.“Seismometers are incredibly sensitive,” she said. “They can pick up signals from everything from a person walking to ocean waves hitting on the shore to the movement of a tree’s roots as it sways in the wind.“But the signals of these smaller earthquakes are buried in that background noise,” she continued. “This is really about signal detection. That’s why deep-learning techniques are useful — because you can extract features from the noise.”To build an algorithm capable of sorting through that seismic noise, Denolle and colleagues went to Oklahoma.There, researchers spent nearly two years collecting data on more than 2,000 recognized earthquakes. That data, along with seismic noise, was used to train a learning algorithm to pick out previously unidentified quakes hidden in the information.“We found that in a typical month, where there might be 100 earthquakes detected, there were actually at least 3,500 events,” she said. “That’s two or three orders of magnitude larger. So it works, but what we wanted to do was not only to detect earthquakes but to identify and locate them in real time for early warning systems.”,To provide that early warning, Denolle said, the system has to work fast, so Perol designed the algorithm at the heart of the system with efficiency in mind. Because of the massive amounts of data collected in the field — some data sets are as large as 100 terabytes — Denolle said traditional algorithms could take minutes or longer just to analyze the data from a single day.“But with the code we developed, it works in seconds,” she said.Denolle and her colleagues later applied the algorithm to include seismic data collected in Spain, and it was able to identify earthquakes, even though seismic stations were placed further apart and the quake waveforms were dramatically different from those used to train the system.“We applied this code blindly, with all the optimization for Oklahoma, and it still detected most of the earthquakes,” Denolle said. “That suggests that this code is very generalizable.”Going forward, Denolle said she hopes to refine the algorithm to improve the ability to pinpoint the location of earthquakes. She plans to conduct additional tests using larger data sets, like those collected around volcanoes.“This is level one. We need to detect earthquakes to understand what’s going on in the Earth,” said Denolle. “Looking at these smaller events might tell us something about bigger events … so this is fundamental.”This research was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Southern California Earthquake Center and the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more


The member education piece of Apple Pay


first_imgThe people you serve may have the same questions I did.by: Kelly SchmitCredit unions that implement Apple Pay this year may need to educate their members about this new offering, so they are less nervous and more willing to try it out.I know this because I am one of the members that needed education. I got a bunch last week when I attended CUES’ Apple Pay, MCX & Beyond: Your Mobile Pay Strategy in Dallas.Here are some questions that I, a 33-year-old wife and mother of two, had about this new offering, with answers from the experts that presented at the CUES seminar. You might find that your members have similar concerns. Do you have someone ready to answer them?Can everyone use Apple Pay?Apple Pay can only be used on certain Apple devices, but all smart phones are getting their own cellular payment platform. So don’t worry, no one will be left out of the new payments movement in due time. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Indonesia accepts reconnaissance​​​​​​​ drone, helicopter grant from US


first_imgThe Defense Ministry has accepted a grant comprising 14 Insitu ScanEagle drones and three Bell 412 helicopters from the United States, as Jakarta expects the equipment to further strengthen the Navy’s maritime patrol operations throughout the archipelago.House of Representatives Commission I overseeing intelligence, defense and foreign affairs approved on Wednesday the grant from the US, although lawmakers reminded the Defense Ministry to conduct reassessment on the conditions of the drones and the helicopters so as to prioritize  national security.”We ask the government to take precautionary measures […] such as to ensure that there are no wiretapping tools left attached unintentionally [in the equipment],” House Commission I chairwoman Meutya Hafid said, “There is no need to be overly suspicious when a country that has a defense cooperation with [Indonesia] decides to give a grant but cautiousness is still necessary.” Commission I’s decision followed a meeting on Wednesday with Defense Ministry officials, including Deputy Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono.Read also: Made in Indonesia: First long-range military drone unveiled in BandungSakti said in 2014 to 2015, the US offered the Indonesian Military (TNI) a grant under Foreign Military Financing (FMF). The Navy accepted the offer in 2017, which covered a grant consisting of the ScanEagle drones, unmanned aerial vehicles built by Boeing subsidiary Insitu and an upgrade of Bell 412 helicopters.The Defense Ministry had set up an assessment team to examine the technical, economic and political aspects before deciding whether it was strategic for Indonesia to accept the grant.The US$28.3 million-worth ScanEagle drones were expected to improve the Navy’s intelligence surveillance reconnaissance and ultimately strengthen the nation’s defense system, Sakti said.He also believed that the three Bell 412 helicopters worth US$6.3 million would be able to improve the Navy’s effectiveness in carrying out military operations and increase the capabilities of national defense.“ScanEagle drones will only be used by the Navy for special purposes. We will only spend around Rp 10 billion [US$719,886] to integrate and ensure the data security of the equipment with other defense systems,” Sakti said, adding that state-owned electronic components maker PT LEN Industri would handle the integration.Topics :last_img read more


Gold Coast mansion fetches $5 million in secret sale


first_imgThe property at 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri sold for $5 million in a secret sale.A JAW-DROPPING mansion has set a new record for one of the Gold Coast’s hottest streets after selling for $5 million in a secret sale.The Isle of Capri property at 110 Amalfi Drive, which was owned by ex-world champion rower Cy Pearson, was snapped up by a Melbourne buyer.“It’s the highest sale ever achieved on the street,” said Kollosche Prestige Agents director Michael Kollosche, who handled the deal. He declined to reveal any information about the owner but property records show the house belonged to Pearson.Designer Jared Poole is the mastermind behind the house’s unique architecture and style.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe said its dark interiors gave it a smart and sophisticated edge. 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri.“That established the character of the house,” he said.“There was a lot of attention to detail that went into the interiors.”He said a large black and white painting by local artist Chanelle Rose was a standout feature.“We talked (the owner) into having an art piece there,” Mr Poole said.“It’s quite a masculine painting. It just suited the style and personality of our client.”Property records show the house at No.72 previously set the bar after selling for $4.12 million in September last year.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri.He said the contemporary house, which was built in December, attracted a lot of attention from house hunters despite not being listed on the market.Following negotiations with the owner, he struck a deal.“A Melbourne buyer looking to relocate to the Gold Coast bought it,” he said.“They rang me about something else and the other property wasn’t suitable.” THE COAST’S CHEAPEST HOUSES 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri. 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri. 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri. 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri. MAN’S DOORBELL THINKS HE’S BATMAN TOP 12 SALES 2018 — 103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $11.6 million— 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands, more than $11 million— 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, $9.5 million— 8-10 Marseille Court, Bundall, $9 million— 31-33 The Corso, Isle of Capri, $8.8 million— 2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove, $6.5 million— 57 Woodgee St, Currumbin, $5.6 million— 13-17 Binda Place, Sorrento, $5.01 million— 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach, $5.3 million— 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $5.25 million— 2623 Virginia Dr, Hope Island, $5.05 million— 110 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri, $5 millionlast_img read more


BHGE Partners with AFRC to Improve Its Services


first_img“It is exciting to be working with such a dynamic organisation and one that is truly focused on improving what they do for the sake of the wider subsea, and oil and gas community. We are certain the work we do together will have a positive impact in terms of supporting Scotland’s international reputation for innovation in the oil and gas sector.”John Kerr, VP and chief technology officer for BHGE’s Oilfield Equipment business, said: “The oil and gas industry is continually evolving, with the past few years driving the need to look at new ways to enhance efficiency, improve productivity and drive down cost. Manufacturing innovation has an important role to play and this collaboration with the AFRC will provide our business with exposure to the latest in advanced manufacturing tools and processes. This will help to improve our own operations and help steer the direction of research for the benefit of manufacturing sectors globally.” The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), have joined forces to explore how some of the latest manufacturing tools and processes can drive more efficient, smarter ways to reduce cost and increase productivity across BHGE’s operations.BHGE will work with the AFRC’s team of engineers and researchers to improve its manufacturing processes and delivery of services. Using its expertise and equipment, the AFRC will help BHGE identify opportunities to cut costs and cycle time, while extending the lifespan of oilfield equipment required for operations in increasingly high temperature and extreme pressure environments.This collaboration will see BHGE have a seat on the AFRC’s managing and technical boards, as well as supporting the centre’s core research programme.Paul Cantwell, oil and gas knowledge exchange fellow at the AFRC, said: “We are delighted to welcome BHGE as a tier one member, our first from the oil and gas sector, and thrilled to be working with the team on improving the company’s extensive manufacturing processes through the use of our innovative technologies.last_img read more


Team Gullion runs 1-2 at Eagle


first_imgAdam Gullion won the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Ea­gle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 28) – Team Gullion had plenty to celebrate Saturday at Eagle Raceway.Adam Gullion not only won his heat and the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car eature but his second car, driven by Zach Blurton, won its heat and came in second in the main.“It was definitely nice. To be able to unload two cars, with two separate driv­ers on the same team and win our heat races then run first and second in the feature is definitely a very big confidence booster and a big positive for the season,” Gullion said. “That’s something that we’re all proud of as a team, and an accomplishment we’ll be talking about for a very long time.”Jordan Grabouski notched another Runner Freights IMCA Modified victory, after starting way back in 11th.“The race track was really good tonight, and my car was awesome,” Grabouski said. “ It was a good night, but it’s always a good night when you put it in victory lane without so much as a scratch on the car”.Shawn Harker led every lap of the Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMod main while Jeff Ware led from the fifth circuit to the finish in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Zach Bohlmeyer was promoted to the top spot in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature.last_img read more