Flight recorders from Air France Flight 447 found

February 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Officials from France’s aviation accident investigation agency, the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), announced on Tuesday that they had recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of Air France Flight 447. It was located and brought to the surface by a Remora 6000 unmanned submarine, then taken aboard the Île de Sein, one of the vessels taking part in the recovery and salvage efforts.

This came two days after an announcement on Sunday that the crash-survivable memory unit of the flight data recorder (FDR) of the aircraft had been located and brought to the surface. The chassis of the FDR was located on April 27, with the memory unit missing. It was found a short distance from the chassis. It was also brought to the surface by the Remora 6000.

With the recovery of both recorders, which are reported to be “in good condition”, French officials hope to determine what caused the Airbus A330-200 to crash into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, when it departed Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport before it was lost 600 miles (965 km) off the coast of Brazil en route to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport with 228 passengers and crew on board.

If you were to throw a computer into the ocean, imagine how all the parts would eventually split and you have the corrosive effects of seawater and the depths involved.

The leading theory at the moment is that the crew received incorrect air speed readings from the aircraft’s pitot tubes, devices which measure how fast the aircraft is traveling. Experts say the tubes may have become iced over, causing the crash. The plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) sent out 24 messages over a four-minute long period stating numerous problems and warnings, including incorrect air speed warnings occurring aboard the aircraft, just prior to it going down.

However, chief operating officer of the International Bureau of Aviation, Phil Seymour, speaking to CNN, believes the memory unit will not be of much use to investigators saying because of the depth it was located at, “If you were to throw a computer into the ocean, imagine how all the parts would eventually split and you have the corrosive effects of seawater and the depths involved.” Seymour believes the wreckage will help reveal what happened as more is recovered.

“It may be that the more wreckage they find will help them to piece it all together, which bit by bit could help them build a picture of what caused the plane to come down,” he added.

A BEA spokesperson had agreed with that possibility a few days earlier when speaking to the Associated Press about the recovery of the flight data recorder. “We can’t say in advance that we’re going to be able to read it until it’s been opened,” the spokesperson said. As

The wreckage of the Airbus A330-200, was found back on April 8 at a depth of 3,800 and 4,000 meters (2,070 to 2,190 fathoms or 12,467 feet and 13,123 feet), by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, using a Remus robotic submarine and its side-scan sonar. After the wreckage was found, another Remus robot submarine with cameras was sent down to the site, where it filmed bodies in the wreckage. The location of the recorders were localized within 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) of the flight’s last position last year.

In March, a French judge placed the European aircraft maker Airbus and Air France under investigation for possible involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2009 crash. Both are paying the cost of the search which is estimated to be $12.7 million (nine million euro). The crash is the deadliest in Air France’s history.

Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

February 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Friday, December 14, 2007

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors (neurofibromas) to grow along certain types of nerves and, in addition, it can affect the development of bones or skin. There are several variants of the disease but type 1 and type 2 NF account for the vast majority of cases.

The disease manifestations can vary from very mild to severe. Major symptoms include growths on and under the skin; skin pigmentations called café au lait spots in type 1; acoustic nerve tumors and consequent hearing loss in type 2. Growths can affect nearly all parts of the body, and pressure on nearby structures can cause a wide variety of complications. There is a small risk that the tumors transform into malignant cancerous lesions.

NF is one of the most common single-gene human diseases; around 1 in 2,500-4,000 live births are affected by NF-1, whereas NF-2 occurs in about 1 in 50,000-120,000. Both type 1 and 2 are autosomal dominant conditions, meaning that only one copy of the mutated gene need be inherited to pass the disorder. A child of a parent with neurofibromatosis and an unaffected parent will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. The gene responsible for NF-1 and possibly NF-2 is thought to function as a tumor suppressor gene.

In most cases of neurofibromatosis 1, patients can live normal and productive lives. In about 25-40% of patients there is an associated learning disability with or without ADHD. In some cases of neurofibromatosis 2, the damage to nearby vital structures, such as the cranial nerves and the brainstem, can be life-threatening. When tumors are causing pain or disfiguration, surgery is thus far the only proven beneficial treatment option.

Reggie Bibbs is a 43-year-old-man living in Houston, Texas. Mr Bibbs was born with a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF), which causes him to develop tumors on his body (see infobox on the right). NF can be a subtle disease, but in Bibbs’ case it has left him with a disfigured face and deformed leg. But he is happy with the way he looks, and doesn’t want to change his appearance to please other people. He has launched a successful campaign entitled “Just Ask”, and that’s just what Wikinews did in a video-interview.

The interview was prepared by Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent with the help of Bertalan Meskó (who has a popular genetics and web 2.0 blog). Their questions were sent to a close friend of Mr. Bibbs, Lou Congelio, who kindly conducted the interview.


  • 1 Infobox: What is neurofibromatosis?
  • 2 The interview
    • 2.1 On neurofibromatosis
    • 2.2 Growing up
    • 2.3 A head to toe body tour
    • 2.4 The daily life of Reggie Bibbs
    • 2.5 Raising awareness and his campaign
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links
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Natural Skin Care Products For You And Your Family

February 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

By IPRWire Staff Writer

Every persons home should be a beautiful oasis, especially the bathroom. When a person enters their shower, they should feel like they are entering a little piece of paradise that has been designed just for them. The time spent in their warm, steamy shower or tub should be a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of their busy, daily life.

When a person brings naturally produced items with them into the shower they are guaranteeing themselves a relaxing experience that will leave them feeling beautiful and fresh. Only natural skin care products can create a true sanctuary.

There is a great deal of variety in the naturally produced cosmetic lines. Companies that provide these items have worked hard to create goods that appeal to peoples desires for purity and quality results. Consumers can essentially find a naturally produced alternative for any item that they desire.

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It is unfortunate, but like so many other items on the market, many cosmetic lines fill their items with synthetic ingredients. The beauty lines so many of us have come to rely on are actually chemically laden and possibly even toxic. Items such as these cannot compare to the gentle purity that is offered by natural skin care products.

When you look to purchase the highest quality items for yourself and your family, you need to understand the ingredients that will be listed on the bottle. Items that contain pure ingredients have very easy to read ingredient lists. On these bottles you will find names like cold pressed oil, organic hydrosols, and glycerin. You may also see words that you are very familiar with such as sugar, seaweed, citrus, or beeswax.

What you will not find listed on the ingredients of natural skin care products is highly complicated chemical names. You will also not see a long row of preservatives, or the inclusion of parabens. Knowing exactly what goes into an item can provide you with a great sense of security that you are purchasing the highest quality.

It is also important that people understand that just because something smells fresh and fruity does not mean that it is. In fact, those products that have been made to smell like nature are often full of even more synthetic ingredients. There are the chemicals that make up the beauty item and then there are the sweet smelling chemicals that are added to cover them up. Harsh chemicals are not present in truly natural skin care products.

Visit the Spa Sentiments website at http://www.spasentiments.com to learn more about the importance of purchasing naturally produced items. While on this easy to navigate site, you will find great offers for free delivery and other exciting bonuses!

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Yahoo launches new Podcast Search

February 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Yahoo! announced in its blog Sunday the beginning of a public beta test of its new Podcast search service. The new service makes it easier for people to find and listen to podcasts.

Podcasts are short downloadable audio shows, very similar to a radio show. Podcasts are most commonly downloaded to portable mp3 players such as the iPod for which they are named, but they can be listened to on a computer or burned to a CD as well.

“Yahoo Podcasts offers a comprehensive directory of podcast series and individual shows from across the web, complete with detailed search results, most popular and highest-rated lists, editorial picks, and a full collection of tools you can use. These community tools include ratings, reviews, and the ability to tag audio content, or view the tags that other people add,” Lee Ott wrote in the Yahoo blog.

Yahoo! is the first the large web company to offer a podcast search services. Podcast search is currently offered by several smaller websites including Podcast.net, Blinkx, and Odeo.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a while, it’s a great way for people to find, listen to, and consume podcasts as they grow more popular.” said Yahoo! spokesperson Meagan Busath.

Michelin’s tyre mistake sends US Formula One Grand Prix into farce

February 20th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Indianapolis Formula One Grand Prix descended into farce when just six cars started the race on Sunday. The problem arose when Michelin discovered that its tires were incapable of more than ten laps at race pace.

The first indication of trouble was when the rear left tire of Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota racecar exploded during practice on Friday. Schumacher’s car collided with the track wall while travelling at 300 km/h (approx. 186 miles/h), leaving him shaken but generally unharmed. However, further investigations by Michelin revealed that another ten tires had suffered problems, with one also failing on track.

All the problems occurred on the rear left tire during the two long 90 degree corners leading onto the main straight. The nine degree banking and grooves cut into the surface of the track compounded problems.

It is believed that Michelin may not have properly accounted for the grooves cut into the Indianapolis track to improve grip for Indy cars after the track was resurfaced. Indy cars have smaller down-force generating wings so need more grip from their tires than Formula One cars.

Bridgestone, the other tire manufacturer currently in Formula One, did not have similar problems. It is possible that their US subsidiary, Firestone, who supplied tires for an Indy car race after the resurfacing, may have sent information back to their Formula One tires department in Japan. The three teams running Bridgestone tires – Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi – were therefore able to compete without any safety concerns.

Under FIA racing regulations, the only course of action was for the Michelin runners to withdraw from the race on safety grounds. Rules prevented alternative tires from being flown from France overnight, although Michelin were unsure whether these tires were also affected by the problem.

Drivers and teams had also suggested building a chicane to slow cars down between the corners, but Ferrari opposed the idea, and ultimately the FIA rejected the idea under regulations.

Actually the FIA rules states that the tyres manufacters should provide two sets of tyres for the race. One normal, optimized for performance, and one optimized for safety, to be used when the normal one set could not be used. In this case the safe set was not present.

The 123,000 fans watching from the stands were unaware of the farce unfolding below them until the parade lap before the race.

The fourteen Michelin runners peeled off into the pit lane rather than take up their starting positions on the grid. However, at least one driver, David Coulthard told his team that he was willing to race on the tires in question, had the decision been left up to him.

Fans jeered and booed as they realised what was happening, and a small number began throwing bottles and cans onto the track.

Rubens Barrichello, in a Ferrari, ran over one bottle of water at high speed which exploded in a spray of droplets.

Fans started stamping in the stands on the finish line straight, causing them to shake.

A British ITV filmcrew spoke to some fans. “I paid $85 for three-day ticket. I travelled nine hours from Baltimore to be here. Indy cars wouldn’t do this. NASCAR wouldn’t do this. I’ll never attend a race again – only watch on TV.”

Other fans had travelled from Mexico and Panama to watch the race, and said they wanted refunds.

A Police Captain also talked to ITV, saying he’d never seen fans as angry as this before. If trouble flared, they could call on 400-500 officers from local and state police, Indianapolis Police Department and the FBI under contingency plans.

The race was eventually won by Michael Schumacher from his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello. Jordan’s Tiago Monteiro finished third. Despite what was clearly a one-manufacturer race for the win, both Ferrari drivers did indeed race one another hard, with them almost colliding following Schumacher’s exit from the pit lane after his second pitstop, with Barrichello having to take to the infield to avoid spinning off. Following the race, the two drivers did not speak.

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

February 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.

Adventure Activities Made Safer Due To Modern Technology

February 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

By Marketing Buzz

The health and safety of children and adults is seemingly never more important than when they partake in adventure activities. And by the very nature of some of these activities, potential danger is never too far away from the minds of participants. This article looks at how modern technology is being used to make sure adventure activities are as safe as possible.

Adventure activities are now more popular than ever as people look to get away from the stresses and strains that modern life brings by getting away from it all. And with a wealth of adventure activities and outward bound activities available it has never been easier to pack your equipment and get away from it all for the weekend or week.

And so with this flux of people leaving towns and cities and heading to various parts of the country to partake in one of the numerous activities, health and safety and making sure they are safe at all times is paramount.

For adrenaline junkies there are many types of adventure activities which they can participate in and for each one having the latest radio communication technology can be of real benefit to them.

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Climbing activities are extremely popular with both rock climbing and abseiling featuring high in lists of activities. Such activities call for safety to be the top of peoples list as failing to adhere to safety issues can often lead to injuries and in sum case fatalities. And due to potential injuries, many climbers are now turning to two way radios as a way to stay in touch whilst climbing. Due to modern 2 way radios like the Motorola xtn446 being extremely robust they are ideal for climbers to use.

Water sports such as sailing, kayaking and wind surfing are also extremely popular and once again two way radio is often used by people partaking in water based activities due to many 2 way radio hand sets being waterproof. Combine this with the benefit of not incurring call charges like cell phones, two way radio is a great way for water sport enthusiasts to stay in touch both on and off the water.

Yet another popular adventure activity is trekking and those people who love nothing more than taking in great sites of beauty on foot, handheld 2 way radios provide them with a portable communication solution that does not suffer from network coverage issues and short battery lives that many cell phones do. Fell walkers, mountaineers and people who love orienteering are all using 2 way radios to make their experience of the great outdoors as enjoyable and trouble free as possible.

So for those people who love the thrill and excitement of partaking in adventure activities the knowledge that modern technology is available which allows them to communicate even on the most unlikely of terrains is very reassuring.

Therefore is you want all the benefits of an adventure activity without sacrificing any aspect of health and safety then two way radios could be just what you need.

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Australian rules football: Traralgon remain only undefeated team after five rounds of 2010 Gippland Football League season

February 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Monday, May 10, 2010

Traralgon remain the only undefeated team after five rounds of the 2010 Gippsland Football League season after they defeated Warragul by seventy points and Sale defeated Maffra by one point. Warragul remain the only team without a win.

The Gippsland Football League (officially Gippsland League) is the only major Australian rules football competition in the Gippsland region according to the Victorian Country Football League.

In other games, Morwell defeated Drouin and Moe defeated Wonthaggi.

After five rounds, the standings are;

  1. Traralgon (five wins, no losses – 166.67%)
  2. Maffra (four wins, one loss – 150.8%)
  3. Sale (three wins, one loss, one bye – 126.32%)
  4. Morwell (three wins, two losses – 115.62%)
  5. Drouin (two wins, two losses, one bye – 128.28%)
  6. Moe (one win, three losses, one bye – 85.58%)
  7. Leongatha (one win, three losses, one bye – 68.82%)
  8. Wonthaggi (one win, four losses – 46.68%)
  9. Warragul (no wins, four losses, one bye – 48.6%)

Scores are quoted as goals-behinds (total).

May 8, 2010
Traralgon 20-16 (136)
Warragul 10-6 (66)
Western ParkWarragul, VictoriaAustralia

Warragul lead Traralgon early in the third quarter but were quickly over taken and convincingly beaten.

To that point in the game, the defence of both sides dominated not allowing many scoring opportunities. From the fifth minute of the third quarter, the game belonged to Traralgon.

Tim Aitkin kicked six of his nine goals in the last quarter to help Traralgon stamp their authority on the game.

May 9, 2010
Sale 13-8 (86)
Maffra 12-13 (85)
Recreation ReserveSale, VictoriaAustralia

Sale upset ladder leaders Maffra at home. One could have argued that Maffra’s inaccurate kicking in the second half cost it the win.

To the end of the third, Maffra lead but could not close out the match. Sale won the match with a goal from a free kick after the full time siren.

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Dr. Joseph Merlino on sexuality, insanity, Freud, fetishes and apathy

February 19th, 2018 by bgVAWJW9

Friday, October 5, 2007

You may not know Joseph Merlino, but he knows about you and what makes you function. He knows what turns you on and he knows whether it is a problem for you. Merlino, who is the psychiatry adviser to the New York Daily News, is one of the more accomplished psychiatrists in his field and he is the Senior Editor of the forthcoming book, Freud at 150: 21st Century Essays on a Man of Genius. The battle over interpreting Freud’s legacy still rages, a testament to the father of psychoanalysis and his continuing impact today.

On the eve of the book’s publication, Wikinews reporter David Shankbone went to the Upper East Side of Manhattan to discuss the past and future of Freud and psychoanalysis with Dr. Merlino, one of the preeminent modern psychoanalysts. Shankbone took the opportunity to ask about what insanity is, discuss aberrant urges, reflect upon sadomasochism (“I’m not considered an expert in that field,” laughed Dr. Merlino), and the hegemony of heterosexuality.

Dr. Merlino posits that absent structural, biochemical or physiological defects, insanity and pathology are relative and in flux with the changing culture of which you are a part. So it is possible to be sane and insane all in one day if, for instance, you are gay and fly from the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia.


  • 1 What is normal and what is insane?
  • 2 Homosexuality and psychiatry
  • 3 Sigmund Freud
  • 4 Gender identity and Heteronormativity
  • 5 Sadomasochism
  • 6 Paraphilias, urges and fetishes
  • 7 Cultural psychology in the United States today
  • 8 *About Joseph Merlino
  • 9 Sources