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Google Doodle honors legendary surfer Eddie Aikau savior of hundreds of lives

first_img Share your voice Online Sports Tags Google honors legendary big-wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau. Google Eddie Aikau was an iconic Hawaiian surfer as famous for his prowess on big waves as he was as a lifeguard who saved hundreds of lives from the dangerous surf of Oahu’s north shore.But it’s for his final rescue attempt that he’s beloved in the Hawaiian community. To honor the legendary surfer and lifeguard, Google dedicated an animated Doodle to Aikau on what would have been his 73rd birthday. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man’s anniversary, Copernicus’ birthday, Mother’s Day and the World Cup, as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes. Aikau was one of those real-world heroes.Born in Maui on May 4, 1946, Aikau was a descendant of the high priest to King Kamehameha I. After his family moved to Oahu, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 to take a job at the Dole pineapple cannery; his paycheck allowed him to buy his first surfboard.In 1967, Aikau was hired as the first lifeguard at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s north shore, where waves frequently reach 30 feet or higher. He’s credited with saving more than 500 people during his brief career, never losing a soul on his watch.Aikau also made his mark as a big-wave surfer, riding every major swell to hit the north shore between 1967 and 1978. “Eddie was a pretty quiet guy, but when there was a challenge, or some risk to be taken, or a game to be played that everybody wanted to win, Eddie seemed to rise to the top,” his younger brother Clyde said in a profile published by surfboard maker Quiksilver. “He was high risk at an early age.” In pro surfing, Aikau reached a rank of 12th best in the world and won several surfing awards, including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship.In 1978, he was chosen to join the crew of a cultural expedition between Hawaii and Tahiti on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea. During the 30-day, 2,500-mile voyage, the double-hulled canoe developed a leak and capsized about 12 miles south of the island of Molokai.In an effort to get help for the crew, Aikua paddled off on his surfboard toward the island of Lanai. The crew was eventually rescued by the US Coast Guard, but Aikau was never seen again.In 1985, a big-wave surfing tournament called Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau, aka The Eddie, was established at Waimea Bay to honor Aikau’s legacy. Before the competition can be held, the tournament’s rules require open-ocean swells must be at least 20 feet high, which generally generates wave faces in the bay of about 30 feet. As a result, the tournament has been held only nine times, most recently in 2016. Comments 2 Google Doodlelast_img read more

Voting affected as EVM malfunctions reported in Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu slams

first_imgIn picture: An electronic voting machine.Twitter/Doordarshan News [Representational Image]As India enters the voting session for the first phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, trouble has erupted in many polling stations as electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctions have been reported in many places. EVM glitches have been reported from Andhra Pradesh where the voters have queued in huge numbers to cast their votes from 7 am.Voting for 175 assembly seats and 25 parliamentary seats in AP is being held currently in a single-phase election. There are a total of 3,93,45,717 registered voters in the state, including 1,94,62,339 male, 1,98,79,421 female and 3,957 transgenders. Of the total, 10.15 lakh are first-time voters in the age group 18-19, reports PTI.Chief Minister of AP and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu has slammed the Election Commission (EC) for the malfunction of EVM’s. He wrote to the EC claiming that nearly 30 per cent of the EVM’s are not working properly till 10 am.In Anantapur, Guntur, Kadapa and Kurnool regions the voting did not start till 9 am as the voting machines had some troubles. Similar reports of EVM malfunctioning has been reported from different parts of the state.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Andhra Pradesh Gopala Krishna Dwivedi was not able to cast his vote due to such malfunctions. He came to the Christianpeta Municipal High School in Tadepalli town of Guntur district to vote.Dwivedi said that about 50 polling stations across the state have reported EVM glitches. He also pulled up the election officials in the polling station for not taking enough precautions. He said that technical teams were on the job to replace the faulty EVM’s and enable polling.last_img read more

Will Bloom box replace power grid Details on Wednesday w Video

first_img Algae bloom fouls Florida Keys © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The hot energy news for this week comes in the form of a small box called the Bloom box, whose inventor hopes that it will be in almost every US home in the next five to 10 years. K.R. Sridhar, founder of the Silicon Valley start-up called Bloom Energy, unveiled the device on “60 Minutes” to CBS reporter Leslie Stahl on Sunday evening. Although Sridhar made some impressive claims on the show, he left many of the details a secret. This Wednesday, the company will hold a “special event” in eBay’s town hall, with a countdown clock on its website suggesting it will be a momentous occasion – or at least generating hype. Explore further Sridhar explained that the fuel cells inside the Bloom boxes are made from sand turned into thin ceramic squares, each side coated with a green or black “ink.” A single cell can power about one light bulb, but a stack of 64 of the cells could be “big enough to power a Starbucks,” Sridhar said. In between each disk there’s a metal plate, but the Bloom box supposedly uses a cheap metal alloy instead of expensive platinum. One of Bloom Energy’s early critics, Michael Kanellos of Green Tech Media, noted that researchers have been working with fuel cells since the 1830s. On “60 Minutes,” he told Stahl that, if Sridhar succeeds in making the technology affordable and efficient, there will likely be others that can, too.“The problem is then G.E. and Siemens and other conglomerates probably can do the same thing,” he said. “They have fuel cell patents; they have research teams that have looked at this,” Kanellos said.”What do you think the chances are that in ten-plus years you and I will each have a Bloom box in our basements?” Stahl asked Kanellos.”Twenty percent,” he said. “But it’s going to say ‘G.E.'”Further details on the Bloom box – its efficiency; the materials it’s made of; how much carbon dioxide, water, heat, and other emissions it produces – are still secret. In a blog post Monday afternoon, Kanellos said that he had found a US patent filed by Bloom in 2006 and granted in 2009 that mentions the material “yttria stabilized zirconia” as well as electrodes made of metals in the platinum family – although this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. More information may be revealed at Wednesday’s event, which will feature John Doerr, partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which has provided financial assistance to the company. (Sridhar told Stahl that an estimate of $400 million raised by Bloom so far is “in the ballpark.”) Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a member of Bloom Energy’s board, is also scheduled to be in attendance.• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! More information: CBScenter_img As Sridhar explained to Stahl, the Bloom box is a new kind of fuel cell that produces electricity by combining oxygen in the air with any fuel source, such as natural gas, bio-gas, and solar energy. Sridhar said the chemical reaction is efficient and clean, creating energy without burning or combustion. He said that two Bloom boxes – each the size of a grapefruit – could wirelessly power a US home, fully replacing the power grid; one box could power a European home, and two or three Asian homes could share a single box. Although currently a commercial unit costs $700,000-$800,000 each, Sridhar hopes to manufacture home units that cost less than $3,000 in five to 10 years. He said he got the idea after designing a device for NASA that would generate oxygen on Mars, for a mission that was later canceled. The Bloom box works in the opposite way as the Mars box: instead of generating oxygen, it uses oxygen as one of the inputs.Video: The Bloom box on “60 Minutes.”Although Sunday was the first time Bloom Energy came public with the Bloom box (there’s not even a sign on the company’s building), several devices are already being used by about 20 well-known companies. Google, FedEx, Walmart, eBay, Staples, and others have taken advantage of tax credits to purchase the Bloom boxes, and they’re seeing cost savings in their energy bills. For example, four refrigerator-sized units have been powering a Google datacenter for the past 18 months, using about half as much natural gas as would be required to generate the same amount of energy at a traditional power plant. And at eBay, five units running on bio-gas made from landfill waste that were installed nine months ago have saved the company more than $100,000 in electricity costs, said eBay CEO John Donahoe on “60 Minutes.” Donahoe added that, on a weekly basis, the Bloom boxes generate five times as much power than the 3,000 solar cells that are installed on the roofs of the company’s buildings. Citation: Will Bloom box replace power grid? Details on Wednesday (w/ Video) (2010, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-bloom-power-grid-wednesday-video.html K.R. Sridhar holds two Bloom boxes, which together he says could power a US home. Credit: CBS. 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.last_img read more

Iron rods go through masons body as he falls from roof finds

first_imgKolkata: Three iron rods pierced the body of a mason after he fell from the roof of an under-construction building at Champahati area of Baruipur in the South 24-Parganas district on Wednesday morning.The victim, identified as Uday Sardar, was immediately taken to the Baruipur Super-Specialty Hospital by the local people. The doctors in the hospital did not want to take any risk as the patient still had the three iron rods that had gone through the right side of his abdomen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim was then taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH), where a digital x-ray was performed on the patient. It was not easy for the technicians to carry out the x-ray as he had to be kept in a seated posture.The doctors at CNMCH successfully removed the three rods from his body, following a critical surgery that lasted for hours. The patient, however, is still stated to be in a critical condition due to the severe nature of his injuries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter examining the reports, the doctors at the hospital found that one rod was located near his kidney, while another was close to his intestine. The third one was below his liver.The hospital authorities felt the need of an emergency surgery but there were many challenges before them.A medical board has been formed, comprising 7 doctors including the head of the department of general surgery and the heads of the Orthopedic department, Cardiothorasic department, Neuro surgery and Urology department of the hospital. The medical board was in a fix as the iron rods were nearly 3 feet long. The main concern for the doctors was removing the rods as it could make the patient bleed to death.Senior PWD engineers were asked to rush to the hospital and see if they could make the rods shorter in length by cutting them from both ends, as it would have been extremely difficult for the doctors to remove the rods otherwise.The PWD engineers, however, told the doctors that cutting the rods which had already pierced his body, might damage the organs due to the vibration which will be created.The medical board later started the operation on Wednesday evening, with the PWD engineers inside the OT. A huge quantity of blood was arranged by the hospital authorities before starting the operation.A senior official of the hospital said that the iron rods have been removed successfully.last_img read more

Majority of Global Merchants Fall Short on Card Data Security Compliance

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters March 11, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Four out of five global retailers and other merchants failed interim tests to determine whether they are in compliance with payment card data security standards, putting them at increased risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report by Verizon Communications Inc.Businesses must be vigilant in maintaining security to remain compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), required by payment card issuers. Most of the companies have a tendency to run upgrades of security software and hardware only when they approach an annual compliance check, according to Verizon.The report, which gathered data in 30 countries by assessing more than 5,000 merchants including retailers, financial institutions and hospitality firms among others, found only 20 percent of those tested to be fully compliant less than a year after installing security safeguards.From 2013-2014, overall compliance went up by 18 percentage points for 11 out of the 12 payment data security standards.The report acknowledged the standards are only a baseline, an industry-wide minimal acceptable standard. The volume and scale of breaches in the past 12 months have shown that this is not stopping attackers, Verizon said.However, out of all the data breaches in the past 10 years that Verizon studied, not a single company was found to be compliant at the time of the breach.Credit and debit cards account for two-thirds of purchases by value in the United States. A further $2.17 trillion is spent via electronic methods, such as PayPal and mobile payments — many of which are ultimately backed by card transactions, the report said.(Reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Jim Finkle and Ken Wills) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more