After calling up the knowledge he’d learned as a kid to manufacture unusually realistic space suits for such films as “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon,” he started getting calls from people outside the Hollywood realm. His suits came out nearly as functional as the real deal, at only a fraction of the cost, which got the scientific community interested in this bushy-haired man from the land of smoke and mirrors. “One day, I get a phone call from a professor at Berkeley, asking if I’d be interested in helping design a next-generation spacesuit for women,” Gilman said. “I tried to figure out who it was, thinking it was someone who was playing a joke on me.” It wasn’t. As he dabbled in space design, he developed a reputation as a Hollywood guy who cared enough to do things right, which led to another phone call from Gump to Global Effects in 2004. NASA was looking for replacement proposals for the space shuttle, scheduled for retirement in 2010 and t/Space needed Gilman’s help. So he took their designs, threw a team of 15 builders and $250,000 into the projects and built a full-scale mock-up of the crew capsule that would take astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station. T/Space has showed it off at trade shows and will be formally submitting it to NASA in February. If the space agency picks the design, it could be ferrying humans and cargo into the heavens by 2010. Being involved in a project that could be equally influential as any from NASA’s glory days doesn’t seem to faze Gilman, however. When asked a relatively straightforward question about how it feels to have his hands mixed into history, he nods, thinks for a moment and responds. “Well, it reminds me of an old blacksmith’s trick in sword handle design,” he said. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His mom, a librarian, loaded him up with books on craft work, and on weekends, they’d work on the family race car. It was not, to be sure, a regular childhood. And his current profession isn’t too regular, either. In Global Effects’ chilly workshop, not far from eviscerated dummies, an arsenal of wicked-looking crossbows, samurai swords and maces and a larger-than-life animated figure of John Lennon, sits a full-size mock-up of a replacement for the space shuttle. “Chris tells a pretty good story about adapting suits of armor to space suits,” said David Gump, president of t/Space, the Reston, Va., aerospace company that contracted Global Effects to provide the life-size model of its proposed CXV spacecraft. “If you’re not familiar with suits of armor, you don’t understand. In essence, they’re protecting you against the vacuum of space.” Gilman founded the company 20 years ago to serve as a prop shop and creature builder, doing things like enormous rats and ghouls for horror movies. In 1991, he won an Academy Award in the technical category for his development of a cooling system to be worn inside monster suits. But he was just getting started. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – When he was just a kid, Chris Gilman worked on the Apollo program. As an adult, he’s helping send astronauts back into space. The story behind both is an odd one, but for a guy who builds medieval armor for grins, it somehow makes sense. Equally versed in competitive sword fighting and astronaut suit construction, Gilman made his name in the special-effects business and now finds himself working on a space mission. “The way I grew up, I wasn’t taught problem solving as a path, but like the spokes of a wheel,” said Gilman, president of Global Effects Inc., which builds swords and monsters for Hollywood and spacecraft prototypes for the aerospace industry. “You look down on it, see all the different ways to go out and figure out the best one.” As a boy, he helped his engineer father inventory parts that ended up on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. This home-taught expertise landed him with the 12th-graders in his high school metal shop as a freshman, and he got so good at making leather goods that he ended up teaching a course before he even graduated.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 21, 2017 – Nassau & Grand Bahama – Friday night and if you weren’t at a rally somewhere across the Bahamas, you were probably tuned in via Television or Facebook. All three parties sought to capitalise on the LIVE feature on Facebook in the lead up to the 2017 polls. With numbers on the PLP and DNA pages fluctuating from 180 to 260 views, while the FNM seems to have to highest online viewership of 900.Shares via facebook ranked the highest for the FNM coming in at a whopping 27,000 views and 2,000 shares, while the PLP recorded just about 700 views and 14 shares. DNA live saw just over 1,100 viewed and 35 shares. The comments sections is not being spared either, as supporters take full advantage posting their support for their party or are either defending ‘haters’ ‘trolling’ the page with negative comments.Most rallies got on start around 8pm tonight and are expected to continue til midnight, as parties gear up their support into weekend walkabouts.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#FridayNightRallyNightBahamas Related Items:#FridayNightRallyNightBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more
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.The principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the 5 January 2014 national polls, demanding a polls-time neutral administration.But this time all parties inside and outside of the country want participatory polls, with the national election scheduled to be held at the year end.In a bilateral meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday, UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Jeremy Hunt said the UK is looking forward to free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh, reports BSS.In response, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said, “We also want the next election to be free and fair and all parties to join it.”The BNP has not yet decided whether to join the 11th parliament election or not. However, the party is demanding a fair election and preparing for the polls.However, all of a sudden, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at a function in Bogura on Thursday said the registration of BNP will be in jeopardy if it does not join the polls twice consecutively.Criticising the CEC’s statement, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said, “The CEC is threatening BNP with the risk of registration so that the BNP joins a one-sided election under prime minister Sheikh Hasina.””We have repeatedly said that this commission is biased towards the government,” Rizvi alleged.The statement of the CEC proves this commission is serving the government, he added.Election experts said the election commission is giving a clear message to BNP as to what situation they may face if the party boycotts 11th elections parliament election.They said the commission repeatedly says it would not try to bring any party to the election process. So the commission does not need to warn any party about the consequences of boycotting the polls, they pointed out.The experts said such a statement may create suspicion that the election commission, on behalf of the government, is giving a message to BNP.The commission is using the law to coerce BNP into joining the election, they said.Wishing not to be named, a commissioner told Prothom Alo that it would have been better if letters were issued to the concerned parties to apprise of the matter. The ruling party leaders were also making similar statements, he said.The commissioner also said the EC has not discussed this issue in any of its meetings.According to section 90 (H) (E) of RPO (Representation of People Order), the EC can cancel the registration of political parties for five reasons including boycotting elections twice consecutively. Incidentally, if the registration of any party is cancelled, it cannot then join the either the local or national elections as a party.However, the commission must give opportunity to explain any boycott of the elections.In 2014, some 28 political parties including Gano Forum, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh and Communist Party of Bangladesh boycotted the elections.Speaking to Prothom Alo, former election commission Sohul Hossain said the registration of a party cannot be cancelled directly. If the explanation of the concerned political party is not acceptable to the EC, it can cancel the party’s registration.Under the current political situation, the CEC’s statement is creating suspicion, he said.* This report has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam read more
This handout photo from the Thai Rescue Team taken on 26 July, 2018 and released on 27 July, 2018 shows a Thai Rescue Team volunteer group rescuing flood survivors, including a baby trapped in a remote village, close to the swollen river in Attapeu province. Photo: AFPThe rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud.Footage of volunteers from Thailand rescuing 14 people, including the baby, was widely shared online when it was released Friday as an increasingly international relief mission scrambles to save lives in a disaster that has left scores dead or missing.The group of survivors were stranded by flood waters after they fled up a hill on Monday as the Xe-Namnoy dam broke under heavy rain, leaving several villages devastated by flash floods.The Thai rescue team, who waded several kilometres (miles) through rushing water containing uprooted trees and debris, are fresh from efforts to help free a youth football team trapped in a cave in the north of their country.They have now come to help out in neighbouring Laos, which is poorly equipped to deal with disasters of this scale.”The boy is four months old. He didn’t have fever but he was crying, maybe because of the cold weather,” Kengkard Bongkawong, one of the rescuers, who is from Thailand’s northeast, told AFP.”The baby was crying and looks terrified. Actually they were (all) still terrified of the rushing water.”The video had been watched nearly half a million times just hours after it was posted online on Friday.Earlier this week officials said 27 bodies had been retrieved so far, with the country’s prime minister reporting 131 missing.But on Friday the governor of Attapeu province Leth Xiayaphone revised down the toll to five, saying the larger number previously given was “unconfirmed information”.Secretive Communist authorities in Laos are unused to international scrutiny and have blocked access to foreign media, complicating efforts to establish the exact death toll in a remote area.The mystery over numbers of dead deepened on Friday with a resident of the badly-hit Ban Mai telling AFP that eight people are presumed to have died in his village alone as the water rushed in.”Some were crushed by houses, others fell in the water when their boats capsized,” Phuvieng Kumprasong, 54, told AFP based on eyewitness accounts from him, his relatives and other survivors from the village.”But their bodies have not been found. It’s very difficult job for rescuers, because of the water level.”It is just one of around a dozen villages battered by the flood surges.The dam disaster has also raised serious questions over Laos’ big bet on hydropower to propel it out of poverty.Poor but rich in natural resources Laos has built or plans to complete dozens of dams on its waterways, mainly to send electricity to its energy-hungry neighbours.But the projects have been criticised by environmentalists for damaging a once-pristine ecosystem and by rights campaigners for forcibly relocating thousands of villagers who receive scant compensation or reward from the hydropower schemes. read more
Pakistani mourners of the Shia Hazara ethnic minority offer funeral prayers for blast victims following a suicide attack at a crowded fruit market, in Quetta on 12 April 2019. Photo: AFPAt least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded Friday by a powerful suicide blast apparently targeting the Shia Hazara ethnic minority at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan’s Quetta city, officials said.Body parts littered the scene and injured people screamed for help as black smoke cloaked the market after the explosion.A faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack, which occurred in the capital of southwestern Balochistan province.The group said it collaborated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan. There was no immediate confirmation from LeJ.Balochistan—which borders Afghanistan and Iran—is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.Balochistan home minister Zia Ullah Langu gave the toll and confirmed it was a suicide blast, adding that two of the dead were children.Provincial police chief Mohsin Butt said eight Hazara were among the victims.The Hazara, whose Central Asian features make them easily recognisable, are a soft target for Sunni militants, who consider them heretics.They are so frequently targeted that they are forced to live in two protected enclaves in the city and are given a daily police escort to the market to stock up on supplies.Police chief Butt said this had happened Friday.The bomb detonated near a site where produce was being loaded for distribution around the market.“I was loading a small truck and I heard a huge bang and it seemed as if the earth beneath me had shaken and I fell down,” said Irfan Khan, a labourer, from his hospital bed.Pakistani mourners of the Shia Hazara ethnic minority carry the bodies of blast victims during their funeral in Quetta on 12 April 2019, following a suicide attack at a crowded fruit market. Photo: AFP“The atmosphere was filled with black smoke and I could not see anything, I could hear people screaming for help and I was also screaming for help.”He said the air was “filled with the stinging smell of burnt human flesh”.Senior police official Abdul Razaq Cheema said the blast targeted the Hazarganji neighbourhood of Quetta.Hazara make up roughly 500,000 of the city’s 2.3 million people.Amnesty International said the blast was a “painful reminder” of the many attacks suffered by the Hazara community in Quetta over the years, and called for the government of prime minister Imran Khan to give them better protection.“Each time, there are promises that more will be done to protect them, and each time those promises have failed to materialise,” wrote Omar Waraich, Amnesty’s deputy director for South Asia.Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country’s deadliest-ever militant attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, most of them children. read more
Mannivanan K, an engineer and an MBA quit his typical sales manager job to pursue his passion for writing. Now he has come up with his brand new book, The Great Indian Democracy which he claims is semi-autobiographical. He has also started off his new food venture called the Moodle Stop, read on to know more about him…Tell us about yourself, how did you start off?I am a normal Engineer-turned-MBA from a middle class Tamilian family who was destined to complete 60 years of job in a well respected company. That’s how the script of my life should have been, until I decided to spice it up a little bit by starting to write this novel and starting my own venture in Chennai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Great Indian Democracy is your debut book. Tell us something more about it ?The idea as I started out writing was to provide a take on the various happenings in our country through the eyes of discerning and intelligent young guy. The way he looks at our politicians, our newspapers, our reporting and in general, what politics means to him. I did not plan on writing a satire at the first but when I wrote the first few pages, that is when I realized there was a huge scope for a satire built around ‘The Great Indian Democracy’. The book is from the viewpoint of a quirky lead character who looks at the happenings in our country for the very first time. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Is this book inspired from your own life?It is heavily inspired from my life and many of my friends. Various sub-stories in the book are my personal experiences, so in a sense Vikram’s mental voice is similar to what runs through my mind.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it for new writers to make their mark?From a personal journey of publishing this book, I think the biggest problem for writers is them believing in themselves and go on to complete a book. I have seen a lot of my friends start off and the interest wanes away after a couple of weeks. Yes, the industry is not very easy on new kid-on-the block, but I don’t think any industry is. However, with self-publishing gaining prominence and Amazon providing an option for ebooks, anyone can publish. What are your other interests that engage you apart from writing? I run my own start-up venture in the food industry which I am trying to establish as a big brand. So, I spend most of my time running around the city and hogging on some street food. There’s not much I do apart from that. What/Who inspires you?I started writing at a very young age. Most of them were crime thrillers which I wanted to write, majorly inspired from the Goosebumps series I was addicted to. But, the real love for the language and flowery English came through because of Nirmal Shekar and Jug Suraiya. I was so much enamoured by their language that left a lasting want in me to somehow write like them. read more
Potatoes are one of the world’s most commonly consumed foods — and are a high source of potassium. The findings showed that participants who consumed four or more than four servings a week of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes, are at an 11 per cent increased risk of hypertension. Also, a higher consumption of French fries was associated with a 17 per cent increased risk of hypertension in both women and men. However, consumption of potato chips (crisps) was associated with no increased risk. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In addition, potatoes have a high glycaemic index compared with other vegetables, thus it can also trigger a sharp rise in blood sugar levels. “In the study, participants who did not have high blood pressure at baseline, and consumed four or more servings a week of potatoes (boiled, baked or mashed) later had a higher risk of developing hypertension compared to those who consumed one or less than one serving a month,” said lead author Lea Borgi, physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixReplacing one serving a day of boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes with one serving of a non-starchy vegetable can lower the risk of developing hypertension, the researchers suggested. For the study, published online in the British Medical Journal, the team followed over 187,000 men and women from three large US studies for more than 20 years. Dietary intake, including frequency of potato consumption, was assessed using a questionnaire. The results “have potentially important public health ramifications, as they do not support a potential benefit from the inclusion of potatoes as vegetables in government food programs but instead support a harmful effect that is consistent with adverse effects of high carbohydrate intakes seen in controlled feeding studies,” the researchers concluded. read more