The researchers found that participants recalled more information about supplemental oxygen when a crew member demonstrated its usage. But the medium of delivery did not appear to have a significant impact the participants’ ability to recall safety information about seat belts, brace position, exits, emergency lighting, escape slides and life rafts, smoking, and safety cards.And, overall, the participant did an “alarmingly” bad job of recalling safety information regardless of how it was presented. Native English speakers only recalled 49% of information from the safety briefing on average, while non-Native English speakers only recalled 27%.Participants in a control group who watched an unrelated video were able to recall — based on previous airline flights — almost as much as those who got the preflight safety briefing.The researchers also found that those who watched a video tended to report a worse mood afterward compared to those who only listened to audio — but it is unclear why.“Pre-flight safety briefings provide important information that you (a passenger) may need in an emergency. Hence as a passenger, it is important that you pay attention during the briefing. Often this is difficult due to various factors, including the method of delivery and the quality of the briefing,” Molesworth said.Molesworth said the challenge for airlines is to create a safety briefing that both captures people’s attention and is easy to recall. “Caution needs to be exercised by airlines when creating pre-flight safety briefings,” he told PsyPost. “Many airlines engage their marketing department to what would appear to be the exclusion of the safety department when designing briefings. The end result is often a briefing that is creative, possibly funny, but dilutes or disregards the safety message.” The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and similar agencies around the world require that passengers be provided with a safety briefing. But the regulations only stipulate what topics need to be included in a briefing.“The regulators need to be more proactive in their review and assessment of pre-flight safety briefings,” Molesworth said. “Their focus should be on whether the intent of the briefing is achieved (passenger educated), as opposed to whether a briefing is provided or not.”But it’s not all up to the airlines and regulators. Molesworth also has some advice for passengers. “Passengers should, as much as possible get actively involved in the briefing,” he said. “For example, count the number of seats between them and the nearest exit. Examine how the seat belt operates, in particular opens. Note, a number of latch style seat belts release at different angles. Observe and look for where the life vest is located/stored.” The study, “Preflight Safety Briefings: Understanding the Relationship Between Mode of Delivery, Recall of Key Safety Messages, and Mood”, was authored by Brett R. C. Molesworth, Joanna Pagan, and Chloe Wilcock. People have trouble remembering information from preflight safety briefings, according to new research published in The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology.“Passenger safety is important. There are, however, few opportunities to convey the importance of this and how passengers can play an active role in ensuring they are as safe as possible when flying. The pre-flight safety briefing is one of these opportunities, which has received little attention in the past,” explained Brett Molesworth, an associate professor of human factors and aviation safety at the University of New South Wales.In the study, 162 university students watched an actual preflight safety video used by an Australian airline that varied in its delivery. For example, some participants only listened to the audio from the video, while others received a live demonstration as they watched the video. Share LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email
South Dakota reports good vaccine coverageAlmost half of South Dakotans have either received the H1N1 flu vaccine or had pandemic flu, which might be enough to prevent further spread, state officials told the AP yesterday. State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the virus has “flat-lined” in the state, though he warned it could yet return. The officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated.http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail6371.cfm?Id=96565Feb 15 AP story Hospitals reporting little seasonal fluAlthough pandemic H1N1 flu is now mainly quiet, seasonal flu has not taken off, either, according to a story today in the San Francisco Chronicle. Seasonal flu typically peaks about this time of year, but doctors and healthcare centers are reporting levels of flu well below normal, possibly because of widespread novel H1N1 earlier. One doctor who commented on this unusual flu season said, “It certainly isn’t out of the question that seasonal flu could still show up.”http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/15/MNU01C0SG5.DTLFeb 16 Chronicle article Mobile, social media help track H1N1 fluMore than 100 iPhone applications related to H1N1 flu have been launched since the pandemic began, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The apps encourage two-way communication among civilians and between health authorities and the public and may permanently have changed methods of communication in crises. Outbreaks Near Me, an app linked to the Web-based disease alert service HealthMap, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g1caPbB6TVbmtI11xMat4M-VXOhgD9DSNG980 Feb 15 AP story Feb 16, 2010 College flu data show uptickData collected by the American College Health Association (ACHA) between Jan 30 and Feb 5 show an uptick in new cases of influenza-like illness. Out of 182 colleges and universities sampled by the association, 58% reported new cases, compared with 55% the previous week, for a national attack rate of 2.9 cases per 10,000 students, 12% higher than a week earlier. There have been more than 90,000 cases among more than 2 million students, the association said. About 11% of students were immunized.http://www.acha.org/ILI_Project/ILI_Surveillance.cfmFeb 16 ACHA surveillance summary South Korea shares hand sanitizer with NorthSouth Korea will donate 200,000 liters of hand sanitizer, worth $866,000, to North Korea in an unusual cross-border humanitarian mission, the Korea Herald reported today. The action comes two months after South Korea donated $15 million worth of flu antivirals to North Korea, the first time in two years the closed northern nation allowed such a humanitarian exchange.http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/NEWKHSITE/data/html_dir/2010/02/16/201002160062.aspFeb 16 Korea Herald story
Gregg Flores loves fishing high country freestone rivers, alpine lakes and larger rivers. Courtesy/NMGFNMGF News:In this week’s report, Dustin offers fishing tips and a delicious new trout recipe from some of his friends.Fly Fishing with Gregg FloresGregg Flores loves fishing high country freestone rivers and alpine lakes but also enjoys New Mexico’s larger waters like the Rio Grande, Rio Chama and San Juan. When asked about his favorite flies, Flores of Albuquerque, says: “Two flies I never go without during the summer months are the Red Copper John (nymph) and the Stimulator (dry fly). These two flies do a great job at imitating a range of bugs and can attract trout, regardless of what’s hatching. When you fish the Stimulator, make sure it is actually floating. A sinking dry fly decreases your chance of success dramatically. Dry fly floatant will help with that. The Copper John is meant to be fished sub-surface and you should fish it at different depths in the water column before you decide it is not working. Try a size 16 to start. Happy fishing!” Ben Newton with a 5.7 -pound largemouth bass he caught using a Berkley 3-inch Gulp Minnow on a drop-shot rig. Courtesy photoFinesse fishing for Bass with Ben NewtonSummer heat brings upon the “dog days” of summer for many bass. The exciting shallow spring fishing days accompanied by aggressive spawning bass have come and gone. The fish are still there and, by changing your fishing technique, you can still catch that big bass lurking in the cooler depths, avoiding the summer sun. For Ben Newton, of Logan, N.M., it’s one of his favorite seasons to target bass at Ute Lake.Once bass are done spawning, they are actively feeding on bait fish, shad and crawdads. Various lures imitate these prey items and can be effective during the hot summer months. Ben’s top three favorite techniques for fishing summer bass are: top water, wacky rig and drop-shot. Ben usually fishes 5 to 12-feet of water on main lake flats or points that have submerged wood cover. You can cover these depths efficiently using these techniques: Wacky Rig – This is a simple and amazingly effective technique for catching summer bass. Depending on the targeted depth (more weight for deeper water), Ben uses a 1/8 to 1/4-ounce Wack-E-Head Jig. He then center hooks it through a 4-inch Berkley General Stick bait, a Max Scent 4-inch Hit Worm or a 4-inch Wacky Stick bait.Ben casts out his Wacky rig and lets it sink to the bottom. After the bait reaches the bottom, he says that you give it a slight shake and let it set for a few seconds. Then you move it about a foot and repeat the shake and pause. The most important thing to remember about this technique is that you cannot fish it too slow. Be patient— finesse fishing is often done with subtle movements. Drop-Shot – This is Ben’s go-to technique when the water surface temperature gets warm and the bass move deeper out onto main lake points, drop-offs and flats. He uses a #1 or #1/0 finesse hook tied, using a Palomar Knot, about 12 to 18-inches from the end of the fishing line. He then attaches a 1/4-ounce finesse drop-shot weight to the end of the line.Two of his favorite baits to rig onto the hook are the Berkley Flat Nose Minnow and the Berkley 4-inch Flat Worm. Most people think drop-shotting is only a deep-water technique, but Ben will often cast it into shallow water and slowly work it towards deeper water. Much like wacky rig fishing the retrieve is slow with pauses and slight shakes as it moves.Whether you are just beginning to get into finesse fishing for bass, or just want to sharpen your skills, finesse fishing is a handy tool to add to your tackle box. Ben advises, “hit the lake early, slow down and make ‘em bite.”Rhonda Davis’s Salsa Trout RecipeRhonda Davis of Farmington loves all fishing, but river fishing is her favorite.Here is her simple trout recipe:Clean and prep the trout, removing all entrails.Lay the fish on a sheet of tin foil large enough to completely wrap the fish enclosed in tin foil.Add enough Sadie’s Salsa to fill the fish cavity but not so much that it spills out when you close the fish back up.Wrap the fish in the tinfoil and cook on hot campfire griddle until done. This may take 5 to 10 minutes depending on heat and preference.The fish meat should be flaky when cooked.Carefully use a fork to comb through the rib bones, removing meat from bone. Top Water – There is a wide variety of surface lures out there, but Ben’s favorite is the River2Sea Whopper Plopper. It can be retrieved at various speeds and can be paused or twitched. However, Ben prefers a moderate-paced retrieve, and he seldom pauses while reeling it in. Although the Whopper Plopper is often thought to be a lure for shallow water, it can also be deadly effective during late summer and early fall when fished on main lake bluff points over water as deep as 25-feet.
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Studio System PrinterSource: Desktop Metal/LindePierre Forêt, Senior Expert Additive Manufacturing, Linde, said, “Linde has long been a pioneer in the development of innovative gas mixture to optimise manufacturing processes.”“In this rapidly developing world of additive manufacturing, we are delighted to be collaborating with an innovator in the space such as Desktop Metal to supply this gas mixture to their customers.”The tailored argon/hydrogen mix of ADDvance® Sinter250 is for use on parts made from stainless steel powers, however, Linde will also supply a pure argon 5.0 gas for the manufacture of parts made from low allow steel and tool steel powders.Arjun Aggarwal, Vice-President of Business Development and Product, Desktop Metal, said, “Linde has developed a standard gas offering optimised for Studio System and is able to offer this streamlined solution to our European Desktop Metal customers.” US-based 3D printing technologies company Desktop Metal will utilise the advanced argon/hydrogen mixture for its European customers for use with its Studio System™, the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing system.
June 17, 2014 Global Offshore Services Ltd has reported that the Company has received a contract for one of its platform supply vessels.Under the contract, the Indian owner of offshore support vessels will provide an undisclosed client with the M.V. Kamet PSV on a three year contract.The value of the contract will be approximately Rs. 29 crores ($4.8 mln) per year.Earlier this month, the company sold it Platform Supply Vessel M.V. Kailash.Global Offshore’s vessels, supporting offshore oil and gas operations, operate around the globe. Global Offshore Services currently has Platform Supply Vessels deployed in India, the North Sea, Brazil and West Africa.
VSMC (Visser & Smit Marine Contracting) is now VBMS. This name change is a result of the strategic joint venture between VolkerWessels and Boskalis, which was formalised in 2013.VBMS is inspired by the initialisation of VolkerWessels Boskalis Marine Solutions. Besides introducing a new name, VBMS is also rolling out a new logo and corporate identity.Strong growth VolkerWessels launched the subsea power cable installation company in 2007, shortly after which it enjoyed a marked increase in productivity as a result of being contracted for major projects such as London Array, Walney and Ormonde. In 2013, Boskalis acquired a 50% stake in the company. VBMS has now become the market leader in total solutions for subsea power cable installation. VBMS also provides Balance of Plant maintenance for the renewables market, umbilical/flowline installation for the oil & gas market and installation solutions for interconnectors.‘We connect’VBMS CEO Arno van Poppel: “As VBMS, we will continue to deliver multidisciplinary grid-to-grid services and world-class marine solutions to help our clients reach their business goals. As always, we deliver on our commitments to the highest safety standards possible. Therefore, our company slogan reflects the way we do business. ‘We connect’ with our clients, our parent and sister companies, on and offshore, engineering and operations, etc.”Press Release, September 01, 2014
ADDRESSING around 400 delegates to the CER’s Eurailfreight conference in Brussels on January 30, German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, who under the German presidency of the European Union holds the chair at the Council of Ministers [for transport], indicated that giant lorries equivalent to Australia’s road trains would not be acceptable on Europe’s roads. Confirming that trials had been taking place in Germany and the Netherlands (RG 10.06 p641), Tiefensee said that he was ’very sceptical’ about Gigaliners and similar vehicles. He pointed to safety worries including collisions, bridge strength and bend radii, but he was particularly concerned about the effects on rail traffic. Early estimates suggested that 10% of intermodal freight would switch entirely to road, he said, with the likelihood that wagonload and even bulk traffic would be affected too. Studies due to be finished later this year would provide a more detailed picture. Tiefensee had earlier referred to the need for freight transport in general to be made more acceptable to the public. When asked about the acceptability of Gigaliners or their equivalent, he felt that there would be ’considerable negative reactions if they were to become part of the cityscape’, while motorway users would also not welcome them, not least because of the difficulty of overtaking – the proposed vehicles would be more than 25?m long. He implied that there had been pressure to sanction wider use of mega-trucks – 60 tonne vehicles are already permitted in Sweden. n
UK: Abellio and Network Rail announced on January 20 that Phil Verster would be stepping down as Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance to take the same position at East West Rail. EWR is being established by the UK government as a stand-alone entity independent of NR to take forward the remaining phases of work to build a direct route between Oxford and Cambridge.Replacing Verster in Scotland will be Alex Hynes, who is currently Managing Director of Arriva Rail North, operator of the Northern franchise. He will move to NR later in the year, having led Northern since mid-2013.