Former US president George HW Bush dies

first_imgFormer US President George HW Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, stand during the national anthem prior to the University of Connecticut versus Butler University men`s final NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game in Houston, Texas, on 4 April 2011. Reuters File PhotoFormer US president George HW Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10pm Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately available.US president George HW Bush is surrounded by US military personnel as he greets troops following an arrival ceremony in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Dhahran on 22 November 1990. Reuters File PhotoHe was the father of former president George W Bush, who served two terms in the White House from 2001 through 2008, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Republican nomination for president.The elder Bush, a Republican like his sons, also served as vice president for eight years during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as president, before being elected to the White House himself.He defeated former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, in the 1988 presidential campaign, and lost his 1992 re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.Bush family portrait in Houston, Texas 19 August 1992. Back row: Walker Bush (Marvin`s son), Marvin Bush, Margaret Bush ( Marvin`s wife), George W Bush, Sharon Bush (Neil`s wife), Neil Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Bobby Koch (Doro`s Husband), Jeb Bush, George P. Bush (Jeb`s son), and Noelle Bush (Jeb`s daughter). Second Row: Laura Bush (George W.`s wife), Jenna Bush (George W.`s daughter), Pierce Bush (Neil`s son), Barbara Bush, Goerge Bush, Sam Le BLond (Donro`s son), and Columba Bush (Jeb`s wife). Floor: Barbara Bush (George W.`s daughter), Marshall Bush (Marvin`s daughter), Ashley and Lauren Bush (Neil`s daughters), Ellie LeBlond (Doro`s daughter), and Jebby Bush( Jeb`s son). Reuters File PhotoBush’s death came seven months after that of his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, to whom he was married for 73 years.The former president, who served as a US naval aviator during World War Two, had attended his wife’s funeral in Houston in a wheelchair and wore a pair of colourful socks festooned with books, in honour of his late wife’s commitment to literacy.last_img

Harris County Hiring Poll Workers For November 8th Election In Need For

first_img Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Presiding election judges hire their Election Day staff, working largely from a list compiled from online applications. Hector de Leon is with the Harris County Clerk’s office. “We’re going to have approximately 5,845 people working on Election Day. We have 765 polling locations.”   There’s a particular need for bilingual poll workers. “We have 227 precincts that have 50 or more Vietnamese surname registered voters. We also have 118 precincts that have 50 or more Chinese surnames. We have 753 precincts that have 100 or more Spanish surname registered voters.”     The job pays just $9 an hour, but the county is looking for civic-minded people. “It’s a big responsibility. Imagine if we didn’t have people that actually stepped up and worked as election clerks, then we couldn’t hold an election!” The presiding judge for each precinct will arrange training. You can sign up to be a poll worker at HarrisVotes.org. X 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

Kyoto prof rolls out omnidirectional wheelchair

first_imgImage: Kyoto University The device is supposed to be especially handy for use in tight spaces; the intention is to help users of electric wheelchairs maneuver their movements with greater freedom than they have in the past. What is not such good news is that the vehicle on display cost $36,300 to produce, The research lead, Masaharu Komori, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kyoto University, is well aware of the price shortcoming and plans to continue work on the chair to bring costs down, and make the chair lighter and more compact. The eventual target price is $12,000. Komori and team hope to commercialize the Permoveh in three to five years.This Permoveh “rollout” comes at a time when Japan is showing much interest in bringing on improved assistive technology, from robots to motorized chairs, that can help the elderly. Among the innovations reported have been a bed that changes into an electric wheelchair and a robot that can wash hair.Whether or not this omnidirectional vehicle can eventually be a popular wheelchair of choice (the top speed is 3.7 mph) for the elderly remains to be seen, but it is being suggested that the Permoveh wheel technology could be adapted for use in conveyor equipment in factories and warehouses. One site notes the wheel technology is like that seen in Honda’s “U3-X” which also enables the rider to move backwards, forwards, and side to side using an omnidirectional wheel. Honda’s description about how the wheel structure enables movement in all directions is that “multiple small-diameter motor-controlled wheels are connected in-line to form one large-diameter wheel. Rotating the large-diameter wheel moves the U3-X forward and backward, while rotating the small-diameter wheels moves it side-to-side. Combining these movements causes the U3-X to move diagonally.” 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. The driver uses a hand control that can turn the chair in the desired direction. The driver just needs to tip the lever in the direction he or she wants to move. The wheels alone move if the driver wants to go backwards or forwards. The rollers move if the driver wants to go sideways. Both wheels and rollers move if the driver wants to go diagonally. Japan’s Honda unveils futuristic unicyle (w/ Video) Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A mechanical engineering professor has taken the wraps off his vehicle that is designed to become a next-generation wheelchair. As its formal name suggests, this is the Personal Mobile Vehicle, or Permoveh for short. Rolling it around at his lab in Kyoto, Japan, earlier this month, the professor carried out the demo before an audience of observers and photographers. They watched him ride the device, with its clever wheel-within-wheel system, which allowed the vehicle to move in any direction. The Permoveh has four same-sized wheels with 32 rollers each. They rotate in a perpendicular direction to the rim. The rollers sit inside the main wheels, allowing the vehicle to move in more directions than just back and forth. More information: www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/news_data … s6/2011/120322_1.htm (in Japanese) Citation: Kyoto prof rolls out omnidirectional wheelchair (2012, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-kyoto-prof-omnidirectional-wheelchair.html © 2012 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Motorists warned of roadworks on major roundabout which are set to begin

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned of major roadworks this week as work begins on a major roundabout. The Aston roundabout on the A34, near to the junction with the A51 in Stone, is to undergo major works starting on Tuesday, August 28. The initial work will replace kerbs and improve the footways and drains and is expected to last for a month. Then from October 1, road resurfacing will take place, with full closures being put in place on Brooms Road and the A51 each night from 8pm to 6am. Read MoreCould motorists in North Staffordshire soon be fined for driving 1mph above the speed limit? This phase of the scheme is due to end on November 2. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “The Aston roundabout on the A34 is a busy junction and so this is an important improvement scheme. “Initial works will see kerbs replaced and improvements to drains and footways. Read MoreBeen on the A500? Well police have caught 100 drivers ignoring the speed limit today! “The main resurfacing works will take place at night in October so we’d ask people to bear this in mind and choose alternative routes if travelling into Stone on the A51 during these times. “Work has been scheduled for night times to minimise disruption, but we’d like to thanks people for their patience during the works period.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For more information visit www.roadworks.orglast_img read more