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WWII Bomb Detonated in Germany – Military Videos –

Posted by nahets on October 28, 2010

WWII Bomb Detonated in Germany – Military Videos –

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Military Report: President Signs Veterans’ Benefit Act of 2010, New Coast Guard Bill Signed and More

Posted by nahetsblog on October 27, 2010

Military Report: President Signs Veterans’ Benefit Act of 2010, New Coast Guard Bill Signed and More

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Crane Accident Kills Operator

Posted by nahetsblog on October 21, 2010

Garland County Arkansas, crane falls and operator dies

In Garland County the sheriff said the operator of a crane at a water-treatment plant is dead after the crane collapsed.

Authorities said the man killed, who has not been named by officials, was using the crane to load material into a basin at the Ouachita Water Treatment Plant when it fell about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Mountain Pine is about 8 miles northwest of Hot Springs.

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Voc Rehab Offers Huge Benefits |

Posted by nahets on October 15, 2010

Voc Rehab Offers Huge Benefits |

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Industrial crane falls in Saint John Canada

Posted by nahetsblog on October 15, 2010

October 14, 2010

A 200-tonne industrial crane fell onto a street in Saint John on Friday, smashing through a fence and sending the crane operator to hospital.

The accident happened at about 9 a.m. at a construction site near the waterfront.

Diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid leaked out of the large yellow machine, which had its motor running for hours after the accident.

The crane destroyed a fence surrounding a parking lot and scattered debris, damaging nearby cars. The crane was being used to move large cylinders that are part of a wind turbine.

The crane, owned by Irving Equipment, was operating at the port’s marine terminal on Broadview Avenue, at the foot of Charlotte Street.

Mark Gillan, the deputy fire chief in Saint John, said the crane was damaged but the accident could have been much worse.

"There has been a fair amount of luck involved, from the standpoint of we have had a crane that has come over onto the street," Gillan said.

"It has not struck any civilians or any passersby that would be using the street in their vehicles."

Irving Equipment spokesman Geoff Britt said the operator was in the lower cab at the time and managed to get out on his own. He was taken to hospital and released after being treated for a cut to his hand.

Britt said the man was a 36-year veteran with 10 years’ experience on this type of crane.

Gillan said Saint John police and WorkSafeNB have been called in to investigate the incident. They are still trying to figure out precisely what caused the machine to fall.

"The early reports indicate that the crane operator was at the time repositioning the piece of apparatus and at that point there was some sort of failure and it toppled over onto the street," Gillan said.

Witnesses at a nearby warehouse said they rushed outside when they heard a loud bang.

Danny Johnson, who was working at the nearby warehouse when the crane fell over, didn’t see it fall but he heard it.

"It was pretty loud," Johnson said. "We came over to offer a hand if we could and hope for the best for the driver."

A second, 500-tonne crane will be used to raise the fallen machinery. Technical officials from J.D. Irving Ltd. were also called in to help get the crane back upright.

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Library Without Walls

Posted by nahetsblog on October 7, 2010


The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program (NDLP) is assembling a digital library of reproductions of primary source materials to support the study of the history and culture of the United States. Begun in 1995 after a five-year pilot project, the program began digitizing selected collections of Library of Congress archival materials that chronicle the nation’s rich cultural heritage. In order to reproduce collections of books, pamphlets, motion pictures, manuscripts and sound recordings, the Library has created a wide array of digital entities: bitonal document images, grayscale and color pictorial images, digital video and audio, and searchable texts. To provide access to the reproductions, the project developed a range of descriptive elements: bibliographic records, finding aids, and introductory texts and programs, as well as indexing the full texts for certain types of content.

The reproductions were produced with a variety of tools: scanners, digital cameras, devices that digitize audio and video, and human labor for rekeying and encoding texts. American Memory employs national-standard and well established industry-standard formats for many digital reproductions, e.g., texts encoded with Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) and images stored in Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) files or compressed with the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) algorithm. In other cases, the lack of well established standards has led to the use of emerging formats, e.g., RealAudio (for audio), Quicktime (for moving images), and MrSid (for maps). Technical information by types of material and by individual collections is also available at this site.


A physical library is more than a catalog that points to volumes on shelves. A digital library is more than a database, and the future National Digital Library will be much more than a universal union catalog. We envision the National Digital Library as a set of distributed repositories of managed content and a set of interfaces (some of which will resemble traditional catalogs) to that content. Some interfaces may offer comprehensive access to the entire resource, while others will be specialized by content, by intended audience, or by primary purpose. Some interfaces will be closely tied to a particular repository, while others will provide access to a selection of content from distributed repositories.

Access to the content in the National Digital Library will not be limited to searching a bibliographic database. Even in traditional libraries, users do not start every visit by searching the catalog. Instead, library patrons browse current issues of favorite journals or lists of new acquisitions, use specialized indexes to journal literature, or consult bibliographies, references from scholarly publications, and lists of readings. The digital library must be usable in equivalent ways. School teachers who use the online collections at the Library of Congress have already communicated their eagerness to find shortcuts to the most valuable materials so that they can quickly illustrate classroom presentations or develop lesson plans.

From the user’s point of view, the digital library has the potential, in ways not yet realized and not possible with traditional library resources, to be an extension to every desktop, classroom, and personal library. Patterns of use of the World Wide Web already demonstrate that teachers, scholars, and students will want to refer to items in the digital realm as active links from reading lists, articles, textbooks, and term papers. We also know that students will want to work with these items in their own electronic environments, constructing presentations, reports, and online projects.

Digital Library Users

In 1989, to help launch the American Memory pilot project, a consultant surveyed 101 members of the Association of Research Libraries and the 51 state library agencies. The survey disclosed a genuine appetite for on-line collections, especially in research libraries serving higher education. The American Memory pilot (1990-1995) identified multiple audiences for digital collections in a special survey, an end-user evaluation and in thousands of conversations, letters and encounters with visitors.

The most thorough audience appraisal carried out by the Library of Congress consisted of an end-user evaluation conducted in 1992-1993. Forty-four school, college and university, and state and public libraries were provided with a dozen American Memory collections on CD-ROMs and videodisks. (These formats are no longer being supported.) Participating library staff, teachers, students and the public were polled about which digitized materials they had used and how well the delivery systems worked. The evaluation indicated continued interest by institutions of higher education as well as public libraries. The surprising finding, however, was the strong showing of enthusiasm in schools, especially at the secondary level.

The evaluation team learned that recent reforms in education had created a need for primary-source historical materials such as those in the Library’s incomparable collections. Teachers welcomed digitized collections to aid in the development of critical thinking skills; school librarians used the electronic resource to inculcate research skills. These findings have been validated in the educational outreach program initiated by the Library of Congress in 1995 and initially funded by the Kellogg Foundation.

Educational Outreach

In 1995, in conjunction with the launch of the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program, the Library brought together leading history and social studies K-12 teachers and librarians to consider how archival on-line resources could best be used in the nation’s schools. The participants at this Educator’s Forum validated earlier findings: that while the primary sources were in great demand, for teachers to be able to make effective use of them, they needed additional materials to frame the collections and the topics represented in the collections. To this end in 1996, the Library of Congress developed The Learning Page

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Anchorage Man Killed in Construction Equipment Accident

Posted by nahetsblog on October 6, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anchorage police say a heavy equipment operator died in an accident at a construction site.

Police say the rolling compactor the man was driving fell off a terraced ledge Wednesday afternoon while it was being operated in reverse gear.

Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker says the compactor tipped over and fell about six or seven feet, and the operator was crushed.

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NCCCO Prevails in Lawsuit

Posted by nahetsblog on October 5, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 4 — Two separate courts in California recently ruled in favor of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in litigation involving California Crane School and its owner, John Nypl.

In National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators vs. California Crane School, Inc., and John Nypl, et al., a federal judge found that California Crane School and Nypl were in civil contempt for violating a 2005 permanent injunction issued against them. It also found that they had breached a 2005 settlement agreement with NCCCO. In July, the federal judge in the action entered a final judgment in favor of NCCCO.

"NCCCO brought this legal action reluctantly and only as a last resort," stated NCCCO President, John M. Kennedy. "Where there is evidence of inappropriate conduct by firms or individuals who seek to associate themselves with CCO certification, however, NCCCO must take immediate and effective action to protect the integrity of the CCO credential. To do otherwise could jeopardize the value of CCO certification and put at risk those who rely on it to mitigate the hazards associated with working around cranes."

In the recent federal case, the unlawful conduct by California Crane School and Nypl stemmed from their misappropriation and use of the "CCO" logo and acronym in certain domain names. Among other things, the court directed California Crane School and Nypl to transfer the domain names to NCCCO, post corrective notices to clarify that California Crane School is not endorsed by nor associated with NCCCO, and reimburse NCCCO for its attorney’s fees and costs.

Separately, in a California state court, a judge recently dismissed several claims brought against NCCCO by California Crane School, Nypl, and several other plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ complaint demanded more than $30 million from NCCCO for alleged violations of the Cartwright Act (California’s antitrust law) and the California Unfair Competition Law.

In April, after giving the plaintiffs several opportunities to amend their complaint, the court dismissed the antitrust and unfair competition claims, finding that the allegations failed to state a claim against NCCCO and also denying permission for the plaintiffs to reassert those claims. The plaintiffs were allowed to proceed only with their individual claims.

The CCO logo and acronym are the exclusive property of NCCCO and may not be used without prior written permission. While firmly enforcing its rights against unauthorized uses, NCCCO encourages appropriate, authorized uses of its logos and acronyms in compliance with its written policies. For more information regarding NCCCO’s logos and acronyms, please refer to the link titled "Policy Statements" at the bottom of the NCCCO website homepage.


NCCCO is an independent, nonprofit industry organization formed in 1995 to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation. In the past 15 years NCCCO has administered more than 500,000 written and practical exams to over 100,000 crane operators in all 50 states. NCCCO certification programs are the only programs to be recognized by federal OSHA as meeting both OSHA and ASME (ANSI) requirements and accredited by both NCCA and ANSI.

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Crane Accident Injuries One

Posted by nahetsblog on October 1, 2010

The sight of a construction crane balanced vertically stopped people in their tracks at the Westminster Manor Retirement Community construction site Friday.

A mobile crane tipped over backwards in the 4700 block of Jackson Avenue near Camp Mabry late Friday morning. Workers said the crane was standing about 50-feet tall and was moving cement at the time.

"How many injuries there could be, and how devastating it could be when somebody says ‘crane’, you don’t think the size of it," Senior Police Officer Veneza Aguinaga said.

A 36-year-old worker was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the accident. Police have not released his name.

Bystander Justin Garrett owns an unaffiliated construction company. He stopped by to take pictures of the scene Friday afternoon.

"To show my guys the severity of this kind of stuff," Garret said. "Cranes topple. Random situations like this. It could be no one’s fault at all that it happened."

Workers said the ground underneath the crane gave way due to recent rainfall. Garrett, who has undergone crane safety training, said it is a likely scenario.

"It depends on who was around, what they were lifting, what happened with whatever he was picking up, where the operator was, if he was in the crane at the time," he said.

The site’s general contractor, White Construction Company, refused to comment.

The police homicide unit and OSHA are investigating the incident. Work on the construction site has stopped until the investigation is complete.

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Anchorage man crushed in heavy equipment accident

Posted by nahetsblog on October 1, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anchorage police say a heavy equipment operator died in an accident at a construction site.

Police say the rolling compactor the man was driving fell off a terraced ledge Wednesday afternoon while it was being operated in reverse gear.

Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker says the compactor tipped over and fell about six or seven feet, and the operator was crushed.

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