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Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

Technology
The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to provide a new tool for helping distressed boatersByThe Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 12:57 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the Coast Guard. “It greatly decreases the time we spend looking for someone and gets the rescue crews out faster,” said Chief Petty Officer Andrew Case from the Coast Guard center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard center in the Northeast was the first to tes

Spain arrests 89 for speed boat smuggling of migrants, drugs

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Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and drugs from North Africa to mainland SpainByThe Associated PressMarch 7, 2020, 9:39 AM2 min readMADRID -- Spanish police have arrested 89 people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that smuggled both migrants and hashish from North Africa to mainland Spain. The Civil Guard said Saturday that the smuggling network allegedly used speed boats to bring people and drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar from Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa. The national law enforcement agency said investigators found evidence that 11 speed boats carried a total of 269 people and over 10,000 kilograms of hashish. The ring used radar systems and lookouts on the coast to avoid detection, the ...
Backlash gathers speed over taxpayers’ Flybe rescue

Backlash gathers speed over taxpayers’ Flybe rescue

Business
Green groups and air industry rivals have attacked the government over the taxpayer support that is enabling Flybe to keep flying.After Sky News revealed on Sunday night that the regional airline was in frantic talks to avert collapse, ministers announced on Tuesday evening that an agreement had been struck to safeguard its immediate future. The terms included the deferral of Air Passenger Duty (APD) payments, amounting to more than £100m, in return for the independent airline's major shareholders injecting tens of millions in new funds.The measures, to date, mean 2,400 jobs at Flybe are safe - for now.But no additional details have been released and the government is understood to still be negotiating a loan on commercial terms with the airline, casting continuing doubt on its long-term f
Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Bloodhound has now joined the exclusive club of land speed racers that have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h).Running across its dry lakebed track on Saturday, the British car's GPS sensors clocked 628mph (1,010km/h).Only six vehicles in the history of the land speed record have previously driven beyond 600mph.Bloodhound's achievement is notable because it's been running with only the thrust of a jet engine. The car's design allows for a rocket motor, too.When this is fitted next year, as planned, the arrow-shaped machine should be in a very strong position to smash the current world record of 763mph (1,228km/h).This was set 22 years ago by another British car, Thrust SSC. The driver back then was t...
Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Science
The Bloodhound land speed challenger is likely to be back out on its South African lakebed track early next week.Engineers are now satisfied they understand why a heat alarm has been triggering on the car when it runs. Bloodhound was in the middle of trying to post a speed of 550mph (885km/h) on Friday when the sensor system alerted driver Andy Green that temperatures might be too high in the engine bay.He aborted, pulling up early having reached only 481mph (774km/h).Something similar occurred on Wednesday as well, although right at the end of the run when the vehicle was slowing down.But by Saturday afternoon, the British Bloodhound team had split open the upper-chassis of the car for inspection, including of that troublesome s...