Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Retiring JPL Deputy Director Gen. Eugene Tattini Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechGen. Eugene Tattini, who has served for the past 12 years as deputy director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will begin his retirement on Sept. 20. His successor, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, will assume his duties on Sept. 23.The deputy director functions as JPL’s chief operating officer and is responsible to the director for the day-to-day management of JPL’s resources and activities. JPL employs 5,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and business support personnel, and generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena staffs and manages JPL for NASA.“We owe our gratitude to General Tattini for his dedication and contributions during the past 12 years, which were filled with numerous successful spacecraft launches and milestones, including the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi.Before joining JPL in July 2001, Tattini was commander of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. His 36-year military career included 20 separate assignments.Born in Madison, Wis., Tattini graduated from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Illinois before entering the Air Force in 1965. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University, and certificates from the Air War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He was chosen to attend executive development programs at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.“It has been an absolute privilege for me to support the men and women of JPL as deputy director for the past 12 years,” Tattini said. “I have seen the incredibly talented people at JPL perform magic, and I continue to be in awe of them. I leave with my congratulations for a job extremely well done.”Tattini and his wife, Jene, will continue to live in Glendale, Calif., minutes away from their daughter, son-in-law and two young grandsons.Gen. James was selected after a search committee considered a number of distinguished candidates. He has a wide range of experience with space-related activities.“I look forward to working with General James as we move ahead in the exciting, important and ever-changing field of space exploration and technology,” Elachi said.After graduating with distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy, James received a master’s degree in astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.Most recently, James was the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he trained as an Air Force payload specialist for the space shuttle program. James also served as vice commander of the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles and as commander of the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force base in California, where he was responsible for all Department of Defense satellite and launch systems.“I’m truly excited to be a part of the amazing JPL team,” Gen. James said. “As someone who has loved space exploration since I was a kid, there’s no better place to be.”James lives in Altadena, Calif., with his wife, Susan. They have a daughter and son-in-law in New York City and a daughter in Nice, France. Subscribe Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty OLD top box right Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 12:10 pm Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Woman charged for bringing crossbow to White House

first_imgA California woman is facing charges after allegedly bringing a crossbow to the White House.Stacy Banta, 49, was arrested outside the White House Monday on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and possessing a destructive device.She reportedly approached a uniformed Secret Service officer and admitted she had a crossbow in her possession as well as arrows in her car nearby.The officer found one crossbow loaded with an arrow and several other arrows inside her vehicle.Banta’s father told a local news outlet he is shocked by his daughter, who is a Trump supporter’s actions.Banta was released from jail and is expected to appear in court Dec. 12.last_img read more

UW keeps Gophers Axe-less

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBret Bielema called it a “crazy game.” Those familiar with the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry — the most-played matchup in all of FBS college football — should have expected nothing less.Sparked by a pair of fourth-quarter safeties in the span of 2:29, the Badgers (6-5, 3-5 Big Ten) were able to overcome three first-half turnovers and a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Golden Gophers (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten) 35-32. They were able to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for the fifth straight season.“It doesn’t matter what the [records are], it’s always a close came [against Minnesota],” junior quarterback Dustin Sherer said. “We knew it was going to be [close]. We got down with three turnovers but came back and played well.”Down 24-17 in the fourth quarter, Sherer piloted a 75-yard touchdown drive, culminating in a 1-yard P.J. Hill touchdown run, his second of the quarter. Hill’s score came one play after Isaac Anderson’s 39-yard reception was initially called a touchdown, but was overturned after review.“Man, I thought I had my first [career touchdown], but it was good to make the play and get us down there in a position to score, so that was the main thing,” Anderson said.The junior finished with a career-high 114 yards on six catches.On the ensuing kickoff, Wisconsin’s Antonio Fenelus forced a Troy Stoudermire fumble. Devin Smith had a chance to recover the ball for a touchdown, but it squirted away from him and out of the end zone for a safety.“I thought we had a chance get on that ball in the end zone to get seven points instead of two, but that’s just a head coach being greedy,” Bielema said.After a Brad Nortman punt was downed on the Minnesota 7-yard line, senior tackle Mike Newkirk had a pair of Adam Weber sacks, the second of which was in the end zone for another Wisconsin safety, giving the Badgers a four-point lead.“[Newkirk] getting that sack, that was a big play, especially as a senior,” defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “I was very proud of him.”“I knew I had to make a play,” Newkirk added. “I actually broke my responsibility in the defense. I felt that the center overset me. I fought back across his face, but all the credit goes to the defensive ends. [Weber] tried to get away, but he had nowhere to go but right at me.”Freshman running back John Clay added a 5-yard touchdown to extend the Wisconsin lead to 35-24. The Gophers cut the deficit to three points after a Shady Salamon 13-yard touchdown reception and two-point conversion, but a Niles Brinkley interception on Minnesota’s final drive sealed the victory for the Badgers.“It’s four quarters of football, and we knew it wasn’t going to be over early,” Schofield said. “We weren’t going to give up on the ax that easy. It was really vital that everybody executed and paid attention to detail in the second half.”As impressive as Wisconsin’s second half was, its first two quarters were equally as sloppy. The Badgers scored on their first possession of the game on a fourth-down connection from Sherer to tight end Garrett Graham from the 2-yard line. But during the next 27 minutes of football, the Gophers outscored the Badgers 21-0.Weber accounted for all three Minnesota touchdowns during that span, including a 43-yard strike to a wide-open Brodrick Smith. Weber torched the Wisconsin secondary for 116 yards in the first half, but was limited to just six yards in the third quarter, when the game really started to turn around.“The biggest thing about being a [defensive back] is having short-term memory, and that’s what we did,” safety Chris Maragos said. “We went out there and we were confident and we executed when we needed to.”Hill and Clay each had drive-killing, first-half fumbles that contributed to the 21-7 halftime deficit. But despite a disappointing start, the Badgers remained calm in the locker room.“There was no sense of panic,” Hill said. “It’s four quarters of football. It went their way in the first half and it went our way in the second half. All phases of [our] game were playing very well.”The third Wisconsin first-half turnover came late in the second quarter, when Kyle Jefferson was hit by Minnesota linebacker Simoni Lawrence over the middle. Jefferson was unconscious when the UW medical staff reached him. He left the game in an ambulance, but was able move his limbs and speak by the time he was leaving the field.“Tests have come back negative for anything they were concerned about,” Bielema said.Sherer led the Badgers down the field on the first possession of the second half. Freshman Philip Welch hit a 47-yard field goal to cut the Gopher lead to 21-10. Sherer had 84 of his 242 passing yards and Hill had 64 of his 117 total rushing yards in the 14-point third-quarter. It was Hill’s third straight 100-yard effort.“The guys up front, they did a good job opening up a lot holes,” Hill said. “I tell them, ‘You do your job and just let me go to work,’ and that’s what it turned out to be.”With the win the Badgers become bowl-eligible with only one game remaining on their schedule. But more importantly, the ax will remain at home for one more year.“We had the ax in our possession; we knew they wanted it, but we weren’t going to let it happen,” Hill said.“It’s exciting for us,” Sherer added. “We’ve got to finish our business next week, and then we’ll see what happens.”last_img read more

News in brief: Boga gets call-up, Samuels given Southall role

first_imgBoga has looked a fine prospectJeremie BogaThe promising Chelsea youngster, 17, has earned his first call-up to the France Under-19 squad.BrentfordA waterlogged pitch meant a match between Brentford’s development side and Maidenhead United was abandoned after 54 minutes. The young Bees were 2-0 down in pouring rain when the farcical conditions led to the game being halted.Will GriggThe Brentford striker, currently on loan at MK Dons, has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for their next Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania on Friday 14 November.QPRRangers trio Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha are due to be assessed on Thursday to see if they can rejoin the squad for this weekend’s match against Manchester City. All three have been struggling with hamstring injuries.Harrow BoroughTonight’s scheduled game against Tonbridge Angels at Earlsmead was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.SouthallAaron Samuels has been appointed as the club’s new head of youth. The former Arsenal academy player was previously manager of Southall’s Under-11s.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jimmer Fredette on his chance with Warriors: ‘I can do well in that system’

first_imgOAKLAND – Once the Warriors play their next game, they will have a sharp shooter that can make almost any attempt from any distance.Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson won’t be on the floor, though. This time, it will be Jimmer Fredette, who joined the Warriors’ summer-league team in hopes of jump starting a fledgling NBA career.“I would love to make the Golden State Warriors. I would love to do that and show them what I can do and show what type of worth I have,” Fredette said following …last_img read more

Virgin Australia offers new international services

first_imgVirgin Australia has announced a new service between Perth and Abu Dhabi which will give Perth travellers excellent connections into Europe.The new three times weekly service is part of a major route restructure which also includes new flights and connections to the USA.Read Geoffrey Thomas on Virgin Australia’s new in-flight productQantas targets non-stop Sydney to Europe flightsThe Perth to Abu Dhabi service will launch on June 9, 2017 and will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays outbound and Monday, Wednesday and Fridays inbound.The flight using the airline’s Airbus A330-200s with the new state-of-the-art interiors will depart Perth at 11.05pm and arrived in Abu Dhabi at 6.35am connecting with a host of Etihad Airways flights into the region, Europe and the US.Virgin’s three time weekly flight will supplement equity parter Etihad Airways daily afternoon service to Abu Dhabi with Boeing 787s giving the two airlines 10 flights a week.For the US Virgin Australia will reintroduce in April a five times weekly service from Melbourne to Los Angeles.Of particular interest to Perth travellers is a new timing via Brisbane to Los Angeles of 12.45pm ex Perth with an arrival in LA at 5.30pm the same day.This once a week connection will operate from April on a Sunday.     The airline however will drop its Sydney to Abu Dhabi service and those flights will be replaced with an increase in Etihad flights between the two cities.last_img read more

List of Android Phones Getting Gingerbread

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Tags:#Android#mobile center_img We love it when Computerworld’s JR Raphael releases his comprehensive, research-backed articles about things Android users and developers care about, like this analysis of trustworthy manufacturers posted in January. (Our coverage of that news here.) This week, he has updated his list of Android phones getting Gingerbread, complete with links to press citings, company statements, blog posts and tweets, when applicable.So is your phone getting Gingerbread? Take a look.The Computerworld article is available here, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ve collated the basics into Google doc here. Originally, I did so just for my own benefit, after a kind reader pointed out the article to me. Later, it occurred to me that it could be fun to turn this doc into a publicly available resource.I did something similar with the ever-growing list of mobile application development tools (both professional and DIY) back in December 2010. Since the first post in 2009, which only listed a dozen or so products and services, the list has grown to include over 50 different companies, much of that with the ReadWriteMobile community’s help. In fact, that Google spreadsheet now has 53 companies listed, over 20 of which were added by you, the readers. (Thank you!)In that same spirit, I’m releasing, crediting Raphael’s research of course, a public spreadsheet which you can edit too. If you hear more details about Gingerbread’s rollout to various devices, feel free to update this doc.Update: Sorry, hacked. No editing allowed now, but enjoy viewing. And here it is: Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Andy Flower, Duncan Fletcher shortlisted for India coach job: report

first_imgEngland cricket coach Andy Flower is among the few who have been reportedly shortlisted by the BCCI for the India job left vacant by Gary Kirsten, prompting a worried ECB to offer the Zimbabwean a new three-year deal.According to the Daily Telegraph, Flower, along with Duncan Fletcher, are among the shortlisted candidates for the post vacated by Kirsten after India’s World Cup triumph.The ECB, which is determined to hold on to Flower after he guided England to the Ashes and World Twenty20 triumphs, is doing all it can to prevent the former wicketkeeper from being lured by India.”Andy Flower has been offered a new three-year contract as the England and Wales Cricket Board attempts to head off any moves for their highly rated coach from India,” the report said.”Telegraph Sport understands Flower is due to meet Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, at the end of the month to discuss his long-term future and the direction of the England set-up. It is thought that Flower is on a rolling staff contract which offers the same protection rights as any other full-time employee.”Flower, who has been on a holiday after England were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the ODI World Cup, has been non-committal about his future.After the Ashes series, Flower had said that “personally I don’t look much further forward than a few months”.Like ECB, even the English players are keen to have Andy Flower for another term. “I can’t sing his praises highly enough,” said wicketkeeper Matt Prior.advertisement”He has been fantastic. The main thing I love about Andy (Flower) is he is honest. He is a good human being. There are no politics. He just wants to win. Any decision he makes is because he thinks it gives England the best chance of winning.”There is nothing else to him. That is really important. The other thing is he backs his players 100 per cent. To walk out on the pitch knowing your coach is backing you and giving you that support and responsibility to know and trust your game is huge,” he added.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 3 to be on sale again on July 28

first_imgXiaomi Mi 3.On Tuesday, many prospective Xiaomi Mi 3 buyers were disappointed as the phone was sold out in a matter of minutes. Dismayed buyers took to Twitter to voice their disappointment and FlipKart bore the brunt of it.  However, there is some good news, as people who had pre-registered for the Mi 3 and could not buy the device will get another chance on July 28.FlipKart’s support Twitter account reverted to us notifying that pre-registered users will be able to buy the phone on Monday, which is July [email protected] Regret the inconvenience. If you’ve registered, you can place an order on Monday.; flipkartsupport (@flipkartsupport) July 22, 2014 Many consumers also reported on Twitter that the transaction for the Mi 3 was completed but they could not see the phone in their cart.FlipKart has not faced this problem for the first time. It faced similar issues when Motorola launched the Moto G and the Moto E in India earlier in the year.While all this was going on Xiaomi announced the Mi 4, the successor to the Mi 3, in China, which sports better specs and a new metal design.Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

Newfoundland woman plans own funeral gets celebrated band to redo song for

first_imgPETLEY, N.L. – An 80-year-old woman who planned her own funeral has managed to convince a celebrated Newfoundland and Labrador band to re-record a song so it would be more appropriate for her eventual farewell.Eleanor Parrott said she wanted to pre-plan her funeral to remove the burden from her family and had ironed out all of the details except for one — the music that would play when she’s carried out of the church.Parrott said she loves the song “Carry Me” by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, but the ballad eventually turns into a jaunty tune and she didn’t feel that was appropriate for the occasion.“I had a DVD tape of it… and the minute I heard it I said, ‘Oh my lord, wouldn’t that be wonderful coming out of church during my funeral,’” Parrott said in a phone interview Wednesday from her home in the coastal village of Petley on Random Island.“I wondered if they’d do a disc for me just with that lone song on it and sing it soft and mellow right through.”So Parrott called up the music and comedy trio’s manager to ask if they would re-record the song, maintaining the slow tempo throughout.On Friday, band member Wayne Chaulk and his wife arrived on her doorstep and handed her a copy of “Carry Me” that he had personally re-recorded in his son’s home studio to fulfil her unusual request.“Well what a surprise. What a surprise. I didn’t know what to say or what to do,” said Parrott, who will be 81 years old next month and has nine children, 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, with one more on the way.“I opened the door and said, ‘Well God bless yas — come on in’. We had a hug and we talked just the same as if I always knew him. It was really special.”Parrott said it was the most “precious” thing that’s ever happened in her life.“I thought it was the most wonderful thing I had ever heard,” said Parrott of her personalized version of “Carry Me.”The song is featured on the band’s 2009 album The Big Two Five. It goes: “Oh carry me, would you carry me? Take my footprints from the sand. As time goes by we search for joy and the weight of our burden grows. As darkness falls and twilight calls it’s our faith that will carry us through.”Chaulk said when he heard Parrott’s request, he knew he had to fulfil it.“It was just one of those little things in your life that comes along and it just feels right from the beginning that it should be done,” said Chaulk in a phone interview from his home in Charlottetown N.L., adding that the other band members were unfortunately unavailable for the re-recording.“This 80-year-old lady who was so assertive in what she wanted, she just wanted to take care of things so there was no stress on her family. And the way that she came to us — with a particular piece that wasn’t recorded the way she wanted and to ask us to go do it — I thought it was just great.”Parrott said Chaulk’s visit took her by surprise, and she wanted to show her gratitude, so she offered to pay him.Chaulk said he refused, so Parrott turned to a cabinet full of figurines.“She surveyed them all and then stood up on her tip toes and picked out a little golden horse and carriage with a clock in it,” said Chaulk, whose band has been around since the early 1990s. “It’s now prominently displayed on a souvenir shelf in my kitchen.”As for whether the world will get to hear the Parrott-inspired version of “Carry Me,” Chaulk said: “Definitely not.”“That one’s for Eleanor,” he said. “If you really want to hear it, go to her funeral.”— By Aly Thomson in Halifax.last_img read more