11-year-old makes 3-D printed face shield and mask straps to help healthcare workers

first_imgAndrew made about 100 of those pieces and on Thursday, he donated every single one to UHS Hospital. He says each piece took about an hour to make and says he was doing what he could to help our local hospital workers. VESTAL (WBNG) — Andrew Herceg has been using his 3-D printer for about a year and decided he wanted to put it to good use. “Because it hurts people’s ears when they have the masks on them and this helps that,” said Andrew. Andrew is 11 years old, but his heart is beyond his years. With the help of a new design, he was able to use his 3-D printer to make straps that attach to face shields and masks, common things healthcare workers are wearing over the course of several hours. “I think it’s great to get involved in the community during this time when we don’t know what’s happening every day to have a goal to do something that’s helpful,” said Caryn. Meanwhile, his father who is in the healthcare industry, and his mother, Caryn, are proud of their son for combining his hard work with his generosity. Andrew says he doesn’t plan on stopping any time yet. He says he looks forward to making more to help people in his community.last_img read more

Fortnite content update adds Tilted Town, a Season 10 map change where you can’t build

first_imgBut we’re not here to debate about robots. We’re here to look at the patch notes, which includes an interesting new area on the map called Tilted Town. Harvesting and building will not be allowed in this area, and several weapons have been unvaulted for this area of the map only.We also have yet another sniper added to the game.What to expect in Tilted TownA Rift Zone, which first affected Dusty Divot, turning it into Dusty Depot, has now affected Neo Tilted. Neo Tilted is no more and this area on the map is now called Tilted Town. According to Epic games, “A Rift Zone has turned this location into what it was many years in the past: a Wild West settlement.”The biggest thing you need to know about Tilted Town is building and harvesting are not allowed in this area.There are also a handful of weapons that spawn in this area of the map:Double Barrel Shotgun (Epic and Legendary variants)Six Shooter (Uncommon, Rare, and Epic variants)Hunting Rifle (Uncommon and Rare variants)Infantry Rifle  (Common variant)Automatic Sniper Rifle added “Keep your opponents pinned down at long range with this full-auto sniper rifle.”Epic Games has added yet another Sniper Rifle into Fortnite. In fact, there are almost two new snipers added to the game if you consider that the Hunting Rifle has been unvaulted for Tilted Town. We now have the Storm Scout, Automatic, Semi-Auto, Bolt-Action and the Heavy snipers all in the game.The Automatic Sniper Rifle is available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants. it can be found from Floor, Chest, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Loot Carriers. Here’s what you need to know about the Automatic Sniper Rifle:  Uses Medium Ammo.Projectiles travel faster than other Sniper Rifles.Damage: 31/33/35Headshot: 62/66/704 Rounds per second.16 Rounds per magazine.Uses a reduced zoom scope.There will also be a new limited time mode added to Fortnite’s rotation. It will be called Aresenal and it’s a Solo team type.”Work your way through all of the weapons, starting with the higher rarities and ending with the lower rarities. The first player to get an elimination with the final weapon wins! Infinite ammo is on, and players will drop materials when they are eliminated.” Epic Games released its v10.00 Content Update patch notes for Fortnite Tuesday morning, and fans likely won’t be too happy with the results.Not that anything within the patch notes is bad, but rather what’s not in the patch notes. After several days of complaints about the BRUTE being overpowered, Epic Games did not nerf the controversial Season 10 weapon. The BRUTE remains in the game, and is as powerful as when it first arrived. (Epic Games) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/13/10/automatic-sniper-rifle_lhfjhcq0qqsg198ztfmsisqy9.jpg?t=1725822044&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Costa Rica pledges to improve protection of its wetlands

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican court orders effective protection for Corcovado National Park Alleged gold miners camp outside Corcovado National Park, demand compensation  Sea lions found at Costa Rica’s central Pacific beaches Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas President Luis Guillermo Solís and other government officials have officially launched the new National Wetlands Policy, a road map to the preservation of Costa Rica’s more than 2,000 water sources and reservoirs.At a signing ceremony held on Monday at Casa Presidencial, environment officials said they have already started working on some of the plan’s actions including a National Wetland Inventory, a project to compile an updated list of all water sources in the country.The plan, for the first time, proposes measures to protect wetlands at risk and to rehabilitate those facing deterioration. The document outlines tasks, goals and responsibilities distributed among various ministries and public agencies. Various non-govermental organizations also are part of the plan’s goals.Environment Minister Édgar Gutiérrez said the plan will help the government improve the supervision and protection of all the country’s bodies of water. The plan focuses on five main areas: conservation, climate adaptation, ecological rehabilitation, strengthening of environmental agencies and inclusive participation. The last area is designed to involve indigenous people and residents of rural communities in the decision-making process.Essential ecosystemsThe drafting of the government’s plan took almost two years. The final document lists a series of actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change on Costa Rica’s ecosystems, particularly on wetlands.Measures aim at protecting ecosystems in rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons, as well as marshes, flood plains, mangroves, coral reefs, the seabed and marine waters.Wetlands represent nearly seven percent of Costa Rican territory. All these natural water reservoirs are key to counteracting the effects of climate change here, Gutiérrez said. They also provide food, fresh water, fiber, biochemicals and genetic materials.“Wetlands also fulfill recreational, aesthetic, educational and spiritual functions that are part of our culture,” the minister said.The plan also involves a promotion strategy, including some informative videos that will air in coming days.Watch one of the videos about Palo Verde, one of Costa Rica’s most famous wetlands (in Spanish): More neededPresident Solís highlighted the importance of the new plan, but stressed that the country will need a intense effort to turn the plan into concrete actions.Solís said that despite Costa Rica’s successful actions regarding conservation, protected lands are still in a very vulnerable situation due to a lack of resources.Among others challenges, the president acknowledged that there are not enough park rangers and that current guards don’t have appropriate or sufficient resources.Alice Shackelford, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme, said at the event that the government’s plan is critical for highlighting the role of wetlands in Costa Rica’s sustainable development ,as well as their importance for women, children, Afro-descendants, indigenous people, coastal communities and other groups.The Costa Rican Federation for Environmental Conservation (FECON), in a written response, was less optimistic about the government’s plan. The group’s president, Mauricio Álvarez, said that “what the country needs is actions and not words.”He noted that in August 2016, the administration of President Solís approved Executive Decree #39838, which allows the Environment Ministry to authorize intervention inside wetlands “for repairing, constructing or expanding infrastructure.”Álvarez said that the decree would primarily benefit private contractors by allowing them to build and expand public roads and other projects that would pass through protected areas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more