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Les étonnantes mâchoires du dragon à écailles

first_imgLes étonnantes mâchoires du dragon à écaillesLors d’un congrès de biologistes à Charleston, en Caroline du Sud, un chercheur a présenté ce mois-ci ses travaux sur la mâchoire des Stomiidae, des poissons abyssaux, aux crocs impressionnants mais à la faible puissance de morsure. Lors de la dernière réunion de la Société de biologie intégrative et comparative, en janvier, à Charleston en Caroline du Sud, Christopher Kenaley, de l’Université de Harvard, a présenté le modèle informatique qu’il a construit pour étudier la mâchoire des poissons de la famille des Stomiidae, appelés dragons à écailles, qui vivent dans les grands fonds.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour saisir les grosses proies dont il se nourrit, l’animal utilise sa gueule à très large ouverture, bardée de crocs surdimensionnés. Double problème : tout d’abord, la taille de cette mâchoire interdit au poisson de la refermer rapidement à cause de la résistance (de l’eau) qui augmente de façon exponentielle avec la longueur de la gueule. Ensuite, la puissance de sa morsure est en fait relativement faible.Ainsi, les modélisations de Kenaley suggèrent que le poisson résout ces difficultés en attrapant sa proie de façon à ce qu’elle soit en position verticale entre ses crocs, qui ne servent donc pas qu’à l’empaler, comme on le pensait auparavant, mais aussi à la maintenir dans cette orientation. Le temps nécessaire pour ‘verrouiller’ les mâchoires autour de la proie passe ainsi de 1 seconde (proie saisie ‘normalement’) à… 0,125 seconde (proie saisie ‘verticalement’) ! Le 28 janvier 2012 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fécondation in vitro Amandine le 1er bébé éprouvette français est devenue mère

first_imgFécondation in vitro : Amandine, le 1er bébé éprouvette français est devenue mèreAmandine, 1er bébé éprouvette français née en 1982, vient de donner naissance à son premier enfant, une petite fille. Prénommée Ava, le bébé de 3,2 kg est en parfaite santé.Le 24 février 1982, le Pr René Frydman aidait à donner naissance au premier bébé éprouvette français, Amandine. Un évènement qui a marqué l’histoire et qui connait aujourd’hui une suite heureuse : 31 ans plus tard, elle vient elle-même de donner naissance à son premier enfant avec l’aide du même professeur. “Amandine, 1er bébé éprouvette français née en 1982, a donné naissance mercredi 12 juin 2013 à une petite fille”, prénommée Ava et pesant 3,2 kg, indique ainsi un communiqué de l’hôpital Foch de Suresnes. L’accouchement s’est fait de manière “naturelle” et “avec les bons soins” du Pr Frydman et du Pr Jean-Marc Ayoubi, chef de service de la maternité, précise la clinique. Si cette naissance a été rendue publique, c’est par la volonté de la mère elle-même.Amandine souhaitait ainsi démontrer que “les personnes nées par FIV [fécondation in vitro] n’ont pas plus de problèmes d’infertilité que les autres”. Elle a expliqué dans une interview donnée au Journal du Dimanche que “c’est un symbole : la médecine aide des couples à un moment et, 30 ans plus tard, tout est naturel”. 350.000 bébés nés de FIV chaque année À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis 1978 et la naissance de la britannique Louise Brown, premier bébé éprouvette au monde (qui a elle-même eu un bébé de façon “naturelle” en 2006), quelque 5 millions de bébés sont nés par FIV. Cette technique vient ainsi en aide à de nombreux couples souffrant de problèmes de fertilité. Au cours des 30 dernières années, les choses ont énormément évolué et environ 350.000 bébés sont conçus de la sorte chaque année, soit 0,3% des 130 millions d’enfants qui naissent dans le monde.Le 17 juin 2013 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THOR RAGNAROK 2017

first_imgStay on target Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 Is Thor: Ragnarok good?It’s GREAT!Really?Really.I mean… haven’t we had enough Marvel movies at this point? To the point where the fact that they tend to be on the good-to-great side is itself becoming kind of predictable?I feel like the shocking “just barely good enough”-ness of Spider-Man: Homecoming has reminded me not to take these things for granted.Fair enough. So what’s this one about?“Ragnarok” (aka “The Twilight of The Gods”) – for those of you either not from Norway or who had friends growing up – is essentially The Apocalypse in the Norse mythology that Thor and the other Asgardian characters are loosely based on; but in terms of the plot that’s sort of a misdirection: In the details, the film is mainly about Thor discovering that Loki’s covert takeover of Asgard (which happened way back at the end of Thor: The Dark World in case you forgot) and his own failure to detect this deception has left the kingdom vulnerable to invasion by Cate Blachett as Hela, a “Goddess of Death” from Odin’s earlier less-benevolent administration who swoops back in and, takes over Asgard and sets about the usual “Conquer The Universe” business after stranding Thor and Loki on Sakaar; a planet of alien gladiators run by Jeff Goldblum’s cosmic weirdo “The Grandmaster. There, they meet up with The Hulk (MIA since shooting himself into space at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron) and an AWOL Asgardian soldier called Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and must find a way to return home and stop her.That’s a lot of characters. Any standouts?Everyone is playing top game, honestly. The MVP is probably Ruffalo as Hulk, because Marvel finally takes the risk of having him actually play “The Monster” as a character rather than giving Banner all the development and dramatic beats and just using Hulk for action sequences. This wasn’t guaranteed to work, but it does and it’s like a whole new character – very reminiscent of what Peter David did with Hulk in the comics. Tessa Thompson is also a revelation as Valkyrie – but I won’t say anything about why because the character and what she does with her is so surprising and unexpected it’s best left to discover yourself. Goldblum, of course, is about as much fun as you’re expecting.How about Blanchett? This is kind of a big deal i.e. Marvel’s first female supervillain, right?She’s delightful, though you should manage expectations re: character presence. As has become an off/on trademark of the Marvel cycle when it comes to “destroy/conquer the universe” villains, her primary role is the set the plot in motion and serve as a “final boss” whose defeat will end it – NOT to drive the plot itself between those points. She’s not the most important thing in the story, basically. BUT! The film is smart enough to know that, “important” or not, Cate Blanchett all dolled up as a kind of black metal fetish idol is quite a thing to behold; so obligatory “scheming scenes” that are mainly about marking time until Thor can finish with the interesting part of the movie before he Final Battle are transformed into wild, campy one-woman-show setpieces for her to vamp around in – and it works.Huh. So it’s named after “The Actual End of The World” but it’s basically another Thor-fights-his-way-back-home adventure?Well… yes and no. It’s hard to parse out without spoilers, but it’s also kind of the point – and “meta-point” – of the whole production.Try.Well… here’s the thing. You know how there’s kind of a backlash happening now against the Marvel “formula” i.e. the movies are too funny, don’t take the material “serious enough” and thus don’t have real dramatic stakes?Assume I do.Okay. Well, part of the rea-Wait – do you agree with that as a criticism of Marvel?No, I find it kind of intellectually lazy, to be honest. It feels like deliberate misunderstanding of how narrative drama works, i.e. it’s not the heaviness of the hand, it’s how you use it: That’s how Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2 got to be the most emotionally-resonant Marvel movie probably ever, despite being one of the “funny” ones, while the second Thor movie was so grimly serious and yet nobody really cared what happened in it. This one feels like a feature-length attempt to course-correct from that, taking the main problems with the franchise (short version: Thor himself isn’t very interesting outside of an ensemble and nobody cares about what happens in or to Asgard) and figuring out how to turn fixing those issues into a storyline.But that storyline ISN’T Ragnarok?See, the thing is, Thor has a third issue but it’s kind of an issue with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and really the whole of blockbuster filmmaking over the last decade or so: Global/universal survival has been “on the line” as the stakes in so many films at this point that it’s become kind of hard to care about it. The End of The World just doesn’t feel like the end of the world anymore; and Marvel’s preferred workaround for this (treat absurdly-overpowered world-ender-scale villainy like Dormammu, Ego, Hela, or [spoiler]’s master-plans as obligatory background spectacle, joke about how tiresome this routine is and put the “smaller” personal/character stakes in the foreground instead) is what get’s misunderstood as unserious or glib. Here, the fresh angle is to also make this the overarching theme of the film as well.In what sense?That would be spoiling. Suffice it to say, the film reminds us within the opening five minutes that OF COURSE “Ragnarok” (here meaning the destruction of Asgard – which is sort of the opposite of what Hela is after) is something Thor can thwart pretty easily because he’s Thor. So instead, the theme and character arc becomes about what “saving Asgard” actually means and what Thor’s role as that savior could conceivably entail. It’s another gambit, framing the inevitability of Ragnarok itself being just another pretty-but-perfunctory apocalyptic spectacle as an existential growth opportunity for Thor, but I think it pays off.So you recommend it?Absolutely. Another big winner for Marvel and a colorful, refreshingly different-feeling take on the genre. By the time it’s over, Thor, Loki, Hulk and several others feel like wholly new characters with an entirely new set of possibilities in front of them – how’s that for stakes?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Final 314 WWE RAW rating overall number sees a drop

first_img Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Facebook Google+ Now Playing Up Next This week’s 3/14 WWE RAW drew a 2.51 cable rating with an average audience of 3.46 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.471 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.392 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.510 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.59 rating with 3.72 million viewers. Despite the drop in viewers, RAW was once against the highest rated show on cable on Monday night.RAW averaged a 1.28 rating among adults 18-49, up from last week’s 1.26.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApp Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

Triple H agrees to new threeyear deal with WWE as an active

first_img Triple H Twitter WHEW! Well thank god Triple Ass is safely re-signed with WWE. To think he might’ve been THIS close to signing with TNA. Boy yeah, more of the same for Raw for the next 3 years. 5 COMMENTS WhatsApp Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto May 11, 2016 at 1:22 am Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Facebook May 11, 2016 at 7:21 am WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower TheCyberZon Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Of course he’s going to agree. He practically owns the company! Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles Get ready for 3 more years of Burial! Vince Mcmahon May 11, 2016 at 11:06 am Tony Schiavone reportedly signs a deal with AEW this past Thursday, will remain on MLW Rather Interesting…. Sorry Sandow and others… creative has nothing for you…. but here’s a new 3 year deal for you HHH! Google+ O’s Fan Martinsburg Cameron Huff Vince May 11, 2016 at 2:01 am Comments are closed. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Triple H agrees to new three-year deal with WWE as an active wrestlerAccording to recent WWE filed paperwork with the SEC, WWE COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque has agreed to terms on a new three-year deal with the company as an active wrestler. The deal was dated as of 5/9/16  according to a report by PWInsider. This would leave Triple H available as an active wrestler through WrestleMania 35.Note on Smackdown airing in Canada this weekThis week’s WWE Smackdown will be airing in Canada on Thursday night due to the OHL Playoffs according to a report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. WWE tapes this week’s Smackdown tonight in Des Moines.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list May 12, 2016 at 1:45 am Mayurnath Reve Well, Triple H has lost 4 of his 6 last wrestlemaniaslast_img read more

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte will main event the Hell in a Cell

first_img I just want to see a post-match spot with Nia Jax ripping off the cage door and laying out the champ (likely to be Sasha Banks). Google+ It’s off… Vince probably think it is a bad idea “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV October 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm SNL stars to be special guests on RAW tomorrow, History of The Nation of Domination October 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm 14 COMMENTS This moment will be etched in WWE history and is truly breaking ground for a new era of women’s wrestling. These two have already cemented their names with the greats of this industry in female competition by breaking this new ground. Congrats to both and I hope to see them tear the house (or Cell) down Now Playing Up Next themagnus316 . Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm Now Playing Up Next Zach Steven Whitlow October 19, 2016 at 7:42 am October 18, 2016 at 11:52 am Now Playing Up Next I dunno if I like this idea or not. But good for them though October 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR unknown Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Videos Articles October 18, 2016 at 9:54 pm Tell us how you really feel, Debbie Downer Jeffery Adam Phillips Pete Dunne makes history as WWE UK Champion, Trailer for McGuinness documentary WhatsApp WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Pinterest …But hey, no pressure, am I right? XD October 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm October 18, 2016 at 6:44 pmcenter_img October 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm October 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm October 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch Mick Foley reports on his official Facebook page that Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship will main event the Hell in a Cell PPV on October 30.Here is the official statement on Foley’s Facebook page:“Forget for a moment about Stephanie McMahon’s jumping high-five or my awkward attempt to hug the #RAW Comissioner. The biggest moment of the night for us came when the #WWE cameras were off, and Stephanie and I just looked at the #HIAC poster, realizing that for #WomensWrestling, history is upon us – as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will main event the #HIAC PPV. I am so happy for Sasha, for Charlotte, for all the women who paved the way, and all those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. It is no exaggeration to say that looking at that poster gave me chills…and they were multiplying.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nick Noel What an awful idea. Do an match that has been done to death that will botched filled with even basic stuff blown. Pretty sure it’s the first, unless you count NXT Respect. Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey This is great news!! It DESERVES to main event…….Is this the first time ANY women’s match as every main evented a PPV??? Gerald Bocook Videos Articles JFJ Videos Articles Jeremy King October 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm October 18, 2016 at 11:12 am This is history. I still go back and watch Sasha Banks and Bayley back at the first Takeover Brooklyn show. I can’t get enough of that match. Both of these women deserve the honor. This is awesome! I remember a year ago thinking womens wrestling was dead in the wwe. I am so happy they pulled their heads out of their asses and seen the possibilities!That said im scared for the match because they are both crazy women! They are going to either completely kill it or completely kill each other. Either way 2 weeks seems a long time and the anticipation might kill me. Jeffery Adam Phillips DeeTrain For a true PPV yes, but there have been Women’s main events on NXT events, RAW, and special main roster cards such as The Brawl to End it All (Wendi Richter vs Fabulous Moolah for the original WWF Women’s Championship at MSG on July 23, 1984). This match was the first non music event ever shown on MTV and to this day remains the highest rated program MTV has ever aired. J™ Kyle Rutherford Andrew Renaldo Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter NOPE! Foley retracted his statement. Looks like it’s not going to happen. Charlotte Flair Mayurnath Reve This is incredible. I’m shocked and amazed and it is wonderful. Freaking amazing. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Atencio unorthodox 3rd District congressional candidate

first_imgWhite Salmon resident Rudy Atencio is running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd District.The 42-year-old Democrat’s campaign has so far proven unorthodox in his quest for the seat currently held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground.He’s been quietly running since February, when he launched a campaign Twitter account that originally promoted the Whig party. Atencio, a member of the LGBTQ community, said he’s conducted most his of in-person campaigning so far from Portland gay bars frequented by Vancouver residents. He’s also launched a website, rudywa.org.In a conversation with The Columbian on Tuesday, Atencio said he’s running on raising the minimum wage and implementing a single-payer health care system.“I am behind a low-cost, needs-based, Medicare-for-all system. So if you need it, you get Medicare. If you don’t need it — there’s no need to extend Medicare to people who are not in need,” Atencio said. “That seems to be the preference for everyone in South Washington that I’ve spoken with while campaigning, as well as people in Portland.”He said that he believes the federal minimum wage is too low, and he predicted that interest rates will rise after the 2020 election, and the cost of living will go up along with them.last_img read more

Jallow Undergoing Personalised Programme to Beef up Scoring

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia international Lamin Jallow is undergoing a personalised training regimen to get him back scoring from all cylinders.The 24-year-old, on loan at second tier Salernitana from Serie A’s Chievo, notched up eleven goals becoming the highest scoring African last season.This season though, he has only a single goal to his name in twelve matches, eight of those from the starting lineup.Saleritana are ardent on ensuring their promotion bid see light of day and having secured the Gambian in that regard, they’re understandably alarmed at the winger’s slow return of goals.As a result, gaffer Coluntouano has recommended a drill to arrest Lamin’s goal profligacy.The drills which involves face to face situations with goalkeepers, is being hoped, will get him bolstered.last_img read more

See the NASA Mars InSight seismometer level itself out

first_imgEnlarge ImageNASA’s InSight mission set this seismometer on the ground in December. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission has a way of making you feel like you’re standing on Mars. Some vivid new images show the latest steps in deploying the lander’s seismometer as the space agency gets ready to listen for marsquakes.InSight gently placed the seismometer on the Mars surface in December using a robotic arm, but it was sitting at a slight angle. On Sunday, NASA shared a before-and-after look at the seismometer leveling itself out. You can see the cable that connects the instrument to the lander. Sci-Tech 0 Share your voice With my seismometer safely at rest on #Mars, I was able to release my hold on it. There’s still some more instrument prep to do, but it’s looking good. pic.twitter.com/FlEsAKjzTT— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 4, 2019 I’ve released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer. Keeping it still will help as I listen for #marsquakes. pic.twitter.com/8NJ9S4gD9i— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 7, 2019 To get ready to record #marsquakes, my seismometer has been leveling itself out and adjusting its internal sensors. It’s always good to be centered and balanced. pic.twitter.com/2A6mpeLNKj— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) January 6, 2019 Tags 22 Photos The instrument moves slightly between the two frames of the GIF. The InSight team reports the seismometer is adjusting its internal sensors. It’ll also receive a wind and thermal shield to protect it while it listens for activity from the interior of Mars.On Friday, NASA showed how the lander’s arm and claw was able to let go of the seismometer before it leveled itself.  These little Mars movies are giving space fans a fabulous view of InSight’s delicate and ambitious work. We can soon look forward to learning more about the red planet’s stomach rumblings.  NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Post a comment InSight landed on Mars in late November to investigate the planet’s vital signs and learn more about how rocky planets are formed. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives,” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator.NASA made an additional adjustment to its seismometer deployment. The InSight team tweeted on Monday that the mission has “released the slack in my cable so it won’t flutter as much in the wind and pull on the seismometer.” NASA Spacelast_img read more

5th and 6th District Councilman Forum

first_imgNeighborhoods United and The League of Women Voters-Baltimore present a forum for Park Heights Residents on March 10 at 6 p.m. Confirmed participants running for City Council include: Betsy Gardner, Sharon Green Middleton, Derrick Lennon, Elizabeth Ryan Martinez, Issac Schleifer, Kinji Pierre Scott, Sharif J. Small and Richard Thomas White. It will be held at New Freedom Baptist Church, 4915 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215.last_img

Flexible color displays with microfluidics

first_img The method also deviates from existing techniques of liquid crystals or organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which consume energy at the level of the light-emitting pixel. The technique houses a microfluidic water droplet train as a flexible, reflective display. The working principle of the system is based on a rotary liquid selector with suction-based negative pressure to drive the droplets in the intended direction and form a predetermined sign.Microchannels of the proposed device were fabricated with the flexible polymer, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a material with properties that include transparency under visible light and permeability to air. The authors used soft lithography and bonding techniques to create PDMS-PDMS microchannels with pixel patterns ranging from 400-800 μm in diameter and 50-200 μm in height. In the device architecture, the patterns were connected via linear channels of 100-200 μm in width. Since the material is permeable to air and gas soluble, a thin Parylene layer (500 nm thick) was deposited within the microchannels to prevent the leakage and evaporation of air and water. A new generation of LCD with higher efficiency, resolution and color performance , Applied Physics Letters Observing the flexibility, recovery and retention of the multicolored display within its original dimensions on microchannels of flexible PDMS. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 To fabricate an optimized pixel size, the authors devised a relationship between the microchannel geometry and water loss in order to maintain a specific volume of dyed water as droplets advanced in the device. The device design and optimization included measurements of the minimal differential pressure required to drive dyed water droplets through the microchannels. The pressure within the microfluidic device suction system was controlled with a computer-aided valve system, and the switch control was programmed using MATLAB. In addition, the capacity for color switching and droplet control was assessed at the level of the single pixel for optimized image display. The relationship between droplet position and the time of negative pressure applied was optimized to indicate that the device could be controlled at the level of the single pixel. The schematic principles of device design and fabrication: The proposed microfluidic device made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) polymer, using standard photolithography fabrication techniques to form pixel-patterned microchannels. The pressure inside the microfluidic device was regulated with a computer-controlled valve system composed of a solenoid valve, vacuum pump and air regulator. The switch control was programmed by MATLAB and gauge pressure controlled by the in-built regulator. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Journal information: Nature Communications , Nature A new study published on Microsystems and Nanoengineering by Kazuhiro Kobayashi and Hiroaki Onoe details the development of a flexible and reflective multicolor display system that does not require continued energy supply for color retention. The idea aims to find futuristic applications with sustainable color displays and replace existing electronic display signs currently used for multicolor messages and images. While the concept originates from electronic paper or flexible electronics that look like print on paper (developed for smart wear), the proposed method simply relies on sequentially introduced colored water droplets and air pockets in a microfluidic device precisely fabricated on a flexible polymer to maintain stable bitmap images without energy consumption. © 2018 Phys.org 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.center_img More information: Kazuhiro Kobayashi et al. Microfluidic-based flexible reflective multicolor display, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1Power-free poly(dimethylsiloxane) microfluidic devices for gold nanoparticle-based DNA analysis dx.doi.org/10.1039%2Fb403930k, Hosokawa et al, 2004, Royal Society of Chemistry, Lab on a Chip.Two-dimensional flexible nanoelectronics, www.nature.com/articles/ncomms6678, Akinwande et al, Review, December 2014, Nature Communications.All-organic active matrix flexible display aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1 … 8213?journalCode=apl Zhou L et al, 2006 Appl. Phys. Lett. Organic thin-film transistor-driven polymer-dispersed liquid crystal displays on flexible polymer substrates aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.1448659, Sheraw et al, 2002, Appl. Phys. Lett. PDMS-based micro PCR chip with Parylene coating iopscience.iop.org/article/10. … 60-1317/13/5/332/pdf, Shin et al, 2003, J. Micromech. Microeng. Electronic paper: flexible active-matrix electronic ink display www.nature.com/articles/423136a Chen, et al, Brief Communication, May 2003, Nature. Citation: Flexible color displays with microfluidics (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-flexible-microfluidics.html Experimental results validated that the system could display multicolored reflective images and retain them without energy consumption as theorized. The images were durable while maintaining their position after pliable twisting, to indicate flexibility and recovery of the original multicolored framework. The scientists predict that such flexible and energy-less display systems may find innovative applications on robot skins, clothes and accessories in daily life in the future. In the study, a range of images were created in this way in zig-zag microchannels as proof of principle to test the proposed concept of flexible multicolor reflective displays. Color retention was enabled by stopping the suction system, during which the orientation of the display remained intact without energy supply. , Lab on a Chip The proof-of-principle of a three-color dot matrix a) multicolored stripe patterns (vertically and horizontally aligned) displayed on microchannels, b-c) the bitmap characters ‘A’ and ‘T’ visualized on the microfluidic-based reflective display, d-g) testing the flexibility of the display to indicate maintenance of the original framework for multicolored display retention. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 The fabricated device for color display a) Meandering microchannels with a 7×13 pixels (25 dpi) display. Inlet and outlet ports were connected to the liquid selector and suction system, b) microscopic images of the tear-drop shaped pixels that constitute the microchannels, the white dots on each pixel were caused by visible light illuminated on the device surface, c) cross-sectional view of the microchannel, a thin parylene film was deposited within the microchannel to prevent air leakage. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Observing the relationship between the droplet position and the timing of negative pressure applied to control the position of droplets at the level of the single-pixel. Credit: Microsystems and Nanoengineering, doi: 10.1038/s41378-018-0018-1 Explore furtherlast_img read more

4 Sturdy Pillars of Data for Growing Your Small Retail Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read When the time comes to expand your retail business, how will you know? Some shop owners decide purely on gut feeling. Some people decide based on excess cash-flow. Forward-thinking retailers decide because they see the signs in the data.As cloud technology has become affordable and accessible to small retailers, now they can take advantage of store data – like foot-traffic converting into sales – that illuminates opportunities for growth from one store to many.But data isn’t just a way of making big decisions like whether or not it’s time to open a new store. Data is your growth medium from the first day you decide to start up a retail business. It’s the stuff the future’s made of.Related:This Slick iBeacon Device Helps Retailers Push Deals to In-Store ShoppersHowever, you don’t need big data to do something useful. All you need is a collection of your own “small data,” used wisely. Here are four types of data you’ll learn to love if you want to build a successful retail business:1. In-store presence data. With the right technology, you can measure everything from foot traffic to in-store dwell time to the areas most visited on the shop floor. Integrate that information with your point-of-sale data and customer data to understand how people shop, including conversion rates and market segment behavior variations.For example, If checkout times are long and abandonment is high, then you know you need to speed up the checkout process or staff up during peak hours. If customers linger longer in the footwear aisles then the lingerie department, but buy more lingerie than footwear, you may want to investigate their reasons and rethink how you are using your space.2. Inventory data. If you peek inside your customers’ shopping baskets, you can learn a lot about what they are buying most. Comparing that to your inventory and cost of goods sold will help you tweak your retail operations to encourage growth. Seasonal fluctuations in purchases and items bought can help you determine when to create new advertising, in-store layouts, web pages or special offers.Related: The Future of Retail: 6 Ways the Cloud Will Reinvent the Sales FloorSan Francisco-based handmade tea retailer, T-We Tea, used inventory data about the cost of goods sold to identify which of their best-selling teas had the highest margins.In order to maximize profits, T-We purchased higher volumes of those teas in order to increase economies of scale. From there, T-We was able to bundle their most popular products together with those same highest margin products, sell at a discounted rate, but still increase profits. These simple but important tweaks grew revenues by 300 percent and helped them expand to a larger location.3. Financial data. Financial data is vital to learning how your cash flow and profits are doing and what patterns they tend to follow. There are plenty of tools on the market that can do this for you, at little to no cost (No need to hire an expensive accountant to tell you how you are doing).Plug your POS system into your accounts so you take control of your day-to-day business finances. Services such as QuickBooks Online integrate with POS systems, allowing you to automatically capture real-time financial data and run analytical reports that give you deep insight your business and let you forecast for growth.4. Customer data. Customer insight helps you grow your brand’s influence and appeal. If you want loyal customers to make repeat purchases and recommend your store to their friends, then you need to listen to your customer data.Working with a company like PayPal, retailers can empower their customers to “check-in” when they arrive, showing the retailer the customer’s photo and buying history. With this kind of insight, you can personalize the customer experience based on their purchase history.These four pillars of data are key to understanding the performance of your company. When you can see what’s going right and what’s going wrong, you’ll make smarter decisions that steer the company in the right direction, creating net improvement all the time.Related: 8 Ways Retailers Should Target Smartphone Users August 6, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Ellis Island in reverse Where deportees go when they get home to

first_img Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY — On the edge of the airport here is a one-story structure, the first stop for tens of thousands of migrants sent back from the United States. It’s like a reverse Ellis Island.Inside, Guatemalan government officials representing dozens of agencies patiently await planeloads of countrymen. There are two banks to exchange U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos for quetzals, the local currency. A doctor stands ready in a clinic to help migrants with injuries.And on a recent morning, officials set out 115 bagged lunches for each passenger arriving on the first flight of the day. There was a sandwich of black beans smeared on bread, apple juice, cookies and a bag of Tortrix — Guatemalan potato chips, a brand chosen, officials said, to help returning migrants reacclimate to society.“Now you’re in your country and with your people” read a large placard at the front of the room. It was written in Spanish and Quiché, the most widely spoken of Guatemala’s 22 indigenous languages. The placard was behind about a dozen kiosks where officials were to quiz the returning migrants. Guatemalan returnees are interviewed and photographed in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27 after the U.S. government returned them to their home country. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonIf living and working in the United States is the dream for tens of thousands of Central Americans immigrants, then ending up in this building is the nightmare.The process that unfolds here most weekdays is at the heart of the Guatemalan government’s plan to address the regional immigration crisis and convince the Obama administration that it’s a reliable partner, worthy of more economic assistance to deter more illegal immigration.“We have a process and we’re improving the quality of how they’re received,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. He said his government is preparing especially for the return of unaccompanied young children who made it across the U.S.-Mexico border but are due to be sent back in the coming weeks after sparking national outrage and a renewed debate on Capitol Hill.“We don’t anticipate a massive deportation of children to Guatemala,” he said. “But we expect that it will happen gradually and that we will be able to receive them well and provide for them.” Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States point out their hometowns after arriving in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27 from the United States. They were offered a bus ticket to return to their hometowns. Daily charter flights from the U.S. return undocumented Guatemalan to their home country. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonU.S. officials closely tracking the process are impressed so far and believe that Guatemala has taken greater steps than El Salvador and Honduras to absorb the contraflow of migrants expected to continue for the foreseeable future. In recent months, the Guatemalan government has refurbished shelters to temporarily house returning migrants who can’t immediately find family or a ride home. And the government has launched a spirited advertising campaign on television, radio and the Internet in several western provinces that is urging Guatemalans to “Quédate,” or “Stay.”Then there’s the simple white building on the military side of the airport that’s barely visible from the gleaming glass passenger terminal on the other side of the tarmac.“It’s better than most DMV operations in the United States,” said Paco Palmieri, a deputy assistant secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, who is one of several U.S. officials who’ve visited and observed the process.Before one recent planeload of migrants arrived, someone turned on loud marimba music to help fill the space and lighten the mood.Moments later, a flight from Alexandria, Louisiana — a jet operated by the charter passenger service World Atlantic Airlines, dubbed “Mission AEX1” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — pulled up next to the building. There were 115 passengers aboard. They were served water. No food. And no in-flight movie.Flights carrying illegal immigrants back to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras take off daily from runways near federal detention facilities in Mesa, Arizona; Brownsville, Texas; or Louisiana. Wheels up to wheels down, the flights cost U.S. taxpayers roughly $10,000. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States eat their bag lunches after being returned to their home country on Aug. 27. Many had been in the U.S. for years before being caught by American immigration authorities. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonThe first person off the plane this day was an ICE official carrying a large manila envelope full of documents. He was followed by three young women and dozens of men, who walked two-by-two into the building. Some smiled, others bopped their heads to the marimba music. As they sat down, they tore into the lunches. Most were dressed in T-shirts, jeans and hiking boots or sneakers.Then the marimba music abruptly cut off.Out stepped Víctor Méndez, an immigration official.“¡Bienvenidos a Guatemala!” he said.The room erupted in cheers.“I have several instructions for you,” he told them. “If you changed your name in the United States for whatever reason, give us your actual name here.” Officials also want to know dates of birth, home towns, why the migrants left the country, when they left and by which exit point along Guatemala’s western border with Mexico.“You have crossed rivers, deserts and on trains,” Méndez told the crowd. “But thank God that you were able to get there, to do work and send help for your families.”When he then said, “You are now in your country,” applause broke out again. Then the migrants were called up to the kiosks to be fingerprinted and interviewed. Minors warrant special attention, but on this flight there were none. Sack lunches are placed on 115 chairs moments before the flight of 115 deportees was due to arrive in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Aug. 27. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States are returned to their home country and are given a briefing, a bag lunch and a bus ticket to go home. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonAmong those waiting was José Luis Maldonado García, 34. He was wearing a yellow shirt from the landscaping company where he worked in Alexandria, Virginia.As he waited for his name to be called, García could recall several exact dates. He first immigrated illegally in 2001 and stayed until returning to Guatemala in 2009. He tried again, but was apprehended in Texas on March 5, 2012. About a month later, he said, he entered the United States and made it to Northern Virginia by May 5, 2012, where he lived and worked until immigration authorities raided his home on Aug. 7. He was taken to Richmond, then a federal facility in Louisiana. Two weeks later, he was back in Guatemala.Asked if he will ever try going to the United States again, García said, “No, I don’t think so. The journey is too treacherous.” He has a wife and two kids — 4 and 2 — in the village of Chiquimula, and, from now on, he said he plans to try earning a living here. Some Guatemalan returnees arrive back in their home country on August 27, 2014 with orange fruit sacks filled with all of their possessions. Undocumented Guatemalan migrants caught in the United States are returned to their home country on daily flights. Washington Post photo by Michael S. WilliamsonPascual Mateo Andrés, 22, said he might try immigrating again one day. He spent eight years in the United States, entering along the Texas border in 2006 and traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, where he worked in a Mexican restaurant. On the night of July 4 — Independence Day — he said local police apprehended him outside the restaurant and handed him over to ICE.Unsure about what’s next, he said, “I guess I’ll stay with my family. I wanted to bring my sisters up, but I couldn’t. They didn’t cross the border.” Once he gets to his family in Acatenango, “I’ll find a new job as fast as I can.”Within an hour, García and Andrés were interviewed and given free bus tickets to travel home.Then it was time to sweep the floor and put out more lunches. Time to cue the marimba music and swing open the doors. Another plane with 107 passengers was unloading momentarily. And many more will be coming soon.© 2014, The Washington Post  Related posts:Central American leaders offer plan to slow child migrant surge Civil rights groups sue to bar expedited deportations of Central American families For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a second US to grant refugee status to Central American child migrantslast_img read more

Officials in Latin America linked to Panama Papers

first_imgSÃO PAULO, Brazil — Various Latin American officials are among the world figures mentioned in the “Panama Papers” trove of leaked tax documents detailing suspect international financial dealings, reporters who analyzed the material found.The documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which helped set up the offshore companies, were obtained from an anonymous source by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with media worldwide by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).In Costa Rica, the investigative branch of AmeliaRueda.com, DATABASEAR, and the University of Costa Rica’s Semanario Universidad worked on the investigation. They found dozens of Costa Rican companies that have worked with the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca on offshore financial dealings, some designed to evade taxes in Costa Rica, which is in the midst of a long-standing fiscal crisis.BRAZILAt least 57 people already linked to Brazil’s huge Petrobras corruption scandal opened offshore companies through Mossack Fonseca, local media reported.The O Estado de São Paulo reported late Sunday that many of those companies were unknown in the anti-corruption “Operation Car Wash” surrounding Petrobras launched in 2014.Topping the list is a company that reportedly belongs to Eduardo Cunha, the speaker of the lower house of Brazil’s legislature and the man heading efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.While Cunha’s name does not directly appear on the list, the Brazilian members of ICIJ looking at the leaked documents — UOL, O Estado de São Paulo and Rede TV — say that one of the companies is directly linked to Cunha.In a statement, Cunha vehemently denied the allegation, and challenged anyone to show his links to any offshore company.Separately, prosecutors last year charged Cunha with taking millions of dollars in bribes and hiding the money in Switzerland.Other Brazilians linked to the “Panama Papers” include a former cabinet minister and a former legislator.Unknown offshore companies belonging to firms linked to the Petrobras scandal have also surfaced. They include construction firm Odebrecht, whose former head, Marcelo Odebrecht, was sentenced in March to nearly 20 years in prison on corruption charges.ARGENTINAPresident Mauricio Macri, his father, and brother Mariano were on the board of directors of an offshore company registered in the Bahamas since 1998, the daily La Nación reported. The company was in operation until 2009, two years into Macri’s tenure as Buenos Aires mayor.In a statement, the government said that Macri was never a stakeholder in the company, even though he was “circumstantially” its CEO.Aside from football megastar Lionel Messi, other prominent Argentines linked to the “Panama Papers” include a former private secretary to the late ex-president Néstor Kirchner (2003-2007) and a senior aide to Macri when the president was Buenos Aires mayor.MEXICOJuan Armando Hinojosa Cantu, one of Mexico’s richest tycoons and head of the Higa business group hid at least $100 million in offshore companies that stretch to New Zealand, according to the website Aristegui Noticias.The money was moved via companies created by Mossack Fonseca using the name of Hinojosa’s mother and mother in law, the website said.In late 2014 Aristegui Noticias reported that one of Hinojosa’s companies provided a lavish mansion for the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto. After the news broke the first lady said she repaid the builder with earnings from her days as a telenovela star.When the government exonerated Peña Nieto for a possible conflict of interest in the case in 2015, Hinojosa transferred millions of dollars to offshore companies in New Zealand, Aristegui Noticias said.Other Mexicans linked to the “Panama Papers” include an oil company contractor, politicians, a popular actress, and people linked to drug cartels, the magazine Proceso reported.PERUTwo major supporters of Keiko Fujimori — who is leading the polls in Peru’s upcoming presidential election — have undeclared interests in offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca, according to the news website Ojo Público.Others linked with offshore companies set up by the Panamanian firm include Peru’s leading timber company as well as three renowned local chefs, Ojo Publico said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Panama Papers: secret accounts of the rich and powerful Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Panama Papers scandal cracks open window for Costa Rica tax reformlast_img read more

APT Group big winner in NT Brolga awards

first_imgThe APT Group has collected three titles in the 2010 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards announced in Darwin.Intrepid Connections won the Major Tour and Transport category, Warwick “Rocky” Rock won Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and Luke Paterson won the Interpretive Guide category.Fleur Ulbrick, General Manager of Intrepid Connections said the awards acknowledged the depth and diversity of APT’s presence in the Northern Territory, in terms of special remote accommodation, market segmentation, product and the quality of personnel who work with the industry and APT customers.Intrepid Connections, a joint venture between APT and Intrepid Travel, is renowned for its quality, value for money, fun, integrity and respect, operating small group (maximum 24), nature and culture, innovative and interactive itineraries.Mr Rock is Regional Manager Central Australia for the APT Group which encompasses Intrepid Connections, VIP Touring and Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge. His career in tourism spans 22 years, 17 of which have been in the tourism industry based in Alice Springs. Mr Paterson is an interpretive guide for Intrepid Connections, guiding three and four-day tours to Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks in 25-passenger 4WD Isuzu vehicles and smaller 4WDs.Winners of the 2010 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Award Categories of Major Tour/Transport Operator and Unique Accommodation automatically become finalists in the 2010 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Source = APT Grouplast_img read more

The field of contenders for the services of Peyton

first_imgThe field of contenders for the services of Peyton Manningdoubled Monday when news trickled out that the free agentquarterback had met with the Miami Dolphins and will talkwith the Tennessee Titans.But one NFL insider doesn’t think much has changed on theManning front despite the presence of two new suitors.“I don’t view the Dolphins as a viable contender in thisparticular case,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter told Mike and Mikeon ESPN Radio Tuesday morning. “I just think that he’stalking to them. I think he’s intrigued, but I think he’smore intrigued by other options out there for variousreasons.” Comments   Share   Manning met with the Dolphins for approximately 6 hoursMonday, but the meeting took place in Indianapolis, notSouth Florida. The former Colts’ quarterback spentquality time with the Cardinals in Tempe and the Broncosin Denver last weekend.With free agency slated to get underway Tuesday afternoonin the NFL, Schefter also speculated on whether or notsome of Manning’s former Indianapolis teammates wouldfollow number 18 wherever he lands. “There is a lot of discussion in league circles thatReggie Wayne will wind up going where Peyton Manning does,be it Denver or Tennessee or Arizona,” he said.Wayne has spent his entire career in Indianapolis, and has862 career receptions, which is good for fourth amongactive NFL receivers. But Wayne isn’t the only Colts player that will hit themarket this afternoon. Tight end Dallas Clark, centerJeff Saturday and wide receiver Pierre Garçon are alsoavailable to the 31 other NFL franchises.“I’m not going to say they bring in all of his formerweapons, but I think it’s a logical conclusion to drawthat wherever Peyton Manning goes, at least a couple ofthese guys are going to follow,” Schefter said. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hurtigruten is pleased

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHurtigruten is pleased to announce that the Kong Harald and Polarlys have completed an extensive refurbishment. The upgrades are part of a plan by the line to upgrade four of its 11 Norwegian Coastal ships and add a new expedition ship, the Spitsbergen, the line’s first new ship in 10 years.The makeovers of the Nordkapp and Nordnorge will be completed this April and November, respectively.The upgraded ships sport a ‘new arctic interior’ look that draws inspiration from modern Scandinavian elements. Additionally, the ship’s restaurants now serve a new ‘coastal kitchen’ concept that emphasises locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The bar has been moved to the panoramic lounge so that guests can enjoy the view with their cocktails.Hurtigruten has also purchased and is doing a near-complete reconstruction of the Spitsbergen. It was built in Portugal in 2009 at the Viana do Castelo shipyard, and is now undergoing adaptation for polar waters; upgrading the cabins, suites and public spaces for the 320 guests; and adjusting the power plants and emissions so as to meet Hurtigruten’s standards. The ship will join the fleet along the Norwegian Coastal Voyage route later this spring and replaces the Midnatsol, which will join the Fram in Antarctica for the 2016/17 season.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Pandaws visiting Vice President of Sales and Mark

first_imgPandaw’s visiting Vice President of Sales and Marketing together with Caitlin O’Loan hosted an Italian-style lunch for guests at Otto Ristorante Cowper Street Wharf Sydney on Wednesday 11 October.Marco Rosa was visiting from his home outside London to update a small media group on Pandaw’s latest news of expansion plus new destinations for 2018 and beyond.Pandaw’s custom-built riverboats have been plying remote Asian waterways for the past 22 years, using a design based on shallow-draft traditional craft.The company supports local schools and hospitals in its own sponsored programs. Marco Rosa tells guests over lunch that many guests are interested and give generously. They enjoy meeting the local people and interacting with children in the schools. On many trips there is no extra charge for solo travellers or “independent explorers”.Several small dishes were served as the Primi Piatti. A noteworthy dish was the platter of Woodside goat’s curd with truffle honey and wafer bread (pane carasau).  Although there were several choices for the next course, most guests could not resist the saffron-infused pasta with Moreton Bay bugs, cherry tomatoes and lemon oil. A creamy tiramisu made a fitting finale.Marco also says that Australians are the second largest group of travellers on their river cruises after those from the UK. Pandaw Cruises works closely with travel agents in Australia and elsewhere.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Price invites 89th District residents to July 8 office hour events

first_img State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will host three office hours on Friday, July 8 in Spring Lake, Park Township and Grand Haven.“A lot has happened over the first six months of 2016, but there is still work to be done in Lansing,” said Rep. Price. “I hope that my fellow 89th District residents will come out on July 8th to share their thoughts on our state government.”Rep. Price will be available on Friday, July 8 at:10-11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, 52 152nd, Holland11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake1-2 p.m. at Coffee Grounds, 41 Washington Ave. No. 180, Grand HavenNo appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend the office hour events can contact Rep. Price’s Lansing office at 517-373-0838. The representative also can be reached by email at amandaprice@house.mi.gov or by mail at N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: News 30Jun Rep. Price invites 89th District residents to July 8 office hour eventslast_img read more

Rep Maturen hosts family of fallen first responder for Sept 11 Memorial

first_img07Sep Rep. Maturen hosts family of fallen first responder for Sept. 11 Memorial Service Categories: Maturen News,News State Rep. David Maturen today took part in the annual House ceremony recognizing first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.Maturen, of Vicksburg, read the names of Wayne State University K9 Officer Collin Rose, who was shot and killed on Nov. 22, 2016, and Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Switalski, who died in the line of duty on June 13 of this year. Maturen also invited relatives of the two men, who lived in the communities he represents, to attend the ceremony.“The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, demonstrated the heroic lengths first responders and members of the military went to attempting to save the lives of people in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,” Maturen said. “We conduct this ceremony at the Capitol every year so we can honor the heroes from our communities who put their lives on the line every day they go to work. It helps provide comfort to family members to know the sacrifice their spouse, children or parents made is not forgotten.”The House has conducted the ceremony since September 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. David Maturen, of Vicksburg, was joined today by Randy and Karen Rose, parents of fallen Wayne State University K9 Officer Collin Rose, and Collin Rose’s fiancé, Nikki Salgot, as his guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.last_img read more