Water levels are down in most of the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula, and that means it’s time to make the extra effort in your days on the river to clean up as much as you can while you can. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.” Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Alice Main from Stream Watch: “It’s always good to mitigate our impacts where we can, and clean up where we can.” Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch
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WILMINGTON, MA — St. Thomas (126 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10am to 3pm.The fair will feature a variety of crafters and vendors, plus a children’s game table, bake table, and a HUGE raffle table. Raffle prizes include a 50″ flat screen TV, Fitbit, and wine baskets.Coffee, donuts and lunch will be served.(NOTE: The above announcement was submitted by Kathy Catanzano.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSt. Thomas Women’s Club To Hold Craft Fair On November 18In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”Details On EIGHT Holiday Fairs Happening In WilmingtonIn “Community”
How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags 21 TV and Movies What it meansIt would seem Captain Marvel was indeed at the other end of that pager, as everyone had assumed at the end of Infinity War. It also appears Carol survived the snap. In one of the last Captain Marvel scenes, Carol gives Fury an upgraded version of his pager, telling him to use it if he ever needs her to come back.So, is this an actual scene from Avengers: Endgame, a heavily edited version of a scene, or something filmed exclusively for the Captain Marvel postcredits scene? It’s difficult to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t exactly how Carol’s arrival on Earth plays out in Avengers: Endgame. Nevertheless, it was awesome. Carol takes her hero shot. Marvel Scene 2: Cute and slightly disgustingWe start the scene with a tight front shot of Nick Fury’s desk from 1995. The nameplate simply says “N. Fury” on the front. His office appears to be completely vacated. The camera slowly zooms in, and Goose the cat enters the frame. Like all cats do, especially mine — a lot lately, annoyingly — he begins to cough up a hairball. After few seconds of heaving, he coughs up the Tesseract onto Fury’s desk. After a beat, the film ends.What it meansIn the movie, Goose the cat is revealed to be a Flerken. That’s an alien species that looks like a cat but can devour things with huge tentacles that come out of its mouth. During the movie, Goose swallows the Tesseract to keep it away from Star Force — the Kree’s Seal Team 6, led by Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, which Carol is a member of at the beginning of the movie. If only they all knew what this actually was… 26 Photos Comments Captain Marvel is a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies, with great performances, fantastic action, one of the best stories of any MCU movie so far and the real 90s independent movie feel. As expected, it also had two postcredits scenes. The first will probably get you even more excited about Avengers: Endgame than you already are, and the second is more of a humorous bookend to the film. Definitely stay for the first one. The second one is up to you. I will say this, though: the second one is a lot better than the second postcredits scene in Ant-man and the Wasp. And now, a huge, Quadjet-size spoiler warning if you’d rather go into the movie (and maybe Avengers: Endgame?) cold. Composite by Aaron Robinson Scene 1: Carol Danvers, allow me to introduce you to…The scene starts with a closeup of Fury’s pager from the end of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s still beeping and Captain Marvel’s symbol is still on the screen. Suddenly the pager screen goes black. We then cut to Steve Rogers and Black Widow looking over some holographic images, still getting data on how many people are dead after Thanos’ snap. Marvel Cinematic Universe postcredits scenes, rankedRhodey then enters the room and tells them the pager is no longer sending a signal. We see Bruce Banner, who says whatever signal it was sending finally crapped out. Captain Marvel just caught the train to the billion dollar club. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios “I thought we bypassed the battery,” Cap says. Replies Rhodey, “Well, we did. It’s still plugged in, just stopped.” Cap tells them to reboot it and send the signal again. Black Widow says the message was obviously important to Fury and to tell her the second they get the pager working again. “I want to know who’s on the end of that thing,” she says. Black Widow then turns to leave, and standing right in front of her is Captain Marvel looking pissed off. After a beat she asks, “Where’s Fury?” The scene ends. Share your voice Captain Marvel Marvel
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya made his first appearance of the 2016 season of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, the venue of the auto racing event in England.At the public outing, Mallya also a co-owner of Force India racing team, said his love for the sport had prompted him to buy stake in the team. “I love racing, I’m a petrolhead, I’m passionate about it…” he was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.Overseeing his Formula 1 team’s activities at England, where he’s cocooned since March 2, the businessman told Reuters he was at home in London and would not return to India “unless assured of a fair trial in India, if at all there needs to be a trial.”Mallya has been continuously issued summons from India’s authorities to appear in front of the courts to settle cases relating to his $1.4 billion loan on the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and other charges of corporate misgovernance.Upset at the alleged media trials and reports claiming that his defaults amounted to $1.16 billion, Mallya said these were overstated by more than twice of the actual borrowings. He noted the courts were yet to decide on the nature of his guarantee as well as the amount arising from such guarantee.According to Reuters, Mallya insisted that Indian media took sides to only corner him. “The media is screaming about 900 million pounds,” he said. “What nobody cares to mention is that Kingfisher Airlines has launched a counter-claim on the banks themselves under lenders’ liability for 380 million.” Enjoying his right of residence granted in 1992 by Britain, he added that all questions the Indian authorities wanted him to answer for could be done in England or through a video conferencing. “But why only in India? And why after my passport has been revoked?,” he said. “Life must go on,” he told motorsport.com. He added that “…being based here and not travelling I have more time to devote to want I want to. Working out six days a week so I shed a few kilos and I’m feeling good and fit.”On his team’s performance, he said Force India was aiming for the number fourth spot this season.
Narayanganj Sadar police station officer-in-charge Kamrul Islam drove out voters from the polling station at Morgan Girls’ School in Naryanganj city on Sunday afternoon.Three vehicles led by the OC reached the voting centre at around 2:00pm and started blowing sirens to intimidate the voters.When this correspondent approached him to talk on the matter, Kamrul Islam indicated him to move away.Dulal Mia, 50, reached the polling station at 11:00am to cast his vote and found the gate closed.Around 1:30pm, over one hundred voters were seen chanting slogans demanding scopes to cast their votes. Four female voters were quarrelling with the armed police.They alleged to Prothom Alo that police beat them up and confined them for two hours closing the gate.When this correspondent attempted to talk to the presiding officer, the law enforcement said everybody was eating inside.As the voters nearby heard it, they became angry and said, “We are standing here for two hours and they are still eating.”“They are chasing us as if we have come to steal,” the voters expressed anger.About the situation, an officer of Sadar police station said, “Don’t you know about the situation? Everything is done.”* This report published in Prothom Alo Bangla online has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
Berlin Climate and Security Conference held on Wednesday, 5 June 2019. Photo: UNBState minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam has asked for climate justice that needs to be established and demanded compensation and adequate financial and other assistance for adaptation measures.He called for more concrete global coordination and insisted that the developed countries and the countries responsible for producing huge amount of greenhouse gases must triple their nationally determined commitments (NDCc) if they want to limit the rise of global temperature below two degree centigrade and preferably up to 1.5 degree centigrade, reports UNB.Atthe Berlin Climate and Security Conference held on Wednesday, Alam mentioned that for the persons displaced due to climate change, migration and relocation are options to consider, according to the foreign ministry.The conference discussed the existential threat to human civilisation as a whole due to ever worsening climate change and the grave danger it presents to the physical and political security of different countries and even individuals.To deal with climate change related displacement, Alam called for new binding legal instrument as the existing instruments are not adequate and are mostly voluntary.The state minister described the grave threat of climate change to Bangladesh and explained how, if continued in the same fashion, this will cause extreme devastation to every sector of Bangladesh endangering all the achievements.Alam mentioned the actions and strategy under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to fight the adverse impacts of the climate change.He said that Bangladesh and similar countries contributed nothing to the issue of climate change but they were the worst victims due to irresponsible activities of some developed and other states.He also mentioned the Rohingya crisis and compared it with global climate change calamity as both of them produce similar devastation.As there were proposals from other participants to refer the climate change and the security nexus to the Security Council of UN, the state minister called for considering the issue necessarily as a development concern which should be covered by all organs and agencies of UN.He demanded true implementation of the Paris Agreement, 2030 Development Agenda (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework and continuation of existing facilities for LDCs after graduation as effective measures to fight climate change.This annual conference was organised by the German Federal Foreign Office, independent German think tanks Adelphi and Potsdam Institute of Climate Research, and the German foreign ministry project ‘Climate Diplomacy’.President of Nauru, deputy prime minister of Belgium, foreign and state ministers of Germany, Sweden, Ghana, Maldives, Malta, Palau, UK, Cote d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, former US secretary of state John Kerry, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, foreign secretaries of different countries and scores of high officials and academicians from several leading think tanks of Europe participated in this year’s conference.
The two-time All-ACC selection currently leads the Cardinals with a 72.3 stroke average for the 2018-19 season. Hartlage tallied top 10 showings in three of five tournaments and closed out the fall with a runner-up finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. She opened the spring season with a win in the Moon Golf Invitational. Hartlage will begin second round play on Thursday morning on the 10th tee at 10:00 a.m. Print Friendly Version Story Links AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of Louisville junior Lauren Hartlage is tied for 40th after first round play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon. The Elizabethtown, Ky. native was able to settle down after the first five holes and par 10 out of the 11 remaining holes. She eagled the par-4 seventh hole. She finished just one over on the back nine to move up in the rankings throughout the day. On the day, Hartlage shot a 76 to finish four over. The first two rounds, April 3-4 are played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round April 5. The final 18 holes will take place at Augusta National on April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2019. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 5 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6 and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7.
With the festive season around the corner, decorate your home elegantly with the right accessories, designer ceilings and many more, say experts. Here are some tips on how to give a makeover to your house this festive season.4Furniture and accessories: It’s that time of the year again, when investing in new furniture seems like a great idea. Replace your old sofa, table or bed with the latest options available in the market. In case you don’t want to switch your furniture, changing its fabric or upholstery is always an option. Use traditionally vibrant or bold colours to add in the festive effect. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfContinue to glorify your space by accessorising with elegant curtains, rugs, vases, scented candles and other glassware. Don’t forget designer ceilings: A designer ceiling can make a dramatic visual impact on any space. Today, with the array of designs that designer ceilings offer, households feel spoilt for choice and find it to be an imperative part of a festive house makeover.Designer ceilings can be customized to the design of your choice and can be installed in as much as in a week’s time, and sometimes even faster than what it takes to get your home painted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLight up your festive mood: One often relates ambience to the lighting provided in a particular space, and creating an ambience can be made easy by choosing the right kind of lighting. A big advantage of installing designer ceilings is the high quality LED lights that can be fixed seamlessly, as per your creative choice, without the concern of high electricity bills. Redo your walls and create your own space: Jazz up your space by making your walls look colourful. Paint one wall in a brighter shade and others in lighter tones to maintain the balance. If not paint, you can opt for wall paper and wall decals, these are less expensive option. Style your wall with racks for books and décor pieces. Blend in with nature: Opt for bamboo shoots and bonsai plants. These can be kept on your centre table or in the unkempt corner of your house. It’s all about blending nature within your environment.
4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For small businesses, the new millennium has arrived about a decade late. The big year for innovation was supposed to be 2001, when things like artificial intelligence and a worldwide-networked office were said to be to coming to market. But it has taken an extra 10 years of digital toiling to make some of these tools a reality.In 2011, small-business owners will face a staggering array of new technologies and services. These won’t be for-geeks-only stuff. These are mainstream business systems from the tech giants — tools you may want to consider adopting or you could get left behind.Here are my thoughts on the top business technology trends for 2011. You’ll need to be familiar with these if you want to stay on the cutting edge of your market.1. The Web on your phone might be as fast the Web in your office. The biggest game-changing tool for 2011 is a new generation of fast wireless cellular standards known as 4G. By midyear, most mobile consumers will be able to receive service that’s similar to the robust, plugged-in Web access found in an office. All the major phone carriers will be offering it, including Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. Look also for offerings from start-ups, such as Antelecom Inc., Clearwire Corp., Xanadoo Co. and Towerstream Corp., and from cable companies like Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc.However, coverage is likely to be spotty and comparing plans could be a struggle, at least in the early days. The cost may be as high as $60 a month per employee and sharing a Web connection won’t be an option. But those willing to brave the trials of moving to a technology early may not only be able to say goodbye to their existing data provider but they may never again need a hard-wired Web connection. The mobile business race really begins in 2011.2. Day planners won’t just track your schedule. Starting next year, smart Web-based business-automation tools will find their way into business software and begin offering opinions on everything from how you should manage tasks to how you arrange meetings and budget projects. Already, Google is adding a sophisticated feature to its Gmail Priority Inbox email services that is designed to help users sort emails in order of their importance. Companies such as Intuit Inc. are adding financial modeling tools to QuickBooks and Mint.com that are so sophisticated that they can guess when you will lose money.Startups are also offering tools to help firms write documents and create content. The leader now is StatSheet Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based technology company that specializes in sports content. In October, it introduced a Web-based service that automatically creates legible articles, analysis and data with nearly no direct human involvement. What does that mean to you? For better or worse, you may soon face the daunting prospect of managing memos and business correspondence that, in some ways, write themselves.3. Work life might be controlled by the touch of a finger. Call it the iPhone effect for businesses. A new generation of Apple Inc.’s iPad-inspired, touch-controlled work tools will go mainstream in 2011.A range of office standbys from printers to desktop PCs will add iPhone-like touch-pad controls. A slew of touch-enabled kiosks, displays and machine controls will be cheap and widely available.The effects are likely to be profound. Touch-enabled screens, just like on iPhones, will allow for a wide swath of new features and functions to be built into just about any business device. Printers will not only connect to the Web but will also produce custom news feeds. Touch-enabled PCs will support both traditional office software and sophisticated inventory and business-management tools that once required pricey custom hardware.Aggressive first movers are already making an impact. For example, San Francisco-based Touch Revolution is developing a line of mobile-phone savvy touch-enabled control modules that are being adapted to everything to office systems to kitchen appliances.By this time next year, your fingers may not only do the walking around the office. They may do the talking as well. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » December 29, 2010
April 27, 2015 A disruptive shadow looms over Tesla Motors’ giant Nevada “gigafactory”—the threat of rapidly advancing battery technology. While plenty of hurdles face new battery tech, the emergence of a viable and significantly better battery in the next five years could turn Tesla’s $5 billion facility for mass producing lithium-ion batteries into a giga-albatross.In January, Fuji Pigment Co. Ltd. (not affiliated with Fujifilm) announced that it had made a significant breakthrough in aluminum-air battery technology. Aluminium-air batteries have a theoretical capacity more than 40 times greater than the lithium-ion cells Tesla will soon mass-produce, and Fuji Pigment has stated it will commercialize its innovation by the end of 2015. This means that the gigafactory’s products could already be outclassed before its target 2016 opening—and long before the estimated 7-10 years of full production it could take to recoup the factory’s costs.Battery innovation takes place within a rigid structure: every battery has two ‘sides,’ the cathode and anode, which react through an electrolyte medium to produce power. An aluminum-air battery generates electricity from the reaction of oxygen and aluminum, using water as an electrolyte. A standard aluminium-air reaction consumes the aluminum anode, which must be physically replaced rather than electrically recharged. But Fuji Pigment claims that, by adding strategically placed layers of ceramic and carbon, it has managed to suppress corrosion and reaction byproducts, creating an aluminium-air battery that can be recharged multiple times by simply adding water.Dr. Mark Hersam, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, says that it would be “stunning” if Fuji Pigment hit their target for commercialization. Among other unaddressed issues, he points out that aluminium-air batteries physically contract as they discharge, which can lead to fracturing and make them difficult to integrate into fault-intolerant automotive systems.In an email, Ryohei Mori, Fuji Pigment’s lead researcher on the aluminium-air project, sounded a slightly more cautious note than the company’s January press release. “We are still at developing stage, and maybe in the near future . . . we can work together with large scale.”But Fuji Pigment is not the only company working on a better battery. Israel’s Phinergy is also pursuing the aluminium-air dream, while American startups Pathion and Sakti 3 are looking at an even more radical innovation—solid-state batteries that replace liquid electrolytes with ceramic or crystal. Sakti 3 has successfully demoed a battery that produces 1,000 watt-hours of energy per liter of battery volume, which in practice could more than double the driving range of a current Tesla. Pathion CEO Michael Liddle projects that solid-state battery technology will be market-ready within two years.Of course, the main point of the gigafactory is not to produce cutting-edge batteries, but to produce existing tech on a scale that will bring costs down—Tesla hopes to sell an electric sedan for $35,000. But in this regard, too, both aluminium-air and solid-state batteries have a potential edge. Aluminum is far cheaper than lithium, and solid-state batteries could be ‘printed’ like computer chips, a much more efficient process than the layering and rolling of metal and gel that produces lithium-ion batteries.According to Dan Radomski, vice president for industry and venture development at the consulting firm NextEnergy, it would be very difficult for Tesla to pivot in response to these innovations. “It’s not too much different from us going from VHS to disc. It changes the entire supply chain.”The demands of the automotive sector may buy Tesla some time. Cars are subject to high and low temperatures that have a significant impact on battery performance, and the standard for safety is understandably high. While lithium-ion batteries have shown some problems in responding to high temperatures, decades of testing have gone into gaining it acceptance for use in cars.Tesla will also likely have some options for upgrading the gigafactory’s lithium-ion products. Researchers at Nangyang Technological University have developed a fast-charging titanium dioxide anode, and Mark Hersam’s team at Northwestern has doubled the capacity of a lithium-ion anode by interlacing materials like graphene. Though cathode advances have trailed, integrating new materials would not require a wholesale overhaul of the gigafactory’s lithium-ion production process.Ultimately, the biggest question mark for the gigafactory’s long-term viability are less technological than strategic. An innovation in a lab is not the same as a working product, and Pathion’s Michael Liddle says that the piecemeal nature of battery research has limited real-world advances. Many startups and researchers can produce a better cathode, anode, or electrolyte, but all three must work together perfectly to make a battery. The capital to bring the pieces together, and bring production of new batteries to scale, has been scarce.But that’s likely to change with major manufacturers like Cadillac and BMW moving more aggressively into electrics. With range an ever more vital competitive point, increasing amounts of capital will be chasing the next big battery (GM is a major investor in Sakti 3). That could push the rate of change beyond what even Tesla CEO Elon Musk could have foreseen. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now »
Yesterday, Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 66. In this release, the Firefox team aimed to reduce the online annoyances users face by introducing features like Block Autoplay, scroll anchoring, and more. Key features Firefox 66 is packed with: Block Autoplay Often, when we visit a website for some research or reading an article, it all of a sudden starts playing a video or audio, which is quite distracting. In this release, Firefox prevents websites from playing audio and video automatically by default with a newly-added feature, Block Autoplay. If you have already visited a website and clicked on the play button of a video, Firefox will remember your preference and automatically play videos in the subsequent visits. You can also enable autoplay on your favorite website by adding them to your permission list. For this, you just need to visit the control center by clicking the “i” with a circle on the address bar. Then go to Permissions and select the “allow” option in the drop-down menu. Source: Mozilla Scroll anchoring The text part of a web page loads faster as compared to the images and ads. So, as you are reading the article, these slow-loading ads and images move the text around. Scroll anchoring solves this problem, by remembering where you are so that you are not interrupted by these slow-loading images or ads. Improved search experience If you are someone who opens everything in a new tab and ends up with 20 open tabs, like me, this new feature in Firefox 66 is a savior for you. This version allows you to search tabs from the tab overflow menu, which appears when you have a large number of tabs open in a window. Additionally, Firefox 66 comes with a redesigned new tab for private browsing. Now, when you open a new tab in private browsing, it will show a search bar with your default search engine. To set your default search engine, go to Preferences, Search, then select Default Search Engine. Read the official announcement, to know about other exciting features Firefox 66 comes with. Read Next Mozilla’s Firefox Send is now publicly available as an encrypted file sharing service Mozilla Firefox will soon support ‘letterboxing’, an anti-fingerprinting technique of the Tor Browser Mozilla releases Firefox 65 with support for AV1, enhanced tracking protection, and more!
Travelweek Group Posted by Carnival Cruise Line adds 13 new Journeys voyages in 2018-19 Share MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys cruise series with 13 new seagoing adventures departing in 2018 and 2019.The new 12- to 14-day voyages will depart from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, and follow on the heels of previously announced nine- to 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises departing in 2017-18.Guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises can participate in unique onboard activities and cultural opportunities at various ports of call that focus on a broad range of topics, including photography, cooking, arts and crafts and social media. There’s also a 1980s-themed ‘Throwback Sea Day’ that’s available.“Our Carnival Journeys cruises have proven enormously popular with guests who enjoy both unforgettable landside experiences and one-of-a-kind onboard enrichment activities that this unique program offers,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “We’re thrilled to expand Carnival Journeys with these 13 new voyages that showcase some of the world’s most captivating destinations.”The 13 new Carnival Journeys voyages include:Carnival Splendour: 14-day Alaska cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, departing Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, 2018, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as Victoria, B.C.Carnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage departing Galveston on Sept. 16, 2018, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St. MaartenCarnival Splendour: three 14-day Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Long Beach departing Oct. 13, 2018, Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 12, 2019, visiting Maui, Honolulu, Kona and HiloCarnival Freedom: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Galveston, departing Oct. 28-Nov. 10, 2018, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and CozumelCarnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage operating roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Nov. 3, 2018, with stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola and San JuanCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Nov. 4, 2018, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. MaartenCarnival Ecstasy: 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Charleston, departing Nov. 10, 2018, featuring Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and San JuanCarnival Miracle: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Tamp, departing Dec. 2, visiting Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho RiosCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Jan. 6, 2019, visiting St. Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand TurkCanrival Sunshine: 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Jan. 12, 2019, calling at Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber CoveCarnival Freedom: 14-day Southern Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Galveston on Jan. 19, 2019, featuring Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and Cozumel Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Tags: Carnival Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel Monday, February 5, 2018 John FeenaghtyTORONTO — John Feenaghty has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of Goway Travel as the company focuses on long-term plans including the gradual retirement of Goway’s founder and President, Bruce Hodge.Feenaghty’s mandate includes growth in all areas of the company, spearheaded by an anticipated surge in UK/Europe volume.As reported in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of Travelweek, Hodge says his goal is to grow Goway’s UK and Europe business to be as big as the company’s Downunder business – that includes Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands – in 3 years.Goway Travel’s UK/Europe division is now headed up by industry veteran Craig Canvin.Goway is also looking at the ultimate development of a North American program. The latter will mean Goway offers ‘the world’, and includes plans to open wholesale offices in Australia and the UK.Feenaghty has 25 years of experience across a variety of travel industry fields. His most recent tenure was with Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia where he held a number of senior roles over his 14 years. His broad experience covers retail, wholesale, product, e-commerce, operations and marketing.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaStarting out in the RAAF as a flight steward nearly 30 years ago, John moved from hospitality to travel, with a career at the Queensland Government Travel Centre in Brisbane. A few years followed with Thomas Cook retail, Sunlover Holidays, and a short stint in the U.S. with an Australian travel specialist.In 2003, he took over the Marketing division of Flight Centre’s emerging wholesale brand Infinity Holidays for several years. This evolved into key roles across the company, including GM of Quickbeds.com, SVP Product & Marketing at Liberty Travel (USA based) and GM of Product & Marketing with the Infinity Group.“During my time in the USA, I was well aware of Goway, and am looking forward to moving back to North America to assume this role for such a well-respected company,” said Feenaghty.Feenaghty will also oversee the rise of Adam and Bronwyn Hodge, as they assume senior leadership roles in the business. Bruce’s wife Claire, from South Africa, was a passenger on his last European tour, joined him a year after starting Goway. All four members of the Hodge family contribute to the success of Goway.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHodge launched Goway in 1970 in Toronto. A former research economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia and European camping tour leader, he initially operated his fledgling business out of a two-bedroom apartment, and worked in a peanut butter factory at night to maintain cash flow.These days Goway has offices in Toronto, L.A., Vancouver, Sydney and Manila, a staff of over 300 people and a reputation for providing customized experiential travel arrangements to long-haul globetrotters.With the appointment of Feenaghty and other recent high-level executives, Hodge said he is not slowing anything down at Goway. “We are improving a well-oiled machine that is not only picking up speed but knows where it is going,” he said.In 2020 the company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.“All I see are opportunities,” said Hodge. “I only wish I was 10 years younger.” Travelweek Group Share Posted by Next step in Goway’s succession plan with appointment of new COO
Michael Ward, head of operations, WRN Broadcast, highlights the key factors to consider in choosing between satellite and fibre when approaching a new broadcast distribution project.All media companies have a distribution strategy but what factors influence your decision when it comes to international delivery? Is satellite the best option? Or does fibre offer the better solution?First, let’s consider the price of bandwidth. Via satellite this can represent a prohibitive cost. With long haul fibre the cost is the same whether it is 5Mbps or 50Mbps; however laying the fibre in the first place is expensive. As we see the number of under-sea fibres increase, the options open to broadcasters continue to grow.What about multiple-point distribution? Internationally this is something only really possible via satellite. Pool feeds of generic sports events for example are common. Cable headends in the US rely a lot on the satellite delivery of channels. It is possible for a feed to be made available at a fibre hub like the BT Tower, but that is often inaccessible to smaller organisations.Next, let’s look at service level. When it is critical, fibre has by far the better record in ensuring content arrives uninterrupted. Over a prolonged period, you can expect an overall uptime of no better than 99.7% via satellite (accounting for rain fade, jamming, solar and other interference), that does not include failure of ground based equipment. Meanwhile fibre is 99.95% and therefore much more in line with the SLAs we offer here at WRN Broadcast.However if an earthquake occurs on the fibre route or a trawler snags your under-sea fibre, the repair/down time is significantly longer than with spacecraft failures. So make sure you have a back up path. Try to employ two fibres on an auto-failover, whilst diverse routes and carriers will add to the resilience. Ad hoc feeds in particular benefit from diverse satellite and fibre routes, that way avoiding all single points of failure.The need to avoid delay could come into play. Live studio links can be hard work for the viewer if there is a long response time. In this instance fibre is preferable as the latency lower. For news links it is not always possible to employ fibre end to end, however many US news organisations use transatlantic fibres to bring in feeds from the Continent and Middle East which therefore involves only one satellite hop.Location, location, locationThe geography and politics of a country or region can dictate heavily the choice of delivery method. In South Africa there are few fibres so access is limited and very expensive. Fibres are scarce throughout the rest of Africa meaning that satellite is the preferred system for all kinds of TV content. The race is most definitely on to dig fibre into Africa.Fibre delivery is also very expensive in certain countries allowing some companies to maintain a stranglehold on pricing. Content delivery to and from remote or undeveloped areas is where satellite comes into its own. Satellite newsgathering will always have a place in the world of TV even if it is increasingly contribution related rather than delivery of the finished product.Overall, it’s horses for courses and media distribution companies that have both satellite and fibre at their disposal, such as WRN Broadcast, offer the highest guarantee of delivery and the most flexibility for their clients and suppliers.
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The next time you swat a fruit fly in your kitchen, take heart from the fact that people have apparently been struggling with these fly infestations for around 10,000 years.A study published Thursday suggests Drosophila melanogaster first shacked up with humans when the insects flew into the elaborately painted caves of ancient people living in southern Africa.That’s according to a report published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.Scientists say the flies would have been following the alluring smell of stored marula fruit, which were collected and stored by cave-dwelling people in Africa. This tasty yellow fruit was a staple in the region in those days — and was also the fruit that wild flies apparently evolved to depend on in nearby forests.The humble fruit fly now lives with humans all over the planet and is one of the world’s most studied creatures. For more than a century, biology and medical laboratories have depended on this fly — one scientist notes that at least nine times, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded for research on Drosophila. One of those prizes was won by Thomas Hunt Morgan of Columbia University, whose fly research in the early 1900s plucked this species from obscurity and transformed it into a mainstay of genetics.”It’s small; it’s cheap to raise; it has interesting genetics,” explains Thomas Kaufman, a biologist at Indiana University in Bloomington. “We think that flies are quite charismatic. They’re wonderful. They’re beautiful little animals, and we love them. Seriously.”But despite all that love and study, the origins of this fly, and how it first moved in with people, have been a mystery.”I’ve been wondering about this for the past 20 years,” says Marcus Stensmyr, a biologist at Lund University in Sweden who uses these flies to study the olfactory system. “It’s really been kind of a life-long ambition, if you wish, to find where they come from.”Scientists have known for decades that, like people, the flies seem to have started out in Africa — somewhere.”You find them in your kitchen. You find them in my kitchen — you find them in everyone’s kitchen,” says Stensmyr. “But if you go out into the forest, you simply don’t find them.”Recently, researchers collected flies from around Africa and looked at their genes. They found that the greatest genetic diversity was found in flies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, suggesting that this species got its start in the southern-central region of the continent.But trips to that region failed to turn up much of anything.”After a number of failed excursions down to Africa,” says Stensmyr, “we thought, ‘OK, so maybe they are associated with some specific fruit in their original home.’ “Stensmyr and his colleagues studied a long list of possible fruits, looking for all the features that D. melanogaster is known to prefer. The flies favor citrus fruits — like oranges, for example.”We came to a candidate fruit — that was marula fruit,” says Stensmyr. The yellow fruit is about the size of a large plum, with a hard stone in the middle. “It has a sweet and nice taste.”The researchers traveled to the woodlands of the Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe. They found fruiting marula trees and put out traps. Bingo — they caught D. melanogaster.”We found tons of flies,” Stensmyr recalls.Further study showed that wild D. melanogaster strongly prefer marula fruit over oranges.What’s more, so does a breed of fly that’s commonly used in labs. This strain was established in 1916 from a fly population in Canton, Ohio.”They actually have retained the preference for marula,” says Stensmyr. “They would go for the marula as well.”The researchers isolated one particular chemical in this fruit — ethyl isovalerate — that seemed particularly important. Flies that were given a choice between marula and oranges spiked with this chemical failed to pick one over the other, suggesting that the two choices seemed the same to the flies.All of this provides an intriguing clue for how these insects may have started to make their home with people. Near where the researchers found the wild flies, there are caves where the San tribes once lived. These people left behind beautiful cave paintings — as well as the pits of marula fruit that they had eaten. From one cave alone, excavators turned up 24 million marula stones.”They really, really loved marula,” says Stensmyr, who points out that the stones found date from about 12,000 years ago to about 8,000 years ago. “During the times when these caves were inhabited, the San people must have brought enormous quantities of marula into the caves.”That means marula was likely stored there, and available there long after the marula in the forest had been eaten up by wildlife. The strong smell of all this marula would have attracted the flies.To test whether or not wild flies would actually enter a cave, the research team put traps baited with fermenting marula along the far wall of the Nswatugi cave. Sure enough, over a period of a few days, these traps caught a number of D. melanogaster flies.The study, and the story it tells, has completely delighted other scientists who study fruit flies.”I particularly liked going and catching the flies in the painted caves,” says Kaufman. “That was inspired. It’s really a neat paper.””I thought it was fantastic,” agrees Celeste Berg, a developmental geneticist at the University of Washington, Seattle who has used flies in her research for 30 years. “I thought their data was really quite striking.”Berg says she wonders exactly how the flies would have spread from these caves to the rest of the world.”I think it’s exciting to learn the origins of fruit flies and, even if you’re not an ecologist or a population geneticist, I think it’s just natural to be interested in the history of the organism you study,” says Berg. “I had assumed that fruit flies liked all kinds of fruit — especially bananas. I didn’t even realize that they preferred citrus. And it’s not even really citrus that they prefer; they prefer this particular marula plant, which I also had never heard of.”Debbie Andrew, a developmental biologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who has worked with fruit flies for four decades, also says she loved the paper.”They built a good story,” says Andrew. “It’s very hard to prove something that happened 10,000 years ago or more. I like the story.”As to whether all the details are right, she says, “I don’t know; it does seem plausible, based on the amount of marula fruit stones they found in the cave.”Based on this paper, says Andrew, the old saying, “time flies like an arrow, and fruit flies like a banana,” should really be changed.”Time flies like an arrow,” she says, “and fruit flies like an orange, or a marula fruit, or perhaps an orange spiked with ethyl isovalerate.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Two groups have been chosen to set up new centres for independent living (CIL) in Wales, doubling the number of CILs in the country.The new centres will be located in Ceredigion, in the west of the country, and Flintshire, in the north, and will both be run and controlled by disabled people.Although there are only two existing CILs in Wales, the long-term aim is to have one in every one of its 22 counties.The two new CILs were selected by Disability Wales, the Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC), and Dewis Centre for Independent Living, as part of the £318,000 Welsh government-funded Enabling Wales programme.Disability Wales said it hoped they would provide “a kick start to developing more CILs across Wales”.The two groups will now receive support from Disability Wales, WCC and Dewis CIL as they work towards opening their doors to disabled people next March.That support will include help with the bids they will need to make to local authorities, the Welsh government and other sources of funding to allow them to meet their running costs.Disability Wales said the two groups would need to “strike a balance between their traditional campaigning role… with the need to operate successfully within a highly competitive commercial environment, and to manage the potential conflicts of interest when delivering public contracts”.The Ceredigion CIL will focus on providing information and advice – including disability equality training; self-advocacy; offering support to victims of hate crime; campaigning; and fundraising – and will be run by the disabled people’s organisation Disabled People Together, as well as the non-user-led groups Mencap Ceredigion and Creative Lifestyle Solutions.Rhiannon Hicks, Enabling Wales project officer at Disability Wales, said: “The Ceredigion group were successful as they showed a strong understanding of organisations led by disabled people for disabled people.“They also have a strong commitment to the social model of disability, as well as good partnerships with relevant third sector bodies.”The Flintshire CIL will be run by the user-led Flintshire Disability Forum (FDF), and will provide services such as help with managing personal budgets; campaigning; recruitment and training of personal assistants; assistance completing application forms; and equipment hire.Hicks said: “The FDF were successful as they have a strong track record of project delivery, and of securing funding. They also have strong partnerships.”She added: “I very much look forward to working with both groups in the next stage of the project.”Rhian Davies (pictured), director of Disability Wales, said: “We are delighted that following an 18-month long programme of training, development and coaching, working with 65 disabled people across Wales, we have achieved our goal in being able to select two emerging CILs and support their development over the remainder of the Enabling Wales project.“CILs are social enterprises that deliver services run by disabled people for disabled people and offer a new and creative model of provision in line with what people actually need to achieve independent living and well-being as well as maximise scarce resources.”Disability Wales said it hoped the new organisations would in time be able to support other groups towards becoming CILs, while it would itself be providing a “tool kit” on how to set up a CIL.Carl Sargeant, the Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for communities and children, congratulated the two groups, and said: “I am sure that, with the support of the Wales Cooperative Centre and Dewis CIL, they will develop and grow into sustainable enterprises which will promote independent living for disabled people and provide them with the services they need to support their well-being.”Picture by Natasha Hirst
The government wants to increase the number of people who use personal health budgets (PHBs) to choose their own health and social care support from 40,000 to as many as 200,000 over the next five years.It hasapproved extending legal rights to PHBs to disabled people eligible for fundingfrom NHS wheelchair services, and those eligible for aftercare services undersection 117 of the Mental Health Act.But it alsosignalled that these rights would eventually be extended to other groups,including people with ongoing social care needs who also make regular andcontinuing use of particular NHS services; people leaving the armed services whoare eligible for ongoing NHS services; and autistic people and those withlearning difficulties who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.PHBs giveindividuals a pot of money to spend on their health and wellbeing needs, inagreement with a healthcare professional.Manydisabled campaigners have supported the expansion of PHBs, arguing that theycould help deliver independent living for disabled people, whileothers have raised concerns that they could be part of a creepingprivatisation of the NHS, and that they are based on the same “failing” modelused with social care personal budgets.Currently,only adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare, and children and young peoplewho receive continuing care, have the right to a PHB.But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC, pictured) and NHS England have now published their response to a consultation, which ended last June, on extending that right to other groups and the possibility of extending that to include a right to have the PHB managed through direct payments.The governmentresponse says people “value being involved in the planning of their care, beingable to make choices and personalise their support so it best meets their needs”.And it saysthe evidence suggests that those who can do that “are more satisfied with theircare, have better outcomes, and are able to explore more innovative approachesto meet their needs”.Theconsultation also asked for views on whether the government should bringtogether PHBs and social care personal budgets – and educational needs in thecase of disabled children and young people – into an integrated personalbudget.Theconsultation results suggested widespread support for a further expansion of PHBs,with 87 per cent (330 of 379 people) of those who answered the question sayingthey believed that autistic people and those with learning difficulties who areeligible for ongoing NHS care should have a legal right to a PHB or anintegrated personal budget.And morethan 90 per cent supported extending the right to a PHB or integrated personalbudget to those using NHS wheelchair services, with 87 per cent saying thisgroup should also have a right to receive that budget via direct payments, ifappropriate.DHSC and NHSEngland said their ambition was “to move towards joined up and integratedprovision across health and social care” through a “comprehensive model ofintegrated, personalised care” and with PHBs and integrated personal budgets “akey component” of this plan.These plansare set out in the new NHS LongTerm Plan.Thegovernment and NHS England said they believed that more than 200,000 people wouldhave a PHB by 2023-24, including many from the five groups they consulted onlast year.Although thegovernment is only taking forward legislation on those using wheelchairservices and mental health aftercare, it says it will “continue to furtherexplore both the other groups we consulted on, and additional groups who webelieve could also benefit from having a right to have a personal health budget”.Someadditional groups that could benefit and were mentioned by those taking part inthe consultation included people with dementia, people receiving end-of-lifecare, and those receiving community equipment.NHS Englandsaid it would continue to work with clinical commissioning groups to “designand test” the use of PHBs for other groups of people and service areas.Careminister Caroline Dinenage said: “I’ve seen first-hand how personal health budgets can givepeople a new lease of life, granting them the ability to enjoy their lives tothe full. “Thesebudgets help to join up health and social care services, improving people’sexperiences and outcomes whilst ensuring value for money for taxpayers.“We are therefore extending access so many more people can benefit, a key part of our NHS Long Term Plan which will see personalised care become the norm for millions more.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. 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15 Amazing Images of Stars There’s a rebellious, half-dead star in the Little Dipper that’s hellbent on escaping our galaxy — and now, astronomers have an idea why. The star, a small white dwarf that’s moving incredibly fast toward the edge of the galaxy, may be one of just a handful of known white dwarfs that exploded in supernovas and lived to tell the tale, according to a study published June 21 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Academic Astronomical Society. The study authors said this unusual star, named LP 40−365, is a “partly burnt runaway remnant,” suggesting that a peculiar, weaker-than-average supernova rendered the star much smaller, faster and toastier than a typical white dwarf. Strange as it appears, this stellar oddity may not be alone; using data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope, the study authors also found three additional stars in other parts of the galaxy with properties and trajectories similar to LP 40-365’s.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65914-partly-burnt-remnants-survive-supernova.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 The researchers said these four oddball stars may represent a newfound type of fate for white dwarfs that run out of fuel and explode — a fate that leaves them charred, shrunken and streaking across the galaxy at incredible velocities, but still largely intact. These partly burnt dwarfs “form a distinct class of chemically peculiar runaway stars,” the study authors wrote, and the objects could shed their own weird form of light on the complex factors that cause stars to explode in the first place. A modest thermonuclear explosion When a large star exhausts all of its nuclear fuel, it may shed its outer layers of matter and shrink into a hot, shriveled husk called a white dwarf. Eventually, as gravity continues compacting that dying star core, the star may collapse, explode in a supernova, and leave behind an ultradense neutron star or black hole. The authors of the new study said stars like LP 40−365 represent a third possible fate for exploded dwarfs. To meet this fate, the white dwarf must explode in a peculiar, theoretical sort of explosion called a type Iax supernova. Essentially, previous studies have argued, these are smaller-than-average supernovas capable of ripping away some of a white dwarf’s matter while leaving its core largely intact. In addition to blowing away a bunch of the afflicted star’s mass, a type Iax supernova may kick that star out of its orbit — possibly sending the star flying so fast that it is no longer bound by the gravitational pull of its home galaxy. Stars like LP 40−365 will almost assuredly escape into intergalactic space in time, the authors wrote, and satellite images already show this happening. (Take a look at these two images of LP 40−365, taken in 1955 and 1995, to see how its escape is already warping the shape of the Little Dipper.) It’s not unusual for a renegade star to get punted across the universe after, say, its binary partner explodes or gets sucked into a black hole. But it’s quite another matter for an old star to collapse into a white dwarf, explode in a supernova and then keep on smoldering as an even-smaller white dwarf. Besides their impressive speed (they move at hundreds of miles per second), partly burnt remnants are also unusual for their size; they are much smaller than a typical white dwarf, having lost much of their mass in the supernova. They also retain clear traces of past supernovae in their atmospheres, which are rich in ash and heavy elements but lacking in light elements like hydrogen and helium, which may have burnt away. The researchers said they are optimistic that, by looking for these telltale features, the Gaia satellite could detect as many as 20 additional partly burnt stellar remnants before the instrument’s mission ends in 2022. That could provide enough evidence to prove that some stars have what it takes to survive a supernova explosion, even if the experience leaves them eager to find a new galactic home. 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