Sylvester Stallone Thinks Rocky Musical Star Andy Karl Is a Champ That ‘Has What It Takes’

first_img Andy Karl View Comments Star Filescenter_img Broadway favorite Andy Karl is already a champ! Sylvester Stallone thinks that Karl, who will take on the role of Rocky Balboa in the forthcoming Rocky musical “has what it takes,” according to a report in the Associated Press. Directed by Alex Timbers, the new musical will begin performances February 11, 2014, with an official opening night set for March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre.Stallone says with Karl, “there’s no arrogance, there’s a natural humility about him, and that’s what is important.” He admitted that the creative team went “through literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of prospects.” However, “Andy was one of our first choices and he just had it.” Stallone believes that no matter how threatening Karl may look “you’re going to like him, it just comes through. And that’s not so easy to find. Tough guys are a dime a dozen; a sensitive tough guy, pretty rare.”Karl, who is currently starring in Jersey Boys, has also appeared on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, Wicked and Saturday Night Fever. Rocky features a score by Tony-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1976 film’s screenplay. Rocky tells the story of a struggling, small-time Philadelphia boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. The musical originally premiered in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012, starring Drew Sarich in the title role.last_img read more

MacDill AFB Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here

first_imgThe appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. IntroductionIf you think lightning never strikes twice, then you obviously haven’t done a Permanent Change of Station to MacDill Air Force Base. Figuratively, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to successfully advance your career at the home of the 6th Air Refueling Wing. Literally, the local Tampa, Florida, weather boasts blue skies, humid summers, cooler winters and also the phenomena that earns the area its “Lightning Capital of the Nation” status.Wherever you’re moving from, the Tampa Bay metro region will instill an appreciation for precipitation and the crackling, electrical excitement that often accompanies local weather here.Suggested Read: MacDill AFB: In-Depth Welcome CenterSeasonal temperaturesThe region around MacDill Air Force Base has a humid subtropical climate closely bordering a tropical monsoon climate near the waterfronts. Just 4 miles south of Tampa, one of western Florida’s largest cities, MacDill is situated on the Interbay Peninsula, about 14 feet above sea level.There are two basic seasons in the Tampa Bay area: a hot and wet season from May through October and a mild and dry season from November through April. During the wet season, there’s hardly anything more consistent than high humidity and a daily chance of thundershowers, especially in the afternoon. Summer thunderstorms typically bring brief periods of heavy rain and gusty winds with frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. Afternoon storms are usually followed by a pleasantly clear and cooler evening. During the dry season, local weather is normally sunny and mild, with a cooling trend through the fall and a slow increase in temperatures starting in February.Knowing the range of temps in each season at MacDill can help you prepare for any activity, whether it be strenuous outdoor exercise or a relaxing evening watching the sunset.Florida Hurricane SeasonAt MacDill, it’s unlikely but possible that Airmen and their families will face the threat of hurricanes due to the jet stream in that area, however, the devastating wind and rainstorms which mainly occur June 1 to Nov. 30.Being prepared for hurricane season, and the storm surges they produce, is a part of living here, and no home should be without an emergency supply kit that includes such items as:Extra non-perishable food and waterMedicationsGas in your carAn extra gas can stored just in case of prolonged gas outages (like during Hurricane Irma)Flashlights, radios and batteriesBackup generatorBe aware that during and after a hurricane, you could be without electricity — and your usual forms of communication — for extended periods of time. Don’t forget to include your pets’ needs when fortifying your reserves. Visit the base’s official page on hurricane information to learn about disaster planning, current conditions, evacuation instructions and more.SpringHigh temps: Low to mid 70sLow temps: Low to high 50sIn Tampa, spring isn’t your stereotypical break from winter’s death grip — mainly because the area maintains relatively warmer temperatures year-round. Additionally, spring is considered a dry season — with mild days — and frozen precipitation is rare. An occasional cold front may bring rain and cooler temps for a few days. A mix of lighter clothing in layers — think jackets and caps for mornings and nights — will allow you to choose just the right amount of comfort throughout the day.SummerHigh temps: Mid 80s to mid 90sLow temps: Low to mid 70sStarting in about May, the wet season ushers in increased rainfall to accompany warmer temps. Afternoon thundershowers occasionally intensify into a severe thunderstorm, bringing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, strong winds and sometimes hail. The highest daily chance for rainfall — 72 percent — peaks on July 30, and the most rain falls during the 31 days around Aug. 14, with an average total accumulation of 6.4 inches. Though the humidity can feel inescapable, the large surrounding bodies of water do regulate temps somewhat, as the area has never recorded a 100-degree day. Rain-resistant and breathable fabrics are essential to staying as comfortable as possible. And don’t forget to hydrate!FallHigh temps: Mid to high 80sLow temps: Low 70sBeginning in September, temperatures, rainfall and humidity start to decline. The threat of hurricanes wanes, and November is typically MacDill’s driest month. In fact, the smallest chance of a wet day all year is 14 percent on Nov. 24. This relatively dry season will last through the holidays and until temperatures start to rise in the spring. Though lightweight rain gear and jackets will still serve you well, an El Nino effect could bring relatively cooler temps and a La Nina effect could bring relatively warmer temps during this season.Pay attention to local news broadcasts during El Nino seasons. Most years, El Nino doesn’t disrupt beach-going. But recent years have been quite severe, killing off marine life and shutting down Florida’s beaches.WinterHigh temps: Low to mid 70sLow temps: Mid 50sDry and mild days are staples of the winter season, and while you may miss the traditional frosty holidays, you can console yourself by remembering you won’t have to scrape your windshield or shovel a sidewalk. Instead, you’ll want to know whether any humidity will make the night muggy. The least muggy day of the year is typically Jan. 27, with muggy conditions only 11 percent of the time. The shortest hours of daylight occur around Dec. 21, with more sunlight returning each day after. Keep fleece jackets, toasty caps and cozy socks handy to ward off morning and nightly temperature dips. For additional information about being prepared for Florida’s unique weather challenges, visit Ready.gov/Florida.Field & Training Expectations Year-roundNot only will your fellow Airmen always be by your side during your stay at MacDill, but you can expect rain and some level of humidity to be constant companions throughout the year. Having an assortment of water-resistant training gear will help you get through Tampa’s wetter seasons, whether you’re jumping out of a C-130 Hercules; keeping your head above water in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape practice; or jogging at a leisurely pace at the Short Fitness & Sports Center.Where to Find Gear at MacDill AFBDepending on where you’re PCSing from, you may have an abundance of heavy garments you won’t need but not have the lightweight clothing you’ll want. However, if there’s one thing certain of military personnel and families, they’re quickly adaptable to new situations and locations. To this end, there are plenty of options at MacDill Air Force Base and the Tampa Bay area to acquire clothing and gear both fresh and functional.Military ClothingWhether you’re looking for a uniform for the peak of summer or a sweatshirt for morning PT in the winter, you can find certified apparel at MacDill’s Military Clothing store, within the Main Exchange, Building 926, 3108 N Boundary Blvd. It’s also the one-stop location for related services such as alterations, dry cleaning, and a barber and salon. Additional barbershops are in Buildings 501 and 570. Leadership will issue announcements on which combat, service and fitness uniforms are appropriate for each season.MacDill ExchangeFor more casual wear, the Main Exchange offers a variety of clothing and accessories for each season. The Airman’s Attic, 8108 Condor St., is also a valuable resource for the newly relocated. It provides free clothing and household goods free of charge to junior enlisted Airmen who are E-5 and below and their families.Discount retailers, consignment shops and thrift stores in Tampa and St. Petersburg can also help fill out your wardrobe with inexpensive options while you discover what clothing best keeps you dry and cool.MacDill AFB Recreation ServicesWhatever weather Mother Nature brings, you’ll be able to enjoy it with the help of Recreation Services in the 6th Force Support Squadron. Cool off in the MacDill Base Pool, Building 47, Condor Street; picnic in the shade at Lewis Lake or Raccoon Creek Pavilion, Marina Bay Drive; or relax at the full-service campsites of FamCamp, 9909 Marina Bay Drive. The MacDill Marina, with its boat rentals, fishing licenses, safety courses and more, makes this installation a unique place to get your sea legs. Check with Equipment Rental, 9909 Marina Bay Drive, to help prepare your outdoor adventures.ConclusionWhether you enjoy the electric excitement of thunderstorms or the calm sway of a palm in a breeze, the weather at MacDill AFB adds to the unique experience for anyone stationed here. And with so many ways to not only survive but thrive in this tropical climate, your time at the base may be so fun that it passes in a flash. Live in the moment but (as the 6th Air Refueling Wing’s motto goes) be “Ready to Defend,” even against the humidity, by finding forecasts and other related weather announcements at the base’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Vermont wood products industry releases ‘2020 Vision’ report

first_imgThe Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council has released a new ten year strategic plan entitled, ‘A 2020 Vision for the Vermont Wood Products Sector,’ prepared by industry expert and International Consultant, Tom Dossenbach, from Dossenbach Associates, Inc. of North Carolina.  A similar strategic plan was adopted in 2001 and stimulated many successful projects during the last ten years. As our world changes, it was time to revisit the old plan and develop a new strategic outlook for the coming ten years. The Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council consists of representatives from the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, Vermont WoodNet, Vermont Woodlands Association, Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Vermont Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation, and three outside directors. This  comprehensive plan identifies eight  major goals with 37 action steps for continuous improvement through positive change. The strategies are designed to help all sector stakeholders, from foresters to the finished wood products producers, become more effective and prosperous in the future. The Council, the State of Vermont, Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Agency of Natural Resources, Division of Forests, Parks and Recreation have partnered to begin implementing the project. The ACCD is providing a staff member, Alex Ibey,  to act as executive director of the Council. Ibey, an economic development specialist, has been chosen to lead the implementation phase of the project as the Council’s executive director. ‘Our wood products companies have the skills, knowledge, quality craftsmanship and products to compete in a very competitive world market,’ said Ibey. ‘This ten year strategic plan gives us a road map for continuous improvement across the entire Vermont supply chain.’ The Vermont Wood Products sector is a successful, $1.83 billion industry that is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. The Council and its partners are united and eager to begin working on implementing the newly adopted strategic plan. ‘Growth and prosperity for the sector is dependent on the ability to achieve the goals stated in the ten year strategic plan,’ Ibey said. ‘Wood Products is a legacy sector of Vermont’s economy and it’s time to let the rest of the world know that we produce the highest quality wood products in the industry.’ www.ThinkVermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

Central Vermont Medical Center earns an ‘A’ in patient safety

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center was recognized with an ‘A’Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. ‘We are proud of the safety measures employed throughout our organization. It’s something our employees work hard at every day. We are honored to receive national recognition for their work,’noted CVMC president and CEO Judy Tartaglia.  ‘Earning an ‘A’on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,’said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. ‘I’d like to congratulate CVMC for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.’ To see CVMC’‘s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org(link is external), which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org(link is external).  CVMC is one of only two hospitals in Vermont to receive an ‘A’rating.  Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).  About The Leapfrog GroupThe Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org(link is external)) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.last_img read more

New library at Lenexa City Center to open in June, months ahead of schedule

first_imgA rendering of the Lenexa City Center library branch.The Johnson County Library’s newest branch at Lenexa City Center will be opening ahead of schedule.The new Lenexa City Center Library at 8778 Penrose Lane will open to the public Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Johnson County Library Board of Directors announced at their Feb. 14 board meeting. The library was previously expected to be completed by this fall.Construction on the new library has been underway at Lenexa City Center since last year.The $21.1 million building has a footprint of 40,000 square feet at the Lenexa City Center campus, just south of city hall. The two-story library features public meeting rooms, public computers and a children’s programming area.“This is a really striking and beautiful facility,” said library board chair Nancy Hupp in an announcement, “and we are eager to invite our patrons in so people can start using their new library right away.”The library opening will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., followed by remarks from public officials and a recitation of a work commissioned for the occasion from Wyatt Townley, emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas. Library staff will also provide tours of the new building and a viewing of award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s new work of public art on site.Lenexa City Center Library will replace services provided at the Lackman Library at 15345 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Before the new library opens, the Lackman Library will suspend public activity. Library staff will also grow from 17 to 44.Lenexa City Center Library joins five other library branches that have regular service hours on Sundays. Johnson County Library also recently opened a new branch in western Shawnee last year.last_img read more

Meet the new souvenirs of Mali Lošinj

first_imgWith the aim of promoting, encouraging the initiative for quality design of indigenous souvenirs and products, affirmation and approach to citizens and guests, the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj for the tenth year in a row selects original souvenirs of Mali Lošinj.A total of 2016 authors applied for the public call for the selection of the Original Lošinj Souvenir for 5 with a proposal of eleven different unique products. Based on the criteria: quality of workmanship and achieved recognizability, originality, economic accessibility and practicality and possible applicability in everyday use, the expert commission selected eleven souvenirs that will be certified with the label of the Original Lošinj Souvenir.The certificate itself is proof that the souvenir, in addition to artistic and design originality and quality workmanship from natural materials, also expresses the recognizability of its origin associated with the Cres-Lošinj archipelago. It is important that each souvenir tells the guest a story related to tradition, history and customs, so the authors are obliged to tell that story through inspiration, motivation and description of the materials from which the products are made, as well as the method of production. The objects are unique, original, inspired by the landscape of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago, and each object has its own design.Eleven products from Lošinj manufacturers will carry the certificate of Original Lošinj Souvenirs in 2016, and the selected authors are: Sonja Gulam, Čazim Mehmeti, Ana Slaviček Brečić, Sandra Nicolich and Petricia Podda.The Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj will promote certified souvenirs through its own Web pages in seven languages ​​(Croatian, Italian, German, English, Slovenian, French and Russian).Sonja Gulam – fish-shaped soap holder As one of the oldest and most important plant crops, the olive tree has strongly marked the life of the islanders. Hard and solid wood of the olive tree were used to make handles for tools, furniture and other household items, and Sonja Gulam also made a holder for a fish-shaped soap dish coated with olive oil, since in Christianity the olive is a symbol of God’s providence and care for God’s children, and the fish a symbol of Christ and baptism.Čazim Mehmeti – replicas of ancient oil lamps in Osor Ceramic oil lamps were created in the time of antiquity in Osor, when many master pottery workshops made oil lamps from excavated clay from the islands of Cres and Lošinj, which were used for lighting. The motifs of Čazimir Mehmeti are associated with a certain master pottery workshop of ancient times, whose originals can be seen in the Lošinj Museum – Archaeological Collection Osor.Ana Slaviček Brečić – 7 textile products with different motifs (Apoxyomenos, Susak) – T-shirts, pendants Numerous charms of the island of Lošinj inspired Ana Slaviček Brečić to make hand-painted and 100% cotton textile products. The island of Lošinj means a lot to me and inspires me at every step and I am very glad when someone recognizes my work as part of Lošinj. This time, I found inspiration in Apoxyomenos, that is, in his “design of visual identity.” The simplicity of that design inspired me to come up with a few t-shirt designs that I painted by hand. Workshops as part of the project “Let the light not burn”, which took place for two days on the island of Susak, also inspired me to present the luxury of their folk costumes in a modern way. Also, the flora and fauna of the island of Lošinj is an inexhaustible inspiration in my eyes. I try to make and design every souvenir so that it is usable and wearable on every occasion and that it suits everyone, regardless of age. My main goal is for people to accept it as a desirable memory of the wonderful days spent on Lošinj. For that reason, the certificate of the Original Lošinj Souvenir means a lot to me and it is a step closer so that as many people as possible get to know my work, said the author Ana Slaviček Brečić.Sandra Nicolich – Lošinj fragrant candy The candy (hard candy without filling) is made with the addition of the natural aroma of the characteristic Lošinj pine. It is adapted to the modern technological process and certificates of confectionery products. Aromatic candy is intended for all guests of the island as a sweet reminder of Lošinj and Lošinj’s fragrances.Petrica Podda – sheep made of real wool Sheep used to be a major part of life on the island. Handmade from natural materials on Lošinj, designed for all generations, the author uses selected pieces of island sheep wool to make souvenirs.last_img read more

Do sex and violence sell? Maybe not, says new study

first_imgEmail The researchers found that violence appeared to have the greatest influence, but in a negative way. Brands advertised during commercial breaks in violent media were remembered less often, evaluated less favorably, and less likely to be purchased than brands advertised in nonviolent media.Sexual content had a little influence, but not as much. Brands advertised during commercial breaks in media with sexual overtones were viewed less favorably than those advertised in media with no sexual content, but there was little difference in viewers’ brand memory or intention to buy.The researchers also looked at the content of the advertisements themselves. While they found no significant effects of violent or sexual content in advertisements, they did note that in a few studies when media content and ad content were congruent (e.g., a violent ad in violent media or a sexual ad in sexual media), viewers were more likely to remember the ads and had a stronger intention to buy the product. As the sexual content of an ad increased (i.e., from suggestive poses to full frontal nudity) viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased, Lull said.“It’s not that people aren’t attracted to sex and violence,” said Lull. “On the contrary, people have been attracted to sex and violence since evolutionary times, when attending to violent cues prevented our ancestors from being killed by enemies or predators and paying attention to sexual cues attuned our ancestors to potential reproductive opportunities.”However, while violence and sex attract attention, it’s at the expense of surrounding content that is neither violent nor sexual, according to Lull. People pay more attention to the violence and the sex surrounding ads, both in programs and the ads themselves, than to the actual products being advertised. Consequently, memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decrease, he said.“Our findings have tremendous applied significance, especially for advertisers,” said Bushman. “Sex and violence do not sell, and in fact they may even backfire by impairing memory, attitudes and buying intentions for advertised products. Thus, advertisers should think twice about sponsoring violent and sexual programs, and about using violent and sexual themes in their ads.” Advertisers hoping to sway consumers might want to rethink running spots within media with violent or sexual themes, and might do better if the ads themselves have a G-rating, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Instead, violent and sexual media content may impair advertising’s effectiveness and ultimately deter purchasing, the research found.“We found almost no evidence that violent and sexual programs and ads increased advertising effectiveness,” said Brad J. Bushman, PhD, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University, and a co-author on the study, which appeared in the journal Psychological Bulletin. “In general, we found violent and sexual programs, and ads with violent or sexual content decreased advertising effectiveness.”Bushman and lead author Robert B. Lull, PhD, a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University at the time of the research, conducted a meta-analysis of 53 studies comprising 8,489 participants that were conducted through 2014. The goal was to determine the influences of violent and sexual content on advertising effectiveness as measured by brand memory, brand attitudes and buying intentions. The studies focused on a variety of media, including movies, television programs, video games and print. Some studies looked not only at violent and sexual content in the media themselves but also the content of the advertisements. Share Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Civil Air Patrol Marks 4th Straight Year Saving 100+ Lives

first_imgThe Civil Air Patrol marked its 100th and 101st save Aug. 4, when CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team provided a high-priority area to focus search efforts for two lost hikers. Courtesy/Civil Air Patrol CIVIL AIR PATROL News:MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, Civil Air Patrol has passed the century mark in lives saved, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, conducts approximately 90 percent of all search operations within the United States as assigned by the AFRCC.The 100th and 101st save occurred Aug. 4, when CAP’s National Cell Phone Forensics Team provided the Wyoming Joint Operations Center with a high-priority area to focus search efforts for two lost hikers in Big Horn County. Using cell phone forensic information gathered by the team early that morning, local searchers found the hikers alive and returned them to safety later in the morning.“And with that, we moved to 101 lives saved to date in fiscal year 2020,” said John Desmarais, CAP’s director of operations, who said the two saves related to cell phone forensics were typical of most of those credited to CAP in recent years. “More than 90 percent of our saves occur with the support of the cell phone team using technology that Civil Air patrol created using source data provided cellular carriers.”CAP totaled 158 saves in fiscal 2018, a new record for lives saved in a fiscal year. In 2019 and 2017, CAP was credited with 117  and 110 saves, respectively, by the AFRCC.“What especially makes Civil Air Patrol a strong Total Force partner is how they complement the efforts of the other partners to serve our country,” said Maj. Gen. Bryan Radliff, reserve advisor to the commander, First Air Force, Air Forces Northern. “Closely aligning resources to the mission requirements and maintaining operational readiness — even during the COVID pandemic — is something we rely on and CAP delivers.”Desmarais said the 100-plus saves trend over the past four years reflects CAP’s continuous advances in technology and training in one of the Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions — emergency services.Since its inception in late 1941, Civil Air Patrol has traditionally performed search and rescue missions by operating the world’s largest fleet of single engine piston-powered aircraft to search for missing people and overdue aircraft. More recently, it is CAP’s innovative technology, like cell phone forensics and radar analysis, that have enabled the organization to be even more efficient. Saves resulted from a wide variety of search scenarios that included plane crash survivors, missing persons, lost or injured hikers in remote locations, stranded boaters offshore, and more.“Our technology has evolved as we have adapted and developed our tools and our training to make performing search and rescue and other emergency services missions more efficient,” Desmarais said. “Leveraging tools like cellphone forensics and radar analysis make it faster and easier to help find people and planes, even in situations where it is not possible to launch one of our aircraft due to poor flying conditions, remote locations or other factors.”Saving lives never gets old, as every successful CAP search and rescue mission is celebrated with an alert from Desmarais to the organization’s national command team.The alerts always elicit a response from members of the team, as was the case following this past week’s rescue in Wyoming, “This is outstanding in every way,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert M. Dandridge, CAP’s national command chief. “Over a hundred saved lives and counting … with many thankful and happy families reunited. Great outcome, CAP.”About Civil Air PatrolEstablished in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 110 lives in fiscal 2019. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to over 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.last_img read more

US institute inducts Barbadian superstar into ‘Wall of Fame’

first_img Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… Apr 20, 2020 Sep 10, 2020 “New York music producer Evan Rogers heard Rihanna perform while vacationing on the island and brought the then 16-year-old to the United States to record demos and shortly after, Def Jam’s acting president – Jay-Z, signed the young Barbadian. The Barbadian pop sensation is now the recipient of eight Grammy Awards from 24 nominations. Read more at: Barbados Today Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Rihanna named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados(Barbados Government Information Service) Government has appointed international pop icon, Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley stated that Government was honoured to be able to confer the title on this outstanding…September 20, 2018In “Barbados”Four-time T&T Olympic medalist, Ato Boldon, inducted into ‘Wall of Fame’(June 16, 2019 CMC) – The Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted four-time Trinidadian Olympic medal winner Ato Boldon into its “Wall of Fame.” Boldon holds the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the 50, 60 and 200 meters events, with times of 5.64, 6.49 and 19.77 seconds…June 17, 2019In “Featured”Jamaican-American Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph Inducted Into Wall Of FameWASHINGTON,  CMC – The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Jamaican-American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph into its “Wall of Fame” in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Ralph was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Ivy, a Jamaican fashion designer, and Stanley Ralph, a college…July 3, 2018In “In the Diaspora”Share this on WhatsApp WASHINGTON, CMC – The Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) on Saturday inducted Barbadian pop icon Rihanna into its “Wall of Fame” as Caribbean nationals here celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage month. ICS said that Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is “one of the biggest pop stars to emerge from the 2000s.” Born on February 20, 1988, Rihanna grew up in the parish of St. Michael in Barbados, and began singing in primary school. Jul 12, 2019center_img You may be interested in… COVID-19: An Opportunity to Rethink Caribbean Diaspora… CDB allocates US$100,000 for COVID-19 Emergency Relief… Saiku Andrews’ Pillow Could Speak Jul 13, 2020last_img read more

TNSC among new investors in VELO3D

first_imgSource: VELO3DSapphire AM PrinterNew investors Piva, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm, and TNSC joined the round, along with existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Playground, and Khosla Ventures.VELO3D, headquartered in Silicon Valley and founded five years ago, has now raised $138m in financing in total. The new funding, which comes during a time when global manufacturing has slowed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be used to expand VELO3D’s product portfolio to include more machine options, compatible alloys, and enhanced software and hardware capabilities.“With the VELO3D integrated solution of Flow™ advanced pre-print software, Sapphire™ printer, and Assure™ quality management software, companies can finally break free of the constraints of existing metal additive manufacturing processes,” said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of VELO3D.“Customers in industries such as aerospace, oil and gas, and power generation are now able to achieve part quality for their mission-critical applications with performance levels that weren’t possible before with 3D metal printing.”VELO3D signed an exclusive distribution agreement with TNSC in December 2019. As part of that deal, TNSC represents VELO3D in Japan through sales and service of VELO3D‘s integrated solution of hardware and software – the Sapphire® machine, Flow™ pre-print preparation software, and Assure™ quality control and assurance software.Buller said in December, “Our mission is to enable OEMs in our key market verticals to gain trust in 3D metal printing as a dependable manufacturing technology. Our end-to-end solution enables users to adopt additive manufacturing without extensive redesign, increasing the viability of 3D metal printing of existing parts. We believe TNSC is the best representative of this message in Japan, based on their unique expertise in welding processes, heat treatment and gas optimisation.”In the first year of commercialisation of the Sapphire printer in 2019, VELO3D generated nearly $30m in sales and gained seven new customers, according to VELO3D.Piva is the largest investor in the new round and has a strong heritage in industrial markets, as they are backed by Malaysia-based PETRONAS.last_img read more