California Chrome Misses Triple Crown

first_imgNEW YORK — California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on June 7, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.Before tens of thousands hoping to see history, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome’s loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn was bitter about horses skipping the first two legs and then stealing the Belmont. Six of the last eight Belmont winners did just that.“That’s the coward’s way out,” he said. “It’s not fair to these horses that have been in the game since day one. If you don’t make enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby, you can’t run in the other two races. It’s all or nothing.”Coburn thought the other 10 horses ganged up on California Chrome, who was second early, dropped to fourth and then fifth before dead-heating for fourth. Photos after the race showed Chrome also had a bloody gash on his right front foot, a minor injury that may have hurt his chances.Coburn voiced a similar complaint after the Preakness, saying only the 20 horses that run in the Kentucky Derby should be eligible to compete in the other two legs. He also believed that horses skipping the Preakness should not be allowed to return in the Belmont.Coburn had been in a festive mood earlier in the day, waving his cream-colored cowboy hat to fans and signing items they tossed to him in his box seat. But the mood turned ugly after the race.Three tough races in five weeks proved too demanding for California Chrome, who was sent off as the heavy 4-5 favorite. Affirmed remains the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.The raucous crowd of 102,199 — the third-largest in Belmont history — was silenced when it became obvious that California Chrome lacked his usual punch in the stretch.Jockey Victor Espinoza realized long before then that his chestnut colt wasn’t up to the grueling 1 1/2-mile trip around the track’s sweeping turns. “As soon as he came out of the gate, he wasn’t the same,” Espinoza said.Alan Sherman, the son and assistant to trainer Art Sherman, agreed. “When Victor started to squeeze on him, he didn’t respond,” he said. “He was wore out, I think.” Once the official result was posted, fans sat in stunned silence before heading to the exits.Penny Chenery, the 92-year-old owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, had been ready to welcome a new member to the exclusive club. She and others with ties to previous Triple Crown winners came to watch what they hoped would beCalifornia Chrome’s big day.“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t have a Triple Crown winner, but I’m happy for the winners,” she said.Tonalist, the fifth wagering choice at 9-1 odds, was a fresh and rested horse making his debut on the Triple Crown trail. He last ran and won the Peter Pan Stakes over the same Belmont dirt on May 10.Tonalist beat Commissioner, another newcomer to the Triple Crown, by a head. Those two horses finished in the same order in the Peter Pan. Tonalist ran the distance in 2:28.52 and paid $20.40, $9.60 and $7.Commissioner returned $23.20 and $13.20, while Medal Count was another length back in third and paid $13.20 to show.Samraat was sixth, followed by General a Rod, Matterhorn, Commanding Curve, Matuszak and Ride On Curlin.California Chrome broke quickly but was pressed immediately by Commissioner and General a Rod. Espinoza eased California Chrome back into third along the rail.Approaching the final turn, California Chrome was maneuvered to the outside. He angled four-wide turning for home, just to the outside of Tonalist, who was close to the pace the entire race. Espinoza started whipping left-handed in the lane butCalifornia Chrome had no response.“I thought he was gaining ground, but he didn’t have it in him, apparently,” Coburn said.Tonalist joined the growing list of Triple Crown spoilers, making California Chrome the 12th horse since Affirmed to lose his Triple try in the Belmont, the longest race in the series. In 2012, I’ll Have Another won the first two legs, but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a career-ending tendon injury.“The Triple Crown itself, obviously it’s tough,” winning trainer Christophe Clement said. “If it would be easier to do it, then it would mean nothing.”Tonalist was making just his fifth career start. “We actually thought he finished second, but we got lucky, he won,” Clement said. “It was great.”California Chrome’s rise from a humble pedigree and his working-stiff owners resonated with sports fans who rarely take an interest in horse racing.His owners spent $8,000 on a mare they bred to a stallion for $2,500, and were called “dumb asses” by a trainer for buying a mare who gave no indication that she could produce a standout offspring who could run fast.Conditions seemed aligned for the Triple Crown drought to end. California Chromethrived during his three-week stay at Belmont Park. His chestnut coat gleamed and he gained weight after the Preakness on May 17. His owners, trainer and jockey oozed confidence.But this fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending. Espinoza lost his second chance at a Triple Crown. He was aboard War Emblem in 2002, when that colt stumbled at the start of the Belmont and lost all chance.“The horse tried, that’s all I can ask for. He took me on the ride of my life, I’ll always have that in my heart for that horse,” trainer Art Sherman said.Coburn, who with Perry Martin formed Dumb Ass Partners to race their one-horse stable, had vowed that California Chrome “would go down in history.” It just wasn’t the kind they wanted to make.___BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer. AP Writer Frank Eltman contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

KMDA shuts down Jibanananda Setu for traffic till Sunday night

first_imgKolkata: Jibanananda Setu, popularly known as Selimpur Bridge, has been closed for vehicular traffic due to repair work by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). The bridge will be closed till Sunday night.According to police, Jibanananda Setu was supposed to be closed from August 16 night to August 19 morning. As the weather condition in Kolkata deteriorated, the repair work could not commence last week. Later, it was decided that the work will be done from Friday. During the repair work, the expansion joint will be replaced in order to strengthen the flyover. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the plan chalked out during the closure of Jibanananda Setu, buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9, ST6, 47B & S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Avishikta crossing and will avail Ruby Crossing, Rashbehari Connector, Bijan Setu, Gariahat Crossing and Golpark to Jadavpur police station crossing. Buses of routes 47B and S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Jadavpur police station crossing towards Sulekha crossing to avail Sukanta Setu. State-run buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9 and ST6 will be diverted towards North on Gariahat Road South, to avail Dhakuria Bridge, Golpark, Gariahat and Bijan Setu to reach Ruby Crossing.last_img read more

Staggering number of suicides leads to MOU between Innu and Newfoundland

first_img(Left to right: Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tshakapesh, Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, Mushuau Chief John Nui, and Sheshatshiu Chief Eugene Hart.)Todd Lamirande APTN National NewsNewfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and four Innu leaders signed an agreement to hold an inquiry into the “treatment, experiences and outcomes” of Innu youth in care by the end of September.Ball characterized it as an “aggressive timeline.”“When you look at the numbers, they’re staggering,” he said. “Disproportionate numbers of suicide rates, disproportionate number of children in care. We know, and I know, feeling this for a while now, that we really need to get together in an inclusive way to get to what the root problems are. And then from that, we can establish how we get to putting the proper preventative measures in place in Innu communities.”The memorandum of understanding states that by July 31, 2017, the terms of reference for the inquiry will be agreed upon. However, Ball could not say if it would be a full public inquiry conducted in front of a judge.“This is about preventing youth and children from going into care and making sure we have the wraparound services in Innu communities that are ultimately appropriate,” he said.Innu Nation Deputy Grand Chief Simeon Tshakapesh was happy with the outcome.“I am very proud being Innu today,” he posted on Facebook. “Innu from Labrador has prevailed today through all our pain that’s why we are successful today. I have fought along with other former leaders and present leaders so many years for our people. Now I can see the real hard work paid off.”It was the suicide of Tshakapesh’s son, Thunderheart, this past May that brought the issue to the forefront. Tshakapesh and Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee confronted Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett at a July 1st barbeque in her Toronto constituency. (Simeon Tshakapesh, with his son Thunderheart.)An emotional Tshakapesh yelled at Bennet that he wanted his son back.“Stop stealing our children. Yes, stop it,” he shouted. “Something gotta end. We can’t keep burying our own.”Thunderheart, 16, took his own life after being sent out from his community in Labrador, Natuashish, for solvent abuse.“My son had a life and a dream. And that dream is killed by the system,” Tshakapesh told Bennett.She said his death was unacceptable and promised to change it.“How can we protect our future when they are so far away from us?” Qupee asked Bennett. “There’s broken connections that are being done by this government. And it’s hurting us. We’re the leaders. Yet, we’re the ones that go home to all the pain and suffering in our communities.”After nearly half an hour of discussion, Minister Bennett handed Tshakapesh a small pouch of tobacco. In exchange, Tshakapesh gave Bennett the protest sign he was holding, with the condition that he will hold the Indigenous Affairs Minister to her word.“I may be gone, but this still going to exist,” he said while holding up the tobacco. “And this is gonna be turned back to you and what you said here.”The MOU does ask the federal government to participate in the Inquiry.“But even without federal participation, we made an agreement that we are going to pursue,” said Premier Ball.In pictures posted on Facebook by his father, Thunderheart enjoyed hunting and playing the guitar. His first demo was posted on YouTube on March 24, 2017. tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Sri Lanka has strong support

The High Commissioner said this in a statement where he also confirmed that British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November. The Commonwealth biennial meeting in November this year, will be preceded by the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and the Commonwealth Business Forum, and usually attracts several thousand delegates, and global media coverage. It will provide the opportunity for the 54 Heads to meet to discuss matters of global and Commonwealth concern, and agree collective policies and initiatives. Sri Lanka enjoys strong support amongst the Commonwealth countries, represented by the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, comprising the 54 London-based Commonwealth High Commissioners, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Dr Chris Nonis said.He also recalled the unwavering support of all except one Country, at recent meetings, which he says necessitates a depth and breadth of understanding that Commonwealth countries are at different stages of development, with a commonality of values and aspirations, as well as challenges and constraints. The High Commissioner said that although there had been intensive lobbying in the past year by anti-Sri Lanka activist groups with collateral agendas, in particular in London, which is home to the Commonwealth Secretariat, they had not succeeded in their attempts to pressurize Commonwealth Nations to shift the venue, nor to pressurise the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to place Sri Lanka on its formal agenda. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN to host international media encounter on question of Palestine

Held on 18 and 19 June at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the event will discuss the status of the Middle East peace process and media coverage of the conflict. It will also focus on the UN’s role in resolving the Palestine question and in the overall search for peace in the Middle East. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is currently in the Middle East to bolster international efforts to get the peace process back on track, will send a message to the event. The Secretary-General of the French Foreign Ministry, Loïc Hennekinne, and UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Masuura, will also welcome participants. The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, will deliver the keynote address. Also slated to address the session will be Nabil Shaatth, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Palestinian Authority, as well as Uri Savir, a former member of the Israeli Knesset and Robert Malley, formerly with the United States National Security Council. All have been personally involved in the peace process. The encounter, which will be moderated by the Interim Head of DPI, Shashi Tharoor, will also feature addresses by Ibra Deguène Ka, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN. The Paris media event will be the ninth in a series launched by DPI 10 years go to support the search for peace in the Middle East and to raise awareness about the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. read more

Joy Global introduces new rotary blasthole drill for hard rock applications

first_imgJoy Global has added to its rotary blasthole drill product offering to provide a wider range of solutions for hard rock applications. The new P&H 285XPC provides up to 53,524 kg (118,000 lbs) of bit loading specifically designed for 270 and 311 mm (10 5/8 in and 12 ¼ in) diameter holes, making it well suited for the majority of copper and iron applications. “This new drill will carry on the P&H legacy for durability,” stated Eric Wilkinson, Product Manager. “It will feature the same powerful propel structures and robust pulldown systems as our other P&H drills.”The new drill also features the Universal Drill Cab (UDC) utilised on other P&H drills. This commonality of controls will allow experienced operators to quickly and easily transition to a P&H 285XPC. The UDC provides the operator with a clear, unobstructed view of the drilling area and the surrounding environment. Its expansive windows and video cameras provide the best visibility in the industry and ensure that the operator is able to maintain complete situational awareness while drilling and propelling. Additionally, the FOPS Level II certified structure combined with shatter-resistant glass protects the operator from harsh mining conditions. The 285XPC is already available worldwide.last_img read more

The Prop is a beautiful portable laptop stand that needs to get

first_imgLaptops allow us access to computing on the go. You could argue that smartphones and tablets do the same thing, but I’d argue both are very much limited compared to the laptop. However, choosing to work on a laptop comes with a number of compromises based on what you can easily fit alongside one in a bag.Light and thin laptops are now offered by several well-known manufacturers with Apple leading the way. You can get a wireless mouse to throw in there alongside one, and Microsoft’s Arc mouse goes a step further by lying flat for transport. There’s even a few options for carrying slim and light power packs around, and hopefully one day soon a foldaway plug too.One accessory that hasn’t been catered for yet as a portable product is the laptop stand. It may not sound like something you need to take with you, but typing for extended periods of time with your laptop keyboard at the right angle in a stand can make all the difference to your wrists, fingers, and even your posture.MAKE Collaboration has spotted a niche for creating the ultimate portable laptop stand, and their design is called the Prop. The only problem is, they need funding to produce it, so have setup a Kickstarter fund in the hopes of raising the $18,000 required for the plastic injection mold plates.There are so many tech-related Kickstarter funds now that you have to pick and choose which ones to highlight. However, just by looking at the images of the Prop (and the video below), you can tell this is a very clever and useful product worth bringing to market.It will be manufactured from a bio-degradable plastic material and takes the form of two very thin and light sections. These clip together to form a stand base that is flexible enough to hold any laptop between 13 and 17-inches in size. For transport, you just unclip them and lie them flat in your bag, and I doubt you’ll even notice their weight.So the Prop is lightweight, easy to store in your bag taking up next to no room, and the design aesthetic is such that it is probably going to make your laptop look all the better on that Starbucks table or airport lounge desk. But what about the cost?Based on the pledges being asked for through Kickstarter, the Prop is going to be super cheap to buy. Just $18 secures you one if funding is successful, and you can pick up two by pledging $34. That’s not to say this is the final pricing, but I can’t see it being far off once the manufacturing is setup and running.So far the Kickstarter drive has raised over $5,000 with it running until November 20th. Hopefully MAKE Collaboration can reach that $18,000 target and give us all the option of a very cheap and stylish portable laptop stand to throw in our bags.Read more at the Prop Kickstarter page and MAKE Collaborationlast_img read more

Make walking in the rain musical with the 8bit umbrella

first_imgThere’s something about the sound of rain that is quite enjoyable for a lot of people. It can even help you concentrate by forming background noise. If you don’t believe me, just plug in some headphones and start listening while trying to do some work.Being out in the rain is fine too as long as you have an umbrella, but Alice Zappe decided she could improve on the experience by adding music. During Made @Musichackday this year in Amsterdam she hooked up an 8-bit sound system to an umbrella.The umbrella has a number of piezo sensors fitted to the underside of the farbic. They react to the raindrops making an impact and therefore applying pressure, with each being turned into an 8-bit sound using an Arduino Uno and output through a couple of speakers. As you can see in the video, the more intense the rainfall the more sound that is produced.Although it works, the “music” created isn’t going to top any charts. However, such a system could easily be modified to play pre-recorded songs whenever it rains to block out the sound of the shower. Alternatively, you could add a recording unit just in case you get that perfect shower and manage to produce a song worth keeping. Who knows, there might be a market for an 8-bit rain album.Alice’s other projects include adding a green LED backlight to an original Game Boy so it’s easier to view in the dark (and make music with), as well as a point-and-click game created in JavaScript that was inspired by Maniac Mansion. I can’t wait to see what she thinks up for the next Music Hack Day.via Nukacolast_img read more

North Korea fires another missile Trump tweets his anger

first_img By AFP 23,185 Views Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 7:45 AM US President Donald Trump Source: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association ImagesNORTH KOREA TEST-FIRED a ballistic missile today in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community — most notably China — failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme.Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body.The launch ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness.US President Donald Trump, who has warned of a “major conflict” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, said the latest test was a pointed snub to China — the North’s main ally and economic lifeline.“North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” Trump tweeted. Source: TwitterThe US is deploying a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula, and a missile-defence system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that officials say will be operational “within days”.North Korea recently conducted its biggest-ever firing drill and has threatened to “bury at sea” the US aircraft carrier, and there are signs it could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.South Korea’s defence ministry said it suspected today’s missile test had failed after a brief flight, while the US military’s Pacific Command confirmed the rocket did not leave North Korean territory.Japan has lodged a “serious protest and criticism” to the North, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a national security council meeting.Risk of nuclear attack ‘real’ China pushed back at Tillerson’s call at the UN Security Council for it to do more to rein in Pyongyang, arguing that it was unrealistic to expect one country to solve the conflict.“The use of force does not solve differences and will only lead to bigger disasters,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.His country, he said, should not be “a focal point of the problem on the peninsula” and stressed that “the key to solving the nuclear issue on the peninsula does not lie in the hands of the Chinese side”.Russia joined China in saying a military response would be disastrous and appealing for a return to talks and de-escalation.Military action was “completely unacceptable”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the council, and a miscalculation could have “frightening consequences”.But Tillerson argued that diplomacy had to be backed with credible muscle.“Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary,” he said.“The threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on Seoul or Tokyo is real, and it is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland.”China wants talks The meeting of the top UN body yesterday laid bare major differences among key powers over the way to address the North Korean crisis.Over the past 11 years, the Security Council has imposed six sets of sanctions on Pyongyang — two adopted last year — to significantly ramp up pressure and deny the North Korean regime the hard currency revenue needed for its military programmes.But UN sanctions experts have repeatedly told the council the measures have had little impact because they have been poorly implemented.Tillerson called on all countries to downgrade or sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and impose targeted sanctions on entities and individuals supporting its missile and nuclear programme.The United States is ready to impose sanctions on other countries where companies or individuals are found to have helped North Korea’s military programmes, he said.China instead wants Pyongyang to freeze its military programmes in exchange for a halt to US-South Korean annual drills.“Now is the time to seriously consider talks,” said Wang.But Tillerson was blunt in saying it was up to North Korea to take the first concrete steps.“We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table,” he said. “We will not reward their bad behaviour with talks.”The United States, Russia and China took part in six-party talks on North Korea’s denuclearisation from 2003 to 2009, along with Japan, South Korea and Pyongyang.- © AFP 2017Read: North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missileRead: ‘He’d still win if the election were today’ – 100 days in, Dublin, California, adjusts to Trump’s ‘new normal’ Short URL Apr 29th 2017, 7:45 AM 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article North Korea fires another missile, Trump tweets his anger The US President said the move “disrespected the wishes of China”. 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Bactérie tueuse quatre nouvelles victimes en Allemagne

first_imgBactérie tueuse : quatre nouvelles victimes en AllemagneLa bactérie Eceh a fait quatre nouvelles victimes outre-Rhin. Selon les autorités allemandes, le bilan est alors porté à au moins 47 morts en Europe.Le bilan continue de s’alourdir en Allemagne, où la bactérie E. coli entéro hémorragique (Eceh) a été détectée il y a plusieurs semaines. 46 décès ont été enregistrés par les autorités sanitaires allemandes lundi, portant le bilan total à 47 morts en Europe. Le seul décès enregistré hors d’Allemagne est celui d’une femme en Suède.Par ailleurs, 3.801 personnes ont été infectées par la souche très virulente d’Eceh outre-Rhin, dont 834 qui ont développé des complications graves (SHU).Toutefois, l’Institut fédéral de veille sanitaire, qui donne ces chiffres, a précisé que le nombre de nouveaux cas recensés baisse régulièrement depuis le pic de l’épidémie le 30 mai.Le 28 juin 2011 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Week In Review 813817

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 8/14Audio Player08-17-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm08-17-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdPolice Release Details From Last Week’s High-Speed Chase, Soldotna Man Arrested For Vandalizing Community Wellhouse, Some Alaskans Voter ID Cards Are Inaccurate, One Week Until Tickets Go On Sale For Silver Salmon Derby Monday 8/13Audio PlayerJenifer-monday-0813.mp3VmJenifer-monday-0813.mp300:00RPdBrewery To Bathroom Raises $4,246 For American Cancer Society, Corps, BLM Sign Joint Record Of Decision On Donlin Project, Kenai River Brewery Wins People’s Choice at Beer Festival, Kenai Awarded Grant For New Library Books Wednesday 8/15Audio PlayerJennifer-wed-0815.mp3VmJennifer-wed-0815.mp300:00RPdAndeavor Conducts ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Drill, $1,000 Tagged Fish Caught In Homer Halibut Derby, Report: Crime Rates Rose 6% Between 2016 and 2017,  School Board Cuts $523,500 From Final FY19 Budgetcenter_img Thursday 8/16Audio Player08-17-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm08-17-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdCandidate List Finalized For Local Municipal Election, Borough Ballot Propositions Announced, Borough Files To Defend Nikiski As LNG Plant Site, Trump Administration Looks At Further Expansion In NPR-A For Drilling Friday 8/17Audio PlayerJennifer-monday-2.mp3VmJennifer-monday-2.mp300:00RPdFinal Countdown To First Day Of School For Kenai Peninsula Students, Alaska Employment Down By 900 Jobs In July, KRSA Holding Public Forum On ‘Critical Fisheries Issues In Alaska’last_img read more

IKEAs Cosmic Collection Aimed at Small Spaces

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerUC Santa Barbara, ‘Inventor’ of Filament LED Bulbs, Is Suing Everyone Stay on targetcenter_img Ask not what IKEA can do for outer space—ask what outer space can do for IKEA.Last year, the Swedish retail giant teamed up with NASA and students from the Lund University School of Industrial Design to “use space knowledge for a better everyday life on Earth.”Tagging along with makers as they designed intergalactic products for astronauts at the Johnson Space Center, IKEA found inspiration for a new small-space living collection.The RUMTID lot—or lots, as there will be four small stockpiles—will launch in 2020 with “great ideas like an all-new lightweight material, and air purifiers,” according to an IKEA announcement.“We want to learn from extreme scenarios and connect them back to Earth, focusing on urbanization and small-space living,” designer Siri Skillgate said in a statement.Since the closest the team will get to outer space is Houston, Texas, the creators visited Tokyo, where they stayed in capsule hotels and experienced urban small-space living first hand.The company unveiled a new lightweight material, made of veneer and rolled into hollow tubes (via IKEA)“In Tokyo, there’s a literal built-in thinking around small-space living that allows for modularity and mobility,” Skillgate said. “We felt really inspired by all of the interesting solutions in people’s homes and at the capsule hotels—in particular when it comes to storage.”Anyone residing in a crowded city understands: Micro living is here to stay. According to the United Nations, as reported in 2017 by IKEA, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2050. Which means more people vying for less room.The four RUMTID launches are based on the concepts of “time,” “small space” (a recurring theme), “water,” and “air.”Aside from releasing cryptic images (see slideshow below), IKEA remains tight-lipped about their upcoming products. The company did, however, reveal the inclusion of a lightweight material, made of veneer, and rolled into hollow tubes.“By cutting the tubes into different lengths and clamping them together, we build just about anything, be it sofas, wardrobes, beds, or something else completely,” according to creative leader Michael Nikolic.Ideal for small living spaces, the new material, and building method are flexible and economical.“This is a high-tech, efficient way of using our natural resources,” Nikolic added.The RUMTID collection will be divided into four different launches, available for a limited time starting in 2020.View as: One Page Slides1. Take your herbs to infinity and beyond(via IKEA)Grow plants like the cosmonauts.2. Hungry for light(via IKEA)Astronaut food pouches are the new lamp shades.3. Retro meets the void(via IKEA)I frankly have no idea what these are, but they look like traditional IKEA storage boxes—with a twist.4. Storage or jungle gym?(via IKEA)Any guesses?5. Space saver(via IKEA)IKEA is nothing if not simplistic.6. Minimalist to the max(via IKEA)This seems oddly impractical.7. Take space-age selfies(via IKEA)Since when does IKEA sell ring lights?last_img read more

Cruise tourism reaches new depths in Dubai

first_imgWelcoming more than 407,000 cruise tourists last year, numbers will increase to around 420,000 for the new season with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) expecting that number to reach one million by 2020. With Dubai featuring on most of the world’s leading cruise liners’ international itineraries, it continues to reinforce its position as a popular cruise destination, firmly cementing its reputation as the Arabian Gulf’s “cruise hub of the region.” New to the region, MSC Cruises has proudly announced Dubai as its newest home port for their 2013-2014 season itinerary, with the MSC Lirica arriving in November and bringing over 60,000 passengers in its 20 turnaround call. Dubai’s cruise industry continues to flourish with the announcement of MSC Cruises becoming the hub’s newest home porting partner and two Cunard cruise liners due to make an appearance as well. “A combination of careful and strategic planning, marketing initiatives, infrastructure development, targeted investment and Dubai’s appeal as a popular destination, has allowed Dubai to experience robust growth in cruise tourism,” DTCM general manager Veronica Rainbird said.center_img Cunard Line has announced in addition to their overnight Dubai calls in April 2014, both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth will be returning once again to Dubai as part of their world cruise in 2015. Source = ETB News: L.B. “Dubai has the largest, state of the art facilities for cruise tourism in the Middle East and has consistently kept up with the industry’s growth and demand, enhancing the facilities and services of its ports to cater to the growing number of cruise lines and visitors.”last_img read more