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7 Creative Things to Do With Gaff Tape

first_imgGaff tape can be used for so much more than fixing cables to the ground. Here are some other ways you can use this sticky filmmaking staple.Gaffer’s tape, gaff tape, camera tape, spike tape. Whatever you call it, don’t call it duct tape. Gaff tape is the most common tool you will see on set.The tape is made with a heavy cotton cloth, rather than vinyl or plastic. The adhesive used in gaff tape is more heat resistant, making it popular among lighting technicians. Unlike duct tape, gaff tape wont leave a residue when it’s removed.1. Make a space bra.Image from starwars.comWhen George Lucas was filming the original Star Wars, he told actress Carrie Fisher that “there’s no underwear in space.” That meant Princess Leia couldn’t wear anything more than her hair buns and white robe. To keep the film PG, Fisher had to wear makeshift pasties made out of gaff tape.2. Save your footage from being formatted.Did you just pull a full memory card out of the camera? Put a strip of red gaff tape on it to prevent it from going back into the camera. Keep that card taped until you dump the footage. If you put the card inside a case, tape the case shut. This is an easy way to help you keep track of your cards.3. Salvage your shoes.Did you get a hole in your sole? Maybe your shoes are squeaking too much. Put some gaff tape over the bottom of your shoes to help quiet them.Did you wear white shoes when you are only allowed to wear black ones? Start taping your whole shoe. Gaff tape won’t leave any residue, so your shoes will still be white when you take the tape off.4. DIY tracking points.Will you be using motion tracking when you edit? Make some cross hairs with two pieces of gaff tape. You can even put gaff tape on light stand, like in this VFX breakdown from Jean-Baptiste Lefournier for the Beat Assailant music video RUN.You can see more breakdowns like this over at RocketStock.com.5. Cover your built in laptop camera.Maybe you don’t trust your computer after you accidentally streamed your whole face to a hotel conference while trying to fix an issue at an event. A little gaff tape won’t hurt the screen. You’re on your own when it comes to the microphone.6. Mark your gear.Keeping track of your own gear and rentals can be a hassle. Gaff tape comes in multiple colors. Color code your cameras and gear to make sure everything goes back to its rightful owner.7. Gaff tape on the go.Image from StrobistNow that you know some cool tricks for using gaff tape, make sure you always have some on you. You might not have room for an entire roll, but you can easily have some in your pocket.Have an old gift card or hotel room key? Wrap a foot or two of gaff tape around it. One of the coolest tricks can be found in this tutorial from Strobist. Learn how to make a gaffer’s tape key fob. All you need is a paper clip and pencil to carry 40 inches of gaff tape with you everywhere.Need more cheap gear to help stay organized on set? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat7 Tricks for Keeping Your Camera Equipment Organized12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $204 Cheap Practical Lights That Can Work Wonders On SetKnow of any other tape tips that we missed? Have any tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Declare Your Independence

first_imgIt takes an enormous amount of courage and an even greater amount of hard work to declare your independence and truly free yourself.Declare your independence from all of the excuses and the rationalizations that you have shackled yourself in so that you wouldn’t have to take 100% responsibility for your own life and your own results. What will you do to free yourself from your excuses and make your life and your results your own at long last?Declare you independence from the bonds of other people’s expectations and demands and become the truest, fullest, authentic version of yourself. When will you finally become the person you were born to be?Declare your independence from the distractions and novelties that you have used to keep from having to engage in what is your life’s most important work. If not today, when will you start making the difference that you were born to make?Declare your independence from the scarcity mindset and the fear that you have allowed to prevent you from seeing all of the opportunities before you. If not today, when will you start mining the acres of diamonds from within the mine on which you are already standing?Declare your independence for your completely self imposed limitations, the belief that you aren’t good enough, the belief you don’t know enough, the belief that you aren’t ready. You are more than ready. When will you accept that you are perfect just the way you are right now (even though you could stand a little improving)?Today, take the key that is already in your hand and that you have had this whole time and finally free yourself from the shackles in which you alone have locked yourself. Make today the day that you finally and irrevocably declare your independence.last_img read more

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2018

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The holiday season always causes me to do two things.First, the holidays always make me reflect. Each year seems to go by faster than the one before. I’ve never been great at keeping a journal, my handwriting being too bad to make it useful. I started a digital journal, and it’s surprising how many major events occur in the course of one year of your life. It’s worth going back over the last year to remember all the events and happenings that shaped the past year –or may have changed your trajectory.Second, and more importantly, the holidays make me grateful. If you missed yesterday’s newsletter, it was about “your people,” the people you belong to and the people that belong to you.I am grateful for all my families, starting with the one in which I was born into. None of us gets to choose this family, but if I could choose, I would happily take this one.I’m also grateful for the family that I started with my wife and partner, Cher. There is an element of luck here that can’t be overstated, as I am not sure how we ended up being perfect for each other, or how we helped make three wonderful people.There are other families I am grateful for, the families that I have chosen or that have chosen me. Along this path, you discover that you have brothers and sisters that were born to different parents. You go most of your life never knowing them, and then you meet them and you recognize that these are your people.Then there is this community, the people who read this blog, subscribe to the newsletter, and watch the YouTube show. Every week I am humbled by your replies and your notes, and I am grateful for you sharing your stories, thoughts, and ideas with me. Thanks for being part of my families!Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!last_img read more

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Kashmir parties criticise Governor Satya Pal Malik

first_imgA slew of decisions taken by the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday sparked sharp reactions from Jammu and Kashmir’s regional parties, which suspected that these moves were “motivated”.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former State Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan said his party warned the Governor’s administration against “fiddling with the existing State subject laws”.He described the administration’s move to amend rules of Jammu & Kashmir Protection of Human Rights Act — by virtue of which the State Human Rights Commission will be unable to investigate any complaint of human rights violation submitted one year after the incident — “an act beyond its mandate”.“The Governor’s rule is a transitory arrangement and Governor Malik should avoid disrupting the existing laws and procedures. People here have been worst victims of human rights violations and there is no time-frame for the problems they have faced,” Mr. Haq said.Engineer Rashid, who heads the Awami Ittehad Party, said the order issued regarding SHRC functioning “should be immediately revoked”.“With lack of accountability for men in uniform, the SHRC is still a ray of hope. The Governor’s move is part of a well-crafted strategy to suppress the voice of the masses,” Mr. Rashid said.The administration’s move to “change and ease” procedures for issuing Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), a certificate issued to domicile citizens of J&K, has also come under cover of suspicion.“Mr, Malik is going into the most crucial and important territory of PRC, which could further disturb the situation on the ground. It is well advised to the Governor administration not to fiddle with existing systems and procedures,” said PDP’s Khan. “The system of granting the PRC is an established practice and should not be diluted at any cost. This is a matter of the identity of the State and any attempt to relax it will meet with resistance. It can open a Pandora box if the procedure is relaxed in any way,” he added. Under criticism, a government spokesman said the process for issuance of PRCs in J&K “remains unchanged”. “But district development commissioners have been asked only to explain the causes of delay on the complaints alleging unprecedented delay in its issuance,” said the spokesman.Meanwhile, the National Conference on Saturday staged protests at all district headquarters of the State and sought a rollback of the SAC decision of declaring J&K Bank a public sector undertaking.“The decision will downgrade and put the prestigious institution at par with any other state public sector undertaking,” said a NC spokesman.last_img read more

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O’s Punish Sliding Yankees, 4-1

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles put on a complete performance in three key facets of the game: power, pitching and defense.As has become the case recently, the New York Yankees were deficient in each category the night of May 3, and the result of a 4-1 defeat that extended their losing streak to six games.Mark Trumbo hit two home runs, Chris Tillman scattered five hits over seven innings and the Orioles were sparkling in the field despite changing up their infield alignment.All this happened at the expense of the last-place Yankees, who at 8-16 are off to their worst start after 24 games since 1991.“Unfortunately, I’ve been on teams that are down, and you want to take care of business,” Tillman said. “You want to rack up the wins when you can. If a team is scuffling, you want to be at your best to capitalize on those opportunities.”In addition to the losing streak, the Yankees have another injury to get through. Alex Rodriguez tweaked his right hamstring running out a grounder and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.“It wasn’t a big pop,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve done that before in my career. I’m hopeful for the best. See how I wake up in the morning. Hopefully the good news is that I wasn’t running very fast. We’ll see what happens.”Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez will undergo an MRI on May 4.“If he’s out, someone is going to have to step up in his place,” Girardi said. “That’s the nature of the game. Hopefully, it’s not much and he won’t go on the DL. We’ll see.”Trumbo hit a solo shot in the second inning and his eighth of the season with a runner on in the fifth. Both homers were off Luis Severino (0-4), who yielded only two long balls in his previous four starts.Tillman (3-1) allowed one run, matched his career high with nine strikeouts and walked four. The right-hander also fanned nine in his last start, against Tampa Bay.Brad Brach worked the eighth and Darren O’Day finished for his second save.Didi Gregorius drove in the lone run for the Yankees, whose six-game skid matches their longest of last season.“When it comes down to it, the name of the game is scoring runs and we only did that one time,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “That’s not good enough.”Severino allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits over six innings. He also made two identical errors, mishandling a soft throw from Mark Teixeira while moving to cover first base.Manny Machado started at shortstop for the Orioles in place of J.J. Hardy, who was put on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a broken bone in his foot. Machado, an All-Star third baseman, handled the middle of the infield flawlessly while Ryan Flaherty effectively manned third.Machado showed his range in the fifth inning, when he went far to his left to snag a grounder on the outfield grass before spinning around and throwing out Rodriguez at first base.That ended A-Rod’s night.Chris Davis also made several fine plays at first base, enough for Manager Buck Showalter to declare: “If he’s not the leading candidate for a Gold Glove then I’m missing something.”A run-scoring single by Gregorius put New York up 1-0 in the second, but the advantage lasted only until Trumbo connected in the bottom half of the inning. The Yankees have held the lead in all but five of their games this season.Severino’s second error, following a diving stop by Teixeira, enabled the Orioles to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth.One inning later, Trumbo completed his ninth career multi-homer game, the second this season.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Wordflipping Victoria boy gets William Shatners support for invented word

first_imgVANCOUVER – When six-year-old Levi Budd saw the word stop on a sign, he created the word pots. Before long, he was imagining words backwards and coming up with rats from star and pets from step.The inquisitive word lover had just one question for his mom that day in January, when the two were in the car and he turned stop into pots: “What do we call a word that spells another word backwards?”His mom and dad, Jessy Friedenberg and Lucky Budd, discovered there’s no word defining such flipped words so Levi decided he better invent one: levidrome, which he told his parents explains why spit is tips and spoons are snoops.Lucky Budd said his son started reading at age three and by four knew that the word palindrome means a word reads the same spelled forward and backward, like racecar.Budd, a historian and author of nine books, has proposed levidrome, pronounced lev-ih-drome, to dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.Merriam-Webster explained to Budd that a word must be in common use before it’s accepted though levidrome has already been added to its open-source dictionary of user-submitted words and the online Urban Dictionary.A YouTube video (http://bit.ly/2hPVYgu) Budd posted about five weeks ago to explain his son’s levidrome fixation has created buzz among students across the country and has also won support from actor and “Star Trek” veteran William Shatner, whose recent tweet had him appealing to the Oxford Dictionary to include Levi’s “exciting word.”Actress Patricia Arquette has also tweeted her support, saying: “Such a cool idea.”Budd said he’s thrilled that people are talking about words, and that’s the most gratifying part of the levidrome experience so far.“I’ve got schools in Ottawa, and schools in Toronto and Calgary and libraries all getting in touch with me with their boards of palindromes and levidromes. And that’s actually what it’s all about. It’s really exciting.”His aim is to model initiative to his son by taking action on an idea.“If you have a good idea, go for it. You never know what’s going to happen. Whether it makes it into the dictionary or not, at this point the journey of just doing it and how many people have found inspiration is just amazing.”Levi, who was celebrating the loss of his first tooth on Monday, loves reading to his four-year-old sister Emma, who’s more into gymnastics and dancing than words, Budd said.He said his son is an extrovert who aims to be an actor though he’s too young to be directly in the spotlight to discuss his love of levidromes and the excitement that it has generated.“Most days when we go to school Levi walks by a crosswalk and the principal of the school stands there with a stop sign welcoming the kids. She always says to him, ‘You got any good levidromes for me today?’ The other day he said, ‘Yeah, I got stressed and desserts. And drawer and reward.’”Levi’s self-esteem has been boosted by kids who are also having fun flipping words and spreading the word on levidrome, Budd said.“Today he came up with orb from bro. I guess he saw me write bro to somebody.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Oliver Stone to interview Edward Snowden in live Cineplex preview

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Oliver Stone is offering up a sneak peak at his biographical political thriller “Snowden.”Canadians in select cities will get a chance to preview the film two days before its release Sept. 16. Facebook The screening will be followed by a live interview between Stone and whistleblower Edward Snowden, with the Oscar-winning filmmaker speaking from New York and Snowden appearing via satellite from Moscow. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Amazon HQ favourites Similar basics different vibes

first_imgNEW YORK — The communities said to be favoured to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters but now may reportedly open two, has declined to comment on its plans. But people familiar with the talks said this week that Long Island City and Crystal City have emerged as front runners for the “HQ2” project and its total of 50,000 jobs.A look at two communities said to be at the top of Amazon’s list.LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.If chosen, the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon would also cement Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” says Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before the potential Amazon news emerged, the city announced a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, says area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” says van Bramer, a Democrat.Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 would represent “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” says Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getchew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”___Barakat reported from Crystal City, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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EC seeks report on Supriyo’s remarks

first_imgKolkata: Babul Supriyo, outgoing BJP MP from Asansol, who is contesting from the same constituency in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seemed to have made a habit of courting controversy every now and then ever since the notification of the elections has taken place.This time around, a serious allegation has surfaced against Supriyo who has allegedly abused two Trinamool Congress supporters and passed controversial remarks against the duo. The Election Commission has taken a strong exception to Supriyo’s comments and the way he behaved during his election rally on April 11. After the Election Commission received a specific complaint in this regard, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state has sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan and also wanted to know what steps have been taken so far in this regard. The CEO office will go through the report submitted by the DEO and then decide what can be done in connection to the incident. Supriyo lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when two local Trinamool Congress supporters protested against him for accusing his Trinamool Congress rival of running a syndicate with the coal mafias. The protest by the two individuals did not go down well with Supriyo and he soon engaged in a heated altercation with them. Supriyo’s wrath went to such an extent that he instructed his partymen to slap them. Following the incident, the two victims were heckled by the BJP activists in presence of Supriyo. It was also alleged that the outgoing MP told the BJP workers to throw them out. The incident triggered a political slugfest with the Trinamool Congress calling it a classic example of breaching the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The incident occurred at Dhandadihi area of Andal when Supriyo was conducting a road show. The duo protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Supriyo, however, claimed that the TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. As Supriyo was spewing venom against the TMC, the two supporters allegedly shouted the slogan ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain.’ The situation was brought under control following the intervention of the local residents. Supriyo triggered controversy in previous occasions as well. He sang and released a theme song for his party without the prior permission from the Election Commission. He went ahead and played the song during his election rallies despite a ban imposed by the EC. Eventually, he was forced to stop playing the song.last_img read more

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Disha’s sari look sparks debate

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Disha Patani has rekindled Bollywood’s romance with the yellow sari through the ‘Slow motion’ song from Salman Khan’s Bharat. But it has left many asking “Where’s the sari?” In the video of the peppy number by Vishal and Shekhar featuring Nakash Aziz and Shreya Ghoshal, Disha is seen Matching her dance moves along with Salman. But it is her sensual yellow sari with a ‘pallu’ twisted like a rope and thrown over her shoulder, that has caught attention. The song garnered over 24 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerAward-winning textile designer Gaurang Shah feels the essence of the sari has got completely diluted. “Well, everyone one has a choice to reinvent, but that doesn’t mean you do away with fundamental essence that made sari a beautiful attire for generations. It is a celebration of our cultural legacy and heritage. A sari is a sari. You must drape it in a manner that retains its magnificent character,” Shah said. Designer Varija Bajaj called it a poor rendition in the name of reinventing ways to drape the six-yard wonder. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up”Designers all across are working of reinventing the classic saris into sari gowns, lehenga saris, saris with jeans and some of them are extremely beautiful inventions,” Bajaj said. “There is a very thin line between a beautiful innovation and a tragic disaster when it comes to designers reinventing a sari. A poor rendition not only looks distasteful, but also kills the very essence of feminism in a sari, and I guess that forms the majority chunk of such reinventions,” she further added.last_img read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State sets tone after win against Cincinnati

Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson (3) sizes up his defender during the second half of the game against UNC Pembroke on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorChris Holtmann has never been one to shy away from big non-conference games. In his time as head coach at Butler, he helped schedule matchups against the perennial college basketball powerhouses. Opponents that would test his teams. Test the resiliency of his roster. Holtmann brought those same ideas with him to Ohio State. When gaining control of the schedule, the second-year head coach planned a home-and-home with Cincinnati, the first time Ohio State has played the Bearcats within state borders since 1920. With the weight of the series history between the Bearcats and the Buckeyes, with the weight of the recruiting implications, Holtmann used this opportunity to test his team like he tested Butler. And Ohio State lived up to the first test, defeating Cincinnati 64-56 on Wednesday, starting the season with a road win in an environment. To senior guard C.J. Jackson, it’s just the kind of person Holtmann is: a resilient and work-hard personality that Ohio State molded into as he built his program. “Once he kind of got his hands on this team, it was so new,” Jackson said. “Last year’s team was kind of established, we were all from kind of another coaching staff, so this team is basically kind of his team, so we all just took after him and that win has a lot to do with coach Holtmann.” Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson knew what was coming first. As the freshmen and the new members of the program became acclimated with Ohio State, this Cincinnati game had been circled on the calendar for months. It was the first opportunity for the Buckeyes to show what they had without the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and without their emotional leader. This was a mentality that Wesson felt as Ohio State neared the first game of the season. “Nobody respects us like they did last year,” Wesson said. “So, I tell everybody just get real disrespectful in your preparations.”  Ohio State came out for its first game of the season already with a chip on its shoulder. For Holtmann’s team, he said the main priority, especially for an unproven team such as this one, is to make an impact defensively, something the Buckeyes showed Wednesday night. The Buckeyes allowed Cincinnati to shoot 27.4 percent from the field, with the Bearcats making 6-of-26 from behind the 3-point line. Even with the announcement of the transfer of junior forward Micah Potter, Wesson and sophomore forward Kyle Young stepped up, both starting at forward with Young backing up Wesson at the center spot, the spot Potter would have had. Wesson and Young combined for 15 of Ohio State’s 33 rebounds. It also gave an opportunity for the new players to show what they could do in a Buckeye uniform. Wesson said a game like this is a good opportunity for the younger players to get a chance to see what this level of play is all about, setting the tone for the remainder of the season. “I feel like having it early for the young guys, they see what college basketball is about, how tough it is, how the trenches are,” Wesson said. And that’s the point. That’s the point of the tough schedule to start the season for Holtmann and his Ohio State team. To test his players early. To see what their flaws are, to see what needs to improve prior to Big Ten play, prior to when important games become more of a reality. Resiliency is something teams don’t normally form after the first game of the season. But it’s something Jackson sees from his teammates day one. “I think we found out what type of guys we got. It’s guys that really care. We can’t really go wrong,” Jackson said. “Everybody is going to make mistakes. It’s a long game and it’s new. We are a new team. New faces. So as long as they give their all, you can’t really ask for anything else.” read more

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Military Should Prioritize Energy Security Efficiency Projects Spending Panel Says

first_imgThe Defense Department should pursue a range of actions to enhance its installations’ energy security and efficiency, including investing in renewable energy, microgrids and smart technology, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2019 military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill the House Appropriations Committee approved earlier this month. Those types of projects would help shield mission-critical operations from disruptions to the power grid while saving money, the lawmakers stated. They praised installations in Hawaii for leading the way in increasing energy security and efficiency through efforts to develop net-zero energy facilities, demonstrating microgrid technology, and upgrading systems to improve energy and water efficiency.The committee pointed to a January 2017 study commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts that concluded DOD could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually by investing in microgrids and renewables. The study found that microgrid power systems are more reliable than the stand-alone diesel generators typically used for backup power and could save from $8 million to $20 million over a 20-year period. It also found that DOD could save up to $1 billion a year simply by increasing the use of commercially available energy efficiency measures in its facilities, according to the report.Photo by Steve Kohls Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Fiji Water calls Golden Globes models lawsuit frivolous

first_img 1 More on Fiji Water Girl The relationship between Fiji Water and the woman who helped the drink become the top meme of January’s Golden Globe Awards seems to be drying up.E! News reported that it’s obtained court documents files in Los Angeles showing that model Kelleth Cuthbert is suing the brand for unauthorized use of her photograph, likeness and identity.According to documents cited by E!, Cuthbert says she didn’t authorize the company to use cardboard cutouts of her image, among other claims. A photo circulated in January showing singer John Legend leaving a Beverly Hills, California, grocery store with one of those Cuthbert cutouts right behind him. A representative for Cuthbert did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Fiji Water issued a statement about the legal action.”This lawsuit is frivolous and entirely without merit,” the statement reads. “After the Golden Globes social media moment, we negotiated a generous agreement with Ms. Cuthbert that she blatantly violated. We are confident that we will prevail in court. Throughout our history, we have had a sterling reputation working with talent.Cuthbert was one of four women hired to hand out water to celebrities at the awards show, but of the four, she was the one who made headlines, showing up in the background of numerous red-carpet photos. Social media users dubbed her “Fiji Water Girl” and shared her image, often with funny captions. I am literally going to photoshop the Fiji Water girl into every picture I take from now on #GoldenGlobes #Fijiwatergirl pic.twitter.com/QaNaFGB2TJ— Paul Maddock (@Lgbt_lawyer) January 7, 2019 Comment Fiji Water Girl: ‘I’ve been photobombing since I was a kid’ Fiji Girl makes meme splash with Golden Globes photobombs Cuthbert chatted with me after the awards about her newfound fame, noting that she’s “been photobombing since I was a kid,” and joking that had she known viral fame awaited, she would’ve spent more time on her appearance. Share your voice Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more

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Trump reportedly installed a 50000 golf simulator inside the White House

first_img Tags Donald Trump 42 Comments Share your voice Culture US President Donald Trump plays golf on the South Lawn for the White House Sports and Fitness Day in 2018. Getty Images US President Donald Trump may not have to leave the White House to play golf anymore. According to a report in The Washington Post, the president installed a golf simulator inside his personal quarters in the White House in the last few weeks. The room-size simulator costs roughly $50,000, according to a White House source cited by the Post, and replaced an older system installed during the Obama administration. It’s not the first high-tech upgrade to come to the White House. In December 2018, reports emerged that the Secret Service was planning to test facial recognition software in and around the president’s official residence, while the building was also upgraded in the past decade with the installation of solar panels. But the installation of a $50,000 golf simulator could draw a different kind of attention, with President Trump already facing scrutiny over how much time he has spent golfing during his presidency. While there’s no detail on the simulator fit-out, The Washington Post reports three public golf courses owned by President Trump are kitted out with simulators created by Danish company TrackMan Golf, which provides room-scale golf simulators (complete with turn and HD touchscreen) for prices starting at $49,995. TrackMan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.last_img read more

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Instagram bans ad partner for improperly collecting user data

first_imgInstagram banned an ad partner for scraping users’ publicly available information, in violation of its rules. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Instagram has kicked a marketing startup off its platform after determining it improperly collected user data. The Facebook-owned social network took the action on Hyp3r after finding the startup scraped public data such as users’ physical locations, profile information and photos to serve better targeted ads.Instagram sent a cease-and-desist letter to the San Francisco-based company on Wednesday after learning of the activity from Business Insider, which reported on the data collection earlier. Information collected by Hyp3r included data stored in Instagram Stories, content designed to disappear after 24 hours and not available through the company’s API.”Hyp3r’s actions were not sanctioned and violate our policies,” an Instagram spokesperson said. “As a result, we’ve removed them from our platform. We’ve also made a product change that should help prevent other companies from scraping public location pages in this way.”Instagram-owner Facebook has been under scrutiny since the revelation last year that consultancy Cambridge Analytica had misused Facebook user data in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. Since then, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress and the European Parliament to answer questions about Facebook’s handling of user data.Hyp3r didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment and denied breaking Instagram’s rules to Business Insider. “Hyp3r is, and has always been, a company that enables authentic, delightful marketing that is compliant with consumer privacy regulations and social network Terms of Services,” Hyp3r CEO Carlos Garcia said in an email. “We do not view any content or information that cannot be accessed publicly by everyone online.” A portion of what Hyp3r is scraping comes from Instagram’s Location pages, which highlight images from public accounts that have been geo-tagged. This data was formerly visible to anyone, regardless of whether they are logged into an Instagram account.A recently implemented fix cuts off access to this information if a user isn’t logged into their Instagram account. This new restriction will apply to all companies. Internet Services Share your voice 0 Tags Post a comment Privacy Facebook Instagramlast_img read more

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Six promoted as secretary

first_img.In a latest development, the government has promoted six acting secretaries to the rank of secretary.The public administration ministry issued a notification in this regard on Wednesday, reports UNB.The newly promoted secretaries are Afroza Khan of labour and employment ministry, Md Abdus Samad of shipping ministry, Md Anisur Rahman of religious affairs ministry, Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury of finance division, Md Shamsul Arefin of Anti-Corruption Commission and Begum Nasrin Akther as director general of National Academy for Planning and Development.After the promotion, the six top public servants were first made officer on special duty (OSD) and then appointed to their previous posts by separate orders.last_img read more

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30 killed in Indonesia flood landslide

first_imgIndonesian residents evacuate their homes in Makassar on 24 January, 2019 as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts. Photo: AFPThe death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 30, as rescuers raced to find two dozen still missing, the disaster agency said Thursday.Thousands have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts.Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also been affected.Rescuers and residents waded through streets filled with waist-deep water, some carrying their belongings above their heads.”We urge people to always be aware of the possibility of floods and landslides,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia`s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on 23 January, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. Photo: AFPLandslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast Southeast Asian archipelago.In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.On Thursday, the disaster agency said that while flooding in South Sulawesi province was receding “the search and evacuation process is still ongoing”.The death toll had stood at 26 on Thursday morning.More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and at least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.The floods also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.last_img
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Republicans want census data on citizenship

first_imgJohn Murante, a conservative Nebraska senator, last year introduced a bill to prevent non-citizens from being counted when the state redraws its voting maps.He said the effort aimed to ensure each election district contained similar numbers of voters, but opponents argued it intended to undermine the political power of immigrant communities.Murante’s bill died after its critics pointed out a lack of granular data on where the state’s non-citizens live.That data may soon be available.The Trump administration believes its proposed question about citizenship on the 2020 Census will help states that want to draw citizens-only voting districts in the next round of redistricting by providing the first comprehensive data on non-citizens in about 70 years, according to a Reuters review of court and federal register documents and interviews with more than a dozen state lawmakers.Such a change would provide a new opportunity for Republican-controlled states – those most likely to adopt citizens-only redistricting – to redraw their voting maps in a way that could help their party win more state-level elections.Currently, state and federal voting districts are drawn to be roughly equal in population, regardless of how many residents can legally vote. That means tallies for district-drawing purposes include non-citizens, such as green-card holders and undocumented immigrants.Democrats and immigrant rights activists say this system ensures elected leaders represent everyone in their district who depends on public services such as schools and trash pickup, regardless of voting eligibility.Republicans argue that districts should be the same size so each vote carries the same weight. If one district has far fewer eligible voters than another, each vote there has more influence on election outcomes.That’s a problem for Republicans because the eligible voters in immigrant-heavy districts tend to support Democrats.Trump administration officials have been considering the merits of citizens-only redistricting since 2017 – well before announcing their intention in March 2018 to add the citizenship question to the decennial survey, according to court documents filed as part of litigation over the citizenship question.And in December, the Census Bureau issued a notice in the Federal Register saying that if any states “indicate a need for … citizenship data” to use in redistricting, it would “make a design change” to provide it.Republican lawmakers in Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Nebraska told Reuters they would consider making use of the citizenship data if it became available.The tactic is prohibited at the federal level by past U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted the U.S. constitution as requiring that U.S. House districts be based on total population. But the court, in a 2016 case known as Evenwel v. Abbott, left the door open for state-level districts to use other metrics.The Commerce Department, which includes the Census Bureau, declined to comment on whether redistricting was part of the motivation for proposing the citizenship question.James Whitehorne, the chief of the Census Bureau’s Redistricting & Voting Rights Office, called the federal register notice routine. “We’re supposed to provide states with what they identify as needing,” he said.U.S. voting districts are drawn at the state level, most often by state legislators, giving the party in power control over how the lines are redrawn.While both Republicans and Democrats frame the debate over citizen-only districts around fairness, demographic experts point out that both sides have a lot at stake politically.Data from the nonpartisan APM Research Lab showed that 95 of the 100 U.S. congressional districts with the highest foreign-born populations are represented by Democrats. Similar data for state-level seats was not available.Redrawing such districts with citizen-only populations would give Republicans a better shot by expanding the districts into more conservative areas, said Albert Kauffman, a professor at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio who has studied redistricting and opposes excluding non-citizens.In Texas, a citizens-only map could strip Latino voters of majorities in two or three state senate seats and six or seven state representative seats, Kauffman said, pointing out that Hispanic voters traditionally lean left.”Democrats know they would probably lose seats at every level,” Kauffman said.SUPREME CHALLENGEImmigrant rights activists and Democratic-led cities and states have sued the Trump administration to prevent it from asking census respondents about their citizenship, and the Supreme Court will decide by June if the question can remain.Opponents argue the administration aims to use the question to intimidate immigrants out of responding to the census, which would cost their communities political representation and a share of about $800 billion in annual federal aid allocated based on population.The administration disputes that. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said his decision to add the question was aimed at getting the Justice Department the comprehensive citizenship data it needs to better enforce Voting Rights Act provisions that protect minorities from discrimination.Ross has not publicly commented on how citizenship data might be used in redistricting. But Census records, as well as emails released during the litigation over the citizenship question, showed he was thinking about citizens-only redistricting well before he announced plans to add the question.In April of 2017, at the behest of former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Ross spoke with former Kansas Secretary of State and noted immigration hawk Kris Kobach, according to the emails. One topic of discussion was “the problem that aliens … are still counted for congressional apportionment,” according to a subsequent email from Kobach to Ross describing their conversation.The following month, Ross asked Commerce Senior Policy Advisor David Langdon to look into whether non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, are included in voting maps, according to Langdon’s deposition in the litigation over the citizenship question.Kobach and Langdon did not respond to requests for comment.ATTRACTING INTERESTA handful of states will likely request the census data on citizenship if the question survives its legal challenges, state lawmakers and a Republican strategist told Reuters.Lawmakers and state officials from Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas said in interviews they are considering citizen-only districts. Republicans in Tennessee also voiced support for citizens-only redistricting in court papers filed in the Evenwel Supreme Court case. Reuters reached out to several of the Tennessee lawmakers who signed the court brief, but all declined to comment.Missouri Representative Dean Plocher, a Republican who sponsored unsuccessful legislation last year to base Missouri’s voting districts on citizen population, said the effort is aimed solely at equalizing the power of all votes in the state. He said he hadn’t considered how such changes might affect his party’s chances in elections.Nebraska’s Murante – the former senator behind his state’s failed citizens-only redistricting bill and now the state’s treasurer – said he supports citizens-only maps because the state’s constitution requires that “aliens” be excluded from voting districts.Immigrant rights activists counter that citizens-only districts could be forced to expand in ways that weaken the political influence of immigrant communities.The effect could be particularly pronounced in places such as south Texas, where immigrants make up more than a quarter of the population, said Juan Hinojosa, a Democratic state senator.Hinojosa’s district includes areas known as colonias — informal communities of poor, largely Hispanic families. Citizen-only redistricting would make it more likely that anti-immigration Republicans would win elections in the border region, Hinojosa said.The question of how to count non-citizens in voting districts may end up at the Supreme Court, said Kel Seliger, a Republican Texas state senator, who told Reuters that lawmakers there would explore citizen-only maps.“You’ve got be careful,” he said, “that the Republican bias doesn’t get us on the wrong side of the Constitution.”last_img read more

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Observations reveal complex environment of HD 50138

first_imgSpectra, visibilities, differential phases and closure phase for each baseline observation, of the Brγ line (left) and high-n Pfund lines (right) for HD 50138. The dashed lines correspond to the systemic velocities of the lines. Flux is normalized to the continuum. Credit: Koutoulaki et al., 2018. Using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) European astronomers have uncovered a complex circumstellar environment of the star HD 50138. The finding, which could provide important clues about the evolutionary status of this star, was presented in a paper published May 3 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Located some 1,100 light years away from the Earth, HD 50138 is a Herbig Be star of spectral type B8, about seven times larger and six times more massive than our sun. With a lumonisity of approximately 1,000 solar luminosities, it is one of the brightest Be stars in the southern sky.The evolutionary status of HD 50138 is still unclear. Some astronomers suggests that it as a pre-main sequence star, while others propose that it should be considered as an evolved object close to turn-off from the main sequence. Moreover, it is also not clear whether HD 50138 is part of the Orion Monoceros molecular cloud complex or not associated with any star-forming region. Determining such a possible association could provide additional hints of the age of this star.In order to learn more insights into the nature of HD 50138, a team of researchers led by Maria Koutoulaki of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin, Ireland, conducted near-infrared interferometric observations of the innermost circumstellar environment of this star. For this purpose they employed the VLT-Interferometer (VLTI) with the beam combiner AMBER (Astronomical Multi-BEam combineR). This instrument allowed the scientists to find that the star’s circumstellar environment is very complex.”We report observations of the Herbig B[e] star, HD 50138, using VLTI/AMBER interferometric observations in the K band at medium spectral resolution. (…) Our results reveal that the circumstellar environment is very complex,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Study unveils that the spectrum of HD 50138 shows continuum emission, as well as hydrogen emission lines of bright Brackett-gamma and faint high-n Pfund. The researchers underlined that this in contrast to previous studies that detected only continuum and Brackett-gamma line emission.”Our observations allowed us to map the size of the continuum emission and of the Brγ and high-n Pfund lines. The latter is detected for the first time,” the paper reads.The researchers estimated that the region of continuum emission has a projected size between 0.6 and 1.0 AU. When it comes to hydrogen lines, the projected size is about 0.4 AU. Moreover, they noted that both continuum and Brackett-gamma lines were found to trace an asymmetric origin but with opposing directions of asymmetries.In concluding remarks, the astronomers wrote that results regarding continuum and hydrogen lines, including morphology of the emission regions indicate complex circumstellar environment of HD 50138. They added that their findings also suggest that the studied object is most likely an evolved star.”Finally, although we cannot exclude the possibility that HD 50138 is a young star our results point to an evolved source,” the researchers concluded. Explore further More information: The circumstellar environment of HD50138 revealed by VLTI/AMBER at high angular resolution, arXiv:1805.01432 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1805.01432AbstractHD50138 is a Herbig B[e] star with a circumstellar disc detected at IR and mm wavelength. Its brightness makes it a good candidate for NIR interferometry observations. We aim to resolve, spatially and spectrally, the continuum and hydrogen emission lines in the 2.12-2.47 micron region, to shed light on the immediate circumstellar environment of the star. VLTI/AMBER K-band observations provide spectra, visibilities, differential phases, and closure phases along three long baselines for the continuum, and HI emission in Brγ and five high-n Pfund lines. By computing the pure-line visibilities, we derive the angular size of the different line-emitting regions. A simple LTE model was created to constrain the physical conditions of HI emitting region. The continuum region cannot be reproduced by a geometrical 2D elongated Gaussian fitting model. We estimate the size of the region to be 1 au. We find the Brγ and Pfund lines come from a more compact region of size 0.4 au. The Brγ line exhibits an S-shaped differential phase, indicative of rotation. The continuum and Brγ line closure phase show offsets of ∼-25±5o and 20±10o, respectively. This is evidence of an asymmetry in their origin, but with opposing directions. We find that we cannot converge on constraints for the HI physical parameters without a more detailed model. Our analysis reveals that HD50138 hosts a complex circumstellar environment. Its continuum emission cannot be reproduced by a simple disc brightness distribution. Similarly, several components must be evoked to reproduce the interferometric observables within the Brγ, line. Combining the spectroscopic and interferometric data of the Brγ and Pfund lines favours an origin in a wind region with a large opening angle. Finally, our results point to an evolved source. Citation: Observations reveal complex environment of HD 50138 (2018, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-reveal-complex-environment-hd.html © 2018 Phys.org Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758 This document is subject to copyright. 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Go back to the enewsletter Its been a huge couple

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIt’s been a huge couple of days for Italian shipbuilding company, Fincantieri. Having delivered the sixth Viking ocean ship at its shipyard in Ancona late last week, Fincantieri also launched Regent Sevens Seas Cruises’ next ultra-luxury vessel into the water for the first time on Saturday 9 February 2019.Seven Seas Splendor is the second super-luxury cruise ship from Fincantieri and is scheduled for delivery in February 2020.Like her sister ship Seven Seas Explorer, delivered at the Sestri Ponente (Genova) shipyard in 2016, Seven Seas Splendor will be 55,000 gross tonnes with accommodation for 750 passengers. Just last month, Fincantieri received a firm order from Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, for a third unit of the series, which will be delivered in 2023.Like Seven Seas Splendor, Virgin Voyages’ launch vessel, Scarlet Lady, was also floated out on Saturday 9 February 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente. Scarlet Lady is the first of four ships that Virgin Voyages has on order. Construction can now commence on the interior fit-out of the ship, slated for launch at the beginning of 2020.Event attendees included Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages President and CEO, while Fincantieri was represented by Luigi Matarazzo, Senior Executive Vice President Merchant Ships Business Unit and Paolo Capobianco, director of the shipyard. Godmother of the ceremony was Giuliana Rindone, an employee of Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente.Scarlet Lady will weigh about 110,000 gross tons, be 278 metres long and 38 wide. Virgin Voyages’ second ship, currently under construction in the same yard, will be delivered in 2021, while the third and the fourth units will set sail respectively in 2022 and 2023. They will all feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,160 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service.Fincantieri has built 88 cruise ships from 1990 to today (65 from 2002), while another 55 are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.Lead image: Seven Seas Splendor hullGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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