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Sound of Music Live! Poll Top Three: Fans Adored Audra McDonald’s Emotional ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’

first_img Laura Benanti 2. “How Can Love Survive” – 7% Nary a care in the world have we when Laura Benanti is around. She has just the voice, the acting chops and the snark to play Baroness Elsa—and she joined the Sound of Music live Tweet-fest seconds after her final exit (“Elsa OUT!”). Add in the always hilarious Christian Borle as Max and Stephen Moyer as the surprisingly excellent Captain, and you’ve got a hit. And is that Mary Poppins pouring a spot of tea? 1. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – 48% After getting a sneak preview of Audra’s performance at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on December 4, we knew her “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” was going to be something special. The five-time Tony winner has some pretty high standards to live up to, and McDonald completely owned this showstopper. Even Carrie Underwood was reduced to tears! Audra McDonald Christian Borle The Sound of Music Live!center_img View Comments The Sound of Music Live! was the highlight of our week (can we do it again next Thursday?!), featuring American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, True Blood fave Stephen Moyer and the Tony-winning trifecta of Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle. It was a wonderful evening of musical theater for all—and no one even fell over! After the flurry of Sound of Music Tweets subsided last night, we asked you to pick your favorite song from the NBC live event. The results were close…Oh, who are we kidding, they weren’t at all. Audra won, like she always does. Read below to revisit the top three musical numbers of the night! 3. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” – 6% The third-place trophy goes to a sweet rendition of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” by two stellar newcomers, Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno. In the live telecast we witnessed the exact moment the careers of these two budding stars shot into the stratosphere. Rinehart, currently a student at Barnard College and Campayno, a senior at Carnegie Mellon, just got 18.5 million new fans. Can’t wait to see you both on Broadway! Star Fileslast_img read more

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OGIO bags new Endurance Collection

first_imgOGIO, the designer of sports performance bags for endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts, continues to expand its Endurance Collection. The newest line-up for 2014 has been created to accommodate every type of athlete. All of these items were unveiled for the first time at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.Endurance 9.0Engineered to cater to any serious athlete’s needs, the Endurance 9.0 delivers all storage must-haves. It is crafted with lightweight high-tensile strength fabric for durability while also boasting a lockable crunch resistant moulded ‘EVA tech vault’ to house eyewear and electronic gear.The 9.0 features a water resistant wet/dry clothes storage compartment with 360° air flow ventilation. Answering consumer demands, the 9.0 has additional built-in storage areas including a nutrition organizational panel, multiple zippered compartments, external helmet storage, separate shoe compartments and a staging area hanger. The Endurance 9.0 can be worn in pack mode utilizing the shoulder straps or carried like a duffle bag.X-TrainAvailable for the athlete constantly on-the-go, the X-Train Pack is built for comfort and durability. It’s ergonomically designed with padded and fully adjustable ‘athlete specific’ shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap and a breathable back panel with airflow technology.QuickdrawWith the minimalist close in mind, the Quickdraw is a light-weight solution, which boasts easy accessibility features. The main compartment is the ideal size for running shoes and a change of clothes. There are also additional pockets for water bottles, nutrition and keys/valuables. The Quickdraw has been crafted with high tensile strength/lightweight endurance fabrics, a durable abrasion resistant tarpaulin base and discretely located ventilated mesh.Commuter PackThe Commuter Pack is billed as a supreme mechanism for toting belongings during your everyday needs. It boasts a large main storage compartment with interior and exterior dedicated pockets. A weather resistant sleeve secures a laptop, up to 15” via its roll top flap, and the suspension system protects the.Smartphones, such as an iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 can be housed in the front of the bag, with additional designated pockets for iPad and iPad Mini. All personal belongings ‘can be transported without fear of weather conditions given the durable, weather resistant and abrasion-resistant base.’All Elements BagDelivering ‘the ultimate in waterproof bags’, the All Elements bag sports a completely waterproof roll top construction. The 2-way adjustable sternum strap and airflow back panel keeps the rider cool. It also has a strap containment system to ensure all straps maintain secure during high speeds.The 360° reflective screen print also provides a high level of visibility. Users can now comfortably stash their laptops, tablets, and other necessities with ease and full protection from rain.OGIO International was born 25 years ago with the invention of the Locker Bag, the innovative ‘fit to gym locker bag’ designed to keep fitness enthusiasts on the go and organized. That heritage evolved over the years as OGIO continued to design uniquely styled sports performance bags.OGIO’s current Endurance collection was specifically designed for triathletes, runners, cyclist and fitness enthusiasts and combines the ultimate in light weight yet durable materials with intelligent designs that offer a combination of protection, comfort and organization. OGIO is the official bag of choice for professional cycling teams Argos Shimano and Jamis Hagens Bermen US.www.ogio.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Shawnee Mission East routs SM West in shutout

first_imgBy Sean Kosednar, PrepsKC staff writerThe Shawnee Mission West Vikings hosted the Shawnee Mission East Lancers on senior night in a high anticipated match up Friday October 21. The Lancers got off to a hot start scoring on their first play from scrimmage and never looked back. The final score was 54-0.Contributed by Sean Kosednar/PrepsKCSenior running back Nigil Houston took the pitch on the first snap of the game around the right side before cutting back up the middle. Houston out ran the defense 68 yards for a touchdown.“It’s always good to score on the first play of the game,” Shawnee Mission East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “Then the defense comes out and gets a stop.”It looked like the game was going to live up to its billing when the Vikings marched down the field. However, the Lancer defense stood strong and held on fourth down at their own 21.“They are a good team,” Shawnee Mission West head coach Tim Callaghan said. “When you can’t slow a team like that down and you can’t get yourself on track. I don’t think it was a total melt down on anybody’s part. They are good players too and they played better than we did tonight.”For the rest of the story click here to go to PrepsKClast_img read more

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Rules now require written trust account plans

first_imgRules now require written trust account plans By Kathy J. BibleBar Counsel Bar rules now require all lawyers with more than one attorney in the firm to have a written trust account plan in place for each of the firm’s trust accounts.The amendment to Rule 5-1.2(c), regarding required trust account records for law firms, was part of a package of amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar adopted by the Florida Supreme Court in a March 27 order. Bar members were first notified of the proposed changes when the rules petition was filed in fall 2012.Now that the amended rule has been approved by the court, lawyers need to be ready to comply when the newly amended rules become effective June 1. The major change is the amendment to Rule 5-1.2(c), which now requires a written trust account plan for each of a firm’s trust accounts. This plan also must be disseminated to each lawyer in the firm.According to the amended rule, the written plan must include the names of all lawyers who sign trust account checks for the law firm and review all trust account checks, the names of the lawyers who are responsible for oversight of reconciliation of the law firm’s trust account or accounts, both monthly and annually, and the names of the lawyers who are responsible for answering any questions that lawyers in the firm may have about the firm’s trust account or accounts. In a small law firm, there may be one lawyer who is responsible for all these functions. In a larger firm, these functions may initially be handled by a law firm manager or CPA, but their work must always be overseen by an attorney. For example, a law firm manager may be authorized to sign trust account checks up to a certain amount, but that person’s actions are always to be reviewed by a lawyer responsible for the trust accounts.In such circumstances, the law firm manager or CPA’s title or position would be written in the plan along with the name of the partner or partners who are responsible for overseeing and reviewing the nonlawyers’ work. Examples of plans for both a small firm and a large firm are provided on the Bar’s website and on page 5. According to the revised rule, this written firm trust account plan must be updated and re-issued to each lawyer in the firm whenever there are material changes to the plan, such as a change in the lawyer or lawyers signing or reviewing all trust account checks and responsible for overseeing the reconciliation of the firm’s trust account or accounts.Why Was the Rule Changed?The reason behind this new requirement is to make each lawyer in a law firm responsible for that lawyer’s own actions regarding trust account funds.This means that any lawyer (including a lawyer who never signs a trust account check) who has actual knowledge that the firm’s trust accounts or trust accounting procedures are not in compliance with Chapter 5 may report the noncompliance to the managing partner or managing shareholder of the firm.If, for example, a trust account check to cover expert witness fees is returned for insufficient funds, the expert witness will be calling, wanting to be paid.The witness is likely to call the associate who gave the expert the check, believing it to be valid. Following the amended rule, the associate should notify the firm’s managing partner or shareholder of this event.The rule says “may notify” the managing partner or shareholder to cover the possibility that an attorney may learn that the managing partner or another lawyer responsible for the firm’s trust accounts is stealing from the law firm. It would do no good to report the theft to the thief.However, if the lawyer with personal knowledge of the facts set forth above learns that the noncompliance has not been corrected within a reasonable time , e.g. , the expert has not been paid or the expert received a second rubber check, the lawyer must report the trust account noncompliance to staff counsel for the Bar if required by Rule 4-8.3 to report it.Rule 4-8.3(a) requires lawyers to report misconduct which “raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.. . . ”Instructions for Preparing PlansA law firm’s trust account plan, required by Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, should specifically name the lawyer or lawyers who are ultimately responsible for the firm’s plan or any part of it. These lawyers must be shareholders, partners, or owners of the firm. If a nonlawyer staff member is responsible for filling out a check or is authorized by the supervising partner to sign it before a lawyer reviews it, or if a CPA or office manager prepares the initial reconciliation of the trust account(s), that person’s title should be included in the plan along with the name of the lawyer who reviews that staff member or accountant’s actions and approves them. Staff members change, but the position of the person handling a particular duty is less likely to change.A new plan must be issued when there has been a material change to the plan. Multi-national and multi-state law firms with offices in Florida should publish the plan that describes the trust accounting supervision in their particular branch office of the firm. If that branch office’s trust accounts are reviewed by a central office and a firm-wide group of lawyers, those individuals should be named in the plan as well.Draft trust account plans for a Florida law firm are set forth below. The forms may be changed as needed as long as all the information required is in the written plan.Trust Account Plan A is for two-person firms or other smaller firms with only one office location. The blanks should be filled in with the positions of the nonlawyers responsible for the functions described and the names of the lawyers responsible. This is an example only; each firm’s circumstances may differ.LAW FIRM TRUST ACCOUNT PLAN FOR CALENDAR/FISCAL YEAR 20____ In compliance with Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, the _____________ law firm presents its trust account plan setting forth those persons responsible for maintaining and monitoring the firm’s trust account(s).Checks: Prepared by (partner A’s assistant or office manager) and signed by _______ partner B for checks up to $10,000. As a firm policy, checks over $10,000 must be signed by both_______________ partners A and B.Deposit Slips : Prepared by (partner A’s assistant) and reviewed by __________ partner A or B. (The name of the individual partner(s) or owner(s) responsible for the various functions must be filled in the blanks).Electronic transfers : Prepared by (partner A’s assistant and office manager) and authorized by __________ partner A or B for electronic transfers up to $10,000. As a firm policy, electronic transfers over $10,000 must be authorized by ______________ Partners A and B.Monthly reconciliations : Completed by (partner A’s assistant/office manager/CPA) and reviewed and approved ________partner A, majority shareholder.Annual reconciliations : Completed by ­(partner A’s assistant, bookkeeper, office manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ________, which audits the firm’s trust account annually. The annual reconciliation is reviewed and approved by both _____________ partners A and B.Monthly client ledger card reconciliations : Completed by(partner A or partner A’s assistant, bookkeeper, office manager) and reviewed and approved by ________________ partner A, majority shareholder.Annual client ledger card reconciliations : Completed by (office manager, bookkeeper, partner A’s assistant) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ____________, which audits the firm’s trust account annually. The annual reconciliation is reviewed and approved by both _____________ partners A and B.Questions relating to trust accounts : Questions regarding the firm trust account should be addressed to ____________partner A, majority shareholder. If _____________ partner A cannot answer the question(s), such question(s) will be answered by both ________________ partners A and B.Trust Account Plan B for multi-office firms with branch offices in Florida or for large firms with single offices. LAW FIRM TRUST ACCOUNT PLAN FOR CALENDAR/FISCAL YEAR 20____ In compliance with Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, the _____________ law firm presents its trust account plan setting forth those lawyers responsible for maintaining and monitoring the firm’s trust account(s) in the ________(city)_________, Florida branch office of the firm. The firm is set up so that each office is responsible for its own trust accounting review and responsibility.Checks : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager), signed by __________ partner Y, managing partner, for checks up to $10,000. Pursuant to firm policy, checks over $10,000 must be signed by_______ partners Y and Z, of the firm’s board of directors. (The name of the individual partner(s) or owner(s) responsible for the various functions must be filled in the blanks).Deposit Slips : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed by____________partner Y, managing partner.Electronic transfers : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, business manager. Y’s transfers up to $10,000. Pursuant to firm policy, electronic transfers over $10,000 must be authorized by _____________partners Y and Z, of the firm’s board of directors.Monthly reconciliations : Completed by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed and approved by ______________partner Y, managing partner.Annual reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, business manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm A, which audits the trust account annually. The reconciliation is then reviewed and approved by the firm’s board of directors, composed of _____________________partners Y, Z and P.Monthly client ledger card reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed and approved __________ partner Y, managing partner.Annual client ledger card reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ____(name)________, which audits the trust account client ledger cards annually. The reconciliation is reviewed and approved by the firm’s board of directors, composed of _____________________ partners Y, Z and P.Questions relating to trust accounts : Questions regarding the firm’s trust account(s) should be addressed to ____________partner Y, managing partner. If partner Y cannot answer the question(s), such question(s) will be addressed to and answered by the firm’s board of directors, composed of __________________ partners Y, Z and P.These forms are guides and may be adapted to suit the style of each firm but the trust account plan must contain the information called for in these forms. If you have specific questions regarding this new rule requirement, call the Ethics Hotline at 800-235-8619 or 850-561-5780. May 01, 2014 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Anger in popular song lyrics is linked to national unemployment rate, study finds

first_imgShare on Twitter Email LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers used a text analysis software program called the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) to analyze the lyrics of the top 10 most popular songs in the US and Germany between 1980 and 2017. After eliminating instrumental songs without lyrics, researchers were left with a US sample of 370 song lyrics and 149,660 words, and a German sample of 366 lyrics and 120,076 words.Using the LIWC software, researchers measured the frequency of emotion words that fell into one of the three categories of anger, sadness, or anxiety. Researchers then analyzed how these word frequencies coincided with changes in the unemployment rate in each country. To control for the effects of other socioeconomic factors, they also considered GDP per capita, housing prices, inflation, and population density.Results from the American sample showed that the unemployment rate did not predict the magnitude of sadness, anxiety, or anger in song lyrics. However, after controlling for the other socioeconomic factors of inflation, GDP per capita, housing prices, and population density, unemployment rate emerged as a significant predictor of anger in lyrics.In the German sample, the unemployment rate similarly did not predict sadness or anxiety in song lyrics. However, in the full model, and also after controlling for other socioeconomic indicators, the unemployment rate did predict anger in lyrics.The researchers offer two possible explanations for why popular song lyrics might reflect unemployment. The first theory attributes the effect to consumer behavior. Socioeconomic conditions (e.g. high unemployment) may influence the mood of consumers. Consumers then favor songs that correspond to these feelings, driving this music to the top of the charts. Alternatively, socioeconomic conditions might impact the mood of music composers, who then carry these feelings in their musical expression, producing songs that reflect this environment.The authors underline the finding that anger was the only emotion that predicted the unemployment rate, and not sadness nor anxiety. This appears to indicate that the public’s primary response to unemployment is anger. “This is consistent with preliminary research illustrating that unemployment can lead to various affective responses, but the central emotional response is anger when the adversity is attributed to external causes,” the authors reflect.Among limitations, the study exclusively analyzed the lyrical content of songs and did not account for other musical features. The authors suggest that future research should “control for melodic attributes … to tease out the unique effects of lyrics.”The study, “Unemployment Rate Predicts Anger in Popular Music Lyrics: Evidence From Top 10 Songs in the United States and Germany From 1980 to 2017”, was authored by Lin Qiu, Sarah Hian May Chan, Kenichi Ito, and Joyce Yan Ting Sam.(Image by scartmyart from Pixabay)center_img Share on Facebook New research published in Psychology of Popular Media suggests that popular song lyrics can provide insight into a country’s socioeconomic state. An analysis of popular song lyrics in the US and Germany found that national unemployment rate predicted anger in music lyrics in both countries.Psychology research has shown that people prefer to listen to song lyrics that match their current mood and preoccupations. It is within reason, then, that popular songs might reflect the overall feelings and attitudes of a country. A recent study by Lin Qiu and associates considers how music lyrics might reflect the socioeconomic climate — and more specifically, the unemployment rate.“This study aimed to examine how sentiments in top songs coincide with changes in national unemployment rate. In particular, we focused on three common negative emotions (i.e., anxiety, sadness, and anger) expressed in lyrics,” the researchers say. Sharelast_img read more

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WHO reveals delayed pick for H3N2 flu vaccine strain

first_imgAfter waiting an extra month to decide on the H3N2 strain, World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisors today finalized their recommendations on strains to include in the Northern Hemisphere 2019-20 flu vaccines.Their H3N2 recommendation—an A/Kansas/14/2017-like virus—reflects a change from the current Northern Hemisphere vaccine and is not a component of the Southern Hemisphere 2019 flu vaccines, either.New subclade rising sharply in US, elsewhereWhen making the announcement on the 2009 H1N1 and influenza B components at the end of their meeting in February, the experts noted increased numbers of genetically and antigenically diverse strains, with the number of clade 3C.3a viruses rising in several geographic regions.In its update today, the WHO said the proportion of viruses falling into that clade has increased substantially since November in several countries in western Europe, Israel, and especially the United States.H3N2 viruses pose an increasing challenge for experts picking the vaccine strains because of frequent changes in the virus and problems making flu vaccine seed strains.In its background materials today, the WHO said the delayed decision marks the second time the advisory committee has delayed a recommendation. In 2003, the group also took another month to observe developments with antigenically distinct H3N2 viruses.Delay could affect vaccine supply…Delays in announcing recommendations and major changes in recommended strains can increase the risk of delays in vaccine manufacturing process.The WHO said all stakeholders are working together to minimize the threat of delayed vaccine supply and availability as much as possible. For example, it said one of the steps is intensive work by collaborating labs to ensure that manufacturers have access to a high-yielding vaccine virus for production.To account for possible delays, the WHO advised countries to prepare for a possible 2- to 4-week delay in vaccine supply and to consider extending time for vaccination programs.…but probably worth gamble, expert saysScott Hensley, PhD, associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, said on Twitter today that he liked the WHO group’s recommendation. He said both 3C.3a. and 3C.2a viruses are currently circulating.”It is not certain if 3C.3a will continue circulating next year, but if they do, this vaccine will likely have decent VE [vaccine effectiveness],” he wrote.For the past 2 years, egg-adapted 3C.2a vaccines have had low VE, even against 3C.2a viruses, so it’s probably worth the risk of updating to 3C.3a, Hensley said. Another advantage is egg-adaption problems that have plagued 3C.2a viruses don’t seem to affect 3C.3a ones, so VE will probably be high if that subclade circulates next season.”This situation really highlights the importance of basic research of influenza virus evolution,” he wrote, adding, “Our ‘educated guesses’ of what might circulate next year are much better today compared to 10 years ago, but we still have a lot to learn.”See also:Mar 21 WHO flu vaccine strain recommendation addendumMar 21 WHO FAQFeb 21 CIDRAP News story “WHO changes H1N1 flu vaccine strain, punts on H3N2″Scott Hensley Twitter postslast_img read more

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Topper Wrestlers Finish 5th At State

Damian Gonzales made it to the championship match and lost in the 3rd period to Dylan Gonzales from Belen by a sudden pin. Damian was winning the match until the pin, which placed him 2nd in weight-class 132 for the tournament. Damian was the highest place finisher for the Toppers. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comMateo Martinez wrestling in weight-class 195 was eliminated in the 3rd round by Santiago Sales from Belen, which gave him a 3rd place finish for the tournament. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comTeke Nieto wrestling in weight-class 170 finished in 4th place for his weight. He was eliminated in the 3rd round by Luis Teran from Bernalillo. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comBen Gellis wrestling in weight-class 113 finished in 5th place for his weight. He was eliminated in the 2nd round by Diego Avila from Belen. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comTy Nieto wrestling in weight-class 220 placed 5th for the tournament. He was eliminated in the 3rd round by Ian Thomas from Kirtland Central. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com read more

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Tapping Into Taste

first_imgWhat makes a New York bagel so good? The water. What if you could replicate the taste of a New York bagel with only a few drops of TapDrops, created by Daniel Starr-Tambor?The 1996 East Hampton High School graduate launched TapDrops at New York City’s Javits Center during this summer’s Fancy Food Show. “We didn’t know what to expect going in, but the response to TapDrops was very positive and overwhelming,” Starr-Tambor said.“TapDrops combines traditional culinary culture with modern molecular gastronomy to reproduce the concentrated ionic profiles of regional waters from around the world,” he explained. “When added to purified water, TapDrops replicates the ionic profiles of regional waters from around the world, introducing a new level of flavor. This is the future of national cuisine,” he continued, adding, “this supplement will allow you to stay at home and eat pasta, and with just a few drops make it taste like pasta from Italy.”He shared his story about when he moved to Vermont, and then Hurricane Irene hit and he lost everything. He said, “The community came together to provide us with clothing, bedding, and shelter in an empty old house, across from which was the village inn.”Inside that inn was an espresso machine that reminded Starr-Tambor of a family vacation to Rome, before they moved to the Green Mountain State.“We spent a lot of time under café awnings, sipping espresso, waiting for the rain to clear — and every moment of it was magnificent,” he said.That’s where the TapDrops idea came into play. He wondered why Italian coffee was so much better than the American, and it occurred to him that it was because of the water.“During that time in Vermont, I had become obsessed with patterns, and TapDrops was one of the projects to emerge from that obsession,” he said. “I think the conflicting desire for escape and familiarity is what led to a real ‘a-ha’ moment, from which TapDrops was born.”The obstacles that Starr-Tambor faced were the things that made him look forward, he said, and now he has created a supplement where your food can taste like its origins.“Immediately it became a staple of our kitchen. We didn’t have much for cooking and baking, but we had the right water!” he said. “Soon we were sharing it with friends and family, and I found myself keeping up with requests for refills.”Starr-Tambor added that TapDrops uplifts people’s spirits and brings a smile to one’s face. That’s what the end goal for the company is. Ensuring that everyone is happy because “that’s what it’s all about.”“They say that playing Tetris reduces PTSD. Tinkering with TapDrops worked for me.”With this new product now in the works, TapDrops is being produced out of Hope & Main in Rhode Island. Some of the cities’ waters replicated include New York City, Rome, Paris, London, Tokyo, and Vienna.For more information, visit www.tapdrops.com.. Sharelast_img read more

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Friends In A Pandemic Don’t Let Friends . . .

first_imgI think the anxiety is causing me to make some poor choices so before I act, I might need to ask a friend.Should you . . .Grow out your bangs or trim them with nail clippers?Toss back a couple of vodka and V8 juices (found in the pantry which probably date to the ’80s) and call every ex to ask what he thought of you? Then ask if he would like to know what you thought of him?Feel bad that your juicer has not been used once but the Bundt pan is in constant rotation?Put up that hilarious selfie using a bra cup for a face mask?Ingest bleach to cure the coronavirus or make you more blond?Use a sewing needle and potato to re-pierce your ears because it’s been so long since you have put on earrings?Accidentally confuse your home bikini wax with honey for your tea?Admit that your new anonymous bandit mask makes you feel kinda sexy and want to rob a bank at the same time? Maybe one giving emergency small business loans to big business?Get into a heated argument over the use of the Oxford comma when people are worried if they will live or die?Think boxer shorts paired with a blazer is acceptable business attire?Offer to buy dental floss off your sister for $20 so you don’t have to go to the pharmacy?Start an Etsy site with adorable lip gloss painted Q-tip fairies?Use a picture of the bar at the American Hotel for your Zoom virtual background for next business meeting? (Actually, I kind like that idea.)Consider sheltering a rescue dog knowing when you give it back it will break your heart? (And telling you that keeping it might just be amazing.)Alphabetize your spices? (Agonizing if Cream of Tartar is under C or T. And then trying to remember what the hell you use it for anyway.)Use a pair of fishnet stockings as an exercise band?Decide it is a good idea to start raising some chickens? (They will be fine in the spare bedroom.)Start up an online romance with a German kickboxing instructor you found on a YouTube video under “Free workouts for American wealthy woman?”Use nail polish to paint your bathroom trim because Sugar Daddy is just sitting there going to waste?Apply for a job as a call center operator for customer complaints at a mattress company?Think this an appropriate time to re-read “The Bell Jar?”Consider burying all the wine bottles in the back yard rather than face the shame at the recycling center and the steady stream of crashing glass? (Maybe no one will recognize you with your mask on.)Not speak your truth?Because sometimes the ones pretending to be strong are the most terrified inside.kissandtellhb@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

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Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid Celebrate Success of 2013 REMUS/HUGIN AUV Users Conference

first_imgKongsberg Maritime and its subsidiary Hydroid, Inc., the leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), announced their AUV Users Conference at the Villa Marigola in Lerici, Italy, which took place from October 14 to 17, 2013, was well attended by a diverse group of AUV users from across several industries.The conference, which was open to both existing users of Kongsberg and Hydroid AUVs and those interested in learning more about AUV technology, featured three full days of presentations from marine technology experts and AUV industry leaders.“We’re proud to have brought together some of the greatest minds in the AUV industry for our users conference,” said Graham Lester, VP of Sales and Marketing for Hydroid. “AUV technology has applications across a wide range of marine industries, including defense, research and resource exploration, and we’re happy to have brought together users from all across these disciplines to celebrate our groundbreaking technology.”Highlights of the conference included a REMUS 100 AUV demonstration at the Venere Azzurra nel Comune di Lerici (SP), which gave observers an overview of the AUV’s capabilities. Participants watched as the man-portable AUV was launched from a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and retrieved after collecting data from two subsea targets. Attendees also were able to hear presentations on AUV applications in marine research, pipeline inspection, mine countermeasures and more.The next AUV Users Conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in Annapolis, Maryland in 2015.Press Release, October 29, 2013last_img read more

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