First Flight Lands at New Eemshaven Heliport

first_imgWIKING Helikopter Service and DHSS have completed the first flight to the heliport in the Port of Eemshaven for the opening ceremony.Source: Groningen SeaportsOn 13 September, the helicopter brought Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Cimate Policy Eric Derk Wiebes who officially opened the heliport.The heliport has a primary aim of facilitating flights for the offshore wind industry and will mainly be used for the maintenance of turbines.According to Groningen Seaports, the infrastructure can also be used for ambulance and trauma flights, as well as for piloting ships. The flights are only operational in daylight, with an average of 15 flights a day.“Our ports were already very well connected by water, road and rail, but the opening of the heliport adds the air travel modality. As a result, offshore wind farms can be reached better and faster, which means that Eemshaven has become a much more attractive service port for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines,” said Groningen Seaports CEO Cas König.EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) secured a contract at the end of 2018 to operate the new heliport, while Groningen Seaports remains the owner of the needed infrastructure.The total site covers an area of approximately 4.5ha, of which approximately 1.35ha is an airfield, including a take-off and landing area located in the north-western part of the port and parking stands.Depending on developments, a number of small buildings may be built in the future, such as a hangar and/or an office/work/reception area for the helicopter operations.Source: DHSSlast_img read more

Parsons lifts CMS to win

first_img With conference momentum on the line and the energy of one of Southern California’s more unique rivalries swirling at Claremont McKenna College, Parsons put the Stags on his back and led CMS to a 56-42 win over Pomona-Pitzer before a crowd of 1,396. Parsons, the reigning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference male athlete of the week, scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line. He also turned in seven rebounds in a victory that gave the Stags (9-5, 3-0) their fifth win in their last six games. CLAREMONT – The rowdy Claremont-Mudd-Scripps following at Ducey Gymnasium on Wednesday followed seemingly every basket from John Parson with chants of “MVP.” It’s hard for everyone to argue at this point. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It’s too early to tell,” Stags coach Ken Scalmanini said of the crowd’s MVP chants. “But John’s important to what we do, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up (the MVP) at the end of the year.” CMS had a 26-22 lead at the half over two-time defending SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer (8-6, 2-1), and the Stags stepped on the gas in the final period. Emaniel Maceira finished with 11 points and Miles Taylor added five assists and nine rebounds, including eight on defense, to keep the ball away from a much taller Sagehens team. Pomona-Pitzer turned a double-digit CMS advantage into a nine-point game when David Knowles hit one of his three three-pointers with 1:49 left. But the Stags put the ball in the hands of Parsons, who hit five of his last six foul shots, and Pomona-Pitzer didn’t hit another field goal in snapping a five-game winning streak. Afterward, Parsons said dropping the Sagehens and giving his team a 3-0 start in a tough conference meant more than the crowd’s “MVP” chants. center_img “The crowd’s the crowd,” said Parsons, who notched a triple-double in a win over Redlands last week. “I don’t really think about (the MVP). I’m thinking about winning a SCIAC championship.” Defense like the Stags played on Wednesday could make that dream a reality. CMS held Pomona-Pitzer to 39 percent shooting from the field (16-of-41), the Stags grabbed 22 defensive rebounds and the Sagehens’ go-to players never really got going. Knowles scored 15 points, Ed Wexler-Beron collected 12 and the reigning SCIAC Player of the Year, Alexander Lloyd, finished with five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Star Wars Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_imgStay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… On May 25, 1977, a weird little sci-fi movie no one believed in opened in a very small number of movie theaters around the country. 20th Century Fox actually had to threaten to withhold an eagerly anticipated summer flick to get movie theaters to carry it. It opened on a Wednesday in only 32 theaters, and eight more picked up the movie for its opening weekend. The film was essentially shoved out the door to die. I think we all know what happened next.40 years later, it’s unthinkable that Star Wars was ever anything but the biggest movie of the year, every year. That movie nobody thought would amount to anything turned into the biggest hit Hollywood had ever seen. It pioneered special effects techniques copied by everyone for decades to come. Most people didn’t even know it was possible for a movie to look like that. Audiences went back to see the movie again and again. In some movie theaters, it ran for more than a year. In others, the movie was re-released every year until its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, came out in 1980.The cast instantly became huge stars, and Star Wars became a gigantic franchise with its own novels, comics, toys, video games, bed sheets and pretty much every other product you can think of. Now, a new Star Wars movie comes out every year, and judging by the most recent two; there’s still a reason to get excited about that. So far, the new movies have been fantastic. Almost as good as the 1977 experiment that started it all. And from the looks of things, the next one is shaping up to be pretty great as well. Vanity Fair released this behind the scenes video yesterday of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s time on the set. It doesn’t show a whole lot, but the sets and costumes sure look amazing. Though George Lucas sadly got away from practical effects as the years went on, this behind the scenes video reminds us how amazing they can still be.Star Wars has grown from a small risk that everyone was sure would fail into an important piece of cinematic history that has inspired generations of fans and creators. For many of us, it was our first taste of science fiction. It set us down the path of voracious genre reading, late night dinner debates, fan fiction, cosplay, film criticism, filmmaking… whatever we’re doing now, Star Wars is undeniably part of the reason we’re doing it. We can all remember feeling like Luke, wanting something bigger than the life we saw in front of us. We all remember trying to imitate the lightsaber battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi with our friends. We certainly remember watching that Death Star explode for the first time. It was the coolest thing our little eyes had ever seen. The fact that after 40 years, we still have countless moments like those still to come is incredible.So how do you celebrate Star Wars’s 40th anniversary? Any way you want. Rewatch the original trilogy for the 40th time. Dig out your 2006 DVDs so you can watch the original unaltered version. (Or look into the legal grey area of fan edits.) If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try something new. Start watching The Clone Wars or Rebels, like you’ve been meaning to. They’re just as good as you’ve heard they are. Check out Marvel’s current run of canonical comics. They’re also fantastic, and fill in the gaps between the movies with interesting and emotional stories. The Darth Vader series was the best, partially because it featured an evil C3P0 who quickly became my new favorite Star Wars character.There’s no wrong way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Trust your feelings.last_img read more

How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) J. B.Barnett The striking bright blues, yellows, and oranges of poison dart frogs are a classic example of warning coloration, sending a message to predators to stay away. But somewhat counterintuitively, these conspicuous colors may be helping the frogs hide in plain sight, according to a new study.The dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) lives on the forest floor in the lowland tropical rainforests of South America’s Guiana Shield, an ancient geological formation underlying the northeastern coast and parts of Venezuela and Brazil. The frogs are blue-black with a bright yellow ring around their head and back, which may be broken or joined to form a figure eight. Like a fingerprint, the pattern is unique to each frog.Predators generally learn that such brightly colored frogs are toxic and avoid them. But this doesn’t always work. 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B.Barnett How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators J. B.Barnett Email So researchers wondered whether poison dart frogs have another way of protecting themselves—camouflage. To find out, they first tested computational models of predator vision on images of the frogs. Their results suggested that although the amphibians are obvious at close range, their colors and patterns merge into the rainforest background as viewing distance increases.To test those results, the scientists placed model frogs on different backgrounds in a French Guianan rainforest to see how wild predators reacted. Predators attacked frog models more often when they were placed atop an image of plain soil or a colored paper square, but less often when they were on the actual rainforest floor.And humans seem to fall for the trick, too: People who saw images of frogs in the rainforest took longer to spot the real frogs at a distance than a frog that had been altered so that it didn’t have the same colors and patterns. Together, this suggests that although dyeing poison frogs are highly visible at close range, from far away their colors blend together for the perfect rainforest camouflage, the researchers report this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers speculate that the frog’s pattern is made up of a specific ratio and distribution of colors to give it the best of both worlds. By Michael AllenJun. 13, 2018 , 11:50 AM ‹›last_img read more