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Cornelis Drebbel

Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel was a Dutch engineer and inventor. He was the builder of the first navigable submarine in 1620 and an innovator who contributed to the development of measurement and control systems and chemistry. Cornelis Drebbel was born in Alkmaar, Holland in an Anabaptist family in 1572. After some years at the Latin school in Alkmaar, around 1587, he attended the Academy in Haarlem located in North-Holland. Teachers at the Academy were Hendrik Goltzius, painter and humanist, Karel van Mander, writer and Cornelis Corneliszoon of Haarlem. Drebbel became a skilled engraver on copperplate and took an interest in alchemy. In 1595 he married Sophia Jansdochter Goltzius, younger sister of Hendrick, settled at Alkmaar, they had at least six children. Drebbel worked as a painter and cartographer, but he was in constant need of money because of the prodigal lifestyle of his wife. In 1598 he obtained a sort of perpetual clockwork. In 1600, Drebbel was in Middelburg. In that spectacle making center he may have picked up knowledge in the art of lens grinding and would construct a magic lantern and a camera obscura.

Around 1604 the Drebbel family moved to England at the invitation of the new king, James I of England. He was accommodated at Eltham Palace. Drebbel worked there at the masques, that were performed for the court, he was attached to the court of young Renaissance crown-prince Henry. He astonished the court with his optical instruments, his fame circulated through the courts of Europe. In October 1610 Drebbel and his family moved to Prague on invitation of Emperor Rudolf II, preoccupied with the arts and occult sciences. Here again Drebbel demonstrated his inventions; when in 1611 Rudolf II was stripped of all effective power by his younger brother Archduke Matthias, Drebbel was imprisoned for about a year. After Rudolf's death in 1612, Drebbel went back to London, his patron prince Henry had died and Drebbel was in financial trouble. With his glass-grinding machine he manufactured optical instruments and compound microscopes with two convex lenses, for which there was a constant demand. In 1622 Constantijn Huygens stayed as a diplomat for more than one year in England.

It is quite possible that he learned the art of glass grinding at this time from Drebbel, that he passed this knowledge to his second son Christiaan Huygens, who became a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. The English natural philosopher Robert Hooke may have learned the art of glass grinding from his acquaintance Johannes Sibertus Kuffler, the son-in-law of Drebbel. Towards the end of his life, in 1633, Drebbel was involved in a plan to drain the Fens around Cambridge, while living in near-poverty running an ale house in England, he died in London. In keeping with traditional Mennonite practice, Drebbel's estate was split between his four living children at the time of his death; the Edison of his era, Drebbel was innovator. His constructions and innovations cover measurement and control technology, optics, chemistry and pyrotechnics. Along with Staten General he registered several patents, he wrote essays about his experiments with air pressure and made beautiful engravings. He was involved in making theater props, moving statues and in plans to build a new theater in London.

He worked on producing torpedoes, naval mines, detonators with that used glass Batavian tears, worked on fulminating gold as an explosive. He was known for his Perpetuum Mobile, built an incubator for eggs and a portable stove/oven with an optimal use of fuel, able to keep the heat on a constant temperature by means of a regulator/thermostat, he designed a solar energy system for London, demonstrated air-conditioning, made lightning and thunder ‘on command’, developed fountains and a fresh water supply for the city of Middelburg. He was involved in the draining of the moors around Cambridge, developed a predecessors of the barometer and thermometer, a harpsichords that played on solar energy. Drebbel's most famous written work was Een kort Tractaet van de Natuere der Elementen, he was involved in the invention of mercury fulminate. He discovered that mixtures of “spiritus vini” with mercury and silver in “aqua fortis” could explode. Drebbel invented a chicken incubator and a mercury thermostat which automatically kept it stable at a constant temperature.

He developed and demonstrated a working air conditioning system. The invention of a working thermometer is credited to Drebbel; the story goes that, while making a coloured liquid for a thermometer Cornelis dropped a flask of aqua regia on a tin window sill, discovered that stannous chloride makes the colour of carmine much brighter and more durable. Although Cornelis did not make much money from his work, his daughters Anna and Catharina and his sons-in-law Abraham and Johannes Sibertus Kuffler set up a successful dye works. One was set up in 1643 in Bow and the resulting colour was called bow dye; the recipe for "colour Kufflerianus" was kept a family secret, the new bright red colour was popular in Europe. Develops an automatic precision lens-grinding machine, builds improved telescopes, construct

Seasick Sailor

Seasick Sailor is a 2013 horror and dramatic short film from Torre Catalano. It stars Keir Gilchrist, Martha MacIsaac, Fran Kranz, Martin Starr, Emily Osment, Brandon Jay McLaren, Steven Bauer and Al Sapienza; the film premiered November 24, 2013. A lonely teenager working as a "debt collector" for an underground gambling ring in Los Angeles tries to fit in with a new group of friends while balancing the responsibilities of his job. Keir Gilchrist as Penna Martha MacIsaac as The Girl Fran Kranz as Wormy Guy Martin Starr as Bookbinder Emily Osment as Beck Brandon Jay McLaren as Big Guy Steven Bauer as Waldorf Al Sapienza as Lou Official website Seasick Sailor on IMDb

Sardinian long-eared bat

The Sardinian long-eared bat is a species of bat endemic to Sardinia, Italy. This species was discovered in 2002 in the caves of central Sardinia, the type locality being a cave in Lanaitto's Valley in the Oliena District, it appears to be related to Plecotus auritus and Plecotus alpinus. It was identified as a new species by a study showing divergence from other Plecotus species in its mitochondrial 16S rRNA gene. P. sardus is a small bat with a head-and-body length of about 45 mm, ears of about 38 mm and a weight of up to 9 g. The snout is cone-shaped with a fleshy knob on the chin; the ears joined above the forehead by a fine membrane. The tragus is half as long as the ear; the wing membranes are attached to the rear part of the base of the fifth toe. The tail extends a short way beyond the interfemoral membrane; the fur is fine and woolly and is greyish-brown dorsally and whitish or pale brown ventrally. The wing membranes are brown. Two features which distinguish this bat from related species are the cylindrical penis in males and the short, Y-shaped penile bone.

The Sardinian long-eared bat was first identified in 2002 and is only known from three caves where it roosts. Two of these are in one near the coast, it hunts in forests and the threats it faces include habitat disturbance by tourism. With a small total population and a decreasing population trend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists it as being a "vulnerable species"; this bat is the sole surviving endemic mammal found on the Island of Sardinia, the others all having become extinct since the arrival of humans some 8500 years ago. Spitzenberger, F.. "A preliminary revision of the genus Plecotus based on genetic and morphological results". Zoologica Scripta. 35: 187–230. Doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2006.00224.x. Sardegna Foreste

GRM Daily

GRM Daily Grime Daily, is a British urban music outlet and entertainment platform. As the name suggests, the platform is an outlet for UK rap and its various genres, such as UK drill, afroswing and British hip hop; the platform serves electronic genres such as UK garage and grime. GRM Daily is the largest media outlet platform in the UK, followed by Link Up TV and Mixtape Madness. In the early 2000s, pirate radio stations such as Rinse FM and DvDs such as Risky Roadz and Lord of the Mics were the only major platforms that grime and UK rap artists could promote themselves through; this meant it was difficult for an artist to find an audience. With this in mind, Jamal Edwards founded SB. TV in 2007, an online music platform that would be used to showcase artists and allow them an easy platform to release music through; this was followed by the founding of Link Up TV a year and Grime Daily in 2009, all based on the same concept. Collectively these platforms have served as the backbone to much of UK urban music and provided a large outlets for artists to gain popularity and fame.

Grime Daily was formed in 2009 by founders Matt'Sketchy' Thorne, Pierre Godson-Amamoo and Koby'Posty' Hagan. The platform was created in order to create a space for UK urban artists to showcase themselves and release music. At the time, the platform was named'Grime Daily', to denote its affiliation with the grime music scene. For the first week, the website was used to upload old grime videos. Once Koby Hagan had ran out of things to upload, he decided to buy a camera and film his own unique content; the "Daily" is a reference to the fact that the outlet intended to release grime related content every single day. Early on, one way this was done was by doing long interviews with artists, splitting the interview into parts, releasing the parts from the interview throughout the week. An interview with grime artist J2K was Grime Daily's first interview. In 2011, the original Grime Daily YouTube channel was taken down by YouTube, it was alleged that this was because a man had shown a knife on a music video for one of Scorcher's songs, however this was denied by both Scorcher and Grime Daily.

The platform rebranded as GRM Daily in 2012, which stands for "Grime and Rap Music", created a new YouTube channel. The new name was to clarify its expanded scope with not just grime, but British hip hop and related genres. In 2012 Grime Daily joined together with The BiG! Agency, now taking responsibility for the commercial operations of GRM Daily's website, Silver Bullet Digital. In 2015, GRM created the Rated Awards, an awards show dedicated to UK urban music. By 2012, the Grime Daily website was taking in 70 million website hits and had over 50,000 daily visitors; the platform played a part in popularising artists such as Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, Wretch 32 in the early 2010s. GRM Daily has been influential in propping up UK urban artists from various genres, such as grime, British hip hop, Afroswing; the platform has been credited for bringing fame to artists such as Stormzy, Dave, J Hus, B Young, Amelia Monét, Kojo Funds, Steel Banglez, Not3s, many others. GRM Daily, along with related platforms such as Link Up TV and Pressplay Media, have created an ecosystem that allows artists to record and release music to the masses without the need of support from traditional media or the music industry.

In 2010, DJ Werewolf was hit in the chest and buttox after an individual pulled out a Mac-10 submachine gun and fired rounds at a Grime Daily event, containing over 600 people, celebrating their anniversary. Another unidentified woman and man were shot in the incident. Police claimed. Donatella Panayiotou, the presenter of the event, quit working for GRM Daily as a result of the shooting, criticised them for their handling of the event. In 2018, British rapper Young Spray was stabbed at GRM Daily's Rated Awards event

Josh Prince

Joshua Cole Prince is an American former professional baseball utility player, a minor league hitting coach. He played in Major League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013. Prince attended Alfred M. Barbe High School in Louisiana, he was twice named to the All-Louisiana team, graduated in 2006. He enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where he played college baseball for the Texas Longhorns baseball team as a freshman, he was named a Freshman All-American. After his freshman year, Prince transferred to Tulane University, he continued his college baseball career with the Tulane Green Wave baseball team, he played summer collegiate baseball for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League in 2008. The Milwaukee Brewers selected Prince in the third round, with the 105th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Prince started his professional career with the Helena Brewers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2009. Prince was promoted to the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2010 and 2011.

He was moved to centerfield while at Brevard County. He played the 2012 season with the Huntsville Stars of the Class AA Southern League. After the 2012 regular season, the Brewers assigned Prince to the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. Prince led the AFL in hits; the Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the 2012 season. Prince began the 2013 season with the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, he was called up to the major leagues on April 2013, to replace the injured Aramis Ramírez. He was outrighted off the roster on October 4, 2013. Prince spent the 2014 season with Huntsville, became a free agent after the season. On March 22, 2015, the Detroit Tigers signed Prince to a minor league contract, he was released on June 20, 2015. After being released by the Tigers, Prince signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the remainder of the 2015 season. On April 6, 2016, Prince signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.

Prince resigned with the Skeeters for the 2017 season. In January 2018, Prince signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On January 18, 2019, Prince re-signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters as a player-coach, he was released on May 10, 2019. On May 17, 2019, Prince signed as a player-coach with the Texas AirHogs of the American Association. On July 7, 2019, Prince's contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he elected free agency on November 7, 2019. In January 2020, Prince was named hitting coach of the Greenville Drive, a Class A farm team of the Boston Red Sox. Prince's older brothers and Dooley, both played college baseball. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet

Corato

Corato is a town and comune in Italy. It is located in the Metropolitan City of Apulia, in southeastern Italy. Founded by the Normans, it became subject to Alfonso V, king of Aragon, at the end of the 15th century, to the Carafa family; the chief feature of the old town centre, surrounded by modern buildings, is the Romanesque church. It is a twin city of Grenoble, where many Coratini immigrated during the 20th century. Corato was founded in 1046 by Peter I of Trani, adding a castle, four angular towers, the perimetery enclosing walls, four access gates, two main perpendicular streets; these elements, typical of a mediaeval town, were preserved until the 16th century. From the 17th century onwards Corato started to extend from all four sides of the Norman falling walls, numerous churches and aristocratic palaces were built. Today Corato is an agricultural and industrial centre of the hinterland of Bari, placed 43 kilometres west from it and at 232 metres above sea level, it is well known for the olive production: the Coratina olive's name comes from Corato.

On 12 July 2016, a head-on collision between two passenger trains occurred near Corato. At least 23 people were killed and dozens more injured; the town hall, built in the 16th century as a monastery. The Cathedral, Corato's oldest church, together with the San Vito church, it was built in the 12th century. The portal features the statues of the Virgin and St. John the Baptist. De Mattis Palace, it has a stone with diamond point covering the first level of the palace. At the corner is Patroni Griffi's emblem, an aristocratic family which owned this palace; the emblem represents a hand which holds an anchor. Catalano Palace from the 15th century; the museum, once a prison. It includes two sections, devoted to historical-archeological and anthropological findings respectively. Corato is twinned with: Grenoble, France Official website