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ThrustSSC, Thrust SSC or Thrust supersonic car is a British jet car developed by Richard Noble, Glynne Bowsher, Ron Ayers, Jeremy Bliss. Thrust SSC holds the world land speed record, set on 15 October 1997, when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h and became the first land vehicle to break the sound barrier. Both Thrust SSC and Thrust2 are displayed at the Coventry Transport Museum in England; as part of the Museum's redevelopment project, both cars were relocated by specialist haulier from their position in the Museum's Spirit of Speed Gallery to the new Biffa Award Land Speed Record Gallery which opened in 2015. The car weighs nearly 10 tons, it had a total thrust of 223 kN, equivalent to around 102,000 brake horsepower at the measured record speed. The car was driven by Royal Air Force fighter pilot Wing Commander Andy Green in the Black Rock Desert in the state of Nevada, it was powered by two afterburning Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines, as used in the British version of the F-4 Phantom II jet fighter.

The twin engines developed a net thrust of 223 kN, giving a power output of 102,000 bhp at the measured record speed of 341 metres per second, burning around 18 litres/second of fuel. Transformed into the usual terms for car mileages based on this speed, the fuel consumption was about 4,850 l/100 km; the thermal power released by burning 18 litres/second of aviation fuel is 630 MW which means the vehicle was operating at around 12% efficiency at its record speed, efficiency being the useful working power divided by the thermal power. The record run in October 1997 was preceded by extensive test runs of the vehicle in autumn 1996 and spring 1997 in the Al-Jafr desert in Jordan, a location unknown before for its capabilities as a test range for high speed land vehicles, with numerous advantages compared to the salt deserts of the Western United States. After the record was set, the World Motor Sport Council released the following message: The World Motor Sport Council homologated the new world land speed records set by the team ThrustSSC of Richard Noble, driver Andy Green, on 15 October 1997 at Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

This is the first time in history. The new records are as follows: Flying mile 1227.985 km/h Flying kilometre 1223.657 km/h In setting the record, the sound barrier was broken in both the north and south runs. Paris, 11 November 1997; the complete run history is available. In 1983 Richard Noble had broken the world land speed record with his earlier car Thrust2, which reached a speed of 1,019 km/h; the date of Andy Green's record came a half century and one day after Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in Earth's atmosphere, with the Bell X-1 research rocket plane on 14 October 1947. Both Thrust SSC and Thrust2 are displayed at the Coventry Transport Museum in England. Visitors can ride a 4D motion simulator depicting a computer-generated animation of the record-breaking run from the perspective of Green. Several teams are competing to break the record, including Richard Noble's Bloodhound SSC project, launched in 2008, the North American Eagle Project, launched in 2004. In June 2012, a television advertisement for the Orange San Diego mobile phone, containing an Intel processor, was broadcast on British television and featured a fast car in computer generated imagery.

Richard Noble claimed that the car was a representation of Thrust SSC and thus these companies had used his intellectual property without permission, putting the future of the Bloodhound SSC project in doubt. The Advertising Standards Authority rejected the Bloodhound team's complaint, claiming that intellectual property disputes were not in its remit. According to BBC News technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones and Orange responded that their production team had researched different styles of "superfast vehicles" and developed their own Orange-branded land speed car, that the advertisement and phone were not connected to Noble or Bloodhound SSC. Air speed record Budweiser Rocket List of vehicle speed records RAF High Speed Flight Rocket car Bloodhound SSC Richard Noble: Thrust: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Quest for Speed, Hardcover: Partridge, 1998, ISBN 1-85225-268-5.

OT Band

OT Band is a Serbian band founded in Belgrade in 2009. It was formed by four contestants of Operacija trijumf, the Balkan version of Endemol's Fame Academy; the contestants Vukašin Brajić, Đorđe Gogov, Nikola Paunović and Nikola Sarić are known as the OT Rockers, due to their affirmation to the rock music. The band took part in the Beovizija 2009, Serbia's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, with a song "Blagoslov za kraj", written and produced by Universal Music, won 2nd place. Operacija trijumf, the Balkan version of Fame Academy, began on September 29, 2008; the contestants include young singers from all the countries of former SFR YugoslaviaSerbia, Croatia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. Four of sixteen contestants were Vukašin Brajić, Đorđe Gogov, Nikola Paunović and Nikola Sarić. All of them are from Serbia. During the show, Brajić, Paunović and Sarić were recognized as rock musicians, they were named the OT Rockers; the singing professor Mirko Vukomanović, a famous Serbian music producer, told that Brajić and Sarić are good guitarists, the best at the academy.

Gogov and Paunović do not play any instruments, but were noticed by their rock music affirmation and good performing. They performed rock songs played by famous rock artists, such as Nirvana, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz, Bijelo Dugme, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and others. However, none of them won. Gogov was expelled at the ninth gala event, being beaten in telephone voting by Brajić. Paunović was expelled at the tenth gala event, losing to Croatian Ana Bebić. Sarić was expelled at the eleventh gala event, losing to Brajić. Brajić was the finalist of the show. One of the OT jury members, Croatian musician Tonči Huljić, said he sees Brajić, Paunović and Sarić in a rock band. However, none of the future band members thought, a good idea, except Paunović, all of them wanted a solo career. After the ending of Operacija trijumf all the contestants expressed a will to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. In January 2009, the group was formed. In the band's interview for Blic magazine, Gogov said that, in the beginning, only Paunović was for the band, but that the rest of them soon changed their minds.

Their song, "Blagoslov za kraj", was produced by Universal Music. The band said, in their interview for Blic magazine, that they have become great friends and they are happy to be together in a band. Brajić said that the audience should not expect a boy band such as the Backstreet Boys, but a rock band; the OT Band was an opening act at the concert of James Blunt in Belgrade "Blagoslov za kraj" "Strpi se još malo" "Zaboravi" ft. Karolina Goceva "TBA" Official Website of Operacija trijumf Operacija trijumf

Beresford Richards

Beresford Richards was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1943 to 1949. Elected as a candidate of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, he was twice expelled from that party during his tenure in the legislature. Richards's father, Beresford Walter Richards, was a member of the Canadian Authors' Association; the younger Richards came to Canada in 1921, was educated in Athabaska, Alberta and at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in a by-election held in The Pas on August 17, 1943, to replace former Premier John Bracken after the latter's move to federal politics. Although the CCF had never elected a candidate in The Pas, Richards won an overwhelming victory against three opponents. During this campaign, he ran on a platform advocating socialism as it had been introduced by the Labour government of New Zealand; the CCF was the dominant opposition party in Manitoba during this period, Richards sat with his party on the opposition benches.

Richards was a charismatic personality, known for a powerful debating style and flamboyant manner of dressing. He was soon appointed to the provincial CCF executive as the party's chief organizer, built a powerful constituency base within the party. At one time, the CCF organization in The Pas was the largest in the province. Richards was a maverick on the left-wing of the CCF, the similarity of his views with those of the communist Labor-Progressive Party made him many enemies in his own party. In a 1945 letter to the Manitoba CCF executive committee and fellow maverick Dwight Johnson called for cooperation with other left-wing and progressive parties against the Progressive Conservatives in the upcoming federal election, their position was identical to that promoted by the Labour Progressive Party, many in the CCF leadership believed that Richards and Johnson were directly influenced by the LPP. The CCF leadership, including Stanley Knowles and Donovan Swailes, forcefully opposed Richards and Johnson's position.

The party was upset at Richards's decision to meet with the CCF executive in Portage la Prairie, to discuss the possibility of running a "united front" candidate of the left. Richards and Johnson were soon marginalized in the party. Stanley Knowles accused Richards of holding Communist sympathies at party gathering, Richards was deliberately left uninformed of executive meetings. Denied the opportunity to promote his position in the CCF newspaper, Richards read a statement in the provincial legislature during the 1945 session, calling for cooperation with other progressive parties and advocating friendly relations with the Soviet Union. In making this statement, he accused the CCF leadership of suppressing debate within party channels. Richards claimed that the party leadership had been "embarking on a right wing course" by its actions during this period; some CCF members interpreted the Richards-Johnson position as a shift away from socialism, in that the "broad left" coalition they were advocating included left-leaning members of the Liberal Party.

Many party members supported Richards and Johnson in their battles against the CCF hierarchy and Richards in particular remained popular with his riding association. Richards and Johnson were both suspended from the CCF by the provincial council in 1945, by a vote of 33 to 5. Although the council could not expel members from the party, the two MLAs were expelled from the CCF legislative caucus. In the 1945 federal election, Richards supported federal Cooperative Commonwealth Federation candidate Ronald Moore in the riding of Churchill, on the grounds that Moore was the candidate best positioned to defeat the Progressive Conservative candidate. Moore was, in fact, elected. A few months Richards ran for re-election in the 1945 provincial election as an "Independent CCF" candidate, he convinced the local CCF organization not to field a candidate against him, was re-elected over Progressive Conservative candidate Robert Milton by 81 votes. Richards wrote a conciliatory appeal to the Manitoba CCF after the election, asked for reinstatement.

At the party's general convention in December 1945, he was re-admitted to the party by a delegated vote of 80 to 35. Stanley Knowles was in Britain when the convention took place. Richards continued to support cooperation among left parties and to advocate friendly relations with the Soviet Union, but he avoided open criticism of the party leadership. In the legislature, he was known as the CCF's most skilled debater. Richards was nominated from the convention floor for the leadership of the Manitoba CCF in 1948, following the resignation of Seymour Farmer the previous year, but declined to run and Edwin Hansford was elected the new party leader without opposition. After his reinstatement, Richards's views continued to create tensions with others in the CCF. In 1948, he passed a motion at the party's general convention calling for opposition to America's foreign policy in Europe. In March 1949, he was the only other CCF caucus member who did not repudiate statements made by St. Clements MLA Wilbert Doneleyko, denouncing the Marshall Plan and plans for an Atlantic Treaty as a new American hegemony.

Shortly thereafter, both Richards and Doneleyko signed a letter calling for the CCF to oppose the emerging North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. After this letter was circulated, Stanley Knowles and Donovan Swailes again accused Richards of adopting Communist tactics to disrupt the CCF. At the party's 1949 convention and Doneleyko were expelled

The Long Emergency

The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century is a book by James Howard Kunstler exploring the consequences of a world oil production peak, coinciding with the forces of climate change, resurgent diseases, water scarcity, global economic instability and warfare to cause major trouble for future generations. The book's principal theme explores the effects of a peak in oil production, predicted by many geologists, on American society as well as the rest of the world. In both this book and in his other writings, Kunstler argues that the economic upheavals caused by peak oil will force Americans to live in more localized, self-sufficient communities. Kunstler's premise is that "cheap, plentiful" oil is the foundation of industrial society and the pervasiveness of its effects is not appreciated. Through the 21st century and natural gas will become difficult to obtain, becoming expensive and unavailable. Scarcity of petroleum will cause significant problems for transportation and generation of electrical power.

In addition, shipping of food and manufactured items will become expensive prohibitively so. Natural gas is vitally important to food production as it is the raw material for much of commercial crop fertilizers. In the industrialized West, most food production and manufacturing is performed far from, abstracted away from the consumer; the author further argues. As petroleum sources become scarce, environmentally harmful or risky technologies such as coal and nuclear will become necessary but not sufficient for our energy needs. Hydroelectric and wind power in combination with coal and nuclear, will be far from sufficient. Kunstler does not consider hydrogen to be a true energy source since one cannot drill into the earth and obtain hydrogen. Hydrogen must be extracted from other energy sources, such as natural gas or using electricity at a total net loss of energy. Kunstler states that, as energy becomes scarce, transportation will become difficult or impossible, causing food and other necessary commodities to become unavailable in many communities.

It will be necessary for local communities to become self-sufficient for food production, but many communities will be unable to do so large cities. The result will be mass starvation and civil unrest. Kunstler suggests; this period of scarcity and collapse will last for hundreds of years, hence the "long" emergency of the book's title. Kunstler, a long-time critic of suburban design, advises. Urban agriculture Official website Full text PDF Google Books Excerpt published in Rolling Stone Summary from United for Peace of Pierce County

Winter's Tale (film)

Winter's Tale is a 2014 American romantic fantasy film based on the 1983 novel Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. The film is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, it stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe and Will Smith. Winter's Tale premiered at London on February 13 and was theatrically released on February 14 in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures; the film has a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $31.1 million on a $75 million budget. It received a Golden Trailer nomination for Best Romance Poster. Winter's Tale was released on Blu-ray on June 24, 2014 by Warner Home Video. In 1895, a young immigrant couple is refused entry into Manhattan; when their infant son is not allowed entry to the country without them, the couple place him in a model sailboat named "City of Justice," in which the baby floats to the New York City shoreline. In 1916, the baby boy has grown up to become Peter Lake, a thief raised by a supernatural demon posing as the gangster Pearly Soames.

Peter is marked for death. In a confrontation, he is rescued by his guardian angel. Although Peter hopes to move to Florida and come back in the summer, the horse encourages him to steal from one last mansion; the mansion is the home where Beverly Penn lives, a young woman dying of consumption, whose fever is so high she sleeps outside in a tent in the winter cold. While her publisher father Isaac and younger sister Willa are not home, Beverly discovers Peter preparing to rob the house; when Peter assures her that he no longer wishes to commit robbery, Beverly offers to make him a cup of tea. They fall in love. Pearly orders his men to Beverly's home, believing that saving her is Peter's "miracle" and spiritual destiny and that he can destroy Peter by preventing it. Peter rescues Beverly from being knifed by Pearly, they escape to the Lake of the Coheeries, where Pearly, supernaturally limited to the five boroughs of New York City, cannot follow. Peter wins their respect. While on a walk, Beverly explains to Peter that everyone is born with a miracle inside and they are destined to become stars when they die.

Pearly asks Lucifer, for access to the lake home. Instead, who refers to himself as a Knight among Lucifer's angels, calls in a debt owed to him by another of Lucifer's angels. At a ball, the angel disguised as a waiter poisons Beverly's drink; when Peter and Beverly return home from the ball, Peter watches the shadows she casts upon the sides of her lighted tent, joins her, the two make love. Her pulse races faster than due to the poison in her heart, she dies. After the funeral, when Peter and his mysterious white horse return to the city and his men surround them on the Brooklyn Bridge. To save its life, Peter orders his mysterious winged horse to fly away, Pearly gives Peter five vicious head-butts, pushing him off the bridge. Peter miraculously survives but wanders around the city with amnesia for a century, drawing chalk art of a red-headed girl on the pavements. In 2014, the 119 year-old, but physically undiminished Peter, bumps into a young girl named Abby and meets her mother, Virginia Gamely.

He rediscovers the brass name plate of the "City of Justice", the toy sailboat in which his parents placed him. Peter discovers the Theatre of the Coheeries, founded by Isaac, who has dedicated it to Beverly, he visits the Isaac Penn Reading Room where Virginia works, she helps him restore his memory using historical photographs archived at the library. While there, he meets Beverly's now elderly sister Willa, the owner of Virginia's newspaper; when Peter visits the Gamelys for dinner, he learns. Realizing that Abby, wearing a red scarf and has red hair, is his "miracle" and spiritual destiny, instead of Beverly as he believed, Peter convinces Virginia that he can save Abby. Pearly learns that Peter is still alive and with Virginia, he is surprised to learn from Lucifer that Peter was Beverly's miracle, making him love her so much that he couldn't die. Enraged, Pearly asks to fight Peter as a mortal so he can destroy him for good, Lucifer grants his request. Pearly and his men arrive at Virginia's apartment, causing Peter and Virginia to flee to the rooftop with Abby.

The mysterious winged horse flies them to the Lake of the Coheeries, but Pearly, now mortal, can pursue Peter beyond the Five Boroughs. After Horse dispatches Pearly's men by crashing the ice so that they all drown and Pearly engage in a fistfight. Peter is losing until a light shines from the heavens and allows Peter to stab Pearly in the neck with the name plate from the boat, "City of Justice." Pearly turns to snow and Peter is able to save Abby on the princess bed after he kisses her forehead. After visiting Beverly's grave one last time, Peter mounts the horse to be carried away to the stars, while the elderly Willa witnesses his ascension. Colin Farrell as Peter Lake Jessica Brown Findlay as Beverly Penn Russell Crowe as Pearly Soames / Demon Will Smith as Judge / Lucifer McKayla Twiggs as young Willa Penn William Hurt as Isaac Penn Jennifer Connelly as Virginia Gamely Matt Bomer as Peter's father Lucy Griffiths as Peter's mother Finn Wittrock as Gabriel Kevin Corrigan as Romeo Tan Graham Greene as Humpstone John Eva Marie Saint as adult Willa Penn Kevin Durand a

Hudson Valley Mall

Hudson Valley Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Ulster, New York, north of Kingston, United States. It is the lone mall in Ulster County and is the only enclosed mall located between Poughkeepsie and Albany. Hull Property Group owns and operates Hudson Valley Mall; the mall opened in 1981 and has an area of 765,704 square feet on one level with 30 shops and restaurants as well as a 12-screen Neighborhood Cinema Group theater. Adjacent to the mall is Hudson Valley Plaza, a two-tiered complex on a west-facing hill, consisting of a Walmart, PetSmart and a few other shops; the Hudson Valley Mall opened in 1981 with a Kmart, JCPenney, Hess's, a Hoyt's six-screen theater named Cinema 6. An expansion during 1989 added a Sears to the east side of the mall as well as a new food court and 15 other stores. During 1995 Hess's, which filed for bankruptcy, Kmart, which relocated to a location south of the mall on U. S. Route 9W, vacated the mall within months of each other. Shop). Though the Hess's space was filled the next year by Filene's, the Kmart space at the north end of the mall stayed vacant.

During this time, The Pyramid Companies, the mall's owner, began to plan a drastic renovation process. At the beginning of the 21st century, Pyramid invested in the mall, doing a complete renovation of the mall's interior as well as attracting new tenants; the former Kmart space was divided into a Best Buy and a Dick's Sporting Goods, with the Target company building a new shop adjacent to the space, opened in 2001. On September 9, 2006, the region gained its first Macy's when that company bought the existing Filene's. In 2011, ownership of the mall changed. PCK had consolidated the mall's outstanding debts during 2010, but did not purchase the mall until the next year. In 2015, JCPenney announced, it was during this year that PCK defaulted on its $52.5 million loan from the U. S. National Bank Association. During July 2016, as a result of the default, the USNBA took ownership of the mall and began to search for a new owner. During this time period, mall tenants were instructed to pay rent directly to the USNBA.

Additionally, the USNBA asked Tennessee-based retail developer CBL & Associates to help search for new mall tenants. Macy's announced its store closure at the Hudson Valley Mall during 2016 citing a decrease in sales and the company's increased emphasis on its online sales. In 2017, the USNBA found a buyer for the mall, Hull Property Group; the sale price of $8.4 million was notably low for the reason that Hull hoped to use it to get a lower property valuation, thus decrease taxes. After the completion of the sale, Hull announced plans to renovate the mall in the near future. On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing during April 2018 as part of a plan plan to close 103 stores nationwide which left Target as the only anchor store remaining. During August of that year, Regal closed the movie theater, which had operated continuously since the mall's opening. Hull said it was negotiating with another operator to reopen the theater, hoped to use the opportunity to upgrade the facilities.

On February 13, 2005, Robert Bonelli, age 24, of Glasco, New York, entered the mall with a semi-automatic AK-47 Variant and began firing it in the mall's Best Buy shop. Panic ensued as shoppers began to flee the mall. Bonelli moved into the mall's main corridor and continued firing his weapon until he ran out of ammunition. After emptying the assault rifle, he promptly dropped it; as Bonelli dropped the weapon, a mall employee grabbed his gun, another tackled him. The mall was evacuated and Bonelli was taken into custody. No one was killed in the shooting, but two people, a 20-year-old National Guard recruiter and a 56-year-old male shopper, were wounded. After the incident, Ulster County investigators searched Bonelli's room at the home he shared with his father, found what Ulster County District Attorney Donald Williams described as "Columbine memorabilia". Officials described the young man as being fascinated by the Columbine High School massacre. Additional searches were conducted by police after videos seized at Bonelli's residence showed him exploding homemade pipe bombs with a man named Kenneth Stine and another individual.

Both individuals were arrested and charged with violating federal explosives laws. Bonelli was taken to the Ulster County jail, he will be eligible for parole in 26 years. Some time between closing time of the Ground Round restaurant in the mall on Saturday, June 3, the morning of Sunday around 9:00 a.m. June 4, 2006, a suspect entered the Ground Round and stabbed a 42-year-old employee, named Sharon Inger 33 times. Inger, who worked as a night manager of the restaurant, was found early Sunday morning when another employee arrived to open the restaurant. $4000 was missing, according to night receipts. On September 21, 2006, police named Paul David Despres as the killer of Sharon Inger. Despres had begun employment with the Ground Round just a couple of weeks earlier. Investigators believe he went to the restaurant to steal his personnel file after giving a false name to police during a traffic stop earlier on the night of the murder, at around 11:00 p.m. Police believe he had a confrontation with Inger, grabbed a kn