USCGC Healy (WAGB-20)

USCGC Healy is the United States' largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker as well as the US Coast Guard's largest vessel. She is classified as a medium icebreaker by the U. S. Coast Guard, she is homeported in Seattle and was commissioned in 1999. On September 5, 2015, USCGC Healy became the first unaccompanied United States surface vessel to reach the North Pole. Healy was built by Avondale Industries in Louisiana; the construction included a technology transfer agreement between Avondale Industries and the Finnish Kværner Masa-Yards Arctic Technology Centre, where the latter provided expertise for hull form development and propulsion line engineering based on the Finnish diesel-electric icebreaker Otso. Healy is named in honor of United States Revenue Cutter Service Captain Michael A. Healy, her keel was laid on 16 September 1996. Healy joined the icebreakers USCGC Polar Star and USCGC Polar Sea in their homeport of Seattle, Washington on 10 November 1999; the ship departed New Orleans on January 26, 2000, performing sea trials off of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland.

She arrived in Seattle on 9 August 2000 after transiting the famed Northwest Passage and was placed "In Commission, Active" on August 21, 2000. USCGC Healy is an optimally manned vessel, meaning she has the minimum number of personnel staffed in order to safely navigate. Due to the vast array of missions conducted by Healy, it is vital that crewmembers are qualified on a number of duties. Healy operates two A-Frames, one on the aft working deck and one on the starboard side. There are two articulated cranes on the aft working deck, with the starboard side rated to 15 short tons and the port side rated to 5 short tons; the aft working deck provides ample space to conduct research operations. Healy has a forecastle crane with a load capacity of 3 short tons, two 04 level cranes with load capacities of 15 tons each. Healy has a Dynamic Positioning System that uses its Bow Thruster system, which aids in navigation and station keeping during science operations, its flight deck is capable of landing both of the Coast Guard's helicopter airframes, attached is a hangar that can house 2 HH-65 helicopters.

Healy can accommodate 8 ISO vans on the ship, which are used as science workstations. Healy has three small boats on board. One is the 38 ft Arctic Survey Boat, on the starboard side. Healy has two 26 ft Cutter Boat Large Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, one on each side. Designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, Healy provides more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, accommodations for up to 50 scientists. Healy is designed to break 4.5 ft of ice continuously at 3 knots or ice 10 ft thick when backing and ramming, can operate in temperatures as low as −50 °F. As a Coast Guard cutter, Healy is a platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions, including: search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, enforcement of laws and treaties. October 29, 2015: USCGC Healy received the Coast Guard Unit Commendation award for exceptionally meritorious service from 24 June to 29 October 2015 during their Arctic West Summer 2015 deployment.

Healy traveled over 16,000 miles, took over 25,000 water and ice samples from 72 science stations, became the first unaccompanied U. S. surface vessel to reach the North Pole. She engaged with the crew of the German icebreaker Polarstern while at the North Pole in support of the international scientific mission Geotraces. Healy became the first vessel to broadcast a live feed from ice-bound Arctic waters, streaming video of a search and rescue exercise to shore-based coordinators. April 10, 2012: USCGC Healy received the Coast Guard Unit Commendation award for exceptionally meritorious service from 3 January to 5 February 2012 after she escorted a tanker carrying a critical load of fuel through tremendously difficult winter ice conditions to Nome, AK. In November 2011, a strong winter storm struck western Alaska, which prevented a vital fuel delivery to Nome. Healy delayed her return home from a six-month Arctic deployment in order to escort the Russian-flagged tanker MT Renda to Nome, AK. Healy escorted the MT Renda through over 300 miles of difficult ice conditions and broke out the beset ship time after time.

After many days of great exertion, MT Renda transferred the fuel to Nome over the course of three days. On 20 January, Healy began the break out for the MT Renda, they emerged from the ice on 29 January 2012 after successful completion of the mission. This was the first-ever winter fuel delivery from the water in Western Alaska. January 20, 2010: USCGC Healy received the Coast Guard Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation award for meritorious service from 6 August to 16 September 2009 while conducting the Joint U. S.—Canada United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Extended Continental Shelf Mapping Expedition. In collaboration with CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, Healy pushed 150 nautical miles further north than planned and avoided $2.4 million in future expedition mapping costs. Healy acquired over 1,000 pounds of valuable geological samples by conducting dredging operations at depths of up to 3 miles; the rare samples were essential in establishing the origin of the targeted extended continental shelf.

July 16, 2008: USCGC Healy received the Coast Guard Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation award for meritorious service from April 2007 to July 2008 while conducting science operations in support of national scientific, economic, an

The Host (2013 film)

The Host is a 2013 American romantic science fiction thriller film adapted from Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young woman, captured after the human race has been taken over by parasitic aliens called "Souls". After Melanie is infused with a soul called "Wanderer", Melanie and the alien "Soul" vie for control of her body. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger. Released in theaters on March 29, 2013, the film was poorly received by critics; the human race has been taken over by small parasitic aliens called "Souls". They travel to planets inserting themselves into a host body of that planet's dominant species while suppressing the host's consciousness. Deeming the humans too violent to deserve the planet, they have now successfully taken over Earth; the consciousness of the original owner is erased, but the Souls can access the host's memories, occupied hosts are identifiable by silver rings in the hosts' eyes.

A human on the run, Melanie Stryder, is captured and infused with a Soul called "Wanderer." Wanderer is asked by a “Seeker” Soul to access Melanie's memories and learn the location of a pocket of unassimilated humans. Melanie's consciousness, has not been eliminated. Wanderer tells Seeker that Melanie was traveling with her brother and her boyfriend, Jared Howe, to find Melanie's uncle Jeb in the desert. Wanderer admits that Melanie is still present, so Seeker decides to be transferred into Melanie's body to get the information herself. With Melanie’s guidance, Wanderer escapes and makes her way to the desert, where she is found by Jeb, who takes her to a series of caves inside a mountain where the humans are hiding. Wanderer's presence is met with hostility by all but Jamie. Melanie instructs Wanderer not to tell anyone she is still alive, since it would provoke them, though she allows her to tell Jamie. Wanderer begins interacting with the humans and begins to gain their trust, forming a bond with Ian O'Shea.

Seeker leads a search party into the desert. They intercept one of the shelter's supply teams, in the ensuing chase and Brandt commit suicide to avoid capture. During the chase, Seeker accidentally kills another Soul, leading her superiors to call off the search. Jared and Kyle move to kill Wanderer. Jeb and Ian accept this, but Jared refuses to believe it until he strategically kisses Wanderer, provoking Melanie to take back control and slap him, proving to Jared that she is still alive. Kyle tries to kill Wanderer but ends up being saved by Wanderer. Ian believes that Kyle attacked Wanderer and tells her he has feelings for her. Wanderer admits that Melanie's body is compelled to love Jared, but she has feelings of her own, the two kiss. Wanderer enters the community's medical facility and is shocked to discover that Doc has been experimenting with ways to remove Souls and allow the host's mind to regain control, resulting in the deaths of many Souls and hosts. After isolating herself for several days, Wanderer learns that Jamie is critically ill with an infection in his leg.

She infiltrates a Soul medical facility to steal some alien medicine. Seeker has continued looking for Wanderer on her own. Wanderer offers to show Doc the proper method of removing Souls, on the condition that he remove her from Melanie's body. Doc uses the technique to remove Seeker from her host, with Soul surviving. Wanderer takes Seeker’s tiny alien form to a Soul space-travel site, where she sends it so far from Earth that it can not return for numerous generations. Tired of the many lives she’s lived and finding it too painful to leave everyone behind, Wanderer makes Doc promise to let her die when she is removed and not tell anyone; the others in the shelter intervene with Doc, who inserts Wanderer into Pet, a human, left brain-dead after the Soul inside her was removed. Now with a body of her own, Wanderer is able to be with Ian. A few months while on a supply run, Melanie and Jared are captured, they discover that their captors are humans, who reveal that there are several other human groups as well.

They learn that a Soul with this group has sided with the human resistance, as Wanderer has, they may not be the last Souls to do so. Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz acquired the film rights to The Host in September 2009, but Open Road Films acquired the film rights, made Stephenie Meyer, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz the main producers. Andrew Niccol was hired to direct the film. In February 2011, Susanna White was hired to replace Niccol as director, but he resumed the role in May 2011. Saoirse Ronan was cast in May as Melanie Stryder/Wanderer. On June 27, the release date was set for the film for March 29, 2013, it was announced that principal photography would begin in February 2012, in Louisiana and New Mexico. Distributed by Open Road Films, the film was released theatrically on March 29, 2013; the first official trailer was released on March 22, 2012, was shown before The Hunger Games. The Host was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 9, 2013.

The film grossed $63,327,201 worldwide, of which $26,627,201 was from North America, $36,700,000 from other territories. It opened at #6 at the US box office, for its opening weekend grossed $10,600,112.

Zhongshan Park station (Shanghai Metro)

Zhongshan Park is the name of an interchange station between Lines 2, 3 and 4 on the Shanghai Metro, named after Shanghai's largest commercial park, located nearby. This station served as the western terminus of Line 2 from the line's opening on 20 September 1999 until the first westward extension to Songhong Road opened on December 30, 2006; the interchanges with Lines 3 and 4 opened on 27 December 2000 and the final day of 2005 and are part of both lines' initial sections. This station is one of the few stations in Shanghai to have a store located inside the station: the Silver Fruit bakery, in the interchange passage between Lines 2, 3, 4. To the northeast of the station of the Cloud Nine shopping mall, visible from the elevated Lines 3 and 4. Zhongshan Park Cloud Nine shopping mall East China Normal University East China University of Science and Technology Suzhou Creek, crossed by Lines 3 and 4 just north of Zhongshan Park