State Department Gets Shelter Mag Makeover

first_imgThe Magazine Publishers of America announced today that the U.S. State Department has enlisted the magazine industry to help decorate 17 rooms for the holiday season at the U.S. State Department buildings in Washington, D.C. An early gift for the remaining shelter titles, the “Magazine Holiday Design Showcase” is planned as an annual event and “part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the furnishingsand art in both the Blair House and the State Department,” according to the release. Of course, shelter titles are no strangers to designing show rooms. Over the past few years, publishers like Hachette and Hearst, among others, have launched initiatives pairing their shelter titles with various kinds of room design.As part of the showcase, each magazine will be assigned one or more historic State Department rooms [pictured]—Diplomatic Reception rooms in the Harry S. Truman building or receiving rooms in the Blair House, the President’s guest house for foreign dignitaries—and are scheduled to unveil the final designs on December 7.Among the 17 rooms undergoing a mass magazine makeover, The Blair House Back Room will bedecorated by Better Homes and Gardens with a nine-foot Christmas tree covered in coral-colored ornaments, while Mother Earth News and Natural Home will execute a non-traditional Adams Room design at the State Department with growers from across the country providing rare varieties of heirloom grains, apples and other foods.The magazines are funding the makeovers themselves. Polskin told FOLIO: that each magazine would determine its budget for this project and only put in “what they feel comfortable spending.” Participating titles, including Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, This Old House and Traditional Home, are racing against the clock to complete these rooms from start to finish in only a few weeks. “This [the partnership] hit our radar screens earlier this month [November], so it’s been a rush,” MPA senior vice president of communications & events Howard Polskin told FOLIO:.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jason Dunn Named To Deans List At Colby College

first_imgWATERVILLE, ME — Jason T. Dunn of Wilmington was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.Dunn is one of 443 Colby students-or 23 percent of the qualified student body-to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List last semester.Dunn, a member of the Class of 2021, attended Wilmington High School and is the son of Dawn Dunn and Thomas Dunn of Wilmington. Dunn earned a semester grade point average of 3.78 or higher this spring to be included on Colby’s Dean’s List.About Colby CollegeFounded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 65 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Colby College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Colby College’s Dean’s ListIn “Education”Wilmington’s Esdale Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

first_imgRussia intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops. AFP file photoRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting.This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.Putin was welcomed earlier in the day at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a surprise first visit to the country.In a televised speech to Russian troops, Putin said he had ordered his Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to start a partial withdrawal.“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he said at the base in Latakia Province, a government stronghold.Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of Assad which targeted both the Islamic State group (IS) and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.Putin said the troops had helped the Syrian army crush the “most battle-ready group of international terrorists,” apparently referring to IS.“On the whole the task has been completed. And completed brilliantly.”‘Our homeland thanks you’Putin said last month that efforts to end the war were entering a “new stage” as the focus shifted from military intervention to political reforms.He said both Hmeimim and Russia’s naval facility in Tartus would continue to function and warned that Russia would repel any new attacks by militants.Putin made the Syria stopover, the first by a Russian head of state since president Dmitry Medvedev visited in 2010, en route to Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of Ankara’s prime foes in recent years.Putin thanked the troops for defending Russia from terrorism and helping Syria remain a “sovereign independent state”.He said the conflict proved that Russia’s armed forces, including intelligence officers, pilots, sailors, special forces, military police, sappers and military advisers, were on top form, and he also praised the country’s defence industry.“Our homeland thanks you, my friends,” he said.‘Deep gratitude’Putin also held talks with Assad, who expressed his “deep gratitude” for Russia’s role in the conflict.“The Syrians will never forget what the Russian forces did,” official Syria media quoted him as saying.Putin said he would discuss Russia’s efforts to convene Syria’s political congress with the leaders of Egypt and Turkey, and then brief Assad.While Turkey has backed the anti-regime opposition and Russia along with Iran is the main international supporter of Damascus, Putin and Erdogan have worked closely to resolve the Syrian conflict in recent months.Ankara officially remains opposed to Assad staying in power in any transition but has notably toned down its rhetoric against the Syrian leader in recent months.After talks, Erdogan said the next step to help resolve the Syrian conflict would be to hold a second summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi “as soon as possible”.Last month Putin held a summit with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Erdogan in the city to discuss Syria.Putin said at the beginning of 2018 that a congress of national dialogue should be held to seek a political solution for Syria, adding that he spoke to Assad about it.Pentagon scepticismLast week Putin announced he would be standing in the March presidential election that he is widely expected to win, and his lightning visit to Syria was likely to play well with Russian voters.The commander of Russia’s forces in Syria, Sergei Surovikin, said 23 Russian planes, two helicopters and military police would be returning to Russia soon, national television reported.Asked how long the process of bringing back the contingent from Syria would take, Shoigu said: “They have already started coming back, we will see how it goes,” Russian news agencies reported.The Pentagon voiced scepticism about Putin’s announcement, saying such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.The size of the Russian deployment in Syria is not known, but Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military expert, has told AFP that up to 10,000 troops and private contractors may have taken part in the conflict.Putin had ruled out dispatching ground forces in Syria, making the air force the mainstay of Moscow’s Syria campaign.Around 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow’s intervention. The Kremlin has acknowledged some of those deaths.But the losses may be higher given the number of Russian troops and mercenaries believed to be in the country, observers say.More than 340,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad’s rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.last_img read more

Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan w Videos

first_imgUsing ‘Air Multiplier’ technology, air is pushed forward, dragging air from behind and from the sides.Without rotor blades, a smooth airflow is created. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: For detailed information on the design and how the bladeless fan works, visit the Dyson website.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Unlike conventional fans that rely on fan blades to chop the air and push it forward, the bladeless fan technology uses an airflow principle modeled after an airplane wing. Air is pulled into the machine’s cylindrical base using a small brushless motor. The motor’s impeller pushes air into a hollow ring and is then forced out a slit that runs all around the ring. The air is then accelerated into the circular chamber which is called a loop amplifier. The video below illustrates the airflow technology. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — James Dyson, inventor of the bag-less vacuum cleaners has taken his invention one step further with the unveiling of the bladeless fan. Using ‘Air Multiplier’ technology the bladeless fan pushes 119 gallons of air per second. In an interview with Dyson, he said: “I’ve always been disappointed by fans. Their spinning blades chop up the airflow, causing annoying buffeting. They’re hard to clean and children always want to poke their fingers through the grille. So we’ve developed a new type of fan that doesn’t use blades.” Citation: Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan (w/ Videos) (2009, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-dyson-unveils-bladeless-fan-videos.html Video: Swine flu health tipslast_img read more