Wolf Multimedia Studio of Jericho, Vermont has recently completed a video DVD entitled Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Snowflakes in Motion. With Musical contributions by Vermont musicians The Samples and Stowe musician Bill Bischak, and narrations by Jericho residents Wayne Howe and Dick Squires, this DVD takes the viewer into the life of Wilson Bentley. Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph snowflakes with a microscope in 1885 and is credited with the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike! Bentley also photographed frost, dew, clouds and his family and neighbors.This DVD tells Bentley’s story of determination, passion and persistence, despite setbacks and ridicule, through the love and fascination with nature, told in Bentley’s own word’s and pictures, in a 20 minute biographical piece. The remaining 40 minutes takes viewers into the amazing world of Bentley’s images, showing intricate detailed nature shots as well as the fabulous designs and shapes of snow crystals. Backed by 8 original compositions and 2 selections from the nationally renowned band, The Samples, the 10 segments are meant to relax the viewer and build upon the thoughts that Bentley puts forth in his writings. Each piece is preceded by a quote of Bentley to set the mood for each segment:”The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade away. But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again”Wolf Multimedia Studio, based in Jericho, Vermont since 1989, also produced the award winning Wilson Bentley Digital Archives interactive CD-ROM in 2000, containing over 1000 of Wilson Bentley’s images. The CD-ROM also contains articles written by and about Bentley, the only film of Bentley at work, games and much more.The Snowflakes in Motion DVD and more information on Bentley & the DVD are available at the Snowflake Bentley website: snowflakebentley.com, vermontsnowflakes.com and wolf1.com
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officiated on Friday a fiber manufacturer PT Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) plant in Pelalawan regency, Riau — a site expected to improve the nation’s textile sector and the Industry 4.0 road map.In his speech, the President claimed he was surprised to learn that wood could be used as primary material to make textile products. “The plant also has its own nursery with a total capacity of 300 million seeds. Where in the world could we find a manufacturing plant with such a huge capacity other than in Pelalawan?” Jokowi said on Friday.The plant can produce around 240,000 tons of rayon annually. It can also produce 10,000 tons of yarn every year. The APR, an affiliate of major pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings, is expected to increase the production capacity to 600,000 ton per year.“We should appreciate this technology. Stop thinking that [advanced] technology only exists in Europe, such as in Germany or Scandinavian countries. We also have one too in Indonesia; it’s located right here, in Pelalawan regency,” said Jokowi.APR’s capability to turn wood into fabrics and garments, the President added, had showed that Indonesia could compete with European countries or the United States. “The competition is no longer between regencies or provinces [within Indonesia] but with other countries. It’s not about rich countries defeating poor ones but about those that can outpace the slowpokes,” the President went on to say.Read also: Viscose may give Indonesia’s textile industry edge in sustainabilityJokowi also appreciated APR’s investment in the regency since it contributed positively to the region’s economic growth and people’s welfare.The director of APR’s holding company, PT Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), Anderson Tanoto, said the total investment allocated to build the viscose factory had reached up to Rp 15 trillion (US$1.1 billion). He added that the plant in Pelalawan was capable of producing 240,000 tons of rayon fiber every year.“We also opened up 1,200 jobs in the region,” Anderson said.The plan could also generate up to US$131 billion of foreign exchange earnings every year and reduce the country’s dependency on imported raw materials valued at up to $149 million annually.The RGE would invest Rp 20 trillion in the plant for the next three years to support its product downstreaming program in Indonesia, Anderson went on to say.The manufacturing company had exported its goods to 14 countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil and several countries across Europe.“We also hope to grow in supporting the domestic market with the support of the Industry Ministry. We hope the government will aid us in supporting the local textile market through the modernization and improvement of machinery,” said Anderson. (dpk)Topics :
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FILE PHOTO: Michael SchumacherMaranello, Italy | AFP | Ferrari issued an emotional message on Thursday to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since he suffered head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago.The German, who won a record seven Formula One drivers’ championships and 91 Grands Prix, collected five consecutive titles with the Italian team from 2000 to 2004.Ferrari also won six constructors’ titles while Schumacher was with them.“Our champ turns 50 today. We’re all with you Michael #KeepFighting,” Scuderia Ferrari tweeted.The official Formula 1 account tweeted: “We join the whole of the #F1 family in sending Michael @Schumacher our very best wishes on his 50th birthday #KeepFightingMichael #Michael50.”The Ferrari Museum at Maranello in northern Italy is dedicating a special exhibition to Schumacher as a celebration of the team’s most successful driver.F1 team Mercedes have hailed Schumacher as one of the “founding fathers” for their recent success.Schumacher came out of retirement in 2010 for a three-season spell with Mercedes before he was eventually replaced by Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton last year celebrated his fifth world championship, and his fourth racing for the Silver Arrows. “Michael is one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. “There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.”Hamilton is now the closest driver to matching Schumacher’s records. The Briton is two championships and 18 race victories shy of the German’s hauls.“Michael has had a tremendous impact on Formula One,” added Wolff. “Not only did he set an incredible record — a record that is yet to be beaten — but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.”Schumacher’s medical condition has been held a closely guarded secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing on the French Alps in December, 2013.His family issued a statement on Facebook ahead of his birthday and have launched an app to celebrate his successes in the sport.“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” they said.Schumacher’s daughter Gina also published a short message to her Instagram page, writing: “Happy Birthday to the best dad”, accompanied with three pictures.Share on: WhatsApp
An Alabama man is currently facing a capital murder charge after he fatally shot a 7-year-old who startled him out of his sleep.The incident occurred early Friday at a trailer park in Montgomery.Officials reported that Omarion Greenhouse was sleeping on the couch in the trailer when the child startled him awake. That’s when Greenhouse immediately grabbed his gun and shot the child.Authorities were called to the scene and the child was taken to the hospital where he later died. It is unclear in the shooting was intentional, however, it is considered a capital offense in Alabama to kill anyone under the age of 14.
Facebook58Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers who use the Marvin Road overpass (State Route 510) in Lacey will need give themselves extra time and use alternative routes during this weekend’s around-the-clock closure.10:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, until 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 30Marvin Road overpass and northbound exit to Marvin Road will close.Northbound I-5 exit to Quinault Drive will remain open.Travelers are advised to plan for lengthy delays and added congestion as drivers detour around the overpass closure. Drivers can detour using Exit 114 in Nisqually or Exit 109 at Martin Way East.Businesses remain open and accessible during the closure.The weekend work allow crews to rebuild the Marvin Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5. The work is part of continuing efforts to convert the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and the WSDOT regional Twitter account.