Mysterious Drone Company Mum On Riverhead Factory Plans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A secretive aerospace company planning to launch solar-powered drone factory on eastern Long Island has sparked rumors that Facebook may have contracted the firm to beam Internet service to Third World nations.Luminati Aerospace, which last month bought a 16-acre plot for $3 million from the recently closed Skydive Long Island, is requesting permission from the Town of Riverhead to fly its next-generation drones from a limited-use runway at the Enterprise Park in Calverton known as EPCAL—but remains tight-lipped about the unmanned aircraft it plans to manufacture.“There’s a confidential nature to our contract and I have to respect the wishes of our client,” Daniel Preston, CEO and chief technology officer for Luminati, told the Riverhead town board Thursday. When reporters pressed him for more information after the meeting, he said the company “is not at liberty to discuss” details or reveal their client other than to say they’re commercial and not military.Facebook did not respond to a request to confirm or deny whether they hired Luminati, but the social media company has reportedly been developing similar large solar-powered drones—circling the planet at 60,000 to 90,000 feet, above commercial aircraft traffic—to expand Internet service to vast unconnected parts of the world. Google, which reportedly has a similar plan using balloons, did not respond, either.Despite the limited information available—even Luminati’s website is only one page with no links or contact information, just a photo of an antique astrology-style sketch of the sun—officials spoke highly of the company, which derives its name from the ancient secret society The Illuminati.“It’s so exciting to think that once again we may be on the forefront of aviation,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said, referring to Grumman’s storied history at the site and the many firsts in flight that earned LI the nickname, The Cradle of Aviation. “This is the biggest thing that’s happening on Long Island right now.”Preston echoed the sentiment. Although there is little known about the project, what is clear is that the plan is only in its infancy. Should the town board approve Luminati’s request to use one of two runways at the industrial park, the company also plans to ask for permission to expand a building at the site to fit manufacturing equipment too large for the current facility.Preston noted that the electric-powered drones neither burn fuel nor have the same deafening roar as standard aircraft, so the impact on neighbors and the environment should be minimal.“By aviation standards, or by any standards…we are very quiet operation and very green in nature,” he said.If approved, it would take an estimated six months to build the plant. In the meantime, Preston said the company’s leadership is moving to Riverhead and accepting applications for about 40 designers, machinists and other workers. Walter said he hopes to approve the runway agreement by Nov. 4.The news came shortly after Suffolk County lawmakers passed the first legislation on LI regulating small consumer drones, with other local municipalities and the Federal Aviation Administration considering similar regulations. Small drone sightings reported to local authorities saw a fivefold increase so far this year over all of last year on LI, the Press exclusively reported last month.A public hearing on the runway agreement proposal will be held 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 20 at Riverhead Town Hall, 200 Howell Rd., Riverhead.last_img read more

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Young men urged to get involved in theatre production

first_imgAlex Bruno: Photo courtesy: Alex BrunoPlay writer Alex “Pawol” Bruno has issued a call for more men to get involved in theatre production and performance.Bruno, who is the play writer and director of Teyat Pawol International, told Dominica vibes News that there is a dire need for men in theatre. According to him the organization consists of over twenty females and just three males, and that’s just “not good enough”.“We are looking for men who are interested in performing to join our group so that we can get them trained. We however place strong emphasis on younger people. We do mind working with people with experience but we want to train a cadre of new people from ten years up”.Bruno said there is a set criteria by which one must abide.“We are looking for children who are well behaved, their grades at school must be good, their behavior must be intact, willing to work hard and they must not be in problem with the law or anything”.Bruno latest theatrical presentation “The Obeah Man” featured 14 year old Tyiska Williams and 16 year old Leon Prince – Charles students of the Dominica Grammar School.Dominica Vibes News Share 43 Views   7 comments Share LocalNews Young men urged to get involved in theatre production by: – May 10, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Fast reactions: Syracuse’s 5-game win streak snapped at Pittsburgh with 80-75 loss

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh ended Syracuse’s five-game win streak on Saturday taking down the Orange, 80-75, at the Petersen Events Center. The Orange (16-10, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) came within three points in the second half but never fully closed the gap on the Panthers (14-11, 3-9).Here are three takeaways from the game.Tyler Lydon shut down insidePittsburgh did a tremendous job denying entry passes to Lydon in the low post. First it was Pitt’s Chris Jones fronting Lydon down low and later in the first half, the duty shifted to Jamel Artis. Either way, Lydon was stopped as he finished the first half with one shot and zero points. He’s proved in past games that he can still help the offense when he’s not scoring, but the Orange can’t afford the Panthers rendering Lydon invisible.Lydon scored his first 3-pointer of the game with 12:30 remaining. The shot brought Syracuse within eight points. As the Orange tried clawing back, Lydon had to get going offensively. But he never quite got into a consistent rhythm, most notably when he airballed a jumper from the free-throw line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaurean Thompson’s foul trouble plagues SyracuseThompson picked up three first-half fouls, severely limiting his playing time. After the first 20 minutes, Syracuse trailed by seven, but Thompson was the Orange’s only player with a positive plus-minus rating. In the 10 minutes he played, he was effective, shooting 2-for-2 from the field and contributing to SU’s success. But when he was forced to sub out due to fouls, Syracuse struggled.Lydon bumped to center and was less influential in the middle of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone than he’s been in past games. Throughout the second half, Lydon played at center and Tyler Roberson played the power forward spot while Thompson found himself on the bench.Thompson subbed in with about two minutes remaining to give Syracuse an offensive spark, but he airballed a fadeaway jumper right after coming in.Boarded upSyracuse got smashed on the boards early and often. Pitt had a 26-9 advantage in the rebounding department in the first half. That prevented Syracuse from extending its possessions and did the opposite for the Panthers.The trend continued in the second half and the Orange failed to score on second-chance points. SU lost the rebounding battle, 41-25, and no Syracuse player had more than six rebounds. Roberson, the Orange’s best rebounder, was ineffective as many opportunities he had to grab the ball slipped through his hands. Comments Published on February 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets

first_imgTo have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rockets: Harden moved into second in Rockets history in assists with 3,347, passing Allen Leavell’s 3,339. … Harden missed eight of nine 3-point attempts, although six of his free throws came after he was fouled on 3s. … Former Pelican Ryan Anderson, who came in averaging 10.1 points, did not score, missing all three of his shots.Pelicans: Piled up 24 assists on 27 field goals in the first half and finished with 36 assists on 44 made shots. … Recently acquired guard DeAndre Liggins contributed a pair of timely 3s in the second half. … Improved to 14-9 at home.UP NEXTRockets: Host Phoenix on Sunday.Pelicans: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, officially, the team said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.Yahoo! first reported the initial diagnosis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe injury, which occurred as Cousins pursued a missed free throw with 12 second left in the game, all but squelched the jubilation from a team and its fans, who otherwise would have been celebrating a fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.“We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part,” Davis said, adding that he hadn’t spoken to Cousins and wasn’t yet certain if the injury was season-ending. “We’ve got to keep going and just keep finding a way to win. 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(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before seriously injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans survived a furious Houston rally for a 115-113 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.A person familiar with the situation said Pelicans team physicians have provided a preliminary diagnosis of an Achilles tear, which would end Cousins’ season little more than a week after he was named an All-Star starter.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Paul scored a season-high 38 points before fouling out in the final seconds and nearly led Houston back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit. James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Eric Gordon scored 27 points.Houston tied it at 104 on Luc Mbah a Moute’s layup with 2:34 to go. And the game was tied once more at 109 on Trevor Ariza’s 3 with 1:17 to go before Holiday’s driving floater and Cousins’ put-back gave New Orleans the lead for good.The Rockets’ comeback bid began after Miller’s 3 gave the Pelicans an 81-60 lead with 5:54 left in the quarter.Houston turned the tide with a 20-6 run, during which Paul scored 10 on two 3s, a layup and two free throws.Early in the fourth quarter, Paul sneaked in behind Cousins to steal an inbound pass to set up his breakaway layup as he was fouled, trimming New Orleans lead to 96-92.However, Paul committed his fifth foul with 7:29 left, and went to the bench for more than three minutes, during which the Pelicans’ lead crept back to eight.Paul returned with four minutes left and the Rockets scored the next eight points to tie it.Davis dominated early, scoring 16 points in the first quarter, and the Pelicans pushed ahead in a lopsided second quarter in which they hit 14 of 20 shots.New Orleans took its first double-digit lead when Miller’s 3 made it 51-40. Davis’ third alley-oop dunk of the game put the Pelicans up 13 and his free throws one possession later gave the Pelicans a 15-point lead.Harden’s short jumper cut it to 66-53 at halftime.TIP-INS Read Next “We’ve got enough guys in here who are professionals who are always ready when their number’s called, so we’ve got to make sure that we stay locked in.”Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and unconventionally sealed the victory by purposefully missing a free throw with 1.8 seconds left, causing time to run out as players fought for the rebound.“Right now, just praying everything’s OK,” with Cousins, Holiday said, adding that it made the win victory “bitter-sweet.”“Just unfortunate, really. I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove,” Holiday added, noting that Cousins’ triple-double against Houston was his second in three games. “The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”Darius Miller hit six 3-pointers, including one with 1:52 left to give the Pelicans a five-point lead, and finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

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South African designer at London fashion week

first_imgRay Maota A shirt designed by Lesego Malatsi beingshowcased at the London Fashion Week. Malatsi is congratulated by Sir RichardBranson at a show in Johannesburgearlier this year.(Images: Virgin Unite)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lesego MalatsiMzansi Designers Emporium+27 11 336 8935RELATED ARTICLES• Conquering the NY fashion world• Local Xhosa heritage goes global• Zim teen new face of Louis Vuitton• Madiba more fashionable than everThe UK was treated to an array of Afrocentric designs when South Africa’s Lesego Malatsi showcased his collection at the London Fashion Week, which ran from 16 to 21 September 2011 at different venues across the city.Malatsi’s collection appeared at the Fashion’s Finest Show on 17 September, among work from US, UK, Nigerian and Ghanaian designers.“I don’t think any words can explain my feelings of showcasing at such an occasion, especially when it’s considered such a high privilege by my peers in the industry,” he said.The designer added that it was only when he landed in London that he realised what was happening – this made him anxious and he subsequently suffered a bout of flu.However, the nervousness subsided when he got down to doing the job, which was to show African creations in the heart of the UK.“I really tried to remain calm and as the outfits were being completed, I felt a sense of belonging. I realised that I’m actually ready to compete globally,” he said.London Fashion Week is one of four major events of its kind which take place twice a year. The others are in New York, Paris and Milan.Malatsi described his participation in the fashion week as “conquering one of his greatest challenges” and achieving one of his main goals.Speaking about the racial ratio of his models at the show, Malatsi said: “I don’t know the ratio, I didn’t think that way. I just think about people wearing beautiful clothes.” He doesn’t see his clothing as being just for catwalk models, but for everyone.Humble beginningsMalatsi was born and raised in Soweto, a sprawling township in south-western Johannesburg, and his journey to becoming a recognised designer wasn’t without its setbacks.He dreamed of studying design after school, but Malatsi couldn’t afford a tertiary education.When his father passed away, his mother used the money she received from his pension payout to send him to college.“It was difficult to study because fashion is one career that requires a lot of money, it can be elite. I didn’t realise that until I was midway through my studies, so it was not easy, but I wanted a good education,” said Malatsi.When he finished college be battled to get funding from banks because they were unwilling to invest in an unknown designer.His breakthrough came when his quest for funding led him to Virgin Unite, Richard Branson’s business mentoring foundation.Branson is the founder of the Virgin conglomerate of businesses.With guidance and funding, Malatsi was able to start Mzansi Designers Emporium.From unemployed to job-creatorMalatsi is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs in South Africa and already has 17 people working for him.“There is a lot of talent in Africa. It made me realise how important my success was – to not just me and my family, but for empowering other people,” he said.Malatsi never set out to become an entrepreneur, but now he’s working on a five-year-plan that will enable him to employ at least 850 people.He said that the extensive use of colour in his designs is a celebration of South Africa being known as the rainbow nation throughout the world.“I tried to transcend what is seen as European and what is seen as African, forget the racial lines and also change the perception of how clothes should be worn,” said Malatsi.last_img read more

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Police confirm fleeing suspect shot dead by RCMP was Calgary womans killer

first_imgCALGARY – Police have confirmed that a fleeing suspect who was shot dead by RCMP last month was the killer of a woman found in a Calgary backyard a few days earlier.Investigators identified the suspect as Adam Bettahar and say they are no longer looking into the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib.“Based on all the evidence we have, we are totally confident that Mr. Bettahar is responsible for Nadia’s murder,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary police homicide unit Wednesday.Police said Bettahar and El-Dib had been seeing each other last year, but were no longer involved when they left a Calgary hookah bar together early on March 25.She contacted a friend about an hour later to say Bettahar refused to take her to her parked vehicle.Police said he instead drove El-Dib to a northeast neighbourhood and parked behind a home before stabbing her about 40 times and cutting her throat.She was able to escape despite her injuries, but Bettahar shot her at least twice in the backyard — forensic evidence suggests she was already on the ground when she was shot the second time.Racha El-Dib, Nadia’s sister, said Bettahar’s actions have broken her family.“A life was taken away too soon, my best friend and sister at the hands of a disturbed young man who believed he had the right to murder her because she chose to exercise her right of taking ownership of her life, body and soul, by saying no to a man who was persistent on being with her,” said El-Dib.“My sister Nadia made it clear that she would not give herself to him in any way.“We know that because she fought until her last breath to get away from Abderrahmane ‘Adam’ Bettahar.”El-Dib said she doesn’t want her sister to become a nameless statistic.She hopes her death will prompt other women in abusive situations to get help.“Women live in fear for their lives every day of the repercussions of refusing a man,” she said.“I’m here to use Nadia’s voice to give strength to those who have been in similar situations, to those who are in mentally, physically or emotionally abusive situations, so that they can find the strength to reach out.”An RCMP officer spotted Bettahar five days later near the community of Evansburg, west of Edmonton, and gave chase because there was a Canada-wide warrant out for him.Bettahar died in an exchange of gunfire with officers. An RCMP sergeant was injured.He was released from hospital two days later.— With files from CTV Calgarylast_img read more

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ICONS MESMERISE ART LOVERS

first_img“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his nature into his picture, “said Henry Ward Beecher.Featuring a fabulous collection of artworks, one of the most awaited event in the art fraternity in India, the second National Art Icons Exhibition was recently held at the AIFACS Gallery, Rafi Marg. The exhibition was formally inaugurated by Paramjeet Singh, Chairman, All India Fine Arts and Craft Society.Speaking at the award presentation ceremony at India International Centre, Hriday Nath Singh, Rashtriya Sangathan Mantri, BJP and Dr Udit Raj, Member of Parliament, complimented Hammerartag.com for holding the second National Art Icons Exhibition and Competition for the promotion of lesser known artists. Hriday Nath Singh emphasised on the need to promote regional art globally as India is being recognised as a ‘soft power’, all such efforts are substantial for understanding cultural values of the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the other hand, Dr Udit Raj noted the imperativeness of art and culture for the sake of human understanding, for strengthening the national unity and for attaining peace at a global level. The award presentation ceremony was attended by the distinguished guests including, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor (South Delhi) and Mukesh Kumar Tanwar, Mahamantri, Delhi, BJP. Others to witness the occasion were Gayatri Vashistha, Managing Director Hammerartag.com, Dr Sangeeta Tyagi, President Nari Shakti Foundation, artists and media persons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtists participating from all across the country were felicitated by the eminent jury. Bishwaranjan Bhunia won the Gold medal for his outstanding work titled, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, Bijoy Dutta secured a silver medal for his unique work namely “Durga”, while the bronze medal was presented for “Raag Shankar” to Gauranga Bariki. Also, the “Hammerartag.com Special Award for Freedom of Expression” was announced for Sunita Dinda’s “Kite – 2”. The consolation prizes were bagged by Santanu Dinda for “Let her Free”, Neelima Sharma for “Rhythm of Dance”, Apet Pramod for “Festival”, Kashish Batra for “Scheming Saadhu”, Shahed Pasha for “King Using Laptop” and Harsha mandurkar for “Jai Jagdish Hare”.As told by Gayatri Vashistha, MD, Hammerartag.com, “The event is an effort to promote peace in this stressful world thereby encouraging upcoming talent. Making the event truly national, the participant from nearly every state and union territory brought forth the real colours of the place they belong to.””Around forty icon artists were selected for display after meaningful interaction with over six thousand artists through National Art Icons Competition which comprises of competition, awards, souvenir and auction,” she added. The third edition of the National Art Icons competition will be held with enhanced number of the icon artists. The event will be organised with Hammerartagt.com in association with the exhibition showcase from January 12 to 15, 2018 in Mumbai.last_img read more

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One killed two injured in crude bomb blast at Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Despite repeated attempts by the police and Central Forces to maintain law and order in Bhatpara, the situation remains volatile. On Tuesday night, a blast took place while manufacturing crude bombs in the area, leaving one dead and two injured.According to sources, late on Tuesday night local residents got panic stricken as the sound of a blast could be heard from a distance. Police personnel on patrolling duty also heard the noise and rushed to the spot. However, before police could reach the area, some unknown persons rushed three injured persons to Kamarhati Sagar Dutta Hospital and left. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, doctors declared one of them dead and admitted the other two with multiple injuries. Following the blast, police conducted a raid based on local intelligence. They nabbed five persons and seized a huge quantity of gunpowder and other materials used for manufacturing crude bombs. Both Trinamool and BJP have pointed fingers at each other for creating such a situation in the area. To maintain law and order, Central Forces and Barrackpore Police are trying their best to control the situation. Each and every road is being kept under strict vigilance and several police pickets have been set up across the Bhatpara constituency. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statePatrolling with anti-riot police vans are continuing, as the situation is suspected to get heated up again during and after the counting process on Thursday. According to police sources, the situation changed a bit on Wednesday morning as violence in some areas stopped after prolonged police intervention. Barrackpoe Police officials are conducting peace meetings in every area of Bhatpara, to stabilise the condition. Sleuths have urged the residents of the area not to give importance to hoax information being spread with the intention to instigate violence. Joining hands with police, Central Forces are also patrolling the area to maintain peace. On Tuesday morning, a blockade was put up at Kankinara railway station. According to eyewitnesses, when commuters were waiting for the blockade to be withdrawn, some miscreants reportedly hurled bombs and pelted stones, targeting the Naihati Local. Passengers of the train got afraid and while they were hurrying to move to a safe place, some of them reportedly fell down and suffered minor injuries. At first, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel reached the spot to remove the blockade and ensure security of the passengers. Later, a case was lodged against unknown miscreants by the GRP. None could be arrested in this connection till Wednesday night.last_img read more

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