If you have been to the world famous lit up streets in Las Vegas, you may have thought to yourself what the power bill would look like to power so many lights in the city, let alone a few singular streets lit up like it’s midday. It is quite a sight for tourists but is surely costing an arm and a leg. Recently Las Vegas has set its sights on harnessing the sunny weather in the district and utilising that energy to power the street lighting that is draining the power grid.
Las Vegas city is now partnering up with a light specialist company in New York City to address this problem, a company known as EnGoPLANET. EnGoPLANET specialises in off-grid solar and pedestrian-powered state-of-the-art LED street lighting in Boulder Plaza. These lights feature photovoltaic panels on the top which absorbs the light energy from the sun, using and storing the energy when it is needed. Another feature of these lights is there are pads built into the sidewalk where pedestrians help generate energy whilst passing by. Motion sensors ensure that the correct lights turn on brighter as the pedestrian passes by whilst saving power when there are no pedestrians nearby. For extra visual pleasure, the lights can create a vibrant mood by changing colours in the tourist areas to maintain the lively ambiance.
Whilst providing light is the primary function, there are many new fancy extras that give a plain light post some life. These lights can also detect water, measure the air quality around it, keep an eye on citizens and even monitor the local traffic (great for cities). Other features also include USB ports for charging for the tech savvy and also wifi hotspots. What more could you really want from a light pole? And what next, carpark lighting will make carparks safer and these new light posts can even start generating power for nearby warehouse lighting
We are seeing a major shift from the Las Vegas council which is astonishing to see, one of the most iconic cities in the world taking a very large step to reduce its C02 contribution. The even more astonishing fact is that the city of Las Vegas has recently committed to harnessing 100% of its energy from renewable sources in the near future. The future is looking ‘bright’ for Las Vegas, with many large tech companies choosing to set up base here for their operations. Big things are coming.
I recently found this article on the web and found it to be a very interesting read. I can’t believe how much it costs to build such unbelievable structures and transform them into world-class masterpieces. I hope you enjoy the read.
EXCLUSIVE: Striking new pictures released of Plymouth’s £34million world-class attraction
Amazing images display how Plymouth’s £34million state of the art attraction will appear in four years time have been issued.
The impressive plans show how Plymouth’s Museum and Art Gallery will be transformed into a state-of-the-art history centre with world famous custom showcases, in time for the 2020 Mayflower celebrations.
Designed by architects Atkins, the centre will nestle behind the existing museum and art gallery frontage.
“We’ve got some of the best people out there working on this,” said Council leader Tudor Evans, “and the concepts look incredibly exciting.
“They’ve come up with a really striking building and some of the interior spaces will be jaw-dropping.”
The architectural plans feature a cantilevered ‘floating’ box with reflective cladding, which will form the heart of the impressive building.
Other existing buildings will be converted into interactive and fun exhibition spaces containing galleries that will include a giant mammoth, a flotilla of historic ships, massive original figureheads and interactive laminated maps that you can walk through.
Cllr Evans said: “This centre will be a complete game-changer for arts and culture in Plymouth. It will not only explore Plymouth’s amazing history in new and exciting ways but it will also bring world-class arts and culture right to our doorstep.”
The planning application is due to be considered in June this year, and the existing museum and art gallery will close in September.
Subject to permission, work will start early in 2017.
Earlier this year the project billed as the city’s equivalent of London’s Turbine Hall, was handed £4.2million from Arts Council England – propelling the project further forward.
The plans show how impressive exhibition and gallery spaces will be created to show off existing collections, as well as new flexible spaces that will host some of the best exhibitions from around the country.
The centre includes a space of 3,500 metres squared for galleries and exhibitions, this will include 11 temporary spaces (five for local and national touring exhibitions, six for specific projects), and 5 permanent galleries.
A major Mayflower exhibition will feature in one of the main galleries when the centre opens in time for Mayflower 400 in four years time.
“I can’t imagine that there’ll be anyone in Plymouth who won’t be able to get excited about exploring it,” added Cllr Evans.
“There’ll be something for everyone whether they are bringing their kids for a fun day out, exploring their family history or visiting a top class art event.
“We’ll have events and exhibitions right on our doorsteps that you’d currently have to travel hundreds of miles to see.
“It is also great for Plymouth and will create hundreds of jobs and boost the city’s economy by increasing the number of day visitors to Plymouth and overnight stays.”
Galleries will also celebrate and explore subjects such as Plymothians who have been influential on the world stage such as Drake and Scott of the Antarctic; the city’s relationship with the Royal Navy; life in Plymouth below the waterline, including marine life and shipwrecks made from timber products; Plymouth’s prehistoric landscape and the West Country’s artistic legacy, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Cottonian collection and the Newlyn School of Artists.
There will be also multi-media spaces using the latest technology to enable people to explore the thousands of images and films that form part of the South West Image Bank and the South West Film and Television Archive.
The proposals will turn Tavistock Place into a public square – something it used to be before the current museum and library were built in the early part of the 20th century.
A pedestrianised piazza will provide a space for events and street entertainment and high-quality food outlets with plenty of street lighting making this an event not to be missed.
The council says this will enable the museum to include a refurbished St Luke’s to be converted to a large art gallery with modular exhibition spaces that will open up Plymouth and the South West peninsula to major touring exhibitions.
Councillor Peter Smith, deputy leader, said the history centre is the “biggest and most exciting culture and heritage project” the South West has seen in the past decade.
“Plymouth has played an incredible role in the history of the region,” he said, “and the world and this is something we need to shout about.
“But it’s not just about attracting visitors to spend money in the city. This will be an incredible resource for our residents, our schools, local historians. We are working with our partners to create somewhere people can learn, research and feel a sense of pride in Plymouth, as well as just have fun.”
If it wasn’t for having to travel a long distance, most of us would probably visit cellar doors and wineries more regularly, for both the interior style and the wine. The wine maker behind the wine label A.Retief, Alex Retief, is saving you the trouble of having to travel by bringing the winery to you. Retief wants people from Sydney to appreciate the wines from NSW more.
Urban Winery Sydney is a new business venture and it is now Australia’s first large winery in a city. In the Bordeaux region in France, a cultural immersion and winemaking stint was the inspiration for this idea. Retief states that “everyone had that knowledge and passion for wine, whether they were in the industry or not,” and he then came to realise that the people in NSW didn’t share the same mentality and that drove Retief to want to make a change.
One of the main missions that the Urban Winery Sydney faces is to boost NSW’s reputation for quality wines that stand up to their competitors in Victoria and South Australia. It is known that people who live in Victoria usually drink wines from the local wineries in the Yarra Valley, and the people who live in South Australia drink South Australian wines. But the frustrating thing for Retief is that the people of NSW’s drink wines from Victoria and South Australia and not their local wines from NSW.
They are working towards changing that mentality of the population in NSW and of the 14 growing wine regions in NSW, the ones that people really only think of are the Riverina and Hunter Valley regions. However, Retief is proving that the smaller regions producing wine throughout the state are very capable of making great wines, including his hometown of Gundagai.
At the Urban Winery Sydney, Retief will be basing his wine tasting around the fact that grape variety can differ from region to region and how and why that is so. “I’ll be showing other people’s wines as well, almost like a NSW wine centre. You can buy a flight of five wines, one of which will be mine, shown against four others from different regions to see how the growing conditions affect the wine,” he states.
The winery will call the newly revived Precinct 75 ‘home’. The Precinct 75 is well known as a creative hub for very unique businesses, such as Sample Coffee and Willie the Boatman. The interior design of the industrial space allows for heaps of natural light that shines on the resting barrels leaving a nice warm feeling throughout the building. Retief says how the building reminds him of the wineries in Bordeaux with the big concrete walls.
There are daily winery tours that are available and they usually take one-to-two hours. You also have the opportunity to sign up to a wine-blending masterclass. Each group will try five different barrel samples before they get the opportunity to blend their own wine. They will then go on to participate in a blind tasting of everyone’s blend. The winner of the blind tasting competitions will receive a dozen bottles of their own wine as the prize. Retief talks about how it will bring a very fun and a bit of a competitive twist to the process of wine learning.
With this new business venture starting up, hopefully it wont be long until the local wines of NSW can start competing with the South Australian and Yarra Valley wineries
The heart stopping moment two daredevils were hanging hundreds of feet above the ground from one of the largest cranes in the world with one hand has been captured on camera from a nearby drone.
The daring men who choose this over any IT support job or other career climbed up the skyscraper located in Moscow, which is still currently under construction, with cameras attached to their heads.
The footage then shows the men tiptoeing across the beams on the edge of the building. Then, they slowly climb the interior of the building before going out onto the unfinished frame of the building.
They both walk toe to toe across the metal beams used for the buildings exterior before mounting up to the crane.
The cameras that are on the heads of the daredevils shows viewers just how high up they are then they reach the top of the crane.
After carefully making their way along the crane beam and reaching half way, they stop and stand up. Slipping down through the rungs of the crane, the daredevils decide to hang from the bottom.
Whilst hanging from the crane hundreds of feet above the city, the pair then decide to make their way along the bottom of the crane.
The strong men decide to give viewers even more of a heart attack by letting go with one hand to wave at the camera and also doing pull ups.
After hanging there for a while, the pair pulled themselves back through the crane and stand on top of it and look around to take in the impressive view of Moscow.
The drone zoomed towards the fearless pair to focus on them and they just laughed and pointed at the camera.
The impressive yet gut wrenching stunt was completed without the use of any safety equipment to save them if they were to slip and fall.
The video got mixed opinions online from viewers with some stating how the men’s actions were very dangerous and had the potential to lead to a devastating accident if they were to plunge to their deaths from the crane on the skyscraper.
Numerous comments like “I always feel sick watching stuff like this” and “hope they grow out of this before they all learn a hard lesson at the expense of one of their own” were getting thrown around on YouTube from unimpressed viewers.
For fans, there are (as The Beach Boys famously sing) good, good, good, good vibrations. But there are only bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations when you are a delicate treasure more than 350 years of ages.
On Monday and down in the Quarantine cellars of the National Library of Australia (“Authorised Persons Only– Heavy Fines Use. Quarantine Act 1908” signs caution) one of the Library’s dearest treasures was getting ready for a journey, with security guards and network security monitoring the maps position 24/7 to ensure its safety..
Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus the 1663 map of New Holland was carefully set up in a specially-made-just-for-it vibration-defying cage. These shipping crates and its contents in turn are the precious freight (the only product aboard, and with its own special messenger riding shotgun) on a journey to the University of Melbourne. The map requires some specialised conservation analysis and so it is being sent moving southwards to where professionals await it.
On Monday the library (making us for an hour honorary authorised persons under the Quarantine Act 1908) welcomed us, and the ABC, to enjoy the dramatic placing of the map into its dog crate. Slightly nervous people present included the library’s manager of maps Dr Martin Woods, the manager of preservation services Denyl Cloughley, conservation laboratory supervisor Lisa Jeong-Reuss and Peter Faulkner (we will pertain to his rank and function in a moment). And, fittingly, they were the 4 individuals who reverently raised the huge map (it measures 1185mm x 1520mm) off a bench and installed it in the dog crate, their design reminding one of diligent pole-bearers bearing a casket from A to B.
The map fitted exactly into its inner rack in the cage.
“What if it had not fitted?” somebody wondered.
But absolutely nothing has actually fitted exactly what it was meant for quite so seamlessly since the well-known moment when Cinderella’s elegant little hoof moved into the glass slipper proffered by the Good-looking Prince.
Peter Faulkner, whose work and title everybody on Monday had a hard time to define, is the man who crafts the encouraging artful innards of the crates under the warehouse lighting in which any NLA treasure ever takes a trip. And to call Tuesday’s huge, flat, tangerine-coloured container a “cage” is to do it a severe oppression. It is like calling a Ming Vase a “container” or Cinderella’s crystal slipper a “boot”
To stamp out almost all threats of bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations Faulkner creates crate innards of foam-covered beams and struts specifically shaped pieces of foam. Monday’s crate for the popular map was a masterpiece in its own right. So too are his specially made containers (he showed them to me with quiet pride) for two valuable and fragile worlds of the world that have just come home to Canberra from travels to other Australian exhibitions services elsewhere. Dr Woods believes that of all the things the library ever sends on the roadway these sorts of globes position the biggest product packaging challenges.
Yes, after all they remain in shape and in fragility really like huge, fresh eggs. However Peter Faulkner’s fancy globe packaging’s rise to these obstacles.
Craftsmen who make wooden barrels are called coopers and artisans who make great wheels are called wheelwrights, however Faulkner’s craft, though essential to institutions like the library, appears to have no name. Packagesmith? Wrappingwright? He and his library associates had a lively go at specifying him on Monday, calling him things like “Pete the Home builder” and “Peter the exhibitions go-to man.” On the other hand, as you read this (particularly if you read it on Tuesday morning) Faulkner’s very dog crate and its valuable contents are being carefully rotated down the Hume.
Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (the eastern or Asian island chain), created for the Dutch East India Business by master cartographer Joan Blaeu, terribly requires this coming conservation assistance. The library encourages that “Verdigris, a dazzling blue-green pigment, was used as an ornamental aspect to decorate the surface of the map. However over the last 350 years the pigment has rusted to become a brown crust on the surface, damaging the paper beneath and surrounding the pigment.” Yes, on Tuesday the interesting map (it boasts the first reporting of New Holland and New Zealand in the Dutch language and includes, for the very first time, details of the sighting of Tasmania by Abel Tasman’s crew aboard the Zeehaen on 24 November, 1642) offered an unhealthy, pale greenish tone. It was suggestive of the colour of the cheeks of the poorer sailors amongst those whose trips it served.
It was obtained by the library after being discovered in 2010 suffering in a facility in Sweden where it is believed to have actually invested most of its life. The library obtained it in 2013, with support from the federal government. Specialist National Library staff stabilised it in 2013 so it could safely go on program during the Mapping Our World exhibit, and a crowdfunding appeal for funds with which to complete its stabilisation was extremely successful. That appeal has actually assisted to send it to university and be shown under the spectacular exhibition flood lighting, to the vibrant University of Melbourne where we hope it will arrive late on Tuesday after a vibrationless journey.
The Queensland State Government has made a claim that the massive new electricity business that it has created won’t compete with electricians but that has been debunked by mobile data capture evidence that shows electricians and solar installers are already being spread across Queensland.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt defended the plans to unleash the business, which offers solar, metering, and other household electrical services on to the private market and is all state-funded.
Mr Pitt has stated that the business will not compete with the licensed electricians and solar installers in the state and it will only operate where tradies aren’t. He goes on to say, “It is about trying to fill a gap in the marketplace where it is not commercially viable to offer those services, particularly in rural and remote parts of Queensland.”
“There is absolutely no suggestion of market failure or other conditions that would justify the State Government deciding to compete with small, local businesses and employers,” stated Malcolm Richards, chief of Master Electricians
Tim Nicholls from the opposition said that unleashing a monopoly on to private operators was absolutely “outrageous”, and Redcliffe electrician Klaus Coia said that his business will most definitely be hurt by such a big competitor who may possibly offer other services like online IT managed services. “It will be cut-throat, prices will go down and small businesses will be pushed out because they won’t be able to compete with the Government who will have to seek business coaching programs,” he said.
An online shopping site called wish.com, was recently advertising some plus size leather look shorts at an extremely low price of only $9. But what caused some super reactions was how they were modeled on the site.
Unbelievably, they showed images of a skinny model standing with both legs inside one side of the shorts, making it look like a skirt. What they should have done is find a pluz sized model to actually wear the shorts the way they were meant to look.
A recent article in Cosmopolitan.com.au had this to say:
“The brand of the pants isn’t actually listed on the site – probably just mass imported from China, which is what would make them so cheap – but apparently this isn’t the first time this tactic has been used by the image supplier, Herry He’s.
While the images themselves may not violate any rules of the site, they are just plain rude and insensitive, which begs the question, where do these mass online stores draw the line when it comes to human compassion and common decency? All of that fluffy stuff aside, what about customers just actually wanting to see how the shorts look on a body they were designed for so they can determine whether or not they should actually buy them? It’s all just a bit of a mockery, really
Is it not a standard practice that these types of site check the images before they are published on a site? Cosmo asked the question, “WHAT ON EARTH WERE THEY THINKING”?! While it is true that they cannot always control the way their products are shot, they certainly would have the last say when it comes to what goes live on a site and what does not. How hard would it have been to find a plus sized model to model those shorts?? Or was there more going on?