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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The community is invited to a fundraising event to assist Bill Woods and his family from 2pm to 6pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall’s Upstairs Hall.  Bill Woods Jr., a 1985 graduate of Wilmington High School and all-around stellar athlete and great guy, is suffering from systemic scleroderma which has compromised his lung function. Billy is currently being evaluated to see whether or not he is a viable candidate for a bi-lateral lung transplant.In The Community:  The Wilmington Kids Rides have raised over $180,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund over the past 12 years. This year, the annual PMC Wilmington Kids Bike Ride is hoping to raise $16,000 to help fight cancer. Children from preschool through 6th grade can ride their bikes from 9am-11am beginning at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center on Carter Lane in Wilmington.Each rider must pay a $15 registration fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement of $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge organization. Face painting, refreshments, and free raffles will be all be happening the day of the ride. For more information, visit http://kids.pmc.org/wilmington.In The Community: The Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is hosting its Annual Plant Sale from 8am to noon at the church’s back entrance. Church members are selling plants dug from their own gardens, including tomato plants, hosta, herbal, and more. In years past, most plants were priced between $1 and $3. The sale is being organized by the church’s “Hannah Circle” group, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and other charities.In The Community: Merrimack Valley Pavilion (2087 Main Street, Tewksbury) is donating a percentage of all sales on mini-golf and ice cream purchases to Wilmington High School’s Class of 2020 from noon to 3pm. No flyer is necessary, but make sure to mention Wilmington High School.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Reminder: A large portion of the MBTA Commuter Rail’s Lowell Line is closed for repairs. Free shuttle bus service is being provided. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaDescribing Bangladesh as mainly a country of plain land, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday underscored the need for the continuation of land recovery and river dredging on a routine basis.She made the remarks when ambassador of the Netherlands Leoni Cuelenaere paid a farewell call on her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office.Prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.The prime minister and the Dutch envoy mainly discussed issues related to the delta plan, women empowerment and Rohingya crisis.About the delta plan, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a low-lying country and most of the rivers flowing through the country originate from the Himalayas.The capacity of the rivers decrease due to huge silts which they carry from the upstream, she said, adding that dredging is essential to increase their capacity of flowing water.The prime minister put emphasis on making river routes more active to lessen pressure on roads.About the women empowerment, she said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ensured it through keeping women seats reserved in parliament for 15 years, while her government later extended the duration.She also mentioned that 22 female MPs are directly elected in the current parliament.Sheikh Hasina said her government is working to further increase communication network with the neighbours.She observed that the northeastern Indian states can use Chittagong port.At the meeting, the outgoing Ambassador of the Netherlands praised the government’s initiative of river dredging, saying it will help strengthen the economy of Bangladesh.Leoni Cuelenaere said the Netherlands wants to further expedite activities on trade and commerce with Bangladesh and cooperation on the RMG sector in particular.Talking about the Rohingya issue, the Netherlands envoy highly appreciated the government of Sheikh Hasina for showing human gesture by giving shelter and other supports to the Myanmar nationals forcibly displaced from the Rakhine State.Leoni Cuelenaere also expressed her gratitude to the prime minister and her government for extending cooperation in discharging responsibilities in Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_img(Phys.org)—When an earthquake strikes, damage to buildings such as nuclear power stations can worsen the catastrophe. Researchers from France’s Institut Fresnel and the French division of Menard, a ground-improvement specialist company, have developed an invisibility cloak that could protect buildings during an earthquake by redirecting seismic waves around them. The researchers studied invisibility cloaks that make objects invisible to light waves. These cloaks are made of metamaterials smaller than the wavelength of light. They divert light waves around themselves, so light cannot reach anything hidden inside.While invisibility cloaks are standard fare in science fiction and fantasy, in reality, it is very difficult to create a metamaterial capable of manipulating light waves, which are extremely short and travel very long distances. Seismic waves, however, are longer than light waves and do not travel as far, so developing a seismic metamaterial could be easier.Last year, physicists at Mokpo National Maritime University in South Korea and the Australian National University in Canberra developed a model for a seismic invisibility cloak. The French team, however, was the first to build and test one. The team simulated an earthquake by using a vibraphone to create 50-hertz acoustic waves across a silty clay alluvial basin, up to 200 meters deep, near Grenoble, France. Acoustic sensors measured the waves’ movement.They then created a metamaterial by drilling three rows of holes into the basin. There were 10 holes in each row, spaced 1.73 meters apart. Each hole was about five meters deep and had an average diameter of 320 millimeters. When the French team re-transmitted the 50-hertz waves, energy levels near the source of the waves almost doubled, indicating that the metamaterial was reflecting the waves, which barely made it past the second row of holes. While a seismic metamaterial like this might eventually save lives during an earthquake, engineers and physicists still need to address some important issues. For example, it is impossible to predict the length of an earthquake’s seismic waves. This makes it difficult to determine how far to space the holes in the array. A way to get around this might be to arrange the holes to match the resonance of the building needing protection.There is also a danger that seismic waves reflected off a building could damage nearby buildings. A metamaterial that absorbs, rather than reflects, seismic waves might be a better choice. Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. One size cloaks all 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.center_img Citation: How to prevent earthquake damage: make buildings invisible (2013, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-earthquake-invisible.html Explore further More information: arxiv.org/abs/1301.7642last_img read more

first_imgTime can be a complete menace to works of art. Dust, mold, mildew, dirt and even the varnish originally used on a painting can become thick and dark over the years, eventually obscuring or even completely hiding from view the original work. Art conservation is a highly skilled and painstaking trade, in which the layers of grime are removed one time section at a time until the original piece is restored to its former glory.However, despite what may have originally been good intentions, not all art conservation is successful, or even done professionally. In other cases, works of art are destroyed deliberately, as a political statement or act of violence. Here are just a few examples of works of art ruined by human intervention.Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia MartinezThis painting was destroyed in August 2012 by Cecília Gimenez, in a disastrous restoration attempt.Originally painted in 1930, this fresco of Jesus adorns the walls in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain. An attempt was made in 2012 to restore the fresco by Cecilia Giménez, a senior untrained in art conservation.Unfortunately, it did not go well. Her restoration effort has been compared to a monkey, and the painting is now sometimes known as Ecce Mono, or Behold the Monkey.View of the deteriorated version of ‘Ecce Homo’ by 19th century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, at the Borja Church in Zaragoza on August 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSOThanks to social media, news of the botched restoration spread quickly, and the priest of the church, Father Florencio Garces, believed that the fresco should be covered up.However, the image has now become a tourist draw; in 2013, it brought around 40,000 visitors to the church and generated more than €50,000 for a local charity. There is now an interpretation centre on site, as it continues to draw visitors from around the world.King Tut’s beardGolden Mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum. Photo by Carsten Frenzl CC BY 2.0The golden burial mask of King Tutankhamen is arguably one of the most well-known pieces of art in the world. However, the beard of the mask was accidentally broken off in 2014, and workers tried to reattach it using epoxy, which in turn caused extensive damage to the priceless artifact.Tutankhamun’s mask.A team from Germany and Egypt began a professional restoration of the mask in October 2015, with the aim to not only reattach the beard properly but also conduct a complete study of the mask, which had not been done before. The restoration took nine weeks and the beard was successfully reattached using simple beeswax, which would have been a common material in ancient Egypt and is less likely to cause damage to the metal on the mask.The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist, by Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci – Virgin and Child with Ss Anne and John the Baptist.In 1987, a man by the name of Robert Cambridge walked into the National Gallery in London, England, with a sawn-off shotgun and fired directly at a work by Leonardo da Vinci, called The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist.Mentally ill, Cambridge wanted to bring attention to the “political, social and economic conditions of Britain” with his actions. The shot shattered the glass covering the painting and caused significant damage to the work.Charing Cross tube station Bakerloo line platform motif, in this case depicting a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo by Sunil060902 CC BY-SA 3.0Fortunately, the shotgun pellets did not completely penetrate the laminated glass protecting the work, although a hole about 6” in diameter was torn in the Virgin’s robe. The multiple tiny fragments of paper that were left were painstakingly glued back together using surgical instruments and a magnifying glass. The restoration took several months. In the end, only about 1 square centimeter of the work was lost.Fountain by Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp Fountain, 1917, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz at 291 (art gallery) following the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit, with entry tag visible. The backdrop is The Warriors by Marsden Hartley.A porcelain urinal, this sculpture was produced by Marcel Duchamp in 1917, and a replica is housed at the Tate Gallery in London, England (the original was lost in 1917).Being a urinal, the piece has been the subject of much controversy of the years, and in 1993 an artist named Kendell Geers urinated in a replica of the work at a show in Venice, Italy.Brian Eno in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974. Photo by AVRO CC BY-SA 3.0Musician Brian Eno also relieved himself in the Fountain replica while it was on exhibit at the MOMA that same year, as did another artist, Björn Kjelltoft, in Stockholm in 1999.Significant damage was done, however, in 2006 when performance artist Pierre Pinoncelli attacked the porcelain work with a hammer. It has since been restored.The Night Watch by Rembrandt van RijnThe Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn.One of the best-known paintings in the collection of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, The Night Watch has been attacked three times in its lifetime. In 1911, a shoemaker protesting his failure to find work slashed it with a knife.18th century copy with indication of the areas cut down in 1715.Then in 1975 it was slashed again, this time by a teacher, Wilhelmus de Rijk, who believed he was ordered to do it by God. The restoration of the large knife marks took four years, and evidence of the damage can still be seen on the painting.Night Watch in Amsterdam. Photo by Jason Raia CC BY 2.0In 1990, the work of art was sprayed with sulphuric acid by an escaped psychiatric patient. Fortunately the acid only penetrated the varnish and the work was fully restored. The painting is expected to undergo a full restoration beginning in July 2019, while remaining on public view.Pieta by MichelangeloThe statue features Mary holding her child’s dead body. Photo by Stanislav Traykov CC BY 2.5Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Michelangelo’s Pieta was made for Cardinal Jean de Bilhères’ funeral monument, but was moved to the basilica in the 18th century. Interestingly, it is the only piece that Michelangelo ever signed.In 1972, a man named Laszlo Toth attacked the priceless sculpture with a geologist’s hammer, all the while shouting “I am Jesus Christ; I have risen from the dead!” As a result of his efforts, Mary’s arm was detached at the elbow, a chunk of her nose taken off and part of her eyelid.Laszlo Toth (Hungarian: Tóth László; July 1, 1938 – September 11, 2012), a Hungarian-born Australian geologist who achieved worldwide notoriety when he vandalized Michelangelo’s Pietà statue on May 21, 1972.Over 100 marble fragments flew off the sculpture, some of which were picked up by visitors to the Vatican, including Mary’s nose, which eventually had to be reconstructed from a block cut from the back of the piece.Laszlo Toth being removed from the Pietà on May 21, 1972.The repair of the statue was one of the most delicate and controversial art restorations in history. Some wanted the statue to remain damaged, as a sign of violent times; others believed it should be restored to its original state, but with a clear indication of what was original and what was new.In the end, the Vatican decided that the Pieta would be restored such that no traces of intervention would be visible.A detail view of the damaged statue, May 1972.Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, said that “with any other statue, leaving the wounds [of the attack] visible, however painful, could have been tolerated. But not with the Pieta, not this miracle of art.”10 months after the attack, the Pieta was back on display — although protected by bulletproof glass.Statue of St. George, SpainThe effigy before and after restoration. Photo by Julio Asuncion-ArtUs Restauración PatrimonioSimilarly to the Ecce Homo incident, an amateur attempted to restore a 16th century wooden sculpture of St. George in the Church of San Miguel de Estella in Navarre, Spain.Rather than contracting a professional conservator, a local art teacher was hired to conduct the restoration. While her intentions may have been noble, the statue has since been compared to a Disney character, with its new bright pink face, and red and grey suit of armour.Instead of cleaning the original polychrome paint, the teacher, known only as Carmen in the local media, simply painted over it. According to the town’s mayor, Koldo Leoz, the restoration was conducted without consultation and is “unfortunate” in its results.Read another story from us: Outrage as Spanish teacher botches restoration of 500-year-old effigy of St. GeorgeTaking it further, the Spanish Conservationists and Restorers Association (ACRE) contacted prosecutors to explore whether or not the failed restoration would constitute “a crime for damage against objects of cultural and historical value.” Ironically, prior to the restoration, the statue had been in rather good condition considering its age.last_img read more