QUE DELICIOSO News On Casa Blanca Panchos Cantina

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington will soon have two Mexican restaurants as Casa Blanca is expected to open soon, following the August launch of Pancho’s Cantina. Both restaurants were recently in front of town boards with requests.Pancho’s Cantina Adds Mariachi BandPancho’s Cantina, located at 206 Ballardvale Street near Target, recently received an Entertainment License from the town. Owner and Executive Chef Fonzi Chavez came in front of the Board of Selectmen last month and explained his desire to host a mariachi band in his restaurant on its slow nights (Monday-Wednesday). The 3-4-piece group will perform as they walk around to tables and around the bar. Chavez stressed it’s nothing like a concert and there will be no ticket sales. Selectmen unanimously approved the request, contingent upon successful review of the Town’s Building Inspector, who noted that if the building’s capacity exceeds 125 during a performance, there would need to be a license crowd control management present. Chavez responded that both he and his have taken the necessary training.Casa Blanca’s Opening SoonCasa Blanca, located at the old Chili’s location in the Wilmington Crossing plaza (207 Main Street), will be opening “early next year,” according to Wilmington Health Director Shelly Newhouse.  The restaurant’s floor plans were up for review at the November Board of Health meeting. The owners have already obtained an alcohol license from the Board of Selectmen back in July, when a fall opening was suggested. Since then, however, the restaurant’s Andover location was forced to close for two months (September 19-November 16) due to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. Wilmington Apple will report on the restaurant’s opening date once it’s officially announced.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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWORTH THE WAIT: Pancho’s Cantina, New Mexican Restaurant, Opens In Wilmington, Near TargetIn “Business”New Mexican Restaurant — “Pancho’s Cantina” — Coming To WilmingtonIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay I couldnt go bigger

first_imgIt must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren’t just the movie’s producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film.”ET was my spirit animal in this movie”, explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. “I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it … On some levels Steven’s films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker.”And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of ’80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:34 Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Knight’s previous filmmaking experience was as an animator, directing the stunning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.”Stop motion is probably the subset of animation that’s closest to live-action,” he says, “in the sense you’re physically shooting these things with real lights and real cameras, and there’s props and sets and costumes and hair.”But there were still plenty of new things to learn on this, his first live-action film.”A lot of times I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he says, laughing.Knight brought what he called “an animator’s discipline and planning” to the film, mapping out each sequence in detail.”I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry,” he says. “Animation is very organized and disciplined. You can’t shoot coverage, you can’t play around. But in live-action, you can play around, and sometimes you’ll create little magical moments.” Enlarge ImageJohn Cena provides several comic highlights in Bumblebee. Jaimie Trueblood He particularly enjoyed John Cena’s ability to improvise in the role of a burly secret agent pursuing Bumblebee.”John’s like a one-man ad-lib factory. We would do the scenes, and then we get to the end of the scene, I’m like, ‘All right, John, now let’s play a little bit,’ and he would always do something really unexpected. He’s just a very, very clever, funny man.”Eye candyA major criticism of Bay’s past Transformers movies is the fast-paced computer-generated action, an assault on the senses that’s often hard to follow. While it has plenty of action, Bumblebee tones down the CG carnage. But Knight insists this shouldn’t be seen as a criticism of Bay’s style.”It wasn’t in any way addressing any feedback from the fans,” he says. “It was just a story I wanted to tell. That last one [Transformers: The Last Knight] is one of the biggest movies I’ve ever seen — and I couldn’t go bigger than that. So let’s go the other way, let’s focus in on a small corner of this canvas and really get to know one of these characters. Let’s balance the emotions with the explosions … The core relationship mattered to me more than anything else. And if that didn’t work, none of the other stuff matters. It’s just bombast. It’s just eye candy.”Mixing the spectacular, visual effects-driven action with a character-led story was “a high-wire act”, but Knight credits writer Christina Hodson for striking the right balance.”She’s gained something of a reputation in Hollywood as this kinda badass chick writer with these cool, action movies,” he says, “When you talk to her, the films that she always references are cool action movies like T2 … But when I sat down and talked to her about the film and my vision of it, I realized very quickly she has a big soft gooey heart just like I do.”Knight’s next big project is 2019’s Missing Link, a new stop-motion adventure from his animation studio Laika. As for where the Transformers movies go next, Knight is sanguine.”It’s hard to say. I think at this point, candidly, they’re probably just waiting to see how people react to [Bumblebee]. If people vote with their wallets for these kinds of Transformer movies, then they’ll get these kinds of Transformer movies.”Bumblebee opens in Australia on Dec. 20, in the US on Dec. 21 and in the UK on Dec. 24. Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay — the man who resurrected Transformers by directing all five previous movies in the series.”From a director’s perspective he was a dream producer,” Knight says of Bay. “We sat down early on and it was great for me, director to director, to pick his brain, to get a sense of his philosophy on the Transformers. He was really respectful and recognized this was someone else’s movie, my take on these characters, and the best thing that he could do was to support me and protect me. He let me do my thing, and I’m really appreciative of it.”Bay gave Knight one memorable piece of advice for working on a mega-budget franchise movie surrounded by people from the studio, the toy company and elsewhere all pulling a director in different directions.”He said the one thing you have to do is protect the movie,” Knight remembers. “That was advice Jerry Bruckheimer gave him, and he passed it on to me — remember the movie you intended to make and protect it.”  I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry. Travis Knight, Bumblebee director Post a comment 0 Tags 77 Photos Filmmakers Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorablelast_img read more

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4hr gassupply suspension for Mirpur Thursday

first_imggasLike other Thursdays, the residents of Mirpur and adjoining areas will have to remain without gas for four hours from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on this Thursday, 3 August.A short message of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, which is responsible for gas supply in Dhaka city, said the gas supply across vast areas of Mirpur will remain shut from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursday due to relocation of gas pipelines to facilitate the construction of Mass Rapid Transit Development under the Dhaka Metro Rail Project.According to the message, the areas where gas supply will be suspended are located on both sides of the Zoo road, Mirpur sections 1, 2, 6, 7, west side of Mirpur 10, 11 and 12, Eastern Housing, Rupnagar, Arambagh, Alubdi, Mirpur Cantonment and its adjoining areas.The supply will disrupt all kinds of consumers, including household, commercial and industrial, in these areas.last_img read more

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15 Afghan Taliban killed in Afghanistan

first_imgSuspected Islamic State militants attacked Taliban fighters attending a funeral in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday and killed at least 15 in the latest violence between the rival groups, officials said.Another five Taliban were wounded in the attack on a house in Sayad district in Sari Pul province, the provincial police chief Abdul Qayum Baqizoi told AFP.A Taliban commander was among the dead, Baqizoi added.The attackers, who were armed with guns and grenades, fled the area.The Sari Pul governor’s spokesman Zabiullah Amani confirmed the death toll.”Daesh and Taliban have been fighting each other for more than two months in (neighbouring) Jowzjan and Sari Pul, killing hundreds on both sides,” Amani said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.The Taliban has not commented on the attack. IS did not immediately claim responsibility.IS first emerged in Afghanistan in 2014, overrunning large parts of the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar near the Pakistan border, where it engaged in a turf war with the Taliban.The group has since expanded north and has been battling the Taliban as well as Afghan and US forces.While the Taliban is Afghanistan’s largest militant group, IS has a small but potent presence in the country and has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to carry out devastating attacks in urban areas, including Kabul.last_img read more

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Australia readies for new PM

first_imgAustralia`s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on 23 August, 2018. Photo: AFPAustralia was readying for a new prime minister Friday after a revolt against Malcolm Turnbull by hardline conservatives in his Liberal party, with the former banker’s near three-year reign all but over.Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, has been the driving force behind the move to unseat Turnbull after a party backlash against his more moderate approach to politics.Turnbull survived one attempt to knife him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote 48-35, but since then ministers have been defecting.Dutton needed to prove he had majority backing, or 43 signatures from within the party’s parliamentary group — a requirement for him to force a second crack at the top job ahead of national elections due by mid-2019.Turnbull confirmed he had received a petition showing this support.”I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. It has 43 signatures,” he tweeted.The party whip was personally phoning everyone on the list to make sure they had signed, broadcaster ABC reported.Turnbull said as soon as the names were confirmed, a meeting to decide the leadership would be called.The PM, who accused Dutton and his supporters of bullying and intimidation, on Thursday said he would not contest again and would leave parliament, although he did not set out a timetable.His departure from politics would spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority.Despite Dutton getting the numbers for a challenge, there is no guarantee he will assume the top job, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison — both Turnbull allies — also in the running.During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Turnbull ally, refused to say who he would be backing and hit out at disruptive elements inside his party.”I think some people should have considered the greater good of the people of Australia, and the government, rather than their own self-interest and ambition,” he said.- Owe you an apology -The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, with no leader managing to serve out a full term since former Prime Minister John Howard lost the 2007 election.If a new prime minister takes office Friday, it will be the seventh in 11 years in a remarkable revolving door at Canberra’s parliament house.Complicating matters, Dutton was referred to the solicitor-general over his eligibility to sit in parliament due to family financial interests in childcare centres that receive government subsidies — a possible breach of constitutional rules.The nation’s top lawyer Friday cleared him to continue in parliament.If he succeeds in taking the top job, Dutton will push Australian politics further to the right with a shift in several policies.He has made clear already that he would slash the migrant intake to counter population pressures and has not ruled out withdrawing Australia from the Paris climate agreement.The move to oust Turnbull was sparked by his plans on Monday to embed carbon emissions targets in law.Coupled with the government long trailing the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, the move sparked a revolt that quickly spiralled into calls for his head.One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologise to the Australian people.”Australia. We owe you an apology. I’m sorry. You deserve better than many of the things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years,” wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals.last_img

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Women And MinorityOwned Houston Businesses Make Their Pitch For The Super Bowl

first_imgFlorian MartinArnetta Meekins (right), owner of Totally You Medical and Sports Massage, pitches her services to Houston’s Super Bowl host committee at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.Super Bowl LI is less than half a year away. The event is expected to give a boost to Houston area businesses.To make sure that includes minority- and women-owned companies in America’s most diverse city, Houston’s Super Bowl host committee has put together a supplier registry.On Friday, about a hundred small businesses gathered at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Midtown. They are some of the more than 400 women- and minority-owned businesses from Houston that were chosen for the NFL’s diversity supplier program Business Connect.Arnetta Meekins owns massage therapy spa Totally You in Bellaire. She got three minutes to pitch her services to the host committee.Meekins said one group that can benefit is the media covering the Super Bowl.“They’re trying to catch every single event, they’re sleep-deprived,” she said. “One hour of massage is like eight hours of sleep. It can give you that kind of restoration.”She said she felt good about her pitch and the committee’s response.LaMecia Butler, community relations director at Houston’s Super Bowl host committee, oversees the program.“The NFL comes into the market and they have prime contractors who help with producing the events,” she said. “The NFL strongly encourages those prime contractors to hire from the Business Connect program.”The contractors have access to a directory that lists all the companies that are part of Business Connect.Butler said pitch day gives the committee an opportunity to learn more about each company, so they can recommend them to contractors who are looking for specific services. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

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Maryland Man Dies in Liberia During Ebola Outbreak

first_imgPeople protest outside a hospital June 17 as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visits the area after Ebola deaths in Monrovia, Liberia. A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is “totally out of control” and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond. Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group in Brussels, said that international organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and to increase the public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease.Nathaniel Dennis from Howard County, Md. died July 30 after being held in Liberia, under suspicion that he contracted the Ebola virus. A {TIME} news article said 672 people died from the virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and other parts of West Africa since July 23. The outbreak has been the worst since the virus was discovered in 1976.According to news reports, an autopsy is being conducted to verify the official cause of Dennis’ death. He died at Aspen Medical in Sinkor, Liberia, according to a news release on the family’s “Bring Nathaniel Home” webpage. The page was created July 27 to help finance Dennis’ medical evacuation and treatment.  Family and friends have raised $10,280 so far.“This is a circumstance of timing, logistics, and unpreparedness by local governments,” said Dennis’ older sister Natasha Dennis, in a release. “It could have been prevented. We don’t know what happened to him besides lack of immediate treatment.”Dennis, 24, went to Liberia to visit family earlier in July, when he suffered from multiple seizures, news reports said. Dennis had been in a comatose state for a week after Liberian hospitals were unable to provide him with a ventilator and equipment for dialysis, the release said.Dennis was not permitted to leave the country for medical treatment, because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf closed a majority of the borders in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, according to the release.According to the release, Dennis was a former patient of Dr. Ben Carson. He graduated from Howard High School in Maryland and studied at Howard Community College.The family reported Dennis’ death on the website http://www.gofundme.com/c6jr3w. Despite his passing, the release indicated that the family still held a planned fundraising event in Northwest D.C; but instead as originally planned for purposes of bringing him home, the fundraiser was to raise funds for his burial.last_img read more

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The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons

first_img The direct detection of terrestrial planets around stars like our Sun may have to wait until the launch of dedicated satellites such as COROT and Kepler (scheduled for 2006 and 2008, respectively). In the meantime, some researchers have begun to wonder whether these extrasolar gas giants could harbor habitable moons.Our own solar system has four gas giants, and each has been blessed with an abundance of satellites. All these moons are far smaller than the Earth, but six could qualify as planets in their own right if they orbited the Sun: Jupiter’s four Galilean satellites Europa, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io; Saturn’s Titan; and Neptune’s Triton. Europa is known to have large amounts of water ice, and Titan has a thick atmosphere. If our solar system is not atypical, many of the known exoplanets probably have rich moon systems as well.Caleb Scharf, Columbia University’s Director of Astrobiology, has been exploring the conditions necessary for such moons to be habitable. His recent work investigates the conditions necessary for a moon to contain enough water to sustain biological life, at temperatures capable of supporting biological activity. Under zero-pressure conditions, water ice will sublimate (transform from solid to vapor directly) at temperatures higher than about 170 K (-103 °C). This means that water-rich protoplanets must form relatively far from the star — well outside the traditional “habitable zone” where stellar radiation raises temperatures high enough to support liquid water. Gas giants are also likely to form in these icy reaches — so the known exoplanets are highly likely to have acquired one or more icy moons early on. Icy moons may be carried into warmer regions later, as the host planet migrates inward.What happens to the water then? The answer depends mainly on the size of the moon. A moon or planet with about 10% the Earth’s mass has enough gravity to retain water vapor and other gases in a temperate atmosphere. (As a counterexample, Venus has enough gravity but is much too hot to retain water — the speed of water molecules in the atmosphere exceeds the escape velocity of the planet.) Mars-sized or larger moons may therefore be able to sustain both an atmosphere and liquid water, if their host planet is not too far from the star. More Heat Kneaded!Scharf is able to show that such moons may be habitable at greater distances than a similar planet would be, thanks to the process of tidal heating. Since gravity weakens with distance, the pull from the host planet will be slightly different on the near and far sides of a moon. If the moon’s orbit is circular this gravity differential will be constant, and the moon can adjust to it by changing its shape slightly. When a moon travels in an eccentric orbit around its planet, however, it approaches and recedes at regular intervals. The gravity differential therefore changes slightly as it orbits, resulting in a rhythmic compression of the moon’s core. In other words, the host planet will slowly knead the moon like a lump of dough. The activity can generates a lot of heat, even if the moon’s core is not molten. “You’re basically draining the spin energy of the parent planet.” Scharf explains. In the case of Jupiter, that spin energy is enormous—more than enough to sustain moderate levels of tidal heating indefinitely. To sustain the eccentricity of its moons’ orbits, the ideal exoplanet will have multiple moons in proximity (such as Jupiter’s Galilean satellites). To illustrate the potency of this process, Scharf offers the following example. “If you took Mars and put it where Europa is now, Mars would get heated by several tens of degrees [from tidal heating] at its surface. This would also probably start up its volcanic activity again.” Tidal heating can give an extra boost of energy to moons which receive too little light from the system’s star to thaw. Scharf finds that an Earth-sized moon could reach habitable temperatures about twice as far from the Sun as the Earth itself, under favorable assumptions.Most moons in the Solar system, however, are not large enough to hold an atmosphere; Ganymede is the largest, at about 0.025 (1/40) Earth masses. Scharf therefore postulates that habitable moons such as Europa are much more likely. The surface temperature of such moons must be cold enough to preserve ice even in the absence of an atmosphere, but the process of tidal heating could potentially warm the planet enough to create a warm, liquid ocean under the ice layer. Evidence of liquid water has not only been found on Europa, but also recently on Saturn’s moon Enceladus by the Cassini mission(http://www.solarviews.com/eng/enceladuswater.htm). Again, tidal heating is thought to be the culprit.In his most recent paper Scharf analyzes the properties of 74 exoplanets, those far enough from their star for satellite orbits to be stable over several billion years. He finds that between 28 and 51% of the planets in this sample are capable of harboring Europa-like moons with icy mantles and liquid water, depending on the size of the satellites and the eccentricity of their orbits. When one considers the total population of known exoplanets, the fraction falls to 15 to 27%, which is still quite favorable. Even if the planetary systems discovered so far lack Earth-like worlds, Scharf’s work makes a strong case that the moon systems of gas giants could also sustain life.Reference: Caleb A. Scharf, “The potential for tidally heated icy and temperate moons around exoplanets” 2006, to appear in Astrophysical Journal. http://xxx.lanl.gov/astro-ph/0604413By Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comBen Mathiesen is an astrophysicist at the Service d’Astrophysique in Saclay, France, and owner of the agency Physical Science Editing, which helps researchers around the world meet native English writing standards in their academic publications. India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race Citation: The Case for Habitable Exoplanet Moons (2006, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-04-case-habitable-exoplanet-moons.html Artist’s impression of an exoplanet. Credit: European Southern Observatory.center_img Explore further As scientists refine their methods, exoplanets are becoming easier and easier to detect. The current count is 163 planets orbiting 97 main-sequence stars, of which only one is even remotely Earth-like. All the others are massive bodies, ranging from “tiny” Uranus-like worlds (at about 15 Earth masses) to super-Jupiters (at thousands of Earth masses). 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.last_img read more

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