By Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 1) – The Davenport Speedway kicked off the month of June in style Friday with three IMCA drivers collecting their first local feature wins of the season.In Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action, Chuck Hanna stole the show. Hanna easily won his heat race and then dominated the feature, leading 23 of the 25 laps.Hanna took the lead from Joe Ross on lap three and never looked back. Matt Ryan moved up through the field to record a second place finish. Joe Ross, Andy Nezworski and Rob Toland, completed the top five.The Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature had a similar story. A lap six restart gave Eric Barnes the opportunity to pass Craig Crawford for the lead. Barnes led the rest of the way. Bryce Garnhart came from mid-pack to finish second, while Chris Zogg went from deep in the field to take third.Craig Crawford held on to fourth with Bruce Hanford completing the top five.Jared Waterman won his first Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature of the season. Mike Haines jumped out to the early lead in the race. Waterman took the lead and started to pull away. Following Waterman to the checkers were Mike Haines, Mike Adam, and Kyle Eller in that order. Henry Carson rounded out the top five.Next Friday, June 8, brings the IMCA SportMod Challenge to the Davenport Speedway. $2,000 awaits the winner of the SportMod main. Weekly point racing will be held in all other classes.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou last week gave the first real indication of a possibility of emergency measures being taken by the government to kick-start the reeling economy, describing the country’s burgeoning debt as a potential threat to “national sovereignty.”In unusually strong statements made during a Cabinet meeting, Papandreou described public debt, which is projected to reach 130 percent of gross domestic product next year, as “the biggest threat to national sovereignty since the restoration of democracy,” referring to the fall of the military dictatorship in 1974.The premier cast the blame for this situation squarely on the shoulders of the previous conservative government, saying that New Democracy had “exposed Greece to its international creditors.” But, Papandreou said, his PASOK administration “was determined to do everything necessary to control the massive deficit, to restore fiscal stability and promote growth so Greece can get back on its feet.”The premier’s comments were widely interpreted as an attempt to lay the groundwork for the introduction of emergency measures to lick the economy into shape, as pressure from the European Union, the European Central Bank and international ratings agencies intensifies.
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Robotics is a serious science, but like all of the most serious things in this world it does have a fun side too. Sometimes a robot, with all of its advanced equipment and the intense hours of programming involved, comes along and it does something that is so silly and so darn entertaining that you just have to sit back, watch the video and laugh. When a robot begins making you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes you can begin to suspect that you are experiencing one of those moments. When that robot is made of Lego’s then you can be sure that you are in one of those situations. A more stealthy robot may be hearing you soon 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. Of course, this bot can do more than just the icon of a children’s toy corporation, it can make any shape that you can programming it to, provided that it fits onto the griddle. The pancake cooking bot is in reality a 3-axis CNC-made robot, designed by Mexican Viking. The machine uses the Z coordinate to control where the batter is released. The robot was originally coded in Python NXT but had to be changed due to unnamed complications with the use of the language in this application. Mexican Viking changed it to the LEGO Mindstorms programming language. This programming language then creates the image using a text files with three coordinates that tell the machine where to move and when to dump the batter. The machine cannot be bought commercially and it is not going to be on sale in the near future. If you want to make one of your own you can use the directions on Mexican Viking’s website to create one for yourself. Citation: A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes (w/ video) (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-robot-micky-mouse-pancakes-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line has added its extremely popular ‘Star Wars Day at Sea’ to 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.The special day-long celebration “transports guests to a galaxy far, far away to celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and more”, says the cruise line.“The Force is stronger than ever onboard the Disney Fantasy, and we are excited to bring back Star Wars Day at Sea in 2018,” said Karl Holz, President, Disney Cruise Line. “The popularity of the event over the past two years inspired us to continue immersing our guests in the Star Wars galaxy. Everyone, from the youngest Padawan to the most knowledgeable Jedi Master, is invited to enjoy this event of galactic proportions and make memories that will last a lifetime.”The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations including a deck party spectacular with fireworks, encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemCharacters from across the Star Wars galaxy are onboard for interactions and photos, and guests are encouraged to bring costumes for a special gathering in the atrium lobby.Guests can also indulge in the Star Wars films and television series, including all the films in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Rebels and the latest installment in the new standalone series ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. There are also specialty Star Wars-themed beverages, snacks, dinner menu items and desserts.In ‘Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple’, young passengers learn the ways of the Jedi and use their newfound skills in a final face-off with Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister. Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities are offered throughout the day in all youth spaces. Kids and families also get to test their knowledge during Star Wars trivia games.‘Star Wars Day at Sea’ wraps up with the ‘Summon the Force’ deck celebration where guests unleash the Force during games, music and a galactic dance party. The grand finale features legendary Star Wars characters, pyrotechnics, stunts, special effects and a fireworks display accompanied by John Williams’ iconic music.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthStar Wars Day at Sea will be on 15 Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral.Departing Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 3, 17, 31; and April 14, 2018, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.Departing Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 10, 24; March 10, 24; and April 7, 2018, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.