By Veronika Vermeulen on Aug 23, 2019 in New Zealand, Oceania, Regions New Zealand is well known around the world for its stunning scenery and wide range of amazing activities. However, this quiet little country nestled far from the big movers and shakers in the world has a lot more depth than its popular image lets on. New Zealand is a modest sort of place. As a rule, Kiwis aren’t keen on self-promotion so the true measure of the nation often rests quietly behind the curtain on the global stage. In reality, New Zealand punches above its weight and is justifiably proud of its many accomplishments and innovations. As an iconic local ad proclaims… “little can be huge”. More than just a pretty face New Zealand has a long history of scientific discovery and technological innovation. While it may come as a surprise to some, a wide range of discoveries, inventions, and scientific milestones can be attributed to our humble shores. We’ve brought the world … [Read more...] about New Zealand has amazing down to a science
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When Michael Brunker was a basketball-loving kid growing up in a Detroit suburb, a neighbor two doors down occasionally dropped by to shoot hoops with him in his back yard.The young man often quizzed Brunker about his schoolwork and then, one day, handed him Kahlil Gibran’s inspirational book, “The Prophet.” That neighbor was Melvin Franklin, bass singer of The Temptations and an early mentor who, in Brunker’s high school yearbook, predicted the teen would become U.S president.Another neighborhood role model was Dick “Night Train” Lane, of the Detroit Lions, who lived a couple of doors down on the other side.Brunker, whose dad held down as many as three jobs to provide for their family, claims he got where he is today “on the shoulders of others.” He’s now about to be named the 2019 “Mr. San Diego” for his tireless efforts to uplift and motivate disadvantaged youth. Brunker follows a long list of San Diego community … [Read more...] about Column: Michael Brunker to be named 2019 Mr. San Diego
08 Aug Add a Smithsonian Bucket List to Your Next Trip to D.C. Posted at 14:58h in Blog by Victoria It makes sense that most of the nation’s treasures live in museums within the capital district. The Smithsonian Museums are a complex of galleries, gardens, a zoo, and of course, 19 museums (11 of them located right on the National Mall itself). They all pay tribute to the finest art, cultural finds, scientific innovations, and natural wonders in all of America. Free to the public, they’re an accessible and excellent way to appreciate the history of the United States. No visit to D.C. is quite complete without at least a glimpse of their collections. Depending on your personal preferences, you’ll want to budget your time in the areas that interest you most. Plus, some of the best hotels in Washington, D.C. are located within a short walk of the Smithsonian complex, keeping you right in the heart of the action. Smithsonian Bucket List Favorites … [Read more...] about Add a Smithsonian Bucket List to Your Next Trip to D.C.
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 2:03 PM EDT May 22, 2019 It's going to take $2.3 billion to fix all the county-maintained roads and bridges in poor condition in Macomb County. The figure, announced Wednesday by County Executive Mark Hackel, is nearly twice as much as one announced last year. Why? The county included residential subdivision roads it has to maintain, mostly in the townships, in its updated list; officials said, and more roads are degrading. The county is responsible for maintaining 44% of the 4,045 miles of roads in Macomb. Of those county-maintained roads, 42% are in poor condition, said Bryan Santo, director of the county roads department. "We are doing as much as we can with the funding we have," Hackel said during a news conference at the county's communications center in Mount Clemens. But the funding, he said, just isn't enough. For years, Hackel has been critical of the Legislature for not picking a funding … [Read more...] about Macomb County-maintained roads would cost $2.3 billion to fix
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News Published 4:53 PM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Time heals all wounds, it has been said, and maybe three months are enough for Michigan fans to move past the finish to last year's 10-3 season. The Wolverines lost to Ohio State in the regular-season finale, 62-39, then fell to Florida in the Peach Bowl, 41-15. Much has happened since. There have been plenty of departures and additions, and with spring practice underway Sunday, undoubtedly their focus is on what’s ahead. Hope springs eternal, it also has been said, with the emphasis here on “spring." Michigan will wrap things up on April 13 in a public spring game/practice at Michigan Stadium — practice the Saturday before is expected to be open to fans, as well, much like before the start of last season — and there’s plenty to work on until then. As Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh prepares for his fifth season, here are five storylines to keep an eye on during … [Read more...] about Michigan Wolverines spring football: Five storylines to watch