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(SEATTLE) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that it was investigating the cause of a crash involving a tourist duck boat that left four college students dead. “We will not speculate on the probable cause of this accident,” said NTSB board member Earl Weener of the NTSB during a news conference on Friday. “Our staff will continue to evaluate all the factors. … A typical investigation lasts about a year. On Thursday, the duck boat collided with a charter bus carrying new students from North Seattle College who were headed to orientation events. North Seattle College said that about 45 students and staff from its International Program were on board. The school identified three of the four students killed as Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria. Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia. and Mami Sato, 36, of Japan. North Seattle College would not release the name of the fourth victim because she’s a minor. The school said she hailed from China. “Our hearts are with their families and friends,” the school said in a news release on Friday. Authorities said 50 people suffered injuries and at least 15 were remained hospitalized. Critics have long warned that tourist duck boats — amphibious assault vehicles designed to carry troops in World War II that were then recycled for use as sightseeing vehicles in the US — have no place winding their way through US cities. Their complaints have focused on drivers moonlighting as tour guides and also on the vehicles’ created so-called “blind spots” for drivers. In 2011, a surveillance camera in Seattle captured a tourist duck boat running over motorcyclist Austin Porter, seriously injuring him. That case was reportedly settled out of court. “These are military craft that were never designed to navigate narrow city streets,” Steve Bulzomi, the lawyer who represented the motorcyclist, told The Associated Pres. “I would hope everybody would take a serious look at whether this is a real good idea for the streets of Seattle. Ride The Ducks, the company through which the tour boat operated, said on Friday that it was fully cooperating with the NTSB’s investigation. In the meantime, Seattle’s mayor said the company had agreed to keep duck boats off the road until the cause of the crash had been determined. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Source: kticradio.com
In reality, though, the big trends in eating in 2015 are all about the how, rather than the what. There was no clear American and Mexican label as there has been in the past two years. But if you're looking for a framework to understand just what the hell happened in Melbourne dining this year, and probably what's coming next, you could do worse than to look to Japan. Rise of the single-serve eatery: do one thing well. Take Tokyo, one of the most competitive dining markets in the world. Restaurants don't seek to be all things to all people – a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none won't survive on the same street as an actual ramen, yakitori or sushi master. Restaurants doing one thing tend to do that thing pretty well. And so, as Melbourne becomes increasingly competitive, we're also starting to see it become a little more niche. We gained two dedicated toast cafes this year (following an Los Angeles trend, but the principle is the same), and it says a lot that some of the standout eateries of the year were a Nashville hot chicken shop (Belle's in Fitzroy), a pasta bar (... One brand to rule them all. Divide and conquer. It's been the answer that most of the city's serious operators have come to in the wake of the casual dining boom. Instead of giving up on the fine dining dream, George Calombaris, Scott Pickett, Daniel Wilson and soon Shane Delia have simply rejigged their business models, or expanded them to include a more accessible, any-night-of-the-week tier. In the past two years, Calombaris has opened four branches of his hugely popular souvlaki stand Jimmy Grants , closed the Press Club to turn the lion's share of the space into the cheaper Gazi, and reframed the fine dining portion as a smaller,... Neil Perry is adding hamburger chain Burger Project to his successful Rockpool restaurant empire. Lume has opened with a fine dining offering, but there is also the bistro out the front. Former Age Good Food Guide Young Chef of the Year Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) is going gangbusters with his Huxtaburger chain and Delia will soon open casual kebab joint Biggie Smalls in Collingwood to complement the more refined Maha in the city. A business that gets you in with a cheap and cheerful product and makes you. Source: www.goodfood.com.au
Think of Nordic business in Japan and you could be forgiven for thinking design, design, and more design. However, while cool, functional interiors and household goods are certainly major Nordic offerings, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are delivering much more. Take a look at healthcare and medical equipment. Pharmaceutical and biotech firm Novo Nordisk, which has been in Japan since the 1950s, is a notable example of a company enjoying long-term success here. But more recent entrants are also thriving. Vitrolife KK is a Swedish medical-device company whose specialist field is in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The company’s main business is IVF media, the nutrient solutions used to help cultivate eggs. However, its range of products also includes such devices as sterile disposable utensils and time lapse systems to continuously monitor the development of embryos inside an incubator. Japan is the world’s second-largest IVF market, with approximately 30,000 births each year from some 200,000 IVF treatments. Leading global IVF-related manufacturer Vitrolife has enjoyed steady growth here since setting up its own offices in 2009. While success, especially in Japan, ultimately comes down to the quality of the product and after-sales service, there are... “There is still a perception that Scandinavia produces high-quality, reliable products. In healthcare, in Sweden, that stems from a strong research base and hospital structure, where there are close ties to universities, so development is strong,” he says. And there are other strengths, according to Stefan Linde Jakobsen, president and representative director of Coloplast Japan, whose products include those for ostomy, urology and continence care. “I believe one strength [of Nordic countries] is an ability to create innovative healthcare products and services by designing [for] the total experience. For instance, at Coloplast, we grow extremely close to the end-consumers of our products in order to make real breakthrough innovations that will make a clear difference in their lives,” says Jakobsen. “And we use design in this process, not just to create cool-looking, highly functional products, but just as importantly as a way to remove social stigma — by designing medical devices that don’t look. Source: www.japantoday.com
The school identified three of the four students killed as Claudia Derschmidt, 49, of Austria; Privando Putradanto, 18, of Indonesia; and Mami Sato, 36, of Japan. North Seattle College would not release the name of the fourth victim because she's a minor.
Leigh Hudson, the Japanophile and master swordsmith behind Japanese cookware supplier Chef's Armoury, tells us he's been pillaged of grills. "A few years ago, all the Konro charcoal grills were going to punters. Now I supply most to chefs or restaurants.
And, of course, there's design, with companies like Swedish giant IKEA, Danish furniture and interior accessory firm BoConcept, Finnish tableware and cookware company Iittala, and many more Nordic brands well-known to Japanese consumers.
Astonish has also increased its export markets to include Japan, Central America and South Korea. The business was originally founded by Alan Moss, father of current managing director Howard, who sold oven and cookware paste door-to-door.
Sara Little Turnbull, center, shares a laugh with Jann Crosta, left, and Paula Rees as the three check out a collection of shoes at “Connections 2007: 'Sole' Searching — Walking the Journey Together.” There was an (Ellen M. Banner/
What followed was a fascinating career where in the 1960s he served as the Registrar of the Air Force Academy and as Security Wing Commander at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan. In between ... (including Hakata), cast-iron cookware, lacquer ware, sake ...