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2010-04-29 08:37:00

LONDON, April 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Necker Island (http://www.neckerisland.virgin.com/), Sir Richard Branson'sCaribbean island and part of the award-winning Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, is delighted to announce that it will host a Celebration Week in February 2011 to coincide with the second annual BVI Kite Jam supported by Sir Richard Branson and in 2011 title sponsored by Billabong and the British Virgin Island Tourist Board. Kite boarding enthusiasts from around the globe...

2010-04-19 13:40:00

DETROIT, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is finally here and the sky soon will be dotted with brightly colored kites and radio-controlled model airplanes. While enjoying the outdoors, Detroit Edison reminds kite and model airplane fliers to play it safe around electricity by following these simple rules: -- Select a level and open space away from utility poles and overhead power lines. -- If a kite or other object becomes lodged on a utility pole or tangled in the wires, don't try to...

2010-03-30 07:05:00

VERO BEACH, Fla. and RALEIGH, N.C., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TELEVUE, the leader in HDTV, free-to-guest programming and LCD televisions for the hospitality industry, announced today the implementation of high definition head end equipment and DIRECTV premium HD programming services at Kite Properties' two top lodging institutions. The SpringHill Suites Vero Beach Hotel is the ideal Southeast Florida vacation destination. Perfectly located in the paradise that is Vero Beach, Florida, The...

2009-10-20 12:48:00

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural BVI Kite Jam taking place March 1-5, 2010, will be a unique kite boarding experience and internationally renowned affair presented by the BVI Tourist Board and will include Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island. Richard Branson, an avid kite boarder himself, conceived of the event after staging an impromptu race between Necker Island and Anegada with friends. BVI Kite Jam will be a five-day event aimed at building...

2009-09-22 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC), in coordination with the Up Up & Away Kite Club, announce Southern California's largest kiting event, the Japan America Kite Festival(R), will take place on the beach at the Seal Beach Pier in Seal Beach, Calif., on Oct. 4, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is free to the public and attracts some 10,000 visitors each year. Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki will visit from his home...

2009-09-16 17:06:21

City officials in Norfolk, Va., say they are refusing to regulate kite flying on city property, despite a 1953 law banning it. The Norfolk City Council declined a request from city staffers Tuesday to regulate kite and model airplane flying on city property, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday. Council members said they opposed the proposal because it would have effectively banning the bucolic past-time in areas not specifically named in the legislation. I'm not going to oppose...

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2009-07-29 14:50:00

Rice scientists use nanomaterials to grow flying carpets, 'odako' kitesWith products that range from carpets to kites, you'd think Rice University chemist Bob Hauge was running a department store. What he's really running is a revolution in the world of carbon nanotechnology. In a paper published this month in Nano Research, Hauge's Rice University team describes a method for making "odako," bundles of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) named for the traditional Japanese kites...

2009-06-18 11:04:17

U.S. scientists considering wind power tapped by high-flying kites say New York City is a prime location for exploiting high-altitude winds. Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution and Cristina Archer of California State University have compiled the first global survey of wind energy available at high altitudes and say such winds contain enough energy to meet world demand 100 times over. There is a huge amount of energy available in high altitude winds, Caldeira said. These winds blow much...

2009-06-13 06:36:49

Police in Scotland are hunting for the killer who left poisoned bait consumed by a red kite, a bird of prey that almost became extinct decades ago. The bird's carcass was found June 2 near Galashiels in the Borders region, The Scotsman reported Saturday. The investigation is being conducted jointly by Borders and Lothian Police and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Red kites, once common in the British Isles, were near extinction by the 1980s, with only 15 pairs, all of them in...

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2009-05-28 09:17:57

Tensairity elements made of air filled membrane assemblies, rods and cables have already made a name for themselves in the construction world as extremely light yet strong load-bearing structures. But is this new technology also suitable for use in the aerospace industry, for example to create novel wings for kites? Empa researchers are currently pushing back the envelope in this field, and are also demonstrating their first flying models. Ultra light wing structures for kites are not just...


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Gray-headed Kite, Leptodon cayanensis
2012-04-02 20:12:48

The Gray-headed Kite, (Leptodon cayanensis), is a species of bird of prey found in open woodland and swamp forests. It breeds from eastern Mexico and Trinidad south to Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and northern Argentina. It is one of two species within its genus; the other being the extremely rare White-collared Kite. The adult is 18 to 20.8 inches in length and weighs 14.5 to 21.35 ounces. It has a gray head, black upperparts, white underparts, and a black tail with two or three white bars. The...

Double-toothed Kite, Harpagus bidentatus
2012-04-02 18:06:17

The Double-toothed Kite, (Harpagus bidentatus), is a species of bird of prey in the Accipitridae family, which includes eagles, hawks and Old World vultures. It is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. It is fairly common in the mid and low elevation forests in its range. Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist...

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2008-05-02 01:21:50

The Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), is a small falcon. This species breeds from the Mediterranean across southern central Asia to China and Bangladesh. It is a summer migrant, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. It is rare north of its breeding range, and declining in its European range. The scientific name of this bird commemorates the German naturalist Johann Andreas Naumann. It is a small bird of prey, 10.5 to 13 inches in length with a wingspan of about 27 inches. It looks very much...

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2006-02-28 19:17:11

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is widespread throughout the temperate and tropical parts of the Old World (including Europe, Asia, Japan, and all of Africa except the Congo Basin and the Sahara Desert), and Australasia. The only part of this region that it is not found in is the island region between the South East Asian mainland and the Wallace Line. European and central Asian birds (races M. m. milvus and M. m. lineatus) are...

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2006-02-28 18:14:02

The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium to large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is a European species found in the milder parts of its range, but birds from northern and central Europe winter further south and west. During the Middle Ages, this bird was more widespread than it is now. Their scavenging habits made them the refuse collectors of the day. Their numbers have now decreased due to illegal persecution and poisoning. Rumors spread amongst the farming community that...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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