King Charles III Formally Proclaimed Lord of Man

By The Thornical Press Staff

September 18, 2022

ISLE OF MAN – On a beautiful sunny day the humble people of the Isle of Man formally proclaimed King Charles III the Lord of Man.

Although King Charles III was proclaimed the Lord of Man in a ceremony on Sunday, it is a local tradition that a second proclamation take place at Tynwald Hill, which is the ancient seat of the rulers of the Isle of Man.

Cheetahs Return To India After 70 Years Of Extinction

By The Thornical Press Staff

September 18, 2022

INDIA – After 70 years of extinction and a 5,000-mile ticket-to-ride, India has reintroduced eight cheetahs donated from Namibia into the Indian wilderness.

In the first international effort to relocate cheetahs from one continent to another, 5 female and 3 male cheetahs were transferred from a game park in Namibia to India on a chartered Boeing 747 for a long 11-hour flight to their final destination.

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released the cheetahs into the Kuno National Park located south of New Delhi.   Kuno National Park, a 289 square mile wildlife sanctuary, features grassland and fauna that is perfect for the predatory cheetah, also known to be the fastest animal on the planet.  However, the newly arrived cheetahs will have to compete with the well-established Indian leopard and other persistent threats.

The once dominant Asiatic cheetah, declared extinct on the Indian subcontinent in the early 1950s, had once prowled across Central Asia, India, and parts of the Middle East.  There have been reports of a small number of Asiatic cheetahs in Iran.

In 2020, the Supreme Court of India ruled that select cheetah subspecies could be imported from the African continent on an experimental basis.  It has been reported that the Iranian government refused to export Asiatic cheetahs to India or even participate in cloning experiments.

It will certainly take some time for the 8 cheetahs to adjust to the Indian climate.  Another viable threat will be poachers seeking the highly sought cheetah spot pattern.  Currently, those found guilty of poaching in India can face up to 3 years in prison and a hefty fine for their actions.

Though many are thankful and look forward to the reintroduction of the cheetah to the Indian subcontinent, many in India are disappointed that it is not the Asiatic cheetah.

Poland To Request Paintings Looted By The USSR During WWII

By The Thornical Press Staff

September 15, 2022

WARSAW – It was announced that Poland will formally request Russia to return seven works of art now residing in a Moscow art museum.  Poland claims the seven paintings were looted by the Soviet military during the Second World War.

Polish Minister of Culture Piotr Glinski revealed that previous requests for the historic art treasures have been ignored by Russian officials.  Russian archives also hold Polish works of art, including the work Durer and Holbein.

“Until this day the Russian government has not reviewed any of the claims,” Glinski said in a press conference.

The seven paintings in question are currently being held at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.  These works includes the “Two Saints” by 14th century artist Spinello Aretino and the “Adoration of the Child” by 15th century artist Lorenzo de Credi.  It has been established that before the war, these paintings were owned by the Czartoryski family.

Glinski pointed out that hundreds of thousands of items are still in the former Soviet Union and retrieving them has been further hampered by the war in Ukraine.  Glinski also said that of all the Polish cultural items returned from other nations, Russia has returned nothing.  Yet, Glinski vowed that Poland will never give up the quest for the return of cultural items stolen by the Soviets.

National Air and Space Museum To Open Renovated West End In October

By The Thornical Press Staff

August 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – In exciting news, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum announced the reopening of the west end of its “flagship building” on the National Mall this coming Oct 14. 

According to a press release:

Eight new and renovated exhibitions, the planetarium, museum store and Mars Café will open on the building’s west end. The museum has been undergoing a seven-year renovation that began in 2018 and includes redesigning all 23 exhibitions and presentation spaces, complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements.

The public can experience the newly renovated section via free timed-entry passes that will be available on the museum’s website Sep 14.

This is one of the most exciting times in the National Air and Space Museum’s history.  When we open the first reimagined galleries, we hope all visitors are inspired by artifacts on display for the first time, favorite icons of aerospace presented in new ways and diverse storytelling. – Chris Browne, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the museum.

Exhibitions Opening Oct 14:

    America by Air

    Destination Moon

    Early Flight

    Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery

    Nation of Speed

    One World Connected

    Thomas W. Haas We All Fly

    Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age

Visitors will not be disappointed nor miss their favorite exhibits presented in new settings, such as the Apollo 11 command module Columbia that will be housed in a custom-designed, climate-controlled case as the centerpiece of the Destination Moon exhibition.

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Live Your Dreams: Oldest Man To Sail Solo Across The Pacific

by Yume Okamoto, Thornical Press

June 5, 2022

MATSUE, JAPAN – On June 4, 2022, Horie Ken’ichi became the oldest man to sail solo non-stop across the Pacific.  Horie departed San Francisco on March 27 and completed his voyage when he arrived off Cape Hinomisaki in Japan.

One of the world’s most famous solo yachtsman, Horie was born September 8, 1938 in Osaka, Japan and would complete his first non-stop solo passage across the Pacific in 1962.  Known as one of the first environmentally friendly yachters, Horie routinely develops and sails boats with sustainability in mind.

In 1962, Horie embarked on a solo voyage across the Pacific from Japan to San Francisco aboard a 19-foot plywood sailboat called the Mermaid.  Horie departed Nishinomiya, Japan, on May 12, 1962, and arrived in San Francisco, California on August 11.  In 1963, Kon Ichikawa directed the film Alone Across the Pacific, also known as My Enemy, The Sea, which was based on Horie’s 1962 book Alone On the Pacific.  The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award.  The Mermaid is currently on display at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Maritime Museum.

Seeking new challenges, Horie completed his dream of circumnavigated the world from east to west in 1974 and then again in 1978 from north to south.  In an amazing feat, Horie sailed from Hawaii to Okinawa in a pedal powered boat from 1992 to 1993.  Horie’s next challenge was to sail a solar powered boat from Ecuador to Tokyo in 1996.

In 1999, Horie sailed from San Francisco to Japan in a 32.8 ft catamaran, designed by Kennosuke Hayashi, that was completely constructed of recycled materials including 528 beer cans and a mast made from recycled plastic bottles.

Horie has always promoted the construction and use of environmentally friendly boats including those powered by solar battery and constructed from recycled materials. According to Horie, mankind has used wind to sail the world for centuries, but has largely ignored to use of the sea’s own powerful waves to move across the ocean.

Giant River Otter Thought Extinct Found In Argentina

Thornical Press

June 7, 2021

ARGENTINA — May 16, a giant river otter was discovered inside El Impenetrable National Park for the first time in more than 30 years. Sebastian Di Martino, conservation director of the Rewilding Argentina Foundation, was kayaking in the Bermejo River when he stumbled across the otter.  Experts had thought the otter was extinct.

According to the RAF the last verifiable recordings of giant otter family groupings in Argentina are from the 1980s and only a few erroneous records of lone specimens have been discovered since then.

The pteronura brasiliensis or Giant River Otter is identifiable by white marks on its breast and can grow to be six feet tall weigh almost 5 and half stone.  They can only be found in select river systems in South America, such as the Amazon and its tributaries.

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