The bridge of superlatives – Alexandre III bridge (Paris)

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The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city. It is classified as a French Monument historique.

History

The Beaux-Arts style bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. The style of the bridge reflects that of the Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.

The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a 6 metres (20 ft) high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph…

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Women Have Come Far In Defense Sector

ROSE COVERED GLASSES

Women in DefenseFormer Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth (left) and  Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of military business at Bell Helicopter

NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE”

“We see women at the highest levels.

The top two civilians running the U.S. Air Force are women, Navy Adm. Michelle Howard became the top naval officer at NATO  and Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson became the first woman to run a major combatant command when she took over U.S. Northern Command.

“It’s good to open our aperture to what possibilities there are,” said Lisa Atherton, executive vice president of military business at Bell Helicopter.

Atherton spoke June 15 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

She and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth received a “Service to the Flag” award from Women In Defense. The association makes this award annually to leaders in…

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The rooftops of Paris – Eiffel Tower

Kamal Bennani Photography

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The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.[2] The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.

The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title…

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The bridge of superlatives – Alexandre III bridge (Paris)

Kamal Bennani Photography

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The Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The bridge is widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city. It is classified as a French Monument historique.

History

The Beaux-Arts style bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. The style of the bridge reflects that of the Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.

The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a 6 metres (20 ft) high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph…

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New Mission Updates

Empire Kred

Contributed by Skip Bieber (e)skip7547  @skip7547

Great News!  Missions have been updated and some wonderful new features have been added.   Since no one else posted constructive information on the updates, I thought I’d take a crack at it.    Check back here often as I’ll be updating the blog as more and more features – (documented and undocumented) are discovered 🙂

There are several (six so far) major changes in this update include the additions of Private Missions;  Inverted Mission Awards; Mission restrictions by Join date; Network restrictions and a new missions at a glance toolbar.    Minor updates in this update  includes tighter restrictions on parameters such as Country, network and Interest.  

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, the mission comments have been moved down and now appear AFTER the other missions display box.  

The first major change is the addition of Private Missions.  As I understand…

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