3 killed, 2 injured when car hits tree on Colima Road

first_img• Photo Gallery: Friends mourn crash victims WHITTIER – Police said Wednesday they were still trying to determine whether drugs or alcohol played any role in a single-car accident that killed three teens and injured two others Tuesday night. Police said the 2006 Toyota Scion was being driven by Xenia Guerra, 18, of Whittier when it went out of control on Colima Road just north of Mar Vista Street. The car crashed into a tree and was torn into two parts, which came to rest within 25 feet to 30 feet of each other. Guerra, who suffered non-life- threatening injuries, was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition, Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Diana Salazar said. Salazar could not immediately confirm whether Yoakum was at the scene, saying traffic investigators had interviewed numerous witnesses and it was difficult to say immediately whether Yoakum was one of them. But Yoakum sounded clearly shaken as he described what he saw. “I’ve been crying all night long for these kids,” said Yoakum, his voice tinged with emotion. “The kids were gone in less than the blink of an eye. I don’t know if this is right or not, but I just want to let people know their children didn’t suffer one tiny bit.” Yoakum said after the crash, he rushed to the scene. He said he saw Saenz, conscious but not quite coherent, inside the car and helped him out of the wreckage by cutting off his seat belt. A memorial of candles, balloons and CDs quickly sprang up at the site Wednesday. Salazar said there have been other accidents over the years on that stretch of road, which is on a steep downhill slope. “Anytime you have a downhill slope, the issue of speed is a concern,” Salazar said. “But we do have efforts in place to control the speed limit.” John Ortberg, executive pastor at the Whittier Area Community Church, said collisions are not uncommon near the intersection. Church officials have asked the city to install a traffic signal near the Murphy Ranch Little League baseball fields. “I think it would help to slow things down, because this is something that’s happening that shouldn’t be happening,” Ortberg said. “The road doesn’t seem to be that dangerous.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pronounced dead at the scene were Albert Joseph Valasquez, 19, and Jennifer Unzueta, 18, both of Whittier; and Joshua David Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera. Another passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, of Whittier, who was sitting directly behind Guerra, was injured. He was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, Salazar said. Salazar said an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the crash, which took place a couple of hundred yards from a wilderness area and near the Whittier Area Community Church. A Whittier man said he was driving behind the Scion moments before the accident. Allen Yoakum, 53, said he was driving home with his wife when the accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. “They were passing me and almost hit the front of my truck when they were swerving around me,” he said. “I looked down to see how fast I was going, and by the time I looked up – it was only two seconds – it was all over with.” last_img read more

Butterfly Mimics Don’t Evolve; They Share

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A non-evolutionary explanation has been found for a classic evolutionary showpiece: mimicry in butterflies.Heliconius butterflies are well-known for having nearly identical wing patterns between species. Prior evolutionary explanations involved developing these patterns independently through mutation and natural selection. Now, a new paper in Nature shows that the butterflies share the genes for the patterns through hybridization.1PhysOrg summarized the surprising findings:The genetic sharing between species, researchers believe, is the result of hybridization. Considered extremely rare, particularly in animals, hybridization occurs when insects of two different species interbreed in the wild.The resulting hybrid offspring share traits with both mother and father. Though often considered evolutionary dead-end, hybrids occasionally interbreed with a parent species, in the process introducing new genes that can help populations adapt to new or changing environments.And what does this mean for Darwinian evolution?“What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective colour pattern genes ready-made from a different species by hybridizing (or interbreeding) with it – a much faster process than having to evolve one’s colour patterns from scratch,” said Kanchon Dasmahapatra, a postdoctoral researcher at the University College of London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, and a co-author of the paper.“This project really changes how we think about adaptation in general,” said Marcus Kronforst, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard, who participated in the sequencing. “Evolutionary biologists often wonder whether different species use the same genes to generate similar traits, like the mimetic wing patterns of Heliconius butterflies. This study shows us that sometimes different species not only use the same genes, but the exact same stretches of DNA, which they pass around by hybridization.“The Nature paper had nothing to say about mutation and natural selection. Instead, as these excerpts show, it described the adaptation spreading by sharing genes (called introgression), not neo-Darwinism:These patterns would be very hard to explain in terms of convergent functional-site evolution or random coalescent fluctuations. Instead, our results imply that derived colour-pattern elements have introgressed recently between both rayed and postman forms of H. timareta and H. melpomene….We have demonstrated repeated exchange of large (~100-kb) adaptive regions among multiple species in a recent radiation….Although it was long suspected that introgression might be important in evolutionary radiations, our results from the most diverse terrestrial biome on the planet suggest that adaptive introgression is more pervasive than previously realized.This leaves an obvious question: How did the first butterfly evolve the ready-made pattern from scratch?1. The Heliconius Genome Consortium, “Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species,” Nature (published online 16 May 2012), doi:10.1038/nature11041.Sharing by hybridization is not neo-Darwinian evolution. How many textbooks have used butterfly mimicry as an example of Darwin in action? Now, scientists have to consider that the genes for these color patterns were already there, “ready made.” We learn that butterflies have the ability to swap & share pre-existing genetic information. This begs the question of where the information came from in the first place.Darwinists might counter that the process aids survival of the fittest. OK, so what? That still doesn’t answer the question of the origin of the information. That evidence fits just as well, if not better, with the argument that intelligent design permits adaptation by mechanisms that allow sharing of beneficial genetic information. It’s a robust design feature, not an evolutionary innovation.Notice that the scientists confessed that they long suspected that introgression could be important in “evolutionary radiations,” because it was hard to believe that “convergent evolution” could generate these patterns “from scratch.” But if it’s not evolution by neo-Darwinian means, it’s not an evolutionary radiation, and it’s not convergent evolution either. It’s design all the way around.Notice also that they said these hybridization events occurred recently. They didn’t say how recent, but obviously, hybridization can occur in one generation. Presto: instant information in the genome, “ready made” for better survival.We can’t let a butterfly story pass without a reminder that you can see Heliconius butterflies, and many other beautiful species, in Illustra’s latest ID masterpiece, Metamorphosis, available at metamorphosisthefilm.com.last_img read more

Sibella, Karoo’s queen of the cheetahs, dies

first_img15 September 2015Sibella the cheetah died early in the morning in the Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet after a clash with a duiker buck it was hunting. The cheetah suffered a deep wound to its abdomen.Born wild in North West province, Sibella was rehomed in Samara in 2003. It had been captured and tortured by hunters at the age of two. Sibella died on Friday, 11 September.“Lying at death’s door, she was fortunate enough to be rescued by the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust. She owes her life to the five-hour surgery and dedicated rehabilitation that ensued,” said Margie Varney, Samara general manager, said at the time of the relocation.Sibella began a new chapter in December 2003, when it was released on to the Samara game reserve. The release surpassed all expectations.Samara Private Game Reserve lies 20km southeast of Graaff-Rienet in Eastern Cape. It encompasses not only the Karoo mountain complex and parts of the Great Escarpment, but also sweeping plains to create a unique area for wildlife, including four of South Africa’s seven natural biomes. It is home to a variety of buck, birdlife and smaller carnivores, including the African wild cat and brown hyena, but is most famous for its Cheetah Metapopulation Programme, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, of which Sibella was the most fruitful participant.Sibella reared an astonishing 20 cubs in four litters at Samara, alone contributing to a 3% increase in the wild cheetah population in South Africa.According to Varney, Sibella was a consummate mother, giving birth on steep mountain slopes to evade other predators, and always making sure the cubs had enough to eat and were well-protected before going out on their own.Sibella had shared an extraordinary bond with humans. “With the birth of each new litter, when the cubs were old enough to leave their den, this wild cat dutifully presented to her human guardians her latest bundles of fur. The degree of trust she vested in human beings, walking to within just a few metres of them, was simply astounding – her past suffering at the hands of her tormentors all but forgotten,” Varney said.On the official Samara blog, a simple message from Varney and the rest of the reserve team offered some final words on the loss of Sibella: “We mourn her loss but seek comfort in knowing that she lived and died in a wild environment. We feel incredibly privileged to have been witness to the life of this exceptional cat.”On social media, wildlife photographers, conservationists and ordinary people from around the world posted heartfelt messages and photos of Sibella, queen of the Karoo cheetahs.Rest in Peace, Sibella . @samarakaroo #cheetah #SouthAfrica http://t.co/WW1CxNXHLC— Marcy Mendelson (@MendelsonImages) Septemb er 11, 2015Iconic “matriarch’ Cheetah Sibella dies http://t.co/6bleCsbg55#Op4Cheetahs #Sibella pic.twitter.com/HmBxga9Enk— #Op4Cheetahs (@Op4Cheetahs) September 12, 2015Ah. But what a legendary cheetah she was! Samara’s Sibella is no more. http://t.co/KRYpECB9Fs— Julienne du Toit (@KarooSpace) September 12, 2015SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Removal and recovery of phosphorus from animal manure

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for crops. However, widespread use of phosphorus has unbalanced the global phosphorus cycle. High quality supplies of minable phosphate may be exhausted this century and many regions currently lack access to critical phosphorus resources, while others experience environmental problems associated with phosphorus pollution. The latter is the case in Ohio and the Great Lakes region, where widespread use of phosphorus in industry and agriculture has resulted in excess loading of phosphorus in lakes, impacting water quality.Nutrient-rich animal manure is commonly applied to crops, typically in quantities to satisfy the nitrogen (N) requirement of the crop. However, due to low N:P ratios in typical manures, this practice results in application of phosphorus well in excess of crop needs, saturating agricultural soils with phosphorus over time. From the field, rain and erosion carry excess phosphorus to lakes and rivers, causing eutrophication and harmful algal blooms (HABs).In Ohio waters, the yearly recurrence of HABs due to phosphorus pollution has damaged ecosystems, endangered human health, and disrupted lake-dependent businesses. Although not the only contributor, runoff from phosphorus-rich animal manure is an important contributor to the eutrophication of Ohio waters. One of the key strategies for reducing the impact of animal agriculture on water quality is to remove and recover phosphorus from animal manure prior to land application. Efficient recovery of phosphorus from animal manure would also provide an alternative to unsustainable phosphate rock mining.Technologies for phosphorus removal from waste streams, including animal manure, generally fall into one of three categories: physical, chemical or biological methods. Different technologies are often used in combination to provide effective treatment. Many of these strategies have been widely applied for several decades at municipal wastewater treatment facilities, where public funding enables significant investment in phosphorus recovery. However, distinct challenges exist for application of these technologies to animal manure, particularly for the treatment of manure on the farm.In an agricultural context, these techniques are most applicable to highly concentrated point sources of phosphorus, such as slurry from a liquid manure storage lagoon or effluent from an anaerobic digester. Efforts to recover phosphorus from animal manure on the farm have been limited largely by logistical and economic barriers. High equipment and input costs quickly become prohibitive, especially for small farms. It is necessary to develop a phosphorus removal and recovery system suitable for animal manure application.Physical treatment for phosphorus removal is solid-liquid separation, which is designed to concentrate phosphorus in the solid stream while producing a liquid stream for further treatment. Solid-liquid separation can be accomplished by centrifugation or use of mechanical presses such as filter, belt, or screw presses. Polymer flocculants are often utilized to enhance the separation process.For manure, solid-liquid separation is a common first step in the treatment process to remove particle-bound phosphorus as well as fibrous solids or organic matter that may interfere with subsequent treatment. Chemical treatments exploit the natural affinity that exists between phosphorus and certain metal salts, namely iron, aluminum and calcium compounds. Iron (FeSO4, FeCl3) and aluminum compounds (alum, Al(OH)3) can precipitate phosphate quickly and effectively. However, the resulting solids have limited reuse value in agriculture due to toxicity concerns.Lime products (CaO, Ca(OH)­2) and, less commonly, magnesium salts (MgO, MgCl­2) can also be used to precipitate soluble phosphorus as various calcium/magnesium phosphates at alkaline pH. The resulting solids are relatively insoluble, but may be applicable as slow-release fertilizers. High removal efficiencies (greater than 95%) have been reported from animal manure using lime, however, the requirement of high dosages of lime may result in high chemical input/handling costs and excessive sludge generation. Another emerging technique is phosphorus removal via struvite crystallization. Struvite (MgNH4PO4), which can simultaneously recover both N and phosphorus from animal manure as insoluble crystals under controlled conditions, has been reported to have greater than 95% recovery from animal manure. Struvite technology is nearing commercialization, but again chemical input costs may be prohibitive.Quasar energy group, a regional leader in the waste-to-energy industry in Ohio, recently developed a mobile, pilot scale system for removal and recovery of phosphorus from dairy manure. The process involves two solid-liquid separations and one chemical treatment. First, manure slurry from a storage lagoon is centrifuged with the aid of polymer flocculants. The P-rich solids can then be economically exported from a watershed with excess phosphorus and potentially used as fertilizer on cropland, which needs additional P. The liquid stream is further treated with hydrated lime (Ca(OH)2) to remove phosphorus as Ca-P compounds. To complete treatment, the lime slurry is then pumped through a filter press, resulting in another solid product and a treated liquid with low P concentration (less than 1 part per million) suitable for irrigation. Further research and development will focus on improving system efficiency and economic feasibility.last_img read more

The search for what is killing the beech trees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American beech trees are dying in northeast Ohio and beyond. An Ohio State University study aims to figure out why.The study is looking into the cause of beech leaf disease, which was first found in Lake County in 2012 and has since spread to nine other counties in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, one in New York and five in Ontario.Young trees seem to be particularly susceptible to the disease, which initially causes dark stripes to appear on leaves, then deforms the leaves. Eventually the disease can kill the trees.“There’s no similar forest tree disease that we are aware of anywhere,” said Enrico Bonello, a professor of plant pathology in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), who oversees the study. “It’s really a black box.”Working under Bonello’s supervision, doctoral graduate student Carrie Ewing is comparing the genes of microorganisms present in leaves that have symptoms of beech tree disease and those that do not, hoping to identify the microorganisms that are uniquely associated with beech leaf disease. She’s trying to determine whether the mystery microorganisms causing the disease are viruses, fungi, bacteria, phytoplasmas or nematodes. Phytoplasmas are bacteria without cell walls. Nematodes are microscopic worms.“We are comparing huge amounts of data, kind of a shotgun approach,” Bonello said. “It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack by comparing various haystacks.”If the infected plants have genetic material from a specific microorganism that the uninfected plants don’t have, Ewing then can zero in on the suspected pathogen and inoculate healthy trees with it in an attempt to prove that the pathogen is the cause of beech leaf disease. Ewing expects to have study results by this summer.Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service and researchers with Lake County’s Holden Arboretum in Kirtland are conducting a separate study on potential causes of the disease. They are looking into whether nematodes found two years ago on infected beech leaves are causing the disease or if they were just present on infected leaves.Ohio has 17 million American beech trees, and many of them in northeast Ohio, particularly along or near Lake Erie, are afflicted with the disease, Bonello said.The disease was first reported on American beech trees, the only beech trees native to North America, but similar symptoms have been found on European beech and Oriental beech trees in nurseries in Lake County, where beech leaf disease was first found.“That suggests other species are susceptible,” Bonello said. “So there’s potential for the disease to spread worldwide in the northern hemisphere.”last_img read more

Secondary Animation: Adobe After Effects

first_imgTake your motion designs to the next level using secondary animation.As a motion graphic designer, stiff animation or unnatural movements can be really frustrating. Bezier curves and Easy-Ease keyframes can only go so far to create better animation…and this is where secondary animation comes into play.Secondary animation is the process of animating in-between keyframes and offsetting motion. It’s often the difference between professional animation and novice animation. The following tutorial by School of Motion explains everything you need to know about secondary animation including:CuspingDelaying motionKeyboard ShortcutsUsing masks to add liquidityThe most important information to take away from this video is that offsetting keyframes creates a more “cartoon-like” animation. By offsetting keyframes you can create a more imperfect movement which feels more natural.For more tutorials in After Effects please visit our blog.Thank you for sharing this tutorial School of Motion!last_img read more

What’s on where and when

first_imgINDIAMarch 1 to 7Experience the joy of yoga at one of the biggest yoga festivals in the country–International Yoga Festival–organised by Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Thousands of disciples from across the globe make their way to Rishikesh. Learn yoga from internationally acclaimed instructors and be at peace with yourself by attending lectures on mind, body and soul connection.USAMarch 4 to 14If you happen to be in Florida during spring make your way to Plant City for the splendid Florida Strawberry Festival. Think country music concerts, rides and contests. It is regarded as one of the most engaging fetes in the country and features parades with floats and marching bands, exhibits of horticulture, fine arts and crafts. The strawberry shortcake eating contest is the crowd-puller.CHINAMarch 5 to 21Attention all bookworms: The Shanghai International Literary Festival is here again. At this congregation of novelists, poets and publishers you can chip in for lively chat sessions or simply discuss burning issues over a gala lunch in the company of esteemed literary figures. Showcasing the best of English writing from all across the world, it is time to get lost in books.UKMarch 8 to 14Watch out for the much-awaited and much-loved International Magic Festival at south Tyneside this spring. You would never have seen such spectacular magic tricks. Famous magicians from across the world gather to display tricks leaving the visitors spellbound. You can even learn a trick or two from the magicians here. And don’t leave without trying the finger-licking dishes on offer.THAILANDMarch 9 to 14Swing to the tunes of jazz in Thailand’s hippest city at the annual Bangkok Jazz Festival. Thousands of music aficionados gather to enjoy performances by famous jazz artists. Turning into a potpourri of melodies, it is the ultimate festival for jazz lovers. Devour the local cuisine as you stroll around the vibrant stalls. Echoing with a thrilling blend of jazz, the carnival is packed with entertainment.BELGIUMMarch 11 to 21Get into the groovy mood as you reach the lovely town of Bruges for the Cinema Novo Film Festival, a must for cinema buffs! About 4,000 enthusiasts attend the screening of films from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Celebrating the filming of premieres, short films, and feature films at the cinema houses of Liberty and Lumiere, it is meant to confront western audiences with Oriental culture.USAMarch 12 to 14Lose yourself at the gala party of Honolulu Festival and get mesmerised by the artists and singers. This festival aims to promote the culture of Hawaii. Have your share of fun and games but don’t forget to sample rich flavours of local cuisine and sip finest quality wines. It concludes with a grand parade with brilliant cultural performances.AUSTRALIAMarch 12 to 23Can’t resist good food? Then you’re in for a treat. Experience a world of gastronomy and wine at the 10-day long Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The best and most popular bistros, restaurants, trailblazing chefs and winemakers join the lavish extravaganza offering lip-smacking dishes and premium wines.INDIAMarch 18 to 20Udaipur and Lake Pichola look prettier during the Mewar Festival. Rajasthani songs, dances and ostentatious firework displays add life and colour to the city. Distinguished for its grandeur and opulence, the Mewar festival marks the advent of the spring. Idols of Gangaur and Isar are circulated in a procession through out the city.advertisementlast_img read more

Guess who just turned 30?

first_imgThe first Annual General Meeting was held at Maroubra Seals Club, NSW on September 23, 1979.Attending:Ray Vawdon – President Australian Touch Football AssociationPhil Smith – Secretary Australian Touch Football AssociationBob Dyke – Treasurer Australian Touch Football Association & New South Wales Touch Football Association DelegatePaul Eggers – Queensland Touch Football Association DelegateBob Allen – Australian Capital Territory Touch Football Association DelegateGordon Abbercrombie – Victoria Touch Football Association DelegateTony Sheahan – South Australia Touch Football Association DelegateRon Ellis – Tasmania Touch Football Association DelegateGuests Included:John McAlister – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Pearse – North Queensland Touch Football AssociationHugh Grant – Central Queensland Touch Football AssociationBill Carney – Tasmania Touch Football AssociationPeter Rooney – New South Wales Touch Football AssociationWhat was discussed:Reports were presented from all states and North Queensland on what was occurring. A letter from the City of Gold Coast was presented inviting the Australian Touch Football Association to hold the first Australian National Championships on the Gold Coast.Resolved from the meeting was the decision that the first Australian National Championships would be held on the Gold Coast on 6th & 7th December 1980.A special 30 Year National Championships Celebration breakfast will be held on Sunday 14th March 2010 after the National Touch League.More information will be provided shortly the regarding the 30 Year Celebration.last_img read more

Credit Unions Urge CFPB to Reduce HMDA Regulatory Burden

first_img March 15, 2016 722 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Credit Union HMDA Home Mortgage Disclosure Act 2016-03-15 Staff Writer The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced in October 2015, the finalization of a rule that will improve information about consumers’ access to residential mortgage credit by updating reporting requirements of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The revamped rule appears to be weighing heavy on the minds of many in the mortgage industry as is brings about several new data point requirements that must be fulfilled by lenders.According to the CFPB, lenders are required to report information about home loans for which they receive applications or that they originate or purchase under the HMDA, which was enacted in 1975. The information reported is used by both the public and regulators to monitor whether the housing needs of communities are being met by financial institutions, to assist in distributing public-sector investment in order to attract private investment where it is needed, and to identify possible discriminatory lending patterns.The National Association Federal Credit Union (NAFCU) Regulatory Affairs Counsel Alexander Monterrubio wrote a letter to the CFPB urging the agency to lift some of the regulatory burden on credit unions by revising the HMDA resubmission guidelines.Monterrbio pointed out that a considerable number of data points were added to the HMDA requirements at the CFPB’s discretion, and the data set grew to roughly 38 total data points, which is more than double the current reporting requirement.“NAFCU remains concerned that the tidal wave of regulation related to mortgage lending has significantly altered the market in unintended ways,” he wrote. “The HMDA final rule has undeniably required credit unions to revise their mortgage origination and servicing operations, setting off a chain of high-cost and time-intensive system upgrades.”Monterrubio specifically recommended that the CFPB “mitigate the burden of HMDA data reporting by increasing the error percentage thresholds to reduce the likelihood of triggering the requirement to resubmit data in addition to creating a safe harbor for institutions reporting few entries on their loan/applicant register (LAR),” he wrote in the letter. In addition, he also suggested improving the submission process overall and developing stronger procedures to protect sensitive borrower information.”As the CFPB has repeatedly acknowledged, credit unions have not engaged in the type of practices that the Bureau is seeking to prevent through a modified and expanded Regulation C,” Monterrubio stated. “And yet, the rule’s compliance requirements will undoubtedly add to the regulatory burden felt by credit unions, which drains resources and limits their ability to serve their members. Therefore, NAFCU and our members urge the Bureau to address the overwhelming regulatory burden by increasing the error percentage thresholds to reduce the likelihood of triggering resubmission and creating a safe harbor for institutions reporting few entries on their LAR.”Click here to view the full letter.center_img Credit Unions Urge CFPB to Reduce HMDA Regulatory Burden Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter ZUMA celebrating its

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterZUMA, celebrating its ninth anniversary in Hong Kong this year, has reinforced its position as an award-winning drinks destination by sweeping two of the top awards in the Asia region. In the first half of 2016, ZUMA’s bar and lounge was named number 39 on the inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars List and was awarded Best Bar at the Asian Club & Bar Awards this spring.ZUMA’s Bar Development Manager Arkadiusz Rybak has also earned multiple awards since joining ZUMA in 2013 including Drinks World Asia’s 2015 top 25 bartenders in Hong Kong and Macau and Foodie Forks’ 2014 Master of Mixology Award. His passion for travel, books, experimentation and cooking has helped him to develop a sophisticated palate for unique ingredients and flavours, which he incorporates into his cocktail list. Arkadiusz ensures that not a single detail is overlooked behind the bar, right down to the 60 ice balls that are hand-carved at ZUMA each and every night.Arkadiusz’s unique summer-inspired cocktails incorporate the highest-quality ingredients handpicked from around the world. The Shoko Lada, a Japanese twist on the Pina Colada, is made with distilled rum with pandan leaves, homemade white chocolate liqueur, yuzu juice and fresh homemade pineapple puree served in a natural coconut shell from Hawaii. Arkadiusz created the Amazon-inspired “Nekuta” and The Venus Fly Trap after a trip to Brazil where he saw locals drinking water from fly traps. The resulting cocktail, made with coconut rum, clarified Japanese mango and yuzu, is served inside a real fly trap plant.Classic favourites at ZUMA include the Green Apple Fizz, made with Tanqueray gin, green apples, shiso and prosecco and the Zumanuka, a blend of Manuka honey vodka, basil, pineapple, lime and apple. Cocktail connoisseurs also love the Aged Cocktails, a unique offering in Hong Kong made from barrel-aged drinks from 2013.To ensure that the vibes at ZUMA are always right, the Hong Kong establishment has tapped the award-winning ZUMA Dubai’s resident DJ and group music director DJ Adrien Callier to create an energetic backdrop of fresh and funky beats.Later this summer, guests can expect a slew of new offerings including Japanese-inspired cocktails and an innovative selection of specially distilled low ABV martinis, giving guests another reason to see and be seen at the award-winning destination.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more