X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houston and the Chinese city of Suzhou on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their economic partnership.Suzhou is a fast-growing major city west of Shanghai. Like Houston, it’s putting more emphasis on innovation and technology.“In particular, they worked on some biotechnology and other issues,” Houston’s chief development officer, Andy Icken, told News 88.7 after signing the MOU. “They see opportunities in the city (of Houston) for some of their companies and we’d like to help them reach out to others and meet in this sector.”It comes at a time of dueling new tariffs between the two countries, as the Trump administration aims to punish China for intellectual property theft.This week, many U.S. companies and industry groups are testifying on the tariffs at a public hearing in Washington. Share Listen Florian MartinHouston Chief Development Officer Andy Icken, right, and his counterpart from Suzhou, Cai Jianfeng, sign a memorandum of understanding during the US-China Innovation and Investment Summit at the Westin Houston Memorial City on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.The trade relationship between China and the United States may be strained due to new tariffs, but Houston is going the opposite way. 00:00 /00:44
Ponant is launching a world-first: Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye. Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be the next.LATTE was among the guests in attendance when Sarina Bratton, Chairman Asia Pacific, provided a preview of the revolutionary concept on Tuesday 30 May.The design of this technical prowess was entrusted to architect Jacques Rougerie, who is deeply passionate about the sea. Rougerie’s mission is to enable Ponant guests to perceive and feel the underwater universe that has never ceased to amaze and inspire him during his career through three innovative concepts.Bionic and biomimeticThe Blue Eye lounge space’s graphical references evoke cetaceans and jellyfish. This inspiration is evident in the lines of the lounge, the furniture and the fittings. All focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean looking out upon the subaquatic world. The lighting in the lounge is developed through subtly, disseminated in the space, allowing the spirit and the eye to wonder at the spectacle unfolding outside.The mural décor disappears to make way for the integrated digital screens projecting the images filmed live by three underwater cameras. Placed at the ship’s strategic points, these cameras enable guests to witness, for example, the spectacle of dolphins playing in the bow waves.Global listeningThe sound staging has been entrusted to Michel Redolfi, a contemporary music composer and sound design expert. A result of his research into subaquatic music and his own inventions, the sound design of the underwater lounge develops state-of-the-art technology and offers guests an experience in acoustic immersion that is unique in the world. An immersive sound experience can be felt in the Body Listening sofas, which discreetly vibrate in unison while offering unique sensory listening through corporal resonance. This global listening through the entire body, in harmony with the ocean’s natural cycles, will bring guests closer to the marine mammals they might see and hear behind the giant portholes.Innovative underwater visionThe non-intrusive underwater projectors developed expressly for the Ponant Explorers enable the observation of the seabed and photo-luminescent organisms from the Blue Eye lounge as well as from the outside decks, balconies and the marina – without any risk to the marine biosphere.