first_imgNo federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October Associated Press June 23, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — No federal charges planned in NASCAR noose incident, authorities say it may have been in speedway stall since October.last_img

first_imgWestern Bureau:Double ISSA Western Conference High School basketball champions Herbert Morison Technical are in pole position after Game One of their best-of-three finals on Wednesday, outlasting a spirited Cornwall College in both the Under-16 and U-19 categories at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison stopped Cornwall College by a comfortable 65-50 margin to win the senior match-up.But they were made to work much harder in the junior section by a Cornwall College side that was bent on turning the tables on the Herbert Morrison juggernaut. Herbert Morrison ultimately prevailed by a narrow 53-50 margin for the advantage heading into Game Two of the series.The reliable shooting guard, Ralique Grant, was in awesome form for his team, ending with a game-high 34 points.Grant, who is in line for the season’s MVP award, also had three rebounds, six steals, and three assists.Fellow guard Tafari Vassell added 12 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort for Herbert Morrison as Herbert Morrison sped off to a whirlwind 13-point lead (18-5) after just one quarter.Cornwall College rallied through Antonio Spence, especially in the second quarter. Spence eventually ended as his team’s top scorer with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.But it was the defending champions all the way as they dominated all quarters, except in the fourth, as Spence and Leonardo Friginette threatened to wrest Game One from them. Friginette also recorded a double-double, hitting 15 points and 13 rebounds.In the end, Herbert Morrison had enough to post the victory, after posting (18-5, 15-12, 16-11 and 16-22) quarterly returns.It was not so comfortable for them, however, in the Under-16 category as Ojay Marshall and Alwade Thompson of Cornwall partnered superbly in trying to secure the much-needed win.Marshall’s 17 points and three rebounds and that of Thompson (12 points), propelled Cornwall College to within touching distance of a victory, but Herbert Morrison’s star shooter, Shaqueal Benti’s 17 points output, led the way.Benti was supported in the win by Ryheem Barrett, 13 points, while Davaughn Campbell chipped in with a useful 10 points, four rebounds, and eight steals.last_img read more

first_img(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Entropy at all scales: clearly seen. Creation of order: not so much.Watch 2000+ Comets Whiz Past The Sun ( An animation by Goddard Space Flight Center based on actual data from the SOHO observatory shows over two thousand comets whizzing past the sun from 1998 to 2010. Many sungrazers never made it past the sun. The narrator mentions high-speed comets that are “getting fried in the process” of their sungrazing journey.Comet surface changes before Rosetta’s eyes (PhysOrg): Rosetta is watching Comet 67P undergo rapid change as it nears perihelion: “spectacular changes are proceeding extremely rapidly” the article says. Material that is being lost is never coming back to build up the comet.‘Chaos’ on Jupiter’s Moon Europa Perhaps Spawned by Comet Crashes ( Chaos and crashes are not the ingredients for sublime order. Every impact crater is a scar from a destructive process. Science writer Charles Q. Choi found a way to insert “life” into the tragedy by pure faith.Surprisingly fast motions in a dust disk (Nature): We mentioned this paper a couple of days ago (10/19/15): a dust disk around star AU Microscopii is casting off clouds of material so rapidly that changes are clearly visible after only a few years of observation.Discovery of two close-in exoplanet companions sheds new light on planet formation (PhysOrg): Wendy Bowyer tries to put a happy face on a sad story: two hot Jupiters are in the last phases of their death spiral. Bowyer shares how nobody expected gas giants to orbit so close to a star as they have been seen by the hundreds in the last 20 years.  It led astronomers to theorize that they are being pulled in to destruction. But even this story is weak: “The whole theory of planet formation and migration is not totally understood,” a U Michigan astronomer confesses.A disintegrating minor planet transiting a white dwarf (Nature): A small body with a comet-like tail shows it is disintegrating. “This system provides further evidence that the pollution of white dwarfs by heavy elements might originate from disrupted rocky bodies such as asteroids and minor planets.” Science Daily refers to this as a “Death Star” caught in the act of destroying a planet. “We’re watching a solar system get destroyed,” a Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer says. Elisabeth Gibney at Nature News has an artist conception of the doomed planet; “Dead star caught eating planetary leftovers” is her headline.Can you kill a star with iron? (PhysOrg): Polluting a star with iron may lead to its demise, since a star cannot burn it. It’s like toxic waste to a star, leading it to explode in a supernova, Fraser Cain explains.Astronomers catch a black hole shredding a star to pieces (Science Daily): X-rays are signatures that a star has been torn apart by a black hole, and that’s what the Chandra X-ray Observatory appears to have witnessed once again. “The black hole tears the star apart and starts swallowing material really quickly,” one of the orbiting telescope’s observers says.Creative Processes?Pufferfish planets could explain how hot Jupiters get so big (New Scientist): Is this a plausible theory for the origin of gas giants? Joshua Sokol compares young planets to the fish that rapidly expand their size. “They would be the pufferfish of outer space,” he jests. “A long-standing riddle would be solved if planets of the same mass as Jupiter balloon in size when their host stars reach the end of their lives.”  Either way, it’s a death knell for the planet and for the star. Does it help matters to claim that “gas giants are born large”? Most of the article is speculation.Cosmology: A story of cosmic proportions (Nature): Michael Turner, in his review of two new big-bang-to-life books, waxes eloquent for a moment dreaming about science’s “adventure” to discover how nature overcomes entropy, then suddenly comes crashing back to reality in the last sentence of this quote:In a chapter called ‘The cosmic imperative’, Baggott implies that the evolution of life is an inevitable consequence of chemistry, despite our not knowing precisely how it occurred. This reminded me of physicist Murray Gell-Mann’s dictum “Everything not forbidden is compulsory” (borrowed from novelist T. H. White), which describes the importance of symmetry principles in particle physics: they set the basic rules, but not the detailed outcomes. A rich set of rules (think chess) can lead to complex and interesting outcomes. I would take this further: the Universe is governed by physical laws that permit a rich set of behaviours, resulting in its inevitable evolution from vacuum energy to quark soup, nuclei and atoms, all the way to the emergence of life and self-awareness. But that does not explain where space, time and the laws came from, or why there is something rather than nothing.What are white holes? (PhysOrg): Fraser Cain discusses theoretical opposites to black holes that expel matter instead of gobbling it up.  “White holes are completely theoretical mathematical concepts,” he quips. “In fact, if you do black hole mathematics for a living, I’m told, ignoring the mass of the singularity makes your life so much easier.” Could white holes explain the universe? “Another interesting idea put forth by physicists, is that a white hole might explain the Big Bang, since this is another situation where a tremendous amount of matter and energy spontaneously appeared.” That only pushes the origin back a step, if one begins with nothing. Out of nothing, nothing comes. Beginning with a Creator, however, makes the idea of White Hole Cosmology intriguing, as some creationists have postulated.Secular materialists dream wistfully of a universe where stars are born, planets are born, and everything comes up roses. What they observe is the Second Law of Thermodynamics at work: destruction, disruption, dissipation, chaos—all moving inexorably toward Heat Death. Fraser Cain’s speculation about white holes and the big bang also violates the First Law of Thermodynamics. It takes directed energy to overcome the universal application of the Second Law. When the Michael Turners that you know go off into their evolutionary trances, have them read Granville Sewell’s article on ENV and watch his video clip at the end.  Intelligence can create information and direct energy for growth. Raw energy alone, like a bull in a china shop, is destructive.last_img read more

first_imgAccessotech 2x LED Hair Extensions Girls Gift Party Bag Clip Pony Tail Fiber Optic Light UpEasily Clips into the hairMade from Fibre Optics that light up when turned onWear under the hair so that only the lights are visibleHair Strands approximately 14 inches in lengthPlease note colours are sent at random Great item works well and easy to clip in my 8 and 9 yr old girls love them. I ordered 4 but was a little disappointed as i had 3 red and 1 blue, it would of nice to of had equal amount of colours of 1 of each?. Good idea was disappointed as optics where bent in packet good for party’s. Look better in the advert than in real life, item came in bad packaging so the fibre optics were all bent and the light it gives off is also nothing like the advert, don’t bother. I have these for grandchildren they are easy to use and to fix, i found them a better price than a deal i had seen. Created satisfaction and joy on the face of the young lady who received these as a gift. Had all the same colour a bit disapointed. These look nothing like they do in the picture but are a bit of fun for kids. One didn’t work as got folded in the packaging but was replaced quickly and without quibble. Just popped these into my granddaughters christmas stocking and she thought they were great. Only one problem the seller folded these and now they won’t hang straight. Did the job. Girls party Lovely party product, brighter than expected. A bit flimsy, first one broke within a day and they don’t look as good as the picture but still are as described and look really good in the dark. They look ok haven’t tried them yet. I bought these for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. The little girl is notoriously fussy and a bit of a princess. She loved these flashing extensions and wore them for the whole party so you cant get a bigger tmbs up than that. The packaging was a little dodgy with typos but the product itself was really good. Lovely SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-31 02:52:21Reviewed Item Accessotech 2x LED Hair Extensions Girls Gift Party Bag Clip Pony Tail Fiber Optic Light UpRating 4.7 / 5  stars, based on  24  reviews Posted on May 31, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions, Wigs & AccessoriesTags Accessotechlast_img read more

first_imgA global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China has sharply reduced imports of foreign scrap materials. As a result, piles of plastic waste are building up in ports and recycling facilities across the United States. In response, support is growing nationally and worldwide for banning or restricting single-use consumer plastics, such as straws and grocery bags. These efforts are also spurred by chilling findings about how micro-plastics travel through oceans and waterways and up the food chain. I have studied global trade in hazardous wastes for many years and am currently completing a book on the global politics of waste. In my view, today’s unprecedented level of public concern is an opportunity to innovate. There is growing interest in improving plastic recycling in the United States. This means getting consumers to clean and sort recyclables, investing in better technologies for sorting and reusing waste plastics, and creating incentives for producers to buy and use recycled plastic.RELATED ARTICLESJob-Site Recycling: PVCPlastic Production Rises But Recycling Can’t Keep UpChinese Decree Alters Recycling PictureRecycling Vinyl Siding Critiques of recycling are not new, and critiques of recycling plastic are many, but I still believe it makes sense to expand, not abandon, the system. This will require large-scale investment and, in the long term, implementing upstream policies, including product bans. Easy to use, hard to destroy Plastics make products lighter, cheaper, easier to assemble, and more disposable. They also generate waste, both at the start of their life cycles — the petrochemicals industry is a major source of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions — and after disposal. The biggest domestic use by far for plastic resin is packaging (34% in 2017), followed by consumer and institutional goods (20%) and construction (17%). Many products’ useful lives can be measured in minutes. Others, especially engineered and industrial plastics, have a longer life — up to 35 years for building and construction products. After disposal, plastic products take anywhere from five to 600 years to break down. Many degrade into micro-plastic fragments that effectively last forever. Rather like J.R.R. Tolkien’s One Ring, plastics can be permanently destroyed only through incineration at extremely high temperatures. Why the U.S. recycles so little plastic Less than 10% of discarded plastics entered the recycling stream in the United States in 2015, compared with 39.1% in the European Union and 22% in China. Another 15% of U.S. plastic waste is burned in waste-to-energy facilities. The remaining 75% goes to landfills. These figures do not include any dumping or illegal disposal. Even the most easily recyclable plastics have a lengthy journey from the recycling bin to their final destinations. Many barriers have become painfully apparent since China, which until recently accepted half of all U.S. plastic scrap, implemented its crackdown on March 1 of this year. First, there are many different types of plastics. Of the seven resin identification codes stamped on the bottom of plastic containers, only 1s and 2s are easily recyclable. Public education campaigns have lagged, particularly with respect to cleaning and preparing plastics for recycling. Getting consumers to commit to more stringent systems is critical. But scolding can backfire, as experience with food waste shows. Another factor is U.S. reliance on single-stream recycling systems, in which all recyclables are placed in the same receptacle. This approach is easier for consumers but produces a mixed stream of materials that is difficult and expensive to sort and clean at recycling facilities. The United States currently has 633 materials recycling facilities, which can clean, sort, and bale a total of 100,000 tons of recyclables per day. Today they are under growing pressure as scrap piles up. Even before China’s restrictions went into effect, materials recycling facilities operators threw out around half of what they received because of contamination. Most are not equipped to meet China’s stringent new contamination standards, and their processing rates have slowed – but garbage production rates have not. Finally, since China was the U.S. plastic scrap market’s main buyer, its ban has eliminated a key revenue stream for municipal governments. As a result, some waste collection agencies are suspending curbside pickup, while others are raising prices. All 50 states have been affected to some extent. There are no silver bullets Numerous public and private entities are working to find a more viable solution for plastics recycling. They include plastics producers and recyclers, corporations such as Coca-Cola, colleges and universities, foundations, international organizations, advocacy groups, and state governments. Upgrading materials recycling facilities and expanding domestic markets for plastic scrap are obvious priorities but will require large-scale investments. Increasing waste-to-energy incineration is another option. Sweden relies on this approach to maintain its zero waste model. But incineration is deeply controversial in the United States, where it has declined since 2001, partly due to strong opposition from host communities. Zero-waste and anti-incineration advocates have heavily criticized initiatives such as the Hefty EnergyBag Program, a recent pilot initiative in Omaha, Nebraska, to divert plastics to energy production. But small companies like Salt Lake City-based Renewlogy are working to develop newer, cleaner ways to convert plastics to energy. Efforts to cut plastic use in the United States and other wealthy countries are focusing on single-use products. Initiatives such as plastic straw and bag bans build awareness, but may not by themselves significantly reduce the problem of plastic trash. For example, plastic straws account for only 0.03%  of the plastic that is likely to enter the oceans in any given year. Industry is starting to push back, with corporations like McDonald’s resisting straw bans. Some U.S. states have passed measures forbidding plastic bag restrictions. To stem ocean plastic pollution, better waste management on land is critical, including steps to combat illegal dumping and manage hard-to-recycle plastics. Examples include preventing BPA leaching from discarded products, dechlorinating polyvinyl chloride products, on-site recycling of 3D printer waste, and making virgin-quality plastic out of used polypropylene. The European Union is developing a circular economy platform that contains a multi-part strategy to increase plastics recycling and control waste. It includes making all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030 and reducing leakage of plastic products into the environment. The United States is unlikely to adopt such sweeping policies at the national level. But for cities and states, especially those where support for environmental protection is strong, it could be a more attainable vision. Kate O’Neill is an associate professor of global environmental politics at the University of California, Berkeley. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brownlee orchestrated Ginebra’s late first quarter pullaway, turning a close 18-16 affair with 4:16 remaining to a commanding 29-18 advantage with a killer 11-2 tear to end the opening period.That scintillating offensive display, coupled with Meralco’s offensive struggles, propelled the Gin Kings as they enjoyed a 17-point lead, 40-23 midway in the second quarter after another Brownlee layup.Cone didn’t put too much praise on the way Ginebra defended in the game, saying the result was also decided with Meralco’s paltry shooting from rainbow country.“We hit our shots and they were 2-of-17 from the three-point line in the first half. They’re the number one three-point shooting team and it was an unusual night for them. Let’s give credit to our defense, but they really missed a lot of three-pointers. They’re unfamiliar with the court and the rings and whatever plays into that, but on the other end, we did hit our shots,” he said.The Bolts, though, eventually found their rhythm in the third quarter, unfurling 38 points in the frame to cut the deficit to its lowest at four, 75-71, on a Mike Tolomia four-point play with 4.9 seconds left in the period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Frustrated Knights focused on own bid amid 3-way tie for no. 4 Read Next But Ginebra was quick to recover as Slaughter squeaked in another dunk late in the period to swing the momentum back in Ginebra’s favor as the crowd favorites rekindled their shooting to established a 21-point lead, 96-75, on a booming Brownlee three with 5:05 left to play.Allen Durham struggled for Meralco as he went 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, while Baser Amer got 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:GINEBRA 102 – Brownlee 32, Aguilar 15, Slaughter 14, Ferrer 11, Tenorio 10, Devance 9, Mercado 7, Caguioa 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolomia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, Newsome 6, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0.Quarters: 29-18, 49-35, 77-71, 102-87. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Game 2 of the best-of-7 championship duel is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee was all over the floor for Ginebra, going for 32 points on an ultra-efficient 13-of-20 sniping from the field, to go with his 19 rebounds and six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAguilar added 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks, while Greg Slaughter came off the bench and was once again a huge boost for the Gin Kings, scattering 14 points, eight rebounds, and two rejections.“We played really well tonight. I thought we controlled the game from pretty much start to finish but you take everything after Game 1 with a real grain of salt. This is not representative of anything as the series goes along,” said coach Tim Cone. “Last time we played Meralco last year, they won Game 1. That’s a cautionary tale for us. We just want to make sure not to make too big of a deal of Game 1 and move forward to Game 2.” View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Clicking on both ends of the floor, Ginebra gained a head start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 102-87 beatdown of Meralco on Friday to take Game 1 at Quezon Convention Center here.The Gin Kings exploited their advantage in the frontcourt and pounded the ball in the paint as Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar had their way to help the defending champions establish an early lead they will never surrender.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe Houston Rockets star and center Clint Capela have agreed to a five-year contract extension according to Yahoo Sports Shams Charania. Capela was selected by Houston with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.He was runner-up for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award this past season after averaging career-highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.85 blocks.  Capela led the league in field goal percentage (.652) while ranking eighth in rebounding and second in blocks.Capela had the option of signing a $4.3-million qualifying offer that would have seen him become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. But Capela, who was a restricted free agent, is set to earn $90 million over the course of the deal.Sources: Clint Capela’s deal to return to the Rockets is five years, $80M guaranteed — with $10M in incentives.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2018Houston Rockets Star James Harden said:“I’m happy for [Capela],” Harden told reporters on Friday at USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas. “Obviously we love the game of basketball, but to be able to provide for your family for generations, that’s what we do it for. I’ve seen him work his butt off these last few years. He listens. He learns. He goes out there and competes. I’m happy for him.” Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img​Man City boss Guardiola defends Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva.The latter was involved in a racism row after he posted a picture on social media that compared a young Benjamin Mendy to a graphic on a popular chocolate.Many accused Bernardo of racism, but Guardiola does not believe that is the case.”Honestly, I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola told reporters about the furore surrounding his Portuguese midfielder.”They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.”Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him.”The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.”If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.”There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.”I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake.”Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded – nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more