Why Muslim faithful prefer dates during Ramadhan

first_imgNigeria:Why the candidates want your vote Dates are the first thing Muslims eat when they break their fasting During the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadhan, the one fruit you will see most faithful eat is the date. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim explains why those who take part in fasting, prefer dates to any other fruit Relatedcenter_img London elects first Muslim mayor Egyptians Prefer Using Bicycles to Avoid Trafficlast_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 31, 2016

first_imgMichael Machowsky1633219%50%$145,098 SINK OR SWIM TIME FOR TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULSAs American Pharoah fades majestically into the sunset, Derby Fever begins anew Saturday when Bob Baffert takes step one on what he hopes is the path to the Kentucky Derby and beyond with his leading Triple Crown candidate, Mor Spirit, in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.The Lewis is one of four graded stakes on a highly appealing and diversified racing program that also features the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes marking the three-year-old debut of unbeaten champion two-year-old filly of 2015 Songbird; the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes for older horses which is a steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12; and the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“This is when you start heading to the deeper part of the pool,” said Baffert, who seeks his sixth win in the Lewis, named for his late client, who died at the age of 81 on Feb. 17, 2006.Baffert captured the Triple Crown with Horse of the Year American Pharoah last year and has won the Run for the Roses four times, with Pharoah; in 1997 with Silver Charm, owned by Lewis; Real Quiet in 1998; and War Emblem in 2002.The Lewis was named the Santa Catalina Stakes until 2007. Baffert previously won what is now the Lewis with General Challenge (1999), Domestic Dispute (2003), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Flashback (2013) and Dortmund (2015).“They start separating themselves now,” said Baffert of the three-year-olds with designs on the classics. “I think with every start, we’re learning more about Mor Spirit and figuring out what he wants to do. He has a lot of tactical speed but you can’t let him use it too early.“We’re teaching him to sit and wait. He’s a big horse and beautifully made. He’s got a really long stride. He’ll be best going a mile and an eighth and further.”Gary Stevens, who has ridden Mor Spirit in three of his four starts including the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity which resulted in a 1 ½-length victory on Dec. 19, is aligned with Baffert.“He’s doing really well,” Stevens said of Mor Spirit, a son of Eskendereya owned by Michael Lund Petersen. “He’s training forwardly since the Futurity and I’m looking forward to his first start since December, so we’re excited.“He’s got a huge stride and beautiful action.”Sharing Saturday’s spotlight is Songbird, the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with complete authority and in a near-unanimous vote was acclaimed the best of her division. In fact, there are those who feel she is better than her male contemporaries, although any potential showdowns seem unlikely.Songbird has not been nominated to the Santa Anita Derby or any of the Triple Crown races. Her major goal beyond the Las Virgenes and the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 is the Kentucky Oaks on May 6.“I don’t remember us running fillies against colts,” said Dan Ward, who has been Jerry Hollendorfer’s valued assistant for nine years. “Songbird’s owner (Kentucky-based Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farm in Lexington) has never won the Kentucky Oaks and he wants to try for that.”Meanwhile, Team Hollendorfer has been able to dance through the raindrops in maintaining a regular training schedule for Songbird, who has not raced since Oct. 30.            “We got lucky,” said Ward, who served 22 years under the late Bobby Frankel before his tour with Hollendorfer. “It’s hard to say if Songbird is better than last year, but it is possible.”Now that’s flat-out scary. Victor Espinoza343829%38%$473,580 Bob Baffert4487818%52%$493,540 Joseph Talamo9412121313%39%$571,084 Tiago Pereira452624%22%$163,962 Edwin Maldonado77137917%38%$520,740 Kristin Mulhall1952126%42%$193,360 Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 Jerry Hollendorfer6156108%34%$331,822 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 30) Flavien Prat901461416%38%$735,048 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 David Lopez841781320%45%$509,378 Drayden Van Dyke6177711%34%$417,994 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano941820919%50%$970,180 Brice Blanc252178%40%$235,660 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Martin Garcia5166712%37%$431,484 Doug O’Neill719101213%44%$430,952 Mike Puype363628%31%$160,930 Ron Ellis1731118%29%$87,970 Alonso Quinonez484738%29%$184,320 Gary Stevens2943314%34%$549,810 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Martin Pedroza4463214%25%$149,740 Alex Solis1230225%42%$185,044 FINISH LINES: With rain falling by 7 a.m. Sunday morning and intensifying steadily as the day wore on, the main track was closed for training. Track Superintendent Dennis Moore and his crew sealed the track after Saturday’s last race. Sunday’s three scheduled turf races were moved to the main track . . . Simon Callaghan reports two of his major stakes stars, La Canada winner Taris and Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line, are both doing well. “Taris came out the race (on Jan. 16) really good,” the trainer said. “She’s been jogging and taking it easy, but we’ll build up her training for the (Grade I) Santa Margarita on March 19. We’ve got time on our side so we’ll wait for that. I’m happy with Firing Line (who hasn’t raced since the Preakness last May). He looks great. He’s been tack-walking and we’ll start jogging on the track next week.” . . . Live racing resumes at Santa Anita Thursday, with free General Admission and free general parking Thursday and Friday throughout the Winter Meet . . . Racing oddity: In three of seven career starts, Ipray, a four-year-old filly trained by Hector Palma in today’s fourth race, lost by identical margins of 7 ¾ lengths, the last two in a row. Tyler Baze11212201411%41%$645,872 Mario Gutierrez909151010%38%$516,024center_img Jeff Bonde1742224%47%$105,520 George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 Jose Verenzuela1421214%36%$49,430 FORMER JOCK KENNY BLACK RELISHES BIGGEST WIN AS TRAINEROne of America’s top apprentice jockeys in the early 1980s, Kenny Black was at times overcome with emotion yesterday following his biggest training achievement to date–a brilliant 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic by Old English Rancho-bred What a View, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux.What made the win especially emotional was the fact that E.W. “Bud” Johnston, who had headed the farm’s breeding and racing operation (which was founded in California in 1948 by his father, E.B. “The Pie Man” Johnston and his wife, Betty) dating back to 1957, passed away unexpectedly one day shy of his 78th birthday last year on May 5.“I’ll be forever grateful to Buddy Johnston and his family for the opportunity they’ve given me,” said Black, who was hired by Johnston as the farm’s private trainer following the retirement of longtime conditioner Don Warren last year. “Buddy has had his horses here in the same stalls since 1953. This is tradition with Old English Rancho.“Mr. Johnston was so good to me, so to be able to win a stake like this is the start of a new era. Me and the (Johnston) family are moving on, so this was cool to win our first stake together.”Black, who was reduced to tears in a post race interview with Michelle Yu on Santa Anita’s simulcast network, was joined in the Winner’s Circle by an equally emotional Mary Hilvers, who is the daughter of Bud and Judy Johnston.“I grew up with this,” said Hilvers. “It’s amazing. Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions about whether we’d be able to keep it (the family racing business) going…It’s a family thing. We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.”And, thanks in-part to Kenny Black and homebreds like What a View, the future appears bright for the red and white colors of Old English Rancho. Mark Glatt4045210%28%$209,930 Steve Knapp1431221%43%$97,570 Philip D’Amato5312101023%60%$775,560 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Fernando Perez80951311%34%$460,046 Steven Miyadi2847514%57%$168,084 PHIL D’AMATO RULES THE TRAINING ROOSTThanks to two winners Saturday, including Sunday Rules over males in the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint with the impeccably-presented Tribal Rule mare, trainer Phil D’Amato increased his lead in Santa Anita’s standings to three over Doug O’Neill, 12-9.D’Amato also has more than a $280,000 lead over runner-up Bob Baffert in money won, at $775,560 to $493,540.D’Amato ran one-two in Saturday’s 10th and final race, with first-time starter ShyCamelita and apprentice David C. Lopez overtaking $2.30-1 second choice Desperate Chick by a half-length at a $26.20 win mutuel, capping a two-day Pick Six return of $13,253.20 on 61 winning tickets.An assistant to the late Mike Mitchell for 10 years, D’Amato has two goals for Sunday Rules, a five-year-old bay owned and bred by Nick Alexander, who also owns and bred Shy Camalita: first, earning black type as a graded stakes winner, and second, running in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.“Sunday Rules came out of the race good,” D’Amato said between raindrops at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning. “We’re going to try and make her a graded stakes winner in the next month or two, so we’ll keep all our options open and give her a little extra time after yesterday’s race. She ran hard (although winning by 2 ¼ lengths under Edwin Maldonado) but she came out of it good.“Our main goal would be the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita at the end of the year (Nov. 4). We’ll keep her sprinting for now.”D’Amato may not have the equine ammo of O’Neill, Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer and Peter Miller to stay atop the standings throughout the Winter Meet that ends April 10, but to paraphrase Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”“I’m very happy with our success early on,” said the 39-year-old D’Amato, a native of San Pedro, “and come February and March, we’ve got a lot of young talent still to unleash, so I’m looking forward to that.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller5783714%32%$316,060 Patrick Gallagher1642225%50%$265,008 John Sadler3445312%35%$197,170 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 Robertino Diodoro1234125%67%$96,090 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 MOR SPIRIT ON A BLOCKBUSTER SATURDAY CARDCHAMP SONGBIRD SET FOR LAS VIRGENES STAKESD’AMATO ADDS TO TRAINING LEAD, MORE TO COMEKENNY BLACK RELISHES CLASSIC WIN WITH WHAT A VIEW Brayan Pena1720012%12%$37,580 Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 William Spawr1865133%67%$152,414 Agapito Delgadillo3555414%40%$141,654 Richard Baltas4776315%34%$476,634 Kenneth D. Black830038%38%$230,250last_img read more

All set to strike: Students, youths and activists clamor for climate justice

first_imgClimate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Climate Politics, Protests, Social Justice, United Nations Article published by Willie Shubert Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Millions of young people around the world are expected to go on strike to demand immediate and meaningful action by governments and corporations to tackle the climate crisis.Youth activists have gathered in New York ahead of the U.N. climate summit there, where they took part in a people’s summit supported by more than 200 environmental and human rights groups.A key aspect of the climate injustice being highlighted is the fact that people in poorer countries will be hit hardest by the impacts of a changing climate.In the Philippines, one of the countries at greatest risk from those impacts, the government has backed the youth-led climate strike and called on developed countries to step up their climate actions. NEW YORK — Today marks the start of protests across the planet as millions witness the youth-led climate strike demanding governments take urgent and transformative action on climate change.Young climate activists from more than 150 countries are now calling on everyone to join them in the fight for a just, resilient and sustainable future. They draw their inspiration from Swedish student Greta Thunberg, whose refusal to go to school to protest climate inaction has fueled a global movement.“We believe that all struggles are worthwhile. We will continue to push for climate action to protect our nature, our people and our future,” said Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, an environmental and indigenous rights activist from Honduras.Zúñiga, the daughter of the late environmental defender Berta Cáceres, who was killed for opposing a dam project in 2016, joins Thunberg in the call and dialogue with international leaders for climate action at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place in New York this week.“We have no choice but to fight for our rights. Our proposal is for governments to set high ambitions and how are we going to make radical change. And this is an opportunity for us to clamor [for] climate justice,” said Zúñiga, who, along with more than 200 environmental and human rights groups, took part in a people’s summit that was held ahead of the global climate strike.New era of climate movementThe summit adopted a declaration calling on governments and corporations to urgently tackle the climate emergency and ramp up climate commitments.“This is the moment of urgency. This is the new era of climate movement. And it is time to fight for human rights-centered climate action,” said Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general of Amnesty International. “We need to seize the opportunity to hold governments and corporations alike to be accountable. Nature does not negotiate and we cannot change the science. We need political will because it is our responsibility to rise up for the benefit of the generations to come.”Naidoo said that apart from joining the strike, these organizations plan to pursue more concerted climate litigation efforts, target the financial sector’s funding of fossil fuels, make more effective use of human rights accountability mechanisms, and coordinate more mass mobilization campaigns at national and regional levels.Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, said the declaration marks a new era of climate activism by putting people and human rights at the core of its solutions.“We will all take action and confront those responsibilities. Weak governments and toxic corporate power will have nowhere to hide as we put people at the center of our demands, and seek climate justice for the communities least responsible but most vulnerable to this climate emergency,” Morgan said.Pointing to the case of people in poorer countries being hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Naderev “Yeb” Saño said the global climate strike led by the young has not only created awareness but put pressure on climate policymakers to help people cope with these impacts.In 2013, Yeb Sano was the lead negotiator for the Philippines at COP19 in Warsaw. Image by Push Europe via Flickr (CC BT-NC 2.0).“There is a massive clamor from all sectors at this time of climate emergency. The Philippines, for instance, is a stark example of the gross injustice brought on by climate impacts which infringe on people’s most fundamental rights such as the right to life, shelter, food and livelihood,” Saño said.Saño, who is in New York participating in the global summit on human rights and climate change ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit called by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said the Philippines is currently undertaking a landmark investigation into corporate responsibility for climate action.“If successful, the inquiry could result in the first legal finding of corporate responsibility for human rights violations in the age of climate crisis. This can be a vindication for all climate-impacted communities everywhere,” Saño said.Skipping school for the planetLike many countries, the Philippine government has given the green light to more than 23 million public school students to skip classes on Sept. 20 and join the climate protests calling for immediate action to fight climate change.“Moved by the climate realities faced by the Philippines and inspired by the global youth action, young Filipinos nationwide will take part in the global climate strike,” the Department of Education announced on Sept. 18. “With this the department enjoins school heads and teachers to excuse students who will be joining the localized climate strike provided that parental consent/legal guardian consent is given.”The department has also encouraged schools and offices to conduct climate education and action activities within school grounds, including noise barrage, school or community clean-ups, and educational discussions.Over 500 students and other youth advocates across the Philippines joined today’s global youth climate strike in Manila, Philippines. Image by Leo M. Sabagan courtesy of 350.org“We need to sound the alarm for climate emergency,” said Rodne Galicha, lead convener of the Catholic climate movement Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. “We are one with Pope Francis’ call for urgent action. In solidarity with the young people of the world demanding change and the most vulnerable demanding climate justice, it is our moral duty to be responsible stewards.“We are glad that the Department of Education enjoins students and teachers to participate in the global climate strike. This is indeed intergenerational action,” Galicha said.Thousands of Filipino youths are expected to stage protests in 28 locations demanding the government declare a climate emergency.“Calling for enhanced climate action is not enough anymore,” said Jefferson Estela, convener of the Youth Strike for Climate Philippines. “This is a climate emergency and the government needs to send a clear policy signal about the urgency of this crisis.”Among their demands, the youth activists want an immediate phase-out of coal and other fossil fuels, in keeping with President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration for the country to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources. They also want the state to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples and environmental defenders amid the climate crisis, and strengthen climate adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction management policies.“The Filipino youth is ready to break the silence and demand the kind of action necessary to save our future from the climate crisis,” said youth climate activist John Leo Algo, program manager of the Climate Action for Sustainability Initiative. “We join the millions of voices worldwide as we scream in the present and fight for our common future.”Algo emphasized the need for industrialized countries to take more drastic climate action and for developing countries to show stronger political will to properly address climate impacts. He added that there is a need to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of not only human communities, but also natural ecosystems to adapt to this crisis and achieve true sustainable development.“It is clear that we are already in a climate emergency situation,” said Gerry Arances, executive director of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development. “It is either we act now or forever perish. For us Filipinos, despite all that we have to endure, we will fight back and fight for our children and the generations to come. And we will start by forcing our government to shift away from coal and fossil fuels as soon as possible.”Arances pointed out that the latest scientific report from the United Nations warned that without urgent action, the world would face worsening flooding, fiercer typhoons, food shortages and other catastrophic effects as a result of climate change as early as 2040.Powerful agents for changeAs young people push for more concrete action from their governments, the Philippine government says it supports the active participation of Filipino youth in the global mobilization for climate action.“As agents of change and progress, the youth is in a unique position to raise awareness on the climate emergency and to inspire tangible actions from the ground up,” said Emmanuel de Guzman, secretary of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission. “Climate justice delayed is climate justice denied. To rein global warming to below 1.5C [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] is a moral imperative. Hence, we reiterate our call to the developed world to step up their climate actions and to deliver on their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.”De Guzman said the commission also supported the call by President Duterte to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources and to reduce dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal. This pronouncement, he said, comes at a crucial time when the country is finalizing its first nationally determined contribution, its climate action commitment under the Paris Agreement.Climate activist Greta Thunberg. Image by stephane_p on Visual Hunt – CC BY-NC-NDBanner image caption:Canberra Climate Strike. September 20, 2019. Image by Stephen Smith via Flickr CC BY 2.0This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.last_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARK

first_imgTHE GAA slogan says that you can’t beat being there. And you really can’t.For those of you who couldn’t make it to Croke Park on Sunday, the good people at jacksonsmediatv took along a video camera.And this view from the Hogan Stand (must be loaded!) is worth watching.There’s even a cameo role later on from Seamus Coleman! Click to play.  DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARK was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO OF A DONEGAL FAN’S DAY AT CROKE PARKlast_img read more

Stardate: Destruction Estimate Was 0.1% Correct

first_imgAccording to a press release from JPL’s Spitzer Space Telescope team, the famous Eagle Nebula “Pillars of Creation” are eroding fast.  A supernova that was possibly witnessed by humans 1,000 to 2,000 years ago is sending a blast wave at the structures.  An earlier supernova that may have occurred 6,000 years ago has probably already torn them apart.  Because the nebula is 7,000 light-years away, humans won’t see the destruction for another 1,000 years, the report says.    Ker Than reporting this for Space.com mentioned an earlier link on Space.com from 2002 that claimed these pillars were eroding, and “might have only a million or so years to go.”  Rodger Thompson was quoted as saying, “It is hard to estimate the end point, but it will probably be in less than a million years, since most of the material has already been dissipated.”  Yes, far less: about a tenth of a percent of a million years.Astronomers toss around millions of years recklessly.  If they were charged a penny for every year their estimates are found to be inflated, they would be a lot more careful.  Couching the fluff with qualifiers like a million years or less is like saying “Your house is worth $300 million, or less,” or “Honey, I’ll be home at 3007 AD, or sooner.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hair Makes You Bigger and Warmer

first_imgScientists found that hair increases a beast’s surface area by a factor of 100.“The hairier it is, the larger the creature’s true surface area,” Science Daily says. “In fact, the team says it’s 100 times greater than its skin surface area.”Hair insulates the creature, keeping it warm. But you may be surprised to learn, according to Live Science, that mammals are not the hairiest of creatures. Researchers at Georgia Tech estimate that luna moths and butterflies have 10 billion hairs, compared to 3 million on a squirrel.Summing the combined surface area of skin and hair increases the total surface area dramatically. A house cat, for instance, has the surface area of a ping-pong table. A honeybee grows to the size of a piece of toast. The mammal surface-area champion mentioned in the article is the sea otter. Its dense hair gives it a total surface area the size of a hockey rink.The Georgia Tech team is particularly interested in how animals clean their hair. It’s giving them ideas for biomimetics. Different animals use active or passive methods:“Dogs shake water off their backs, just like a washing machine,” said Amador, who recently graduated. “Bees use bristled appendages to brush pollen off their eyes and bodies. Fruit flies use hairs on their head and thorax to catapult dust off of them at accelerations of up to 500 times Earth’s gravity.“Other animals and insects use more efficient, renewable cleaning tactics.“They don’t do anything extra to stay clean. It just happens,” said Amador.Eyelashes, for example, protect mammals by minimizing airflow and funneling particles away from eyes. Cicadas have sharp points on their wings that act as pincushions, essentially popping airborne bacteria like water balloons.These strategies may inspire self-cleaning technologies for drones, Mars rovers or machines that need to operate in dusty environments.Very interesting research, but the articles didn’t mention the various functions of hair. Many mammals seem comfortable in both summer and winter with full coats of hair, so there must be more going on than just warmth. Have you considered how your eyelashes protect your eyes, and eyebrows provide some protection from bright sun?  (Think of how extra black is smeared on to prevent snow blindness.)Watch this cat video to see how hair may provide cats a soft landing when frightened.Presumably individual humans’ surface areas can vary dramatically depending on how they cut their hair, and whether men are bald or bearded. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Attorney: E15 Rule on Solid Ground

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Predicting how a legal case plays out can be dangerous territory, but an attorney representing ethanol interests in an expected petroleum industry challenge to EPA’s final E15 rule said the agency appears to be on solid ground with the rule.In a Renewable Fuels Association news call on Monday, Bryan Stockton, an attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C., said the rule will be challenged in court. The American Petroleum Institute said publicly, in the months leading up to the EPA finalizing the rule, the industry would file a lawsuit.As of Monday afternoon, a lawsuit had not been filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where a challenge would be filed. API did not respond to DTN’s request for comment.“EPA drafted the rule to withstand a challenge,” Stockton told reporters. “EPA has the authority to revise its interpretations. EPA has an advantage. It just needs to be a reasonable interpretation. Courts generally defer to the agency. The changed circumstances provides a basis for a change in regulations. Here EPA determined the regulation was out of date.”In previous court cases, he said, the opposition has had a difficult time in challenging or proving harm caused by EPA rules. There has been discussion about the possibility of someone asking a court for an injunction to prevent the agency from implementing year-round E15.“Seeking an injunction is a high bar,” Stockton said.Parties seeking injunctions have to prove they would experience “irreparable harm” if a regulation is implemented.If an injunction is sought, Stockton said, it usually comes with a rapid briefing schedule. Any legal action could create uncertainty for retailers wanting to expand E15 offerings.He said the change in the E15 rule was to account for regulatory and marketplace changes. The final rule determined that E15 is substantially similar to E10.“Under the Clean Air Act, if a fuel is similar to another fuel in the market, it may be introduced into commerce,” Stockton said.E15 MARKET EXPANSION SLOWRFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said the industry is not under the illusion that allowing year-round E15 sales across the country will lead to instant market expansion.Cooper said the RFA has always said the immediate impact of the final E15 rule would be somewhat modest. “What this does is break down the door to longer-term growth,” he said.Without the new rule, Cooper said, it was expected that stations across the country would sell about 400 million gallons of E15 in 2019. Now, he said, the industry can expect to sell at least 700 million gallons to 800 million gallons of E15 in 2019 — still a small percentage of all transportation fuel sales.“It finally gives regulatory certainty to the supply chain that it has been looking for,” Cooper said, pointing to three to five years down the road when the rule will have a “big impact” on domestic demand for E15.Steve Walk, chief operations officer at Protec Fuel, said customers at his company’s 700-plus stations that offer ethanol blends in 18 states “will get what they want” as a result of the final rule.“We’ve been told repeatedly they want clean fuel that’s good for the car and a good value,” he said. “E15 is priced equal or less compared to gasoline. We’re not replacing fuel, we’re just giving consumers options.”Walk said allowing year-round sales means the E15 market will continue to grow many years down the road.“With existing stores with E15, it comes down to what consumers want and demand and make business decisions accordingly,” he said.Protec typically sees E15 account for 30% to 35% of overall regular gasoline sales. The company has some stores where E15 accounts for as much as 60% of overall regular gasoline sales.“Now, with all (E15 sales) year-round, we’ll see that go up,” Walk said. “Large retailers likely are not going to put E15 in all their stores on day one but will introduce the product then eventually roll out longer-term.”Cooper said EPA’s ability to complete the rule by June 1 came as a surprise.“It was absolutely down to the wire,” he said. “It was an incredibly heavy lift. I am happy to eat some crow. I didn’t think EPA would finish the rule on time. It is the one time I’m really happy to be wrong. This rule is really nine years in the making. It doesn’t mean the work on E15 is done.”CASE TO EXPAND E15Also on Monday, Growth Energy and Casey’s General Store announced the retailer will expand its E15 offering to more than 60 new sites this summer as a result of the agency’s actions.E15 is best known to consumers as unleaded 88, which is approved for all cars 2001 and newer.“The summertime E15 restrictions have been a major concern for us for a long time and would typically slow down our E15 expansion,” Casey’s Director of Fuels Nathaniel Doddridge said in a statement. “Now that we know we can provide our guests with a consistent experience at the fuel pump year-round, we are expanding E15 at a faster pace to stay ahead of our competition.”Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said Casey’s action is just the beginning for E15 expansion.“We are thrilled that Casey’s will be rolling out E15 at dozens of new sites this summer and know from conversations with retailers all over the country that they will soon be joined by others who’ve been waiting for this day,” she said.E15 currently is sold at 1,807 stations in 31 states, still a small percentage of the more than 150,000 stations across the country.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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BSP releases second list

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party released its second list of 27 candidates for the Haryana Assembly elections on Wednesday. The list includes two women. Earlier, the Mayawati-led party had announced names of 41 candidates.The polls to the 90-member Assembly will be held on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.last_img

Johns and Jones to Play in Touch Football Charity Match at Auckland Nines

first_imgRugby League greats Andrew Johns and Stacey Jones will come out of ‘retirement’ this weekend in the name of charity at the inaugural 2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Johns and Jones will pull on the boots once again to raise funds for NZ charity, The Rising Foundation, when they line up in the first Beko Media Stars Touch Football match between New Zealand and Australia to be played prior to the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines final at Eden Park on Sunday, 16 February. The nine-a-side charity Touch Football match will see a select group of former players now working in the Australian and New Zealand media being joined by print, radio and television reporters. The match will be played over two nine-minute halves in front of a crowd of more than 46,000. Johns will be joined in the Australian side by former Test players Gorden Tallis and Danny Buderus, and ex-premiership winning players Brett Finch (NSW Origin) and Steve Turner.The New Zealand side will feature former Kiwi internationals in Jones, Richie Barnett, Monty Betham and Wairangi Koopu.Home appliance brand, Beko, will sponsor the media match with the aim of trying to raise $20,000 for The Rising Foundation.  Beko will donate $2,000 to The Rising Foundation for each try scored in the media match. The Rising Foundation was established by a group of former South Auckland children with an aim to assisting at-risk-youth to develop to their full potential. Chairman John Bongard said these children in New Zealand are on the verge of being lost to their families, schools and community. “The Foundation does this through developing pathways, involving parents, schools and other agencies using outdoor education programs, one to one mentoring and group therapy,’’ Mr Bongard said.Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle is on The Rising Foundation Board. Australian team (not in playing numbers)1.      Andrew Johns, Captain, (Rugby League Week ‘Immortal’)2.      Gorden Tallis (Qld Origin, Australia)3.      Brett Finch (NSW Origin)4.      Danny Buderus (NSW Origin, Australia)5.      Steve Turner (ex Melbourne/Bulldogs premiership winning winger)6.      Brent Read (reporter, The Australian)7.      Michael Chammas (reporter, Sydney Morning Herald)8.      Josh Massoud (reporter, The Daily Telegraph)9.      David Riccio (reporter, The Daily Telegraph)10.  Pat Molihan (reporter, Channel 7)11.  Shannon Byrne (reporter, ABC Radio)12.  Steve Hart (reporter, Fox Sports News)13.  Tony Adams (reporter, RLW’s ‘The Mole’)NZ Team List (not in playing numbers)1.      Stacey Jones, Captain, (Sky Sport, ex NZ Test player) 2.      Sam Ackerman (reporter, TV 3 News)3.      Richie Barnett (reporter, NZ Herald/SKY TV, ex NZ Test player)4.      Jenny May Coffin (reporter, TV 1 News, ex Silver Fern netball player)5.      Monty Betham (SKY Sport, ex NZ Test player)6.      Wairangi Koopu (Sky Sport/Maori TV, ex NZ Test player)7.      Karl Te Nana (reporter, SKY TV/ Maori TV, ex NZ Sevens player)8.      Sam Ackerman (reporter, TV 3 News)9.      Nickson Clark (Mai FM breakfast host)10.  Sam Wallace (TV 1 Breakfast)11.  James McConie (Prime TV)12.  Bryce Casey (The Rock Breakfast host)13.  Dominic Harvey (The Edge Breakfast host) Referee: Stephen Killgallon (Fairfax Media, ex Test international referee)To learn more about Beko Home Appliances, click here:http://www.beko.com.au/ To learn more about The Rising Foundation, click here:http://www.therisingfoundation.org.nz/about_us/To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Auckland Nines, please click on the link below. http://www.nrl.com/DrawResults/AucklandNines/tabid/11376/Default.aspx  2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines February 15 – 16, Eden Park, AucklandTwitter/FacebookNRL Nines is on Twitter and Facebook @NRLAkl9s #DickSmith9sDick Smith is on Twitter and Facebook @DickSmithAU #DickSmith9’sRelated LinksAuckland Nines Touchlast_img read more