19 Dec
2019

Making Saturn’s Moons with a Bang

first_imgImpacts are a favorite tool for planetary scientists to create beautiful things.The press had just gone wild with visions of a colossal impact creating the Earth-Moon system (10/18/2012), when Saturn cried, “Me, too!”  A spate of reports claims the improbable assortment of moons at the ringed planet are the result of another dramatic impact (at least in simulations).  The story was carried by Space.com, Live Science, Science Daily and Nature News (i.e., the usual suspects).It’s not that the Saturn system “did” form this way; it’s that it “could” have, as Nature News‘ headline states: “Moon-merge model could explain Saturnian system;  Simulation suggests that the moons of Saturn were once more like Jupiter’s.”  The Jupiter system is hard enough to explain, but planetologists feel it is a little more orderly than Saturn’s odd collection of small icy bodies (with active Enceladus and inactive Mimas), big icy bodies, and Titan, the oddest of all.With widely ranging densities and locations, Saturn’s six mid-size satellites are among the strangest in the outer Solar System. Measuring between 300 and 1,500 kilometres in diameter, the moons have varying characteristics: several are made almost entirely of frozen water; one, Enceladus, is rockier and geologically active; and some show evidence of submoons and rings. How did they get this way?With their charming impact video, the Saturnian modelers are apparently trying to share the limelight with the Galvanized Lunacy club: “Earth’s moon is thought to have formed from a giant impact about 4.5 billion years ago. And just as the moon and Earth are geochemical twins, the half-dozen or so medium-size moons of Saturn are similar in composition to Titan’s icy mantle, researchers said.”Science Daily included this gaffe by the modeler:“What makes the Saturn system so beautiful and unique could be its youth,” Asphaug said. “While we don’t have a preferred timeframe for this origin scenario to play out, it could have happened recently if something came along to destabilize the Saturn system, triggering the collisional mergers that formed Titan.”Nature News, though, called on Hal Levison, whose toy models have trouble creating Uranus and Neptune (8/06/2004), to do the reality check:But Hal Levison, an astronomer who studies planetary dynamics at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, says that the model is currently too simple to work. As the model is now configured, he says, the mid-size moons would inevitably accrete on to Titan rather than survive in isolation.Perhaps he said this to help keep his colleagues in the planetary billiards hall employed, and to keep the game going (10/18/2012).Warning: never buy a house from these folks.  They bang the materials against each other and hope something emerges.The best part of this story is Eric Asphaug admitting that Saturn’s system looks young.  At the 15th anniversary of Cassini mission, he is well aware of the problems with the rings, Enceladus, Titan and other things that cannot fit into the standard 4.5 billion year timeline.  It’s a tacit admission that the evidence does not fit the standard story without a colossal ad hoc rescue device. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Short Straight Mix Color Fashion Full Bangs Soft Touch Bob Wig, Overall fantastic quality for the price

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17 Dec
2019

Miami Trace FFA graduates receive highest award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year, the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA had 6 graduate FFA members receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year there were a total of 3,780 American Degrees awarded. Those that received the American FFA degree from Miami Trace were: Jacob Rose, Natalie Miller, Cassidy Elam, Caleb Penwell, Evan Schaefer, and Heather Johnston.To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productivity invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each of the recipients received a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the convention.One of these members, Evan Schaefer, was further recognized as a 2016 American Star Farmer Finalist.   Production agriculture has been part of Evan Schaefer’s life from the beginning. He says some of his earliest memories are of riding in the tractor with his father and watching his family work the land.  At an early age, Evan knew his future would be in agriculture.  Evan’s enterprises started at the age of nine when he began a plot of sweet corn operated in partnership with his cousins.  From there, Evan’s knowledge of agriculture continued to grow as he gained responsibilities on the family farm.  Today, that excitement regarding agriculture has earned him the honor of being named 2016 American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.Schaefer began his FFA career with 7.2 acres that was located on his family farm. Evan was then able to grow his operation in 2015 to 695 total acres of diversified crop production. The new acreage was equally divided into corn and soybean production. Evan also continued his sweet corn operation.  This diversity allowed him to experiment with new farming practices and remain innovative on the latest research and technology. Furthering his education at Southern State Community College, Schaefer said he wants to make sure he is doing his part to work towards food security through innovative production practices. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing, either by owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment. Evan Schaefer is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Schaefer. He is a member of the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA Chapter, led by advisors, Bruce Bennett, Amanda Swigert and Wendi Mizer-Stachler.Sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated by a panel of judges who then interview the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The American Star Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.last_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

Championships Not Just a Players Domain

first_imgThe NQ Championships has always been a pillar on the Touch calendar for players across North Queensland, but the appeal that it has for referees is something else altogether.Always regarded as the “must attend” for the North’s referees, 2013’s event was no different with 44 referees making the pilgrimage to Townsville for two days of the best Touch Football in North Queensland.Such is the appeal of the event to referees, the NQ contingent of officials was joined by three referees from “the South”; Sunshine Coast’s Greg Kidd, Danielle Nunn and Hayden Smith.For Nunn and Smith the NQ Champs has become somewhat of a regular trip, having attended the event for the last two years but, for Kidd, this year’s event was a brand new experience.“For me it’s a total eye-opener, something that I’ve never had the chance to do before. I’ve been to plenty of tournaments over the years, but I haven’t enjoyed one like I have this weekend.”The three aren’t the first to make the trek north to participate in the event, the event has regularly included referees from outside the region and it’s something that NQ Touch Executive Officer, Billy Grant, is very proud of.“We have a quality event up here and it’s no surprise that referees from outside the region want to come up. They know that they are looked after when they come up and they always leave wanting to come back next year.”Adding to the appeal for referees is the fact that it is one of the only non-state events in the country to be endorsed as a “Level Four upgradeable” event, enabling referees to be considered for upgrade to Level Four; another feat that Grant is proud of.“We were endorsed by TFA for the first time in 2010 and since then we’ve had the chance to upgrade several of our referees to Level Four. We’ve even been able to upgrade some referees from down south too.”This year, Nunn joined the upgrades list, receiving her Level Four badge alongside NQ Referees Chris Benstead, Andrew Watkins (Townsville Castle Hill) and Linda Miller (Mackay).The North Queensland Touch Association would like to congratulate the following referees who were upgraded over the weekend.Level ThreeKarl Raffe – Townsville Castle HillNoel Lang – MackayDarryl Lyon – Charters TowersRegan Cheetham – MackayBob Pentacost – Cairns PiratesLevel FourChris Benstead – Townsville Castle HillAndrew Watkins – Townsville Castle HillLinda Miller – MackayDanielle Nunn – Sunshine CoastThank you to Kerrod Hall from North Queensland Touch for providing the content.Related LinksNot Just a Player Domainlast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparison

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparisonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has welcomed praise from Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.The German likened them to the youthful Borussia Dortmund side he developed.“I just respect him hugely. It was a nice thing for me going up against him in the Super Cup because I’ve got a huge respect,” said Lampard.“I love the way he’s come into that club, his charisma but not just that, professionally how he went in there and has his way and doesn’t mess about and quite rightly he’s got the success he deserves for how he works.“So I’ll take words from him as a fantastic and experienced coach about my players and what they’re doing and hopefully working in the right way, and be happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Life sentence for man in sweetheart slayings

first_imgAPTN News An Alberta man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing high school sweethearts on the Whitefish First Nation.Edward Devin Gladue entered a guilty plea in Peace River, Alta., Monday.He was charged with second-degree murder for the deaths of Dylan Laboucan and his girlfriend, Cory Grey.The sentence means Gladue can apply for parole in 13 years. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to committing the double murder on July 23, 2016.Court heard the young couple was inseparable and lived together in the Laboucan family trailer. That’s where Gladue found and shot them, before moving their bodies to separate locations in the northeastern Alberta community.Gladue is also banned from owning firearms for life, and was ordered not to communicate with the families of the victims.No motive for the murders was provided in court.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

Investors reacquaint themselves with turmoil in the markets

first_imgInvestors may be feeling a bit unsettled after a few days of market turmoil upset months of tranquility.A slide that started early last week led to a sharp dive in markets Friday and Monday. The fall on Monday alone represented the steepest drop in 6 1/2 years. That can rattle a few nerves. Things seemed to have stabilized Tuesday, easing fears of a global sell off.Market professionals say investors should stay calm — although they can’t guarantee markets will do the same.So what should you do? Here are a few answers to common questions:WHAT JUST HAPPENED?No one thing triggered this.The markets took a marked turn downward Friday after the monthly U.S. jobs report showed that wages surged in January, representing the sharpest year-over-year gain since the recession. That stoked concerns about higher inflation because as companies raise pay, they often raise prices and that cycle can speed inflation.The Federal Reserve is already expected to raise short-term interest rates this year with the economy growing. But inflation worries raise concerns that the Fed will increase rates at a quicker pace. Higher borrowing rates can be a challenge for corporations over time as they want to borrow money to grow and it drives investors to bonds rather than stocks.The selling continued Monday, in what most experts are saying is just an overdue correction. Some believe automated trading also played a role as the systems that buy and sell stocks may have been triggered. Trading was choppy Tuesday but the U.S. market mostly recovered after an early plunge.HOW BAD WAS IT?Not that bad, really.That big two-day drop only erases a few months of gains. Plus, market pros have noted that declines of 10 per cent or more are common during bull markets. And this has been the second-longest bull market on record.There hasn’t been a correction in two years, and by many measures stocks are awfully expensive.“Market corrections are normal, no matter how nerve-wracking they are at the time,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.And after an extended period of market calm, it serves as a good reminder that stocks are volatile.WHAT SHOULD I DO?The answer can be one of the toughest parts of investing: Stay calm.“Just hang in there, maintain a long-term perspective and resist the urge for any knee-jerk reactions,” McBride said.Stocks go up and down — that is the nature of the market.People should be making their investments as part of a long-term plan, one that won’t be entirely hijacked by a few days of losses. And there may even be more volatility ahead — there’s no way to be sure.Check in with your financial planner or investment firm if you are feeling uneasy. It may be a good time to look at your portfolio and make sure it has a mix of assets that you are comfortable with. After the market’s big run-up, you may have more of your portfolio weighted toward stocks than you realize.Vanguard said that it counsels customers that changes to their portfolio should be made because their life circumstances, or their time horizon, have changed — not because of inflammatory headlines or “noise.”Some people may want to take advantage of the dip to buy. Others may want to revisit their strategy. But those who want to get out of the stock market altogether should take pause, said Ken Hevert, senior vice-president for retirement at Fidelity Investments.It’s easy to get out during down times but hard to get back in for a recovery. And drops of 5 per cent to 10 per cent are typically followed by a pretty rapid recovery period, he said, adding that current conditions are favourable for growth.last_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

Housing sales down 5 in JanMar 2019 on changes in GST rates

first_imgNew Delhi: Housing sales dipped by 5 per cent to 75,706 units in nine major cities during January-March period because of transition in GST rates, according to a report by property brokerage firm PropTiger. The company, which is part of News Corp-backed Elara Technologies that also owns Housing.com and Makaan.com, Monday released its ‘Real Insight Report’ for Q4 2018-19 that tracks housing sales and new launches in nine major cities — Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gurugram and Noida. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Housing sales in India’s nine key property markets declined 5 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) and new project launches fell 32 per cent annually during Q4 2018-19,” the report said, adding that the unsold housing stock numbers declined by 10 per cent. PropTiger attributed the decline in home sales numbers to changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) transition rules. In contrast to PropTiger report, real estate consultant Anarock recently said housing sales rose by 58 per cent to 78,520 units in seven major cities during January- March period of 2019. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysData analytics firm PropEquity said sales saw a 5 per cent rise at 56,146 units during January-March 2019 over the year-ago quarter in the nine major cities. As per the PropTiger data, housing sales rose maximum in Hyderabad by 26 per cent at 7,059 units in the January-March quarter of 2019 from 5,618 units in the year-ago period. Gurugram witnessed 10 per cent rise in sales at 5,764 units from 5,220 units in the corresponding period of the previous year. Sales in Kolkata were up by 8 per cent at 3,623 units. Pune saw 5 per cent rise in sales at 14,348 units from 13,712 units during the period under the review, while Mumbai reported 4 per cent increase in sales at 23,718 units. However, housing sales declined by 23 per cent in Bengaluru to 8,402 units. Chennai, too, witnessed 13 per cent dip in sales at 4,197 units. Ahmedabad reported 10 per cent dip in sales at 4,739 units. The maximum fall in was in Noida, with sales dropping by 50 per cent at 3,856 units. “While there might not be any significant improvement in new launch and home sales numbers in the first quarter of 2019-20, things may start to change after the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced. “In fact, as more clarity emerges pertaining to GST issues, these numbers might see improvement in the quarters that follow. Property rates would also see an upwards movement in the times to come,” Elara Technologies Group Chief Operating Officer Mani Rangarajan said. In late February, the GST Council decided to cut GST rate on affordable homes to 1 per cent from earlier 8 per cent. The GST on under-construction flats, which are not under the affordable housing segment, was reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent earlier. The new GST rates were made effective from April 1. The developers were also denied input tax credit.last_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Even If They Dont Win Tonight the 76ers Are Getting Better

The Philadelphia 76ers are one loss from tying the NBA record for longest losing streak. And barring an enormous upset on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, they’ll tie the 26-game run of futility by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. The Sixers have a better chance of losing their last 11 games of the season than they do of beating the Rockets to avoid matching that ignominious record.But in a lost season in Philly, fans have two reasons to hope the 76ers can keep from setting a new losing-streak mark. First, up next after Houston is a home game Saturday against Detroit. The Sixers have a 1-in-3 chance of winning that one. Second, they’ve played well recently, in the latest demonstration that wins and losses alone don’t show how well a team is doing.An NBA team’s probability of winning a game depends on its performance level as measured by Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System, its opponents’ SRS, and home court. Incorporating all three factors,1I used SRS — a formula based on teams’ margin of victory and schedule strength — regressed to the mean by adding seven games of league-average play, as suggested by my colleague Neil Paine last year. Then I used the formula for win probability outlined by Justin Kubatko last year on his blog. I found that Philadelphia has a 4 percent chance of beating the Rockets on Thursday. Houston is more than five points per game better than league average, and will play with home-court advantage against a Sixers team with a typical level this season of 11.5 points per game below average.So, let’s say the Sixers lose to Houston as expected. Then Detroit comes to Philadelphia, with a losing-streak record on the line. The Pistons are three points below league average, and will be playing on the road. Philadelphia has a 34 percent chance of winning the game, and a 33 percent chance of breaking its losing streak. (I’m accounting for the minuscule probability that the 76ers beat the Rockets first.)Detroit is the second-easiest game left on Philly’s schedule, after a home date with Boston in the season’s penultimate game. The Sixers have a 38 percent chance of winning that one, but just an 8 percent chance of breaking their streak in that game, because most likely it will have ended before then.I ran the numbers on Philly’s chance of winning each remaining game, as well as of breaking the streak in each game. The latter probability is lower than the former for each game after the one against Houston, because two conditions must be met: Philly must win, and must not have won before. Based on these calculations, Philadelphia has a 12 percent chance of finishing the season on a 36-game skid — or three times its probability of beating Houston on Thursday.Some factors might make it easier for Philly to win than these probability calculations suggest. Opponents that have clinched their playoff spot and seed, or that have been eliminated from the postseason, might rest their stars. Then again, no team wants to lose to an opponent with a losing streak of 25 games — or longer.There’s another reason Philly’s chances might be better than they look: In the Sixers’ last five games, they’ve been closer to mediocre than terrible. I evaluated their performance level by taking their margin of defeat in each game, adjusting for home-court advantage2The average home team wins games this year by 2.57 points per game, through Monday, the day Philadelphia last played. and opponent strength.3Based on SRS, regressed to the mean with seven league-average games. In four of the last five games, the Sixers have played better than their typical level this season.4Again, regressed to the mean with seven average games. Without that step, Philadelphia is an even worse 11.5 points below league average. They were within five points of league average in their one-point home loss to the Knicks, and were even better in a nine-point road loss to the East-leading Pacers. In that game — in which Philadelphia trailed by three with under two minutes left — the 76ers performed at a level just two points below league average.Moral victories don’t end losing streaks. But they could bode well for Philly’s chances. Already, the Sixers have attained their best average level over five games since the five games that immediately preceded the start of their losing streak, in which they went 2-3.5The last of those five games was their last victory, and it could easily have been a defeat: Philadelphia trailed Boston by a point before Evan Turner’s last-second shot. If Boston had won that game, and all subsequent events were unchanged, Philly’s losing streak would now stand at a record 29 games. Philadelphia’s average level over its last five games — 7.2 points below league average — is 10.5 points better than its level during the 25-game losing streak. It’s also better than the 76ers’ average level during three separate 2-3 stretches earlier in the season.So, over the last five games, the Sixers have improved to a level somewhere between the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks, the two teams just above them near the bottom of the league power ratings. Does that mean the chances of the 76ers winning their remaining games, and of ending the streak, have gone up? History doesn’t provide many precedents. Just six other NBA teams have had losing streaks of more than 20 games. Two of those streaks extended over two seasons, and any effect of the team’s level at the end of the first season was unlikely to carry over to the start of the next season. The Charlotte Bobcats lost their last 23 games of the season in 2011-12, and showed little sign of winning a game near the end: Their performance in four of their last six games was more than 20 points below league average.That leaves three teams that broke losing streaks of longer than 20 games during the regular season: the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies, in the first year of the franchise; the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets; and the 2010-11 Cavs. The Grizzlies suffered the worst loss of their 23-game losing streak two games before ending it. The Nuggets showed no signs of improvement near the end, performing at least eight points below average in each of their last eight losses. The Cavs, though, signaled their potential toward the end of their record 26-game streak: Their best five-game run of the streak came in the last five games, including a three-point loss in Dallas against a strong Mavericks team two games before Cleveland finally won, beating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime.These streaks had at least one thing in common: All three teams won their first game in more than 20 against teams performing at a level more than two points below average. So circle that game against Detroit, Sixers fans — and be ready to circle the home game against Boston if Philly doesn’t get it done against the Pistons on Saturday. read more

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