Iceland leaders to snub 2018 World Cup in Russia

first_img0Shares0000The 2018 World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Mar 26 – Iceland announced Monday it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said. “Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said.The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.“The Salisbury attack constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe,” the statement said.Britain announced in mid-March that British royals and ministers would stay away from the FIFA tournament set for June 14-July 15.Iceland’s decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.The United States, Canada and Ukraine have also announced the expulsion of dozens more Russian diplomats.Iceland, a member of NATO but not of the EU, imposed sanctions against Russia along with the EU over the annexation of Crimea.This year’s World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Warriors’ Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes, Clifford Ray share what made Oakland fanbase unique

first_imgOAKLAND – For a moment, Rick Barry feared for his life.The Warriors had won the 1975 NBA championship over the former Washington Bullets, and had landed in Oakland after an oversized crowd at San Francisco International Airport forced them to change their travel itinerary. When Barry and his teammates took a cab from Oakland to San Francisco to greet those fans, other Warriors fans almost prevented them from doing so.“They jumped up on top of the cabs. The roof of the cab I was in was …last_img

Moon Water Is Young

first_imgThe water detected on the moon by orbiters can only last thousands of years, not billions.A NASA press release says, “Inside Dark, Polar Moon Craters, Water Not as Invincible as Expected, Scientists Argue.” An animation at the top shows why: meteoroids and the solar wind destroy it.Unlike Earth, with its plush atmosphere, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect its surface. So when the Sun sprays charged particles known as the solar wind into the solar system, some of them bombard the Moon’s surface and kick up water molecules that bounce around to new locations.Likewise, wayward meteoroids constantly smash into the surface and uproot soil mingled with frozen bits of water. Meteoroids can hurtle these soil particles — which are many times smaller than the width of a human hair — as far as 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from the impact site, depending on the size of the meteoroid. The particles can travel so far because the Moon has low gravity and no air to slow things down: “So every time you have one of these impacts, a very thin layer of ice grains is spread across the surface, exposed to the heat of the Sun and to the space environment, and eventually sublimated or lost to other environmental processes,” said Dana Hurley, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.Planetary scientists had thought the moon’s water was “invincible” because it appeared to be locked up in polar craters that are in constant shadow. At those locations, the temperature can be -388° F – the coldest temperatures known in the solar system! The water seemed safe there. A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters challenges that assumption, arguing that constant bombardment moves the water around the moon where it becomes exposed to destructive processes.Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA). Some crater floors at the poles never receive sunlight, so water ice can exist there.Icy H2OLunar water does not exist in pools, obviously. Remote sensing from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and other spacecraft implied that icy water molecules in the cold traps are mixed in with lunar soil as “frost” or combined with minerals. Scientists are unsure how deep the icy deposits go in the craters.Future manned missions to the moon may depend on the availability of water. Since it would be very difficult to retrieve it from the shadowed craters at the poles, the scientists were glad to find that impacts might be scattering the molecules around the moon where they could be retrieved more easily. Exposed to sunlight, though, they could not last long. How old is the water that satellites detected?While it’s important to consider that even in the shadowed craters water is slowly seeping out, it’s possible that water is being added, too, the paper authors note. Icy comets that crash into the Moon, plus the solar wind, could be replenishing it as part of a global water cycle; that’s something scientists are trying to figure out. Additionally, it’s not clear how much water there is. Is it sitting only in the top layer of the Moon’s surface or does it extend deep into the Moon’s crust, scientists wonder?Either way, the topmost layer of polar crater floors is getting reworked over thousands of years, according to calculations by Farrell, Hurley, and their team. Therefore, the faint patches of frost that scientists have detected at the poles using instruments such as LRO’s Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument could be just 2,000 years old, instead of millions or billions of years old as some might expect, Farrell’s team estimated. “We can’t think of these craters as icy dead spots,” he noted.Theory RescueThe article mentions replenishment of the water as a “possible” phenomenon, but admits that nobody knows. Imagining a “global water cycle” on the moon seems like special pleading to keep the moon billions of years old. How often do icy comets come in? Only comets whose icy water molecules reach the cold traps could replenish them. How many billions of lucky comets would be required to keep as much water there as is observed today?The solar wind is more predictable, but once again, any water generated by the process has to reach the cold traps, too – and those cold traps are not “icy dead spots” as previously thought. The shadowed craters are losing their water. Day and night, constantly, meteoroids from tiny to mighty blast the water molecules up and away into sublimation Hades.The Reasonable InferenceIn short, loss processes are confirmed by observation, but additive processes are only speculative. More measurements will be required to determine which processes predominate. Till then, science should go with observation. Scientists can no longer assume that the water is safe from destruction in the shadowed craters. The reasonably-known destruction rates support a young moon.Did you notice how the press release tiptoed around the evidence for youth? Any evidence causing problems for billions of years cannot possibly be entertained by secular materialist moyboys, but they have to respect measurable facts. Read the quotes above again, and feel the tension in their predicament.(Visited 430 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line

first_img— Allowing coaches to call live-ball timeouts during the final two minutes of regulation or overtime.— Expanding replay reviews to include basket interference or goaltending calls in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. View comments MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Roger Federer loses to Dominic Thiem in Madrid Open quarterfinals SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this April 4, 2019, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Minneapolis. College athletes are continuing to function at high levels in the classroom but their Academic Progress Rate scores appear to be hitting a peak. The most recent statistics, released Wednesday, May 8, 2019, show this year’s overall four-year score matched last year’s record-high of 983 and that the four-year scores in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball also matched last year’s marks. Baseball improved by one point to 976 while single-year scores at Historically Black Colleges declined slightly. “We are seeing some flattening of rates, which is not unusual given the large amount of data over a long period of time,” Emmert said in a statement. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee is proposing moving the 3-point line to the international distance and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds following offensive rebounds.Both rules could take effect next season in Division I. College basketball’s other two divisions would wait until 2020-21 to move the 3-point line because of the cost.ADVERTISEMENT The Playing Rules Oversight Panel will vote on the recommendations June 5.Rules committee members made their proposals after receiving feedback from the coaches who competed in the NIT each of the past two years, which used the international line on an experimental basis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The line moved out a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches before the 2008-09 season. The NCAA said the 3-point percentage dipped from 35.2% in 2007-08 to 34.4% in 2008-09 with that change, though it eventually climbed back to 35.2% in Division I by the 2017-18 season.The proposal for the shot-clock change was designed to improve the pace of the game, with the NCAA stating the committee believes the full 30-second clock isn’t needed when the offensive team securing the rebound already is in the front court.As with the current rule, the clock reset would take place only when a shot has hit the rim.The committee also proposed:— Assessing Flagrant 2 fouls, which include ejections, if derogatory epithets are used.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The international 3-point distance is 22 feet, 1.75 inches, a little more than a foot back from the current college line.“Freedom of movement in the game remains important, and we feel this will open up the game,” said Colorado coach Tad Boyle, the committee’s chairman. “We believe this will remove some of the congestion on the way to the basket.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Neil Lennon denies Ireland links

first_imgHibernian boss Neil Lennon has rubbished reports linking him with the Republic of Ireland manager job after Martin O’Neill stepped down this week.The Football Association of Ireland are looking for a new manager after Martin O’Neill quit the role this week, and Lennon has been reported to be the front-runner for the job, but the Hibernian boss admits he hasn’t been contacted regarding the post.“Look it is just speculation. I am flattered if there is a link but I have not seen anything or heard anything regarding myself,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“All I have been doing is concentrating on us getting back into form because that is important.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“I am sorry to see Martin go because he had such a huge influence on my career, 10 years I played under him.“He did some great things with the Republic and I am sure he will come again because he is brilliant.“He did say he is looking for his next challenge or adventure so he has obviously still got the hunger burning away there. You can see it constantly on the touchline.“His competitive record was not that bad at all. It is part of the job I suppose, nothing lasts forever and I am sure he will be back.”last_img read more

Residents Seek 27B from Hunters Point Cleanup Firm

first_imgAn attorney representing more than 38,000 residents from the neighborhood surrounding the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco filed a class-action lawsuit last week against Tetra Tech, the environmental engineering company alleged to have falsified soil samples during its cleanup of the site. The suit seeks $27 billion in damages to compensate for “past and future harm” the plaintiffs may suffer and to “punish defendants for the blatant, conscious, callous disregard of Bayview-Hunters Point residents’ lives, born and unborn, for the next five generations,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle. The Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency each issued reports earlier this year concluding that much of the data Tetra Tech collected from the Superfund site was flawed. The lawsuit “is factually incorrect and meritless,” the company responded. “We believe so strongly in the quality of our work that we have offered to pay for independent testing to demonstrate the false and misleading allegations, such as contained in this lawsuit, are wrong,” according to a statement from Tetra Tech. … Also last week, two former radiation control technician supervisors for Tetra Tech were sentenced to eight months in prison for falsifying records, reported NBC Bay Area. They previously admitted to switching clean soil samples with the soil they were supposed to have been testing in order to fake the results of the shipyard’s cleanup.San Francisco Chronicle photo by Santiago Mejia Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Woman set on fire by husband in Satkhira

first_imgA woman suffered severe burn injuries as her husband allegedly set her on fire at Bagmara village in Tala upazila on Saturday night.Victim Munni Khatun, 25, who was undergoing treatment at Satkhira Sadar Hospital, said her husband Musa Gazi used to beat her and asked to go to her father’s home as she gave birth to a dead child five months back.Following a quarrel over the same issue last night, her husband poured kerosene and set fire on her when she was asleep. Hearing her scream, locals rushed in and admitted her to sadar hospital.Hospital’s residential medical officer Farhad Jamil said the housewife was admitted to the hospital with 75 percent burns. She was referred to Dhaka for better treatment.Necessary measures would be taken, if complaint is filed, said officer-in-charge of Patkhel Danga police station Molla Jakir Hossain.last_img read more

Bowers DCs Popular PA Voice of 30 Years Suddenly Passes at 55

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe signature public address announcer for D.C. sports has passed away. Shellie Bowers, who was best known for his trademark phrase “HU…you know” during football and basketball games at Howard University succumbed December 4.  He was 55 years old.Bowers was an innovator in public address announcing by entertaining fans when behind the microphone during games.  In 30 years as the public’s in-house voice of local sports events, the tone of his unique delivery became a fixture at college and high school events around the District of Columbia and in Maryland.Shellie Bowers, longtime public address announcer for Howard University and the DCIAA, passed away on December 4. (Courtesy Photo)He was the PA voice for the Kenner League at Georgetown during its annual summer league basketball tournament games and was the longtime voice of the Turkey Bowl and the DCIAA basketball championships as well.  Bowers personality behind the microphone was so unique he was missed when not calling these signature events.“Nobody ever did what he did the way he did it,” Ed Hill, the former sports information director at Howard University who gave Bowers his first chance at public address announcing told the AFRO “He was a straight up dude who touched a lot of people’s lives. He loved D.C.”Bowers impact on the community was expressed through comments on various social media. He was more than just an announcer.  Bowers was a talented communicator who connected with students during a career that spanned 30 years with three high schools, including his alma mater Wilson High, where he was briefly an assistant baseball coach and media instructor. He also was attendance counselor at Ballou and School Without Walls.“Shelly was a mentor of mine when I was at Wilson. This is so sad,” said former Wilson student and Sirius/XM broadcaster Ari Russell on Facebook. “What a great kind man. He always showed loved to me along the way.”He was known as an inspiration to young broadcasters, PA announcers, athletes and aspiring comedians.  Bowers’ Shel Shocked Productions produced DCIAA events that aired on D.C.’s community access cable TV service.However, Bowers was a fixture on the local comedy scene developing as a stand up act that played Takoma Station and Chinatown’s RFD Restaurant and Sports Grille. In a business where peers are reluctant to give others respect for the content of their performances, Bowers earned his for more than just the material he performed.“Even if you had a bad set the most important to Shellie was the fact you got on stage,” said comedian Ralph Cooper, who hosted the comedy showcase at RFD.Cooper was one of the understudy’s in the media and comedy game who was inspired by his work in broadcasting for a brief time on WKYS-FM and on public address.  When Bowers arrived on the scene and inquired about performing it was a form of validation for Cooper’s fledgling comedy enterprise.“When he came to RFD I liked that because I looked up to him,” Cooper said. “That was big to me because I remembered listening to him on the radio when I was growing up around here.  I knew who [Shellie] was just like I knew who [Lazy] Lamont King was.”The impact of Bowers death has also sent tremors throughout the HBCU sports world.  While he was most associated with Howard athletics Bowers attended Grambling before graduating from UDC.  Bowers was an annual fixture at the Bayou Classic and it was the chance meeting with Grambling’s legendary coach Eddie Robinson that led to his most gratifying accomplishment when he   performed the PA announcing for the Thanksgiving weekend Louisiana rivalry game in the New Orleans Superdome.Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.last_img read more