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Confernces split games at KIJHL All Star gala in Fernie

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsIt was a good old fashion bowling split at the 2011 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star Weekend in Fernie.Team Okanagan outlasted Team Kootenay 6-4 to claim the Prospects Game Friday in the East Kootenay City.Nelson Leafs Cameron Dobransky carried the Green and White colors for Team Kootenay. Saturday, Team Kootenay got the better of their Okanagan/Shuswap opponents, hammering Team Okanagan 10-3.Defencemen Riley Henderson and team captain Taylor O’Neil represented the Leafs.Goalie Darren Hogg and forward Gavin Currie were selected to play during the weekend, but both failed to make the games due to injury.All teams in the KIJHL now begin the final stretch drive in preperation for playoffs.Nelson opens a three-game home stand Friday when Kelowna Chiefs invade the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.Saturday, Nelson plays host to Murdoch rival Beaver Valley [email protected]last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week, Tom Rennie talks to the former Chelsea winger Clive Walker ahead of the Blues’ crunch encounter with Manchester United on Saturday.Clive says Jose Mourinho won’t be scared of Louis van Gaal’s in form Reds… but expects them both to be title challengers next season.Elsewhere, former Burnley striker Chris Iwelumo tells us the Clarets need three points at Everton if they’re to stand a chance of survival this season, Chris Perry (former Tottenham, Southampton, Charlton, West Brom) says the Baggies aren’t safe yet ahead of Tony Pulis’ return to Crystal Palace, and Andy Penders of Red Card Sports Radio Singapore (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays ‘Tom vs. the World’.last_img read more

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Policing meeting adjourned as a mark of respect to the late PJ Blake

first_imgThe monthly meeting of the Joint Policing Committee was adjourned for a short period today as a mark of respect to the late councillor PJ Blake.A former member fo the committee, peace commissioner and active anti-drugs campaigner, Mr Blake, aged 70, passed away on Friday last.He was buried earlier today following his funeral mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny. Policing meeting adjourned as a mark of respect to the late PJ Blake was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyPJ BLAKElast_img read more

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Space Entropy: The SpaceX Stunt as an Argument Against UFOs

first_imgA cosmic shooting gallery in space will make quick work of the racing car Elon Musk launched into space. Hint: it won’t evolve into a Ferrari.In a Barnum-style stunt, space entrepreneur Elon Musk launched his Tesla Roadster atop his Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018. Space.com posted the video of the spectacular launch, a new milestone in private space flight. Before knowing the launch was successful, Rafi Letzter at Live Science asked chemists what would happen to the space car as it heads toward the asteroid belt or beyond.There’s a “midnight cherry” Tesla Roadster hurtling toward deep space right now, the first-ever payload of the Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s worth asking why this is happening, and Live Science has. But given that it is happening, it’s also worth asking what is going to happen to this electric sportscar condemned to what could be a billion-year elliptical journey through outer space.Credit: SpaceX, via Daily Mail UK.The short answer is: it won’t look pristine and pretty. Before long, entropy will make sure of that. What do the chemists predict will happen in the cosmic shooting gallery, as the car is pummeled over time with cosmic debris of all sizes and speeds? Hopefully, Musk thought to disable the airbags, deflate the tires and remove the windshield wiper fluid first. Can the other parts last long in the vacuum of space?The real forces that will tear the car apart over hundreds of millions of years in space, Carroll said, are solid objects and — most importantly — radiation.Even if the car avoids any major collisions, over very long time horizons, it’s unlikely the vehicle could avoid the kind of collisions with micrometeorites that leave other space junk riddled with craters over time, Carroll said.But assuming those collisions don’t completely tear the car apart, the radiation will.On the ground, we don’t experience the impact damage and radiation this car will experience up there, because we have a magnetic shield and an atmosphere. In the vacuum of space, there’s nothing to stop radiation and cosmic rays from hitting the sports car at full speed. Chemist William Carroll from Indiana University says that anything with a carbon-carbon or carbon-hydrogen bond, including everything made of plastic, leather or fabric, will be ripped apart over time.The energy of stellar radiation can cause those bonds to snap. And that can cause the car to fall to bits as effectively as if it were attacked with a knife.“When you cut something with a knife, in the end, you’re cutting some chemical bonds,” Carroll said.A knife cuts those bonds in a straight line. But radiation will split them at random, causing organic materials from the leather seats to the rubber tires to the paints to — given a long enough time span — perhaps even the carbon fiber body to discolor, flake, and splinter away into space.How long will this take? Billions of years? “Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn’t give them a year,” Carroll said.The non-carbon parts, like the metal frame and glass not yet shattered by impacts, might last much longer. Carroll and another scientist, Richard Sachleben, think it might be somewhat recognizable after a million years, but certainly not a billion years. “A billion years is a long, LONG time,” Sachleben wrote, “so no telling what it will be like by then.”“Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn’t give them a year,” Carroll said.As for us humans, be glad you are under a protective atmosphere and magnetic field. Astronauts only survive by taking the earth environment with them. “Human beings tend to experience some pretty grisly effects in vacuum,” the article says.Update 2/09/18: Space.com adds another fact: you would die in minutes if wearing the spacesuit worn by the Starman dummy in the Roadster.Graphic by David CoppedgeThe grim assessment of the future of Hot Rods in Space bears on the question of UFOs. People who believe that UFOs are spacecraft from distant stars or galaxies need to factor in the effects of entropy. Radiation, micrometeorites and asteroids are ubiquitous and hard to avoid. The recent documentary from CMI, Alien Intrusion,* discusses the power requirements not only to fly vast distances, but the energy required to shield a craft from debris. As scientists in the film explain, it appears physically impossible, due to relativity alone, to fly physical craft over such distances. The risk to a craft from flying debris and radiation doubles the impossibility. The same reality check applies to TV fantasies like Star Trek and Star Wars.*Click link to order this film on DVD or Blu-ray.This article provides a reality check for evolutionists: the damage potential of blind, unguided forces. Radiation and impacts will not improve the Tesla Roadster, transforming it into a Ferrari. And yet Darwin presumed to build humans from bacteria using only blind, unguided forces. He should have listened to his Christian contemporaries in the physical sciences, like Lord Kelvin, and learned a thing or two about entropy before speculating in fantasyland about getting princes from frogs and humans from soup.Recommended Resource: The Spring 2018 CSRQ journal from the Creation Research Society is a special issue on Astronomy from a creation perspective. The opening article by Danny Faulkner (PhD, astronomy), “Does Extraterrestrial Life Exist?”, discusses the question, examining the history of belief in aliens by scientists and theologians, the physical evidence about exoplanets and SETI, and the philosophical and theological implications of alternative positions. (Visited 685 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Is autumn weather here to stay?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wetter and cooler weather is in store for the end of September as we discussed several weeks back. This could linger into the first and second of October. Rainfall for the next week will average 0.50 to 1 inch with isolated higher totals in the northern half of the state. Temperatures will average a few degrees below normal over the next week.However, it appears October and November will resume the overall warmer and drier than normal pattern supporting harvest season. Temperatures are likely to be 1-4 degrees F above normal for October and November. Rainfall will likely be normal to 1 inch below normal.The risk for fall freeze is normal to one to two weeks later than normal. Typically fall freeze dates range from Oct. 10 to Oct. 20 across much of the state.The early winter outlook calls for a turn to slightly colder and wetter than normal conditions with snowfall slightly above normal. Hence, don’t expect a warm winter like last winter.The NOAA/NWS/OHRFC 16-day rainfall outlook can be seen here (outlook) and calls for 0.50 to 1 inch southwest Ohio to 1-3 inches in northeast Ohio.last_img read more

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Of bedtimes and biofuels…

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSummer is here and as far as the Reese children are concerned, the structure and discipline of the school year schedule disappears. This is most obvious at bedtime, or a lack thereof.I have a system for playing with the children, coaching their sports, general dad stuff, and getting things done. I work while they are at school and when they get home we do chores/fun stuff/homework/sports practice. They go to bed and then I can get some more work done until midnight or so.The problem with my system is that as they get older and the bedtime gets later, my window for getting work done in the late evening gets smaller. And, as I get older, I am also finding that I can’t work as late as I used to.During the school year the bedtime used to be a hard 8:00, but over the last year or so that has evolved into more like 9:00. The summer schedule makes it often much later and now I find myself randomly waking up at 12:30 a.m. face down on my laptop staring at a long string of whatever letter key my nose landed on when I dozed off.This situation is made more challenging because the children are excellent stallers. This seems like an innate trait for many children but mine have shown great skill and proficiency in delaying bedtime. Tactics like “I need a drink” or “I forgot to brush my teeth” are certainly common, but my 10-year-old daughter uses the most effective bedtime-stalling technique.Although she may actually be in bed at the designated time, when I tuck her in she will say in her sweetest voice, “Daddy, I want to tell you about my day.” Both parties in this situation are quite aware that I am a sucker for this. As a father I feel like it is very important for me to be as involved with my daughter’s life as possible and this is a great way to learn about pre-teen girl drama, crushes, school work, 4-H, and run-ins with bullies while interjecting occasional bits of sage, fatherly advice.I really do love the chats, but before I know it, the hard 9:00 bedtime ends up being much closer to 10 and I am half asleep. When I make exceptions to the bedtime rule, even for what may be good reasons, it undermines the whole system.Similar exceptions to rules have led to quite a confusing mess of the RFS as of late. The Renewable Fuel Standard was put in place under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The RFS was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil by setting mandates for the amounts of biofuels (largely ethanol) used domestically.To make sure the renewable fuel mandates are met, a tracking system of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) was created. Those who produce and blend biofuels create RINs. Refiners who do not work with biofuels can purchase RINs to meet the RFS mandates. This creates a market for RINs.Many small refiners do not blend biofuels so they must buy RINs. In some cases RIN costs can add up to millions of dollars. For example, Philadelphia Energy Solutions filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year claiming their financial hardships were largely due to exorbitant RIN costs. This caused quite a political stir.To help small refiners address the RIN cost concerns, the EPA began issuing waivers — at least 40 in the past two years. These waivers, though, undermine the system put in place by the RFS and the goals of the original intent of the law.“The U.S. EPA has allowed waivers to some small refiners that amount to an estimated 1.6 billion gallons. So that 15 billion gallons required in the RFS is now shrunk by 1.6 billion gallons. The oil industry got what they wanted,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn and Wheat. “The 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol that the EPA has offered waivers to would take all of the corn the state of Ohio produces in a typical year. That is demand erosion. Corn farmers have been very proud of the increase in demand from ethanol that has helped our markets. It has helped rural Ohio and many areas of the economy. The EPA Administrator, with the swipe of his pen, eroded demand that would equal the corn crop in the state of Ohio.”Nicholson points out that, while he understands that RINs can get expensive in some situations, refiners have had 13 years to prepare for this. Rather than issue waivers (or implement a proposed legislative cap on RIN prices) RFS supporters instead suggested removing the requirements of the Reid Vapor Pressure regulation that arbitrarily prevents the sale of E15 in the summer months. The resulting bump in ethanol demand would increase the number of RINs produced.“We have been meeting on this for a long time,” Nicholson said. “All we are asking for is a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for anything above 10% ethanol. This would allow us to sell E15 all year long. That would put more RINs on the market and lower the price of the RINs, which helps refiners and helps corn demand.”In an early May meeting at the White House (that was said to be among the last in what has been an ongoing set of meetings on the topic) the Trump Administration indicated that RIN caps were off the table, RIN waivers would be more closely scrutinized and E15 could be sold year round — all victories for biofuel proponents.To be certain, this is a confusing issue. Some waivers are good and some bad and it all changes depending on who is being asked. There are ample acronyms, plentiful politics and strange alliances around every corner with this ongoing RFS saga. This has certainly been frustrating for biofuel producers who have planned and invested in businesses based on the passage and implementation of the RFS system that has been under almost constant scrutiny and uncertainty. How can any system be expected to accomplish its goals when it is constantly being changed, compromised and undermined?It all makes me yearn for 8:00 bedtimes, but I fear we are living in a perpetually political summer where rules (and bedtimes) are made only to be broken.last_img read more

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10 months agoBurnley striker Chris Wood delighted to be scoring again

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley striker Chris Wood delighted to be scoring againby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Chris Wood is delighted to be back amongst the goals.Wood ended an eight-game wait for a goal as Burnley signed off 2018 with a priceless 2-0 win over West Ham.“It’s nice to have a good record against them, but even better to get those three points and much-needed ones,” said Wood, whose last goal had come at the London Stadium in November.“It was nice to get off to a bright start, especially with the amount of pressure we piled on.“I think we deserved it and it was nice to compound it with another goal from Dwight. It was a great first half and we took it through from there.“It’s nice to have opportunities. As a striker you’re always worried when you don’t get opportunities so I’m happy to have got them.“It means we’re doing something right as a team and we can build on that going into the next game.” last_img read more

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17 days agoSon of Jose Antonio Reyes makes superb Real Madrid debut

first_imgSon of Jose Antonio Reyes makes superb Real Madrid debutby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of Jose Antonio Reyes has made a superb debut with Real Madrid.José Antonio Reyes López made his debut with the Infantil B team, by scoring a goal and providing an assist.Real Madrid went on to defeat Unión Carrascal 5-2.Reyes Jr moved to Real over the summer from Leganes just days after his father died in a car accident.The youngster, a winger like his father, dedicated his goal to his Dad on the day. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Illegal parking a hindrance for conservancy workers

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday asked the Kolkata Police officials to take steps to curb illegal parking which is acting as a deterrent to conservancy under Borough VIII of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. A number of councillors under Borough VIII that comprises parts of Bhowanipore and Kalighat area in South Kolkata expressed concern over the parking issue and requested the Mayor to take it up on a priority basis.According to sources, residents of wards 72, 70, 90 and 85 suffer most because of this problem. Pool cars, app cabs, taxis are found parked here and there in these wards in such a manner that conservancy workers are denied the entry space to clean up the roadside. The roads that bear the brunt of the parking menace include Sadananda Road, Rajsekhar Basu Sarani, Chakraberia Road, Harish Mukherjee Road, Kalighat Road, Shyamananda Road and Chakraberia South. Some house owners also park their cars on the road space in front of their houses creating problems for the conservancy workers. “The Mayor had asked the borough executive engineer to take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Kolkata Police to ensure that no vehicles are parked in a way that affects conservancy work. House owners should also be asked to remove their vehicles for conservancy work for at least three to four hours in the morning,” a senior KMC official present in the meeting said. Councillors in the area often take drives along with Kolkata Police to assist necessary conservancy work.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Experience Package Benefits MusiCares

first_imgThe latest GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney.Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the package is available for bid now through June 23 at ebay.com/grammy.This spectacular package includes: • Two (2) passes to attend a soundcheck • Two (2) passes to meet Sir Paul • Two (2) tickets to a concert (select dates in July & August) • One (1) official photo (sent to winner after the show) • Two (2) roundtrip Delta One Business/First-Class Air tickets within the Continental U.S.The auction benefits MusiCares.last_img read more

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