Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now No one has ever won a political argument. I’m not sure Jefferson, Adams, or Hamilton, Madison, and Jay ever did. Thomas Paine may have, but he was quite the exceptional pamphleteer.Not many have ever made a political argument so sharp that it caused someone else to change their mind, let alone argue so well on a social media site that it ended in a conversion. No meme is capable of persuading someone to change their politics, no matter how clever or how vicious.Fortunately, you don’t get paid by the number of people whose minds you change when it comes to their politics. If you were paid for changing political opinions, you would very quickly decide to look for a new line of work.Hanging SeparatelyHere in the United States, we are just finishing up one of the most vicious and divisive campaigns in recent history. On Tuesday, Americans will decide who they believe should lead the country for the next four years.Right now, however, people who have been friends for years are arguing with each other as if they were long-time enemies. So are family members who have different political opinions. They are unfriending each other, and they are spending hours insulting one another and arguing on social media. They’re allowing themselves to be divided by politics.All of this divisiveness is being fed by a two-party system that relies heavily on the strategy of dividing people into voting blocks by finding wedge issues with which to separate us. Each party believes the best way to motivate voters is to use the ultimate wedge issue, namely the horrible character of the other candidate, to convince people to vote against that candidate.Instead of buying into the fear that motivates people to vote by demonizing a candidate and their supporters as a way to win power, understand that you are intentionally being divided from other people. You have more in common with the people from who you are being divided than you have differences, a fact that won’t change after the election.Remain UndividedPolitics isn’t going away, but this divisiveness is something worth resisting.When the election is over, we’ll still need each other. We’ll still have to work together to make things better where we can. We’ll still take care of our friends and our families, and we’ll still share more in common than the sum total of our political differences.“What about the issues?” you say. Democracy is how we work out these issues, these conflicts, the things upon which we disagree. We elect people, and we sort things out the best we can, sometimes going too far in one direction only to turn around and go too far in the other, like a ship course correcting on choppy seas.Don’t allow anyone to drive a wedge between you and other people, especially your friends and family. That isn’t how we build strong communities, and it isn’t the kind of example we need to be for the future generations who will face even greater challenges and have the chance to explore even greater possibilities. They’ll need each other even more than we do now.Our politicians may be more coarse than ever before, but we don’t have to be. Instead, “be touched by the better nature of our angels.”
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now 10X less procrastination on the meaningful, purposeful work you must do. If it is what you are here for, if it is your most important thing, stop procrastinating and get after it.10X less low value, transactional work. Do ten times less of the stuff that looks like work but isn’t, the make-work that allows you to look busy without getting anything done. Speaking of which . . .10X less time spent in your email inbox (for some of you, that math means you’d need to subtract 240 hours a week from email). Other people’s priorities are important, but not so important that you should push yours to the side. Process your email, and then stay out of the inbox.10X less time with the browser open, scanning Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram during the hours you should be heads down working. If the browser is open, then you are a browser. You don’t need to browse. You need to go deep and wide on what matters.10X less time arguing with people about their politics. Actually, 10X that 10X less, and if that doesn’t take the time to 0.0 minutes, 10X it one more time. You have never changed anyone’s politics, and no one wants or needs your help in this regard. If you are going to make a difference, this is the poorest plan available to you, and one that is doomed to fail. Volunteer that time and make a difference.10X less time taking in negative news, negative gossip, negative conversations, negative co-workers, and friends who are negative, cynical, or chronic complainers. This means you will be on a negativity fast. You will lose a lot of the weight that you are carrying around in your skull, and you’ll be all the better for it. Don’t let anyone poison your well.10X less complaining about you, too. And 10X less learned helplessness. If you are going to add to what you are doing, start by subtracting.
LATEST STORIES Jason Day of Australia, talks during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day’s swagger — and his motivation — have returned.“I’m hungry again — and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys,” Day said Wednesday on the eve of the 99th PGA Championship.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes That pressure, along with his mother’s lung cancer surgery in March, led to a rough start to the 2017 season. He tearfully pulled out of the Match Play Championship six holes in, too distraught to play, to join her ahead of the surgery.“It was difficult for me to be on the golf course and even think about actually playing at the time,” Day said.On the course, his driving deteriorated and his normally reliable short game eluded him. In short, he felt like his game plateaued.“You’re not panicking or anything, you’re just wondering why,” Day said. “You’re up at night thinking about, ‘OK, what do I need to do to get back to that winning room?’”If Day does get back to No. 1, he’s vowed to handle things differently. In some ways, he’s already done that.He didn’t arrive in Charlotte until Tuesday night and checked in to the tournament on Wednesday morning so he could spend more time at home in Ohio away from distractions.Day refuses to call this a lost season.Sure, he’s finished out of contention at the Masters (tied for 22nd), the U.S. Open (cut) and the British Open (tied for 27th), but he believes his putting and driving are coming back.And he harkens back to 2014 when he finished the year strong, which served as a springboard for two incredible seasons.“I want to win again,” Day said. “So I’m excited about that.” Day is in the midst of what he called a “very poor season” with only two top 10 finishes and no wins in 15 starts. But the world’s former No. 1 player feels like he’s about to turn the corner after finishing tied for 24th last week at Bridgestone.He’s also drawing confidence from his past success at the PGA Championship, winning at Whistling Straits in 2015 and finishing second last year to Jimmy Walker at Baltusrol. His renewed confidence may not be good news for the rest of the field this week. Jordan Spieth is aiming for a career grand slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m motivated now,” said Day, who withdrew from a tournament in March to be with his cancer-stricken mother.His best finish this year is second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he lost a playoff to Billy Horschel. Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Day entered the season as the top-ranked player but has since dropped to No. 7 — something that he says “annoys and motivates me at the same time.”He made it clear his goal is to get back on top — and anticipates that will start with a strong performance this week at Quail Hollow.The 29-year-old Australian said his passion waned late last season after getting “burned out.” Looking back, Day felt like he spread himself too thin trying to fulfill obligations and spending less time practicing and relaxing.“I was trying to do too many things,” he said.By the time the end of last year rolled around, Day said he was exhausted after spending nearly a full year as the top-ranked player.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez rued the little things that went wrong in San Beda’s 107-105 loss to Lyceum in double overtime in its last game in the NCAA Season 93 elimination round.Only a free throw separated victory and defeat for the Red Lions, who missed out of a chance thwart the Pirates’ historic sweep bid and keep the regular Final Four format.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Perez grateful for immense trust from ‘hero’ Robinson Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We have a good chance of winning that game but in the end, it just boiled down to one free throw,” he said, citing Robert Bolick’s split from the free throw line in the last 1.5 seconds of the first overtime period which could have decided the game.“It boiled down to easy layups, misses, and they got defensive rebounds, and then we fouled. It’s just little things that hopefully we can learn and look forward for the next round.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pirates completed the record-setting 18-0 finish while snapping defending champions’ 15-game winning streak and forcing them to play in the stepladder semifinals without a twice-to-beat advantage despite their no. 2 record.Still, the multi-titled mentor was glad with how the Red Lions fought against the Pirates, noting that hope is still not lost in their title retention quest despite missing out on the Final 4 bonus. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We nearly won the game but we didn’t finish it. I just told the players that even though we lost this game, we still have another chance of getting into the Finals,” he said. “We just lost twice-to-beat advantage (because of the stepladder semis). We’re just on a bye and waiting for a knockout match. We just made life hard for us, but at least we showed that we can beat Lyceum.”But Fernandez warned San Beda that as much as the players want to get back at Lyceum in the big stage, it has to focus on the task at hand which is the stepladder semifinals.“Our main goal right now is not to look for LPU. Our focus is on the semifinals and who we’re gonna play next because until now, we still don’t who are opponent is in the stepladder,” he said. “Let’s forget LPU first. Let’s manage that semifinals win. Right now, we’re staying focused on what we have to do and focus on the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Ex-Tottenham defender Jadon Brown excited about Huddersfield ‘challenge’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Jadon Brown is excited about his move to Huddersfield Town.After signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Town, the Lewisham-born defender was ‘very excited’ at the prospect of joining the Club and moving away from home.“It’s a new challenge for myself with being away from home, a new dressing room and a new opportunity,” he told HTTV.“It was an easy decision for me because I have more opportunities to be in and around the First Team and I thought that if I get that chance then that is something that I can try and take.”The youngster added that he wanted to ‘get the experience’ of playing against different types of footballing sides.“As you get older the game changes and you’re not always playing against technical player.“For me as a player I like to get forward a lot and you know you’ve got to do more defending in the box, more blocks and more heading, so I can challenge my game a lot as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man City and Arsenal learn their Women’s Champions League opponentsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Women’s Champions League last 16.Nick Cushing’s team lost to Atletico in the last 32 of the 2018-19 competition.Women’s Super League champions Arsenal will play Slavia Prague, while Glasgow City will face Brondby.The first legs will be played on 16-17 October, with the second legs scheduled for 30-31 October.Glasgow City (Sco) v Brondby (Den)Barcelona (Esp) v FC Minsk (Blr)BIIK-Kazygurt (Kaz) v Bayern Munich (Ger)Lyon (Fra) v Fortuna Hjorring (Den)Paris St-Germain (Fra) v Breidablik (Isl)Wolfsburg (Ger) v FC Twente (Ned)Slavia Prague (Cze) v Arsenal (Eng)Manchester City (Eng) v Atletico Madrid (Esp) TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Kentucky’s men’s basketball team opens its NCAA Tournament tomorrow night, when the No. 1-seeded Wildcats will take on No. 16 seed Hampton. Today, John Calipari’s squad is having a practice at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville that is open to the public. There are a ridiculous amount of Kentucky fans in attendance. During a point in the practice, the Wildcats started taking half-court shots. Kentucky star freshman forward Karl Anthony-Towns made one, sending the fan base into a frenzy. Kentucky and Hampton are set to tip off at 9:40 p.m. E.T. Thursday. The game will be televised on CBS.
FREDERICTON – Scientists in one of Canada’s snowiest cities will help a sunny Caribbean island switch to a green energy grid, leaving fossil fuels in its wake.University of New Brunswick researchers have received $4.3 million from Ottawa and Emera Inc. — the parent company of Barbados Light & Power Co. — to develop potentially breakthrough renewable energy technology.The five-year project, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Liuchen Chang, will be based at the university’s smart-grid research lab in Fredericton.“At this stage, we’re getting the data from Barbados and doing the research and modelling,” Chang said Wednesday. “In the next stage, we are going to bring the technologies to Barbados and work with Emera on the installation and testing in the field.”With roughly 120,000 power customers and a grid capacity of 240 megawatts, the Lesser Antilles island is the right size to test green technology in a small-scale, energy-hungry market.“What we want to do is use the island as a demonstration project and showcase these technologies,” said Chris Huskilson, Emera president and CEO.“The reason we’re talking about Barbados is because it’s an economy that actually has the opportunity to go 100 per cent renewable more rapidly than most other places. It has a mandate from the government to do that, and also a tremendous solar resource and a very good wind resource.”In 2010, the island’s electricity generation was 100 per cent oil-fired, which has since been reduced by about 20 per cent. The country has pledged to transition to a fully renewable energy grid by 2045.However, one of the long-standing issues with renewable energy is its intermittent nature — the sun has to be shining or wind blowing for energy to be produced.It’s one of the challenges Chang and his UNB team plan to address through electric vehicle storage systems, shaping customer demand and encouraging a proliferation of small-scale generation.“We’re focused on … battery storage and electrical vehicles, small generators such as rooftop (photovoltaic) systems and customer load,” Chang said, adding that the smart-grid technologies can enable an electricity grid to shift to 100 per cent renewable energy without being crippled by the intermittent nature of renewables.A focus of the Barbados project is so-called distributed energy resources, which includes small-scale renewable projects like rooftop solar or wind systems.“About three-quarters of the solar energy that is being produced today is from rooftops, so there will be a combination of larger scale and distributed,” Huskilson said. “Part of what the smart-grid technology being developed at UNB will allow us to do is to control those rooftop devices and add storage and the ability to actually have them support the grid in a much better way.”Chang said rooftop solar and wind may be small in size “but you aggregate them together and they are huge.”Barbados Light and Power plans to offer incentives to customers to plug in their electric vehicles as a cost-saving measure.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is investing $2.8 million through the Atlantic Innovation Fund while the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has contributed $82,100. Emera has put $1.4 million towards this project.Huskilson said the smart-grid technology being developed at UNB can be deployed anywhere in the world, including in Atlantic Canada.— By Brett Bundale in Halifax
Near the midway point of its 2009-10 campaign, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will host the team up north.This weekend, the Buckeyes (4-5-1 CCHA, 6-9-1 overall) will host the Michigan Wolverines (3-5-0 CCHA, 7-7-0 overall) in a vital CCHA rivalry matchup. The contests aren’t only significant because of the schools’ historic rivalry, but because they provide an opportunity for both teams to move up in the CCHA standings as both squads move closer to the main stretch of the season.Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan, 29-64-11, and has lost six of the past 10 meetings.Michigan currently sits near the CCHA cellar in 11th place, while OSU checks in at the eighth spot. The Buckeyes will be storming into this series riding one of their finest victories of the season after defeating No. 6 Bemidji State in overtime 2-1 on Nov. 28. OSU also improved its record to 5-2-1 in Saturday’s contests. The Buckeyes will look to turn around their abysmal 1-7-0 record on Friday.Coming off of a 29-12-0 overall record and a 20-8-0 CCHA record, in which it led the CCHA in overall team offense and was tied for the best team defense, Michigan was skating into this season with dreams of a CCHA championship.It looked as if the Wolverines would follow the coaches and media poll predictions of being in the top spot in the CCHA as they started 4-2. But contests versus elite opponents such as Miami University and Michigan State humbled Michigan as it fell in five consecutive contests.However, the Wolverines have turned the page, as the team has won its past three contests while outscoring its opponents 13-3.Both schools’ coaches have left a significant mark on their school’s program. Red Berenson is in his 26th year as the coach of the Wolverines. He has also accounted for two of Michigan’s NCAA-record nine NCAA Division I championships.John Markell is in his 14th season behind the Ohio State bench. He has led the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament five times, the only appearances in program history.Michigan will enter this weekend’s contests hosting a number of the CCHA’s best offensive players. Junior forward Carl Hagelin leads the Wolverines with 12 points and seven goals. Fellow junior forwards Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso have scored 11 and 10 goals apiece, respectively.Junior goalie Bryan Hogan has started between the poles every contest for the Wolverines and hosts an impressive .903 save percentage and a goals allowed per game average of 2.30.Zac Dalpe is the Buckeyes’ lead scorer. The junior has a team-high nine goals and 17 points.Ohio State has two goaltenders who stand in the crease every other contest. Sophomore Cal Heeter currently holds a superior record to senior goaltender Dustin Carlson, at 5-2-1 compared to 1-7-0. But Carlson actually holds a better save percentage, .908 to Heeter’s .907.This weekend’s matchup between the two schools will add another chapter to one of the most historic rivalries in collegiate sports. OSU will host Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 8:05 p.m.
Junior defenseman, Clark Cristofoli (6), takes control of the puck in a game against Canisius. OSU won 3-0 at the Schottenstein Center Nov. 15. Credit: Brooke Sayre / Lantern photographer With freshman goalie Logan Davis’ first two collegiate starts came two victories as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team swept Canisius College over the weekend.Davis took over the reins after fellow freshman Matt Tomkins sustained a lower-body injury in the first four minutes of OSU’s victory against Niagara Nov. 9.“That’s why (Davis is) out there in practice every day,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Sometimes you take it for granted, and I know our guys don’t, and Logan went out there and did his job.”Alongside Davis’ performance, Rohlik attributed the Buckeyes’ (8-4-0, 0-0-0) wins to their defensive unit, which he said has been a focus of the team.“Our guys played hard. Our guys blocked a lot of shots – I think we blocked over 40 shots this weekend – and Logan, in the nets, did his job,” Rohlik said of the defense, which gave up only one goal against the Golden Griffins. “When guys buy in and they’re willing to sacrifice their body in this game and get in front of pucks like that, you know you’ve got something special, and I think we can build on this.”Coach Dave Smith of Canisius (2-7-0, 1-3-0) shared the same sentiment of the Buckeyes’ defense, saying “their desperation and their commitment to blocking shots was the difference in the game.”The second game of the two-game series was played Saturday, and the Buckeyes managed to hold onto to the lead to win, 3-1.Both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but OSU got on the board and took a 2-0 lead with two goals by senior forward Alex Szczechura and freshman defenseman Josh Healey. Canisius responded with a wraparound goal by junior forward Mitch McCrank at 7:49 to pull the Golden Griffins within one goal.For the remainder of the game, OSU played a defense-centric game and fended off any attack on the net that Canisius attempted. With less than a second left on the clock, junior forward Ryan Dzingel sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Griffins in the game, 29-23, and Davis stopped 22 of the shots he faced in his third victory as a goalie.Healey said playing consistently and not making drastic changes to the gameplay was what helped the team to keep its lead.“We just stuck to our game plan and kept going,” Healey said. “They pushed at the end, but we stuck to our game — get pucks deep, keep (the puck) on the other side and keep the lead.”The two-game series opened up Friday, and OSU came away with a shutout victory over the Golden Griffins.After a goal in the first period by Dzingel, who leads the team with seven on the season, the Buckeyes opened up the gap even more in the second period with goals from junior defenseman Justin DaSilva and freshman forward Nick Schilkey. With these, OSU extended the lead to 3-0, which was decidedly the final score after neither team scored in the third stanza.The series ended the Buckeyes’ seven-game homestand, during which they won six games. The team has a weekend off before it is slated to open Big Ten play with against rival Michigan in Ann Arbor Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. OSU is then scheduled to return home against the Wolverines Dec. 2 at 7:05 p.m.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau – The unrelenting surge in violent crimes in The Bahamas led to an urgent meeting being called and the National Security Minister announcing the establishment of new initiatives which he hopes will not only give communities a stake in their safety but end the increase in murders.On Friday alone, three murders were recorded – one on Hospital Lane, another in Fox Hill and a third on Kemp Road. Minister Dames said the new arm will empower citizens to assist with patrols on foot and in vehicles and he told the country in a media debriefing after that meeting, that there will be a structural review.Police do not know how much manpower they need per division, and the review will find that out and a pilot of his new structure will be run, said Dames to determine its effectiveness. Getting intel on and reports of major crimes faster is another goal of the new Minister, he said a dismantled measure will be reinstated.The #CentralDetectiveUnit will be decentralized to give residents swifter response, a measure stopped under the PLP, Minister Dames said. There was also a promise that known drug houses will be shut down, that firearms trafficking will be disrupted and even the gangs themselves will be a focus as Police become more assertive. The new National Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch Council of the Royal Bahamas Police will be headed, for now, by Senior ACP, Stephen Dean.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
As delegates checked in at the Student Activities Center on the University of Houston campus for the Green Party convention, you could almost hear chants for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Netra Halperin was a DNC delegate in Philadelphia, but she’s in Houston as a self-proclaimed refugee from the Democratic Party following Sanders defeat.Halperin says, “I organized in collaboration with the Jill Stein (Green Party presumptive nominee) campaign that Bernie Sanders delegates held up Jill Stein signs when Hillary accepted her nomination.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Several delegates said they feel Clinton stole the Democratic Nomination and they’re looking for a viable alternative. The question is, Is the Green Party a practical option? Chris, a Sanders campaign volunteer from Florida is not so sure.“Is the Green Party willing to assume power? I don’t think that they can represent that they could assume power, if they win the Presidency,” he says.The concern for those that supported Sanders is that Green Party lacks the infrastructure necessary to compete nationally. Jack Wagner is a “green” politician from California. He thinks a success starts on the local level.“It really gets back to empowering individuals to pursue offices that are good fits for them, get elected and the more we can do that with people who happen to be “green” the stronger the Green Party will become,” he says.David Wager is the treasurer of the Harris County Green Party. He hopes the party can build interest for candidates here in Houston.“It behooves us to try and build that local infrastructure and have some candidates that meet peoples’ needs in different communities around town,” Wager says.While there have been Green Party candidates elected to local and state office, the party is still looking for its first candidate to federal office. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:12
Hubble telescope picture of T Pyxidis, from a compilation of data taken on Feb. 26, 1994, and June 16, Oct. 7, and Nov. 10, 1995, by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Credit: NASA This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A massive white dwarf star in our galaxy may become a supernova several million years from now, and could damage the Earth and possibly destroy life on Earth. Scientists at the American Astronomical Society’s 215th meeting, in Washington DC, said earlier this week that new observations of T Pyxidis in the constellation Pyxis (the compass) using the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite, indicate the white dwarf is part of a close binary system with a sun, and the pair are 3,260 light-years from Earth and much closer than the previous estimate of 6,000 light-years. The white dwarf in the T Pyxidis system is a recurrent nova, which means it undergoes nova (thermonuclear) eruptions around every 20 years. The most recent known events were in 1967, 1944, 1920, 1902, and 1890. These explosions are nova rather than supernova events, and do not destroy the star, and have no effect on Earth. The astronomers do not know why the there has been a longer than usual interval since the last nova eruption.Astronomers believe the nova explosions are the result of an increase of mass as the dwarf siphons off hydrogen-rich gases from its stellar companion. When the mass reaches a certain limit a nova is triggered. It is unknown whether there is a net gain or loss of mass during the siphoning/explosion cycle, but if the mass does build up the so-called Chandrasekhar Limit could be reached, and the dwarf would then become a Type 1a supernova. In this event the dwarf would collapse and detonate a massive explosion resulting in its total destruction. This type of supernova releases 10 million times the energy of a nova.Observations of the white dwarf during the nova eruptions suggest its mass is increasing, and pictures from the Hubble telescope of shells of material expelled during the previous explosions support the view. Models estimate the white dwarf’s mass could reach the Chandrasekhar Limit in around 10 million years or less. According to the scientists the supernova would result in gamma radiation with an energy equivalent to 1,000 solar flares simultaneously – enough to threaten Earth by production of nitrous oxides that would damage and perhaps destroy the ozone layer. The supernova would be as bright as all the other stars in the Milky Way put together. One of the astronomers, Dr Edward Sion, from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, said the supernova could occur “soon” on the timescales familiar to astronomers and geologists, but this is a long time in the future in human terms.Astronomers think supernova explosions closer than 100 light years from Earth would be catastrophic, but the effects of events further away are unclear and would depend on how powerful the supernova is. The research team postulate it could be close enough and powerful enough to damage Earth, possibly severely, although other researchers, such as Professor Fillipenko of the Berkeley Astronomy Department, disagree with the calculations and believe the supernova, if it occurred, would be unlikely to damage the planet. Explore further Citation: Massive white dwarf in our galaxy may go supernova (2010, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-massive-white-dwarf-galaxy-supernova.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Star exploding inside another star sheds light on super stellar explosions
Kolkata: A decomposed body of an unidentified person was recovered from the backyard of a Forward Block office at Chittaranjan Avenue on Sunday morning.The incident triggered tension among locals.A sweeper first spotted the body and informed the locals. Police later recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. DC Central Subhankar Sinha Sarkar rushed to the spot following the incident.Police have started a detailed probe to ascertain if the victim was murdered or if the crime had taken place elsewhere and the body was later dumped on a narrow passage situated at the backyard of the Ford Ward block’s state head office. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have died 3-4 days ago. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLocals also told the police that they were getting a foul smell for past two days but could not identify the spot.On Sunday morning, one Bhudeb Mahali, a sweeper went to the spot and found the decomposed body of the man.The backyard where the body was found lying is a narrow passage with a building on one side and a boundary wall on the other. The matter was immediately informed to the local police station. The body was sent to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Some of the locals including some Forward block leaders claimed that someone might have climbed the wall and dumped the body there. The investigating officers are waiting for the postmortem report which might throw some light on the nature of his death. “One body has been recovered from Chittaranjan Avenue. It appears that the victim might have died 3-4 days ago. . A detailed probe has been initiated,” DC Central said.
Nielsen-owned Gracenote has launched a new Mobile Video Analytics solution designed to offer insights into the quality and performance of popular mobile video streaming apps.The solution is targeted at mobile operators, TV operators, streaming services and hardware manufacturers, allowing them to understand how mobile app performance impacts user behaviour and attitudes.The offering will also provide engagement metrics so that users can understand how, when and where viewers tune-in – including information such as average viewing time, network access and speed.“Nielsen has been at the forefront of measuring television and digital video content for decades and the new Gracenote Mobile Video Analytics solution extends our market-leadership position in the mobile streaming space,” said Mike Greenawald, senior vice-president, connectivity for Gracenote.“In a hotly-contested marketplace for subscribers, it is critical to understand the factors that drive engagement and retention. Gracenote Mobile Video Analytics identifies the key video performance factors that enable our customers to gain a competitive edge and make more informed business decisions.”
Rather quietly, there’s yet another revolution in computer technology going on – one that may bring about the kind of global democratization that enthusiasts have been predicting for so long. It’s the incredible shrinking computer. There are those who envision the day when every schoolchild on the planet will have one, creating a flood of new, youthful interest in programming.During our lifetimes, many of us have watched the computer evolve from a big, clunky mainframe, with its spinning tape reels and instructions arriving via punch cards, to a compact unit (which most people forget was originally called a microcomputer) that fit neatly on every desktop, to a battery-run laptop that you can take anywhere, and on down through various, ever-smaller devices like tablets and smartphones that share some but not all characteristics with computers.The next logical step would be a full-featured computer, with real power and programmability, that is super-cheap and fits in the palm of your hand. A sub-microcomputer, if you will. That step has been taken.The big splash in this area was made in early 2012 with the commercial debut of the British-based Raspberry Pi, which will come in two models, A and B, selling for US $25 and $35, respectively. Model B is the only one available at the moment, with Model A scheduled to begin shipping in the first quarter of this year.The Raspberry PiBoth versions come with a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor (which can be souped-up to 1 GHz without impairing the lifetime of the machine), a VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 megabytes of RAM that was later upgraded to 512MB. There is no hard disk nor solid-state drive; the computer uses an SD card for booting and long-term storage. Both have audio and HDMI video outputs.The Model B has two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Model A has a single USB port and lacks the built-in Ethernet controller, but it can connect to a network through a user-supplied USB Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter.Fedora Linux is the free, open-source operating system that’s used by default in the Raspberry Pi. But after users reported bugs in Fedora, Raspbian, a Debian-based OS optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware, was released in July 2012 and is the current recommended system.That’s a pretty impressive lineup of features for something so small and inexpensive – and the initial demand reflected that. Interest ran so high in the first days that it stalled the sites of the shops selling the computers. Moreover, that demand has proven durable. Premier Farnell, one of the two authorized manufacturers of the product (RS Components is the other), announced in January that it has sold more than a half-million units. RS Components, which took 100,000 pre-orders on day one, is apparently selling them equally briskly, so it’s likely that there are now a million of the devices out there.Such a number is mind-blowing to chip architect Eben Upton, co-creator of the little PC. “We honestly did think we would sell about 1,000, maybe 10,000 in our wildest dreams,” he says. “We thought we would make a small number and give them out to people who might want to come and read computer science at Cambridge.”Those 10,000 Upton thought he’d sell all told? Gone in the first couple of hours.While the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a charitable body initially funded by loans from Upton and five other trustees – was established with the intent to “educate and encourage a new generation of computer scientists and to invigorate computing in the UK and beyond,” it was no time at all before DIYers everywhere began devising all sorts of other applications. Among other things, it’s been used: to stream 1080p video; as a home-automation controller; to run photo/video picture frames around the house; to operate a video camera on a quadcopter UAV; and to maintain proper temperature levels in a beer-brewing operation. One ingenious person wrote on Reddit that his is functioning as a “kitchen computer. With a barcode scanner close to the trash can, so we can add items to the grocery list when something runs out.” And a project called FishPi aims to use the tiny PC to guide an unmanned boat across the Atlantic.For the more technically minded, anyone who really wants to dive into programming will find online a free Cambridge University course that teaches how to develop your very own Raspberry Pi OS.There’s also an app store. The Raspberry Pi website announced in December that it was launching “the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community.” Twenty-three free titles were made available as part of the store’s introductory inventory, including LibreOffice, Asterisk, Freeciv, OpenTTD, and Iridium Rising.That community is a growing part of the Raspberry Pi’s appeal. People are developing fanzines around the platform. Raspberry Jams – meetups of owners and enthusiasts, who gather to share stories, swap ideas, and generally work out what to do with their new devices – sprang up almost immediately in Britain. The idea then quickly spread to much of Europe, along with the US, Canada, Australia, and Singapore.Raspberry Pi’s low cost is bound to bring out any number of philanthropists and other buyers willing to give them away. For starters, Google – OK, undoubtedly sniffing profit somewhere down the road – just announced that it is donating 15,000 of the computers to schools in the UK.Naturally, anything that has had the kind of success that Raspberry Pi has is bound to spawn a host of competitive products. So it’s hardly a shocker that the sub-microcomputer market has exploded.Last summer brought the Oval Elephant. It costs $72 and comes with Android 4.0, but can run Linaro Linux as well.A microSD card slot supports up to 64GB, and a full HDMI port enables direct connections to a TV or monitor. The device is powered via a mini-USB port, and it also features built-in MIC and an external port for MIC audio.A single-core 1.5GHz AllWinner A10 Cortex A8 ARM processor runs the device; 1GB of DDR3 high-capacity memory is included, as is WiFi connectivity, a MALI400 graphics processing chip, and 1080p HDMI video output, with support for 2160p.Next up was the Mini X, retailing for $79, powered by the same AllWinner A10 processor.It can reportedly run a variety of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Puppy Linux. With support for both Android 2.3 and 4.0, the Mini X features 512MB of DDR RAM, 4GB of Nand Flash, a microSD slot, an HDMI port, and WiFi 802.11b/g/n with an external antenna. It plugs into a TV, where you can then run apps to your heart’s content; a remote is included.Then in September we saw the introduction of two new entrants into the under-$100 space.Cubieboard, created by a Chinese team, was birthed through crowdfunding on the Indiegogo.com site. Aptly promoted as a “Raspberry Pi on steroids,” the Cubieboard sells for just $49 and offers a 1 GHz ARM processor, Mali 400 graphics, a gigabyte of RAM and 4 gigs of flash memory. It can run Android, Ubuntu, and a variety of other Linux distributions. It has Ethernet, HDMI, and USB ports, as well as a built-in SATA port that lets it power a hard drive all on its own.At about the same time as Cubieboard appeared, South African distributor Reno Botes introduced the MK802, which sells for $74.It’s very similar to the Cubieboard, except that its processor is a dual-core ARM A9. In addition, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes access to the Google Play Store, which makes downloading apps simple.Finally, in November, Bulgaria-based Olimex trotted out the A13-OLinuXino, selling for $57. It comes with an Allwinner A13 Cortex A8 processor running at 1GHz, along with a 3D Mali400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. Four USB hosts are built-in – with one dedicated to WiFi – as is an SD card connector, VGA video output, audio output, five keys for Android navigation, and a UEXT connector for modules such as Zigbee or Bluetooth. Also available is an optional low-cost 7-inch LCD with touchscreen. Android 4.0 is included, but it’s also possible to run Debian and other Linux distributions, Olimex says.As you can see, while Raspberry Pi remains the price leader, those wanting a bit more computer are able to select among a number of entrants available for a bit more money.So what’s the takeaway from all this?It just might be that manufacturers of these microdevices are sowing the seeds for the next crop of young hackers (who will increasingly come from the developing world, as all of its nascent talents are released). Traditional PCs may soon be regarded like the mainframes of old, and vast networks of tiny, interconnected devices like this could be the next big leap forward.Super-cheap chips, ubiquitous wireless, small form factors, open sourcing, and a large and creative community all are coming together to support the ongoing computer revolution, which never stands still.Bits & BytesWhat’s Next in Wearable Computers? (San Francisco Chronicle)It just might be the SmartWatch. Google is actively exploring the idea of making one, Apple has been rumored to be doing the same, and a company called Pebble – which smashed crowdfunding records on Kickstarter by pulling in $10M – is about to ship its version. Some observers think the device could eventually replace the smartphone, finally landing us in Dick Tracy territory three-quarters of a century after the comic-strip detective started talking to his wrist.Same Old, Same Old for RIM (Globe and Mail)Research in Motion has appointed Alicia Keys to be its new global creative director. Oh, and it also released the Blackberry 10 to a wealth of rave reviews. Neither apparently impressed investors, who pounded the company’s stock price, knocking it back 20% in a day and a half.Surface Off to a Rocky Start (Computerworld)Microsoft’s Windows RT Surface tablet is off to an exceedingly poor start, with sales of at most 750,000 and very high rates of return, according to Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli. Alexander attributes the return rate to the steep learning curve of the Win 8 OS, and she notes that there is a “distinct lack of interest” among hardware makers – including Acer and Samsung – to build RT-based devices.Hike the Grand Canyon from Home (PCMag)If you’ve always wanted to hike the Grand Canyon but lack the physical or financial means, Google announced today that it has added more than 9,500 panoramic images of the canyon to its Maps service. The interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads.
I’m happy to report that I don’t have many stories for you today. The standout feature for the first week of deliveries against the July silver contract indicates that JPMorgan has taken roughly 90% of the metal offered for delivery, or a total of 1,637 contracts out of a cumulative total of 1,828 delivered so far. In turn, of the silver contracts stopped or accepted by JPMorgan, 90% (1,479 contracts) were for JPMorgan’s own house or proprietary trading account. In other words, JPMorgan took delivery of roughly 7.4 million ounces of silver in the COMEX warehouses for their own benefit and risk. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…06 July 2013 Ted wrote the above paragraph on Saturday in his weekly review for paying subscribers…and as I pointed out in both Monday and Tuesday’s Daily Delivery Report from the CME, JPMorgan Chase has stopped another 350 Comex silver contracts on top of that…or 1.75 million ounces. Adding that to Ted’s number, you come up with over nine million ounces of silver they’ve taken delivery of in their in-house [proprietary] trading account in the first six trading days of July…and that, dear reader, is a lot…and that’s just what we can see. Without doubt, they own much more [in one form or another] that we can’t see. There’s not much to discuss about yesterday’s price action, except for the fact that all four precious metals followed the same price path…and in a free market, that’s just not possible. All I’m waiting for now is the end game…and how it plays out…and over how short a time period. It’s only the start date that remains uncertain…and I’m sure that JPMorgan Chase, when they do let the precious metals rip to the upside, won’t be warning anyone in advance. You’ll know it’s happening when you look at the price action…and as Ted Butler has been telling me for about fifteen years now…you won’t need to ask “is this it?”…as it will be self-evident. All four precious metals got sold down a bit in Far East trading on their Wednesday, but have recovered somewhat now that London is trading. Volume’s are already pretty heavy, but mostly of the high-frequency trading variety…and the dollar index is down about 35 basis points. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:01 a.m. EDT…gold is up a few dollars…and silver is down a dime or so. Platinum and palladium are both trading unchanged from yesterday’s close in New York. I’m off to bed. See you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed on Monday at 84.20 in New York…and rallied up to 84.36 by 9:30 a.m. in Hong Kong trading. From that interim high, it rolled over and hit its low of the day at 84.10 just a few minutes or so before London opened. From there the index rallied over 30 basis points going into the London p.m. gold fix…and then shot up another 30 or so basis points…hitting its high tick [84.73] at 11:30 a.m. in New York. From there it sold off a handful of basis points into the close. The index closed at 84.64…up 44 basis points from Monday. There was obviously no correlation with the precious metal prices yesterday…especially when you observe the price action in the 3-hour time span between noon BST in London…and the London p.m. gold fix. The gold stocks peaked at the London p.m. gold fix…and it was all down hill until 2:15 p.m. EDT…when shares recovered a bit on the back of a tiny rally in the gold price that materialized at that point in time. The HUI finished up 1.02%. The silver stocks did better…with the exception of Coeur d’Alene and Hecla for some reason…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.13%. (Click to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 181 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. Once again the two largest short/issuers were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and JPMorgan Chase out of its client account…with 96 and 70 contracts respectively. Of course JPMorgan was the largest long/stopper again…picking up 170 contracts…virtually all of them for its in-house [proprietary] trading account. I wonder if JPM’s clients realize just how badly they’re getting their faces ripped off by the company that they do business with? It’s appalling…but all in a day’s work at that firm…and other Wall Street brokerage houses as well, I would suspect. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day…and another withdrawal from GLD. This time it was 231,907 troy ounces. Since July 1st…six business days ago in the U.S…not including today, which is Wednesday…about 918,000 ounces of gold have been withdrawn from GLD. And as of 10:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. While on the subject of SLV, I note that Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Silver Bar List, updated his website again yesterday…this time for the close of SLV business on July 3rd…and here are his comments: “Analysis of the 03 July bar list…and comparison to the previous week’s list…772,282.5 oz. were added (all to Brinks London)…144,670.0 oz. were removed (all from Brinks London)…and no bars had a serial number change. The bars added were from: Russian State Refineries (0.5M oz.), KGHM (0.3M oz.), and Henan Yuguang (0.0M oz.). The bars removed were from: Solar Applied Materials (0.1Moz). The bar list shows 144,058.8 oz. less than iShares reports. This is likely the result of a monthly withdrawal, but it is odd that it did not show up on the iShares page.” The link to Joshua’s website is here. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. All I’m waiting for now is the end game…and how it plays out…and over how short a time period. I shan’t bother giving a blow-by-blow description of the price action in each precious metal for the trading day on Planet Earth on Tuesday, as all four followed precisely the same pattern…a rally in Far East trading with the highs coming shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…a decline until noon in London…rallies into the 3:00 p.m. BST London p.m. gold fix [10:00 a.m. EDT in New York]…and then all were sold down, before more or less trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. EDT electronic close in New York, although both gold a silver both rallied a bit into the electronic close. It was just another free-market trading day in gold, silver, platinum and palladium yesterday. I shall dispense with the New York lows and highs for gold and silver, as they are irrelevant. Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,250.70 spot…up $13.40 on the day. Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $19.26 spot…up 19 cents on the day. Gold’s net volume was higher than yesterday by about 36,000 contracts…around 139,000 contracts in total. Silver’s gross volume was 36,000 contract…about 15 percent higher than on Monday. Sponsor Advertisement Opt Out! Tired of being saddled with higher taxes to help pay for the government’s reckless spending? Make sure your money and assets have diplomatic immunity from a government hell-bent on bankrupting the nation – and everyone in it. Find out how to take advantage of this strategy before the government outlaws it too (they’re already working on it). Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they didn’t report receiving any silver…and shipped a smallish 47,390.470 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here. In gold, these same depositories reported receiving 55,870 troy ounces…and shipped out 151,545 troy ounces for parts unknown. The link to that action is here.
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Start Up Your Day March 31, 2016 Image credit: Monica Dipres Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.No headset required. Microsoft began shipping HoloLens kits yesterday. In addition to the $3,000 device, the company announced an emulator will be available enabling developers to try out holographic apps, according to VentureBeat.“Lite-ing” up. Whoopi Goldberg is launching a marijuana startup just for the ladies to, relieve period pains. A power play. The American Civil Liberties Union released a map of all the places the FBI is taking Apple and, in some cases, even Google, to court in an effort to unlock suspects’ phones. According to Engadget, the ACLU has uncovered 63 cases so far.Taking a different tone. Google introduced a new voice for its search app. Sounding more subtle and neutral, it’s designed to seem more human with more intonation changes, like a higher-pitched inquisitive tone.An unlikely adviser. A 1990 letter from Harper Lee was auctioned off Wednesday. In it, the famed author discusses the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. She doesn’t hold back. A fresh start. Burrito-maker Chipotle Mexican Grill likely has a burger chain concept in the works. It filed trademark paperwork for the name “Better Burger,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Add to Queue Lindsay Friedman Download Our iOS App Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Next Article Chipotle Could Be Opening a Burger Chain — Start Up Your Day Roundup 2 min read –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine.