Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”Ebden was playing his first tour-level final.center_img MOST READ FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKNEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more

Gun debate: right to own vs civil disarmament

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In the wake of the Orlando, Florida nightclub massacre this month, the debate over the sale of assault weapons rages on with both the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada suggesting it hurts the fight against terrorism.By the end of last week the FBI was now saying, it hadn’t found any clear evidence to suggest Omar Mateen, the slain nightclub gunman was a committed jihadist, but investigators have conceded that during his murderous rampage, Mateen took time to post on Facebook the US would face more ISIS vengeance. Following confirmation that an AR-15 rifle was Mateen’s primary killing weapon, the debate crossed the border again with NDP leader Tom Mulcair picking up a left-wing online press attack directed at Fort St. John’s Bob Zimmer.- Advertisement -Arguing he supports it, the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP, had tabled a petition in Parliament last month on behalf of an Atlantic Canada firearms advocate, saying lawful owners should be allowed to use the restricted weapon to “Lawfully participate in the Canadian cultural practice of hunting in Canada.”Mr. Mulcair seized the massacre moment to go on the attack against that position calling the petition, “A monumental error” and adding, “When a weapon like that can produce a massacre like this, you don’t need to be convinced that you shouldn’t liberalize access to that weapon.”Supporters of the AR-15 petition argue you don’t effectively counter terrorism by simply focussing on one potential killing weapon of choice, and they add what’s needed is to drastically step up efforts to eliminate terrorists who use weapons to kill, like the 25 year old killer of two French Police officials who was killed a week ago today, by police after he knifed to death, two French police officials.Advertisement Blair Hagen is the Vice-President of the National Firearms Association.Meantime, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office has been quoted as saying the Liberal government has no plans to change the classification of the AR-15, meaning, in this country, it will remain restricted to shooting range use.last_img read more

Titan’s Methane Lakes Shallow, Dynamic

first_imgStrange things are happening on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon: lakes are appearing and disappearing.  This can only mean that the lakes are shallow and the liquid hydrocarbons in them are moving around.    Lakes were discovered a few years ago in the northern regions of the Mercury-size moon.  They consist predominantly of methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6).  Another large lake called Ontario Lacus (Lake Ontario, because of its similarity to Earth’s counterpart) was discovered near the south pole.  Then, in Oct 2004, new dark areas appeared in Arrakis Planitia near the south after a presumed cloudburst of liquid methane (picture); the lakes in this area have also shrunk considerably in 44 months between observations.    A new paper in Icarus1 presented observations in visible light, infrared and radar covering the period 2004-2009.  They indicate that Ontario has been shrinking rapidly between 2005 and 2009 (picture).  The southwest shoreline has retreated by 9-11 kilometers (5.5 to 7 miles).2  Though estimates are difficult due to the distance and resolution of some measurements, the authors’ best guess is that “The observed retreat represents a decrease in area of ~500 km2 over almost 4 years.”    Estimating volume loss is more difficult.  While impossible to calculate Ontario’s volume loss directly, they estimated how much Arrakis gained and lost as a proxy.  Based on estimates of methane-carrying capacity of the 2004 cloud system (about a million square kilometers), the cloudburst must have dropped 2.4 to 14 cm of methane rain into the Arrakis basin (upper limit 4.2 m).  This yields estimates that between 24 to 140 km3 of liquid was lost at Arrakis in 4 years from a combination of evaporation and infiltration; probably similar amounts at Ontario.    There are clues that the lake bottoms might be impermeable.  The northern lakes are in Titan spring and have not shrunk between observations.  Earlier estimates expected one meter of seepage into the interior per year.  The rapid shrinkage at Arrakis and Ontario over a timescale of several months “strongly suggests either a shallow impermeable layer or that the local methane table lies close to the surface.”  It will be interesting to watch what the “methane cycle” does to the southern and northern lakes as the seasons change and more sunlight hits the north.    One other interesting observation was that the exposed lake bottom is not dark, as might be expected from sedimentation of hydrocarbons.  Either wave action cleansed the bottom as the shoreline retreated, or any sediments are light colored.  The authors favor the latter, saying that “bright organic condensates may be deposited within the lakes and exposed as the liquid level drops (Barnes et al., 2009).”  This view is strengthened by the fact that the Cassini orbiter’s cameras saw numerous dark features in the south in 2004-2005, but light material as Ontario retreated.  It is not possible to know from albedo (reflected brightness) alone the composition of the bright sediments.1.  E.P. Turtle, J.E. Perry, A.G. Hayes, A.S. McEwen, “Shoreline Retreat at Titan�s Ontario Lacus and Arrakis Planitia from Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem Observations” (accepted manuscript; final pending), Icarus, Feb 2011, S0019-1035(11)00054-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2011.02.005.2.  Highest resolution was possible at the southern parts of the lake; more uncertainty exists at the northern boundaries.  Radar altimetry suggests that the southwest shore has a gradual slope, while the eastern shore is steep.The study of Titan is a work in progress, so any conclusions drawn at this time are subject to revision as more data come in.  We can, however, step back and consider what planetary scientists expected to find and what they have found so far.  In the decades after the Voyager visits (1981), when scientists realized an irreversible erosion of atmospheric methane was precipitating hydrocarbons onto the surface (especially ethane, which has no way to get back into the atmosphere), scientists expected to find, over the course of 4.5 billion years, an accumulation of half a kilometer or more of liquid ethane in a global ocean.  That was a clear prediction that has been spectacularly falsified by Cassini observations (see list of previous articles).  In fact, the Huygens probe was designed to float on that ocean that failed to materialize.    Instead, we found Titan to have paltry accumulations of liquid in scattered lakes near the poles, while the equatorial regions are largely covered in icy sand dunes.  Now we are learning that the polar lakes are probably shallow, could have impermeable bottoms, and move around so rapidly that they don’t deposit sediment on the lake floors (or else they deposit bright sediments).  But if the sediments are bright, which would be surprising in itself, is there enough sediment to account for 4.5 billion years of deposition?  In addition, Titan, the largest moon with the greatest gravitational attraction, has few craters (three to five) after all that time.    You have to ask yourself whether it is credible these processes have been going on for billions of years.  Did 4.5 billion years ever exist?  Is it a fiction?  In order to save the blessed timescale so precious to planetary scientists (because Darwin depends on it), all kinds of evidence-free theory-rescue devices are being rigged: maybe the ethane seeped into the interior where no one can find it; maybe the interior has a methane reservoir that erupts through cryovolcanoes, replenishing the atmosphere; maybe this, maybe that.  If scientists stuck to the observations and drew reasonable conclusions from data alone, they would have to conclude that there are severe upper limits on how long Titan has been acting this way.  Let facts be submitted to a candid world.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ISON Died a Customary Comet Death

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Comet ISON was not unusual for breaking up and sputtering to a fiery end.  That’s in comets’ nature.Hopes for a big show by the advertised “comet of the century” came to a dismal end as Comet ISON broke up after its perihelion swing around the sun on November 28th.  The announcement was a bit of a roller-coaster ride.  Initial reports failed to see it re-emerge after its fiery plunge behind the sun, but then a broad, wedge-shaped tail appeared in SOHO images long enough to keep hope alive.  It rapidly dimmed, however, leading astronomers to conclude it had been ripped apart into smaller fragments that quickly burned out.Richard A. Kerr, writing for Science Magazine, said that comets often break up:Comet ISON’s disintegration into a cloud of debris as it neared its closest approach to the sun on 28 November came as no surprise to astronomers. They knew the kilometer-size “dirty snowball” or nucleus at the heart of the comet had never been tested by the rigors of a passage through the inner solar system. And no icy comet nucleus was all that sturdily built eons ago during the formation of the planets…. Astronomers now believe that the sun’s searing heat and its wrenching tidal pull—stretching the nucleus like so much putty—did in the nucleus hours before its closest approach to the sun.Heat and tidal stress are destructive processes.  PhysOrg says Comet ISON lost three trillion tonnes of its mass per second as it rounded the sun.  Kerr assumes that comets are dirty “snowballs,” borrowing the terminology of earlier astronomers who thought that they originated far away from the sun (wrong; see 1/25/08 and 9/09/08).  What’s proven more interesting than the snow is the dirt.  The Deep Impact (9/07/05) and Stardust (3/14/06, 12/18/06) missions surprised astronomers by showing evidence of minerals that required high temperatures to form (4/18/11, 7/29/11), 9/24/08).Kerr assumes that comet nuclei were “built eons ago,” (albeit not “sturdily”), but no one has observed any solar system body accrete from dust or ice.  What they do observe is bodies like comets blowing out material (like a comet tail, the geysers of Enceladus, or the volcanoes of Io), or breaking up, or both (5/10/06).  Planetary scientists have had difficulty explaining the source of comets (e.g., 9/03/03, 10/05/03) and their longevity (e.g., 12/27/07).As it is in the nature of comets to break up, it is in the nature of science reporters to use assumptions as a shield for ignorance.  Kerr speaks glibly about “the formation of the planets.”  OK, Mr. Kerr, how did they form?  Using only the laws of physics, and no design, can you get small particles to form an Earth or a Jupiter?  (See 6/23/11, 5/21/09, or for comets, 10/01/07).  Do you have any observational evidence for your model?  Remember, some dust disks around other stars were thought to be early solar systems, but were later re-interpreted to be remnants of planets breaking up (see 7/07/12).We’ve reported many times about the short lifetimes of comets and how this poses problems for belief in billions of years.  Search on “comets” on this page for examples, like “Comets are Cracking Up” (3/29/10) and the embedded links provided above.last_img read more

National roundtable on lawsuit abuse targeting North Carolina farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall  joined a special national agriculture roundtable highlighting a recent wave of nuisance lawsuits targeting North Carolina hog farms. The event, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, brought together legislators and agriculture leaders to discuss the growing threat to farmers and exposed how out-of-state trial lawyers are using nuisance lawsuits to circumvent state right-to-farm laws.The discussion centered on the economic impact of nuisance lawsuits on America’s farmers and rural communities.“This is pitting neighbor against neighbor and community against community,” Duvall said. “The regulations need to be on the trial lawyers. We need to let our farmers and ranchers do what they do best, and that is feeding the world. They will not be a nuisance. They deserve a fair shot. They deserve to grow and succeed,” he said.North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten also addressed the panel. “What concerns me are the scars that could be left in rural North Carolina and in our rural communities due to these types of lawsuits,” he said.Attendees also heard about the looming threat to all aspects of U.S. agriculture nationwide.“This is something that not only affects our animal agriculture, it affects our crop agriculture. If we don’t do something about it now, there is not a farm in the country that won’t be affected,” said North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.The roundtable was hosted by Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Troxler and North Carolina Farm Bureau. Industry leaders in attendance included Wooten, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Chief Executive Officer Dr. Barb Glenn.Video of the event is available on North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Facebook page at read more

Sales is Now a Very Different Game

first_imgIf you’re still approaching sales in the same way it was done 30, 20, or even 10 years ago, you won’t be successful. To understand how it has changed, let’s back way up and take a big picture, generational view.1st GenerationLet’s go back 50 – 100,000 years. You need to survive, so you need to prospect and find people with whom to trade goods. You needed a story to tell, and you’re going to have to ask for a commitment to exchange goods. Those are first level sales skills. You still need them, but they’ve been around for a long, long time.2nd GenerationNext, fast forward to the Industrial Age, where we see massive disruption due to mass production. Now, you need to differentiate your offering. It is what GM did so successfully against Ford. Instead of Ford’s “You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black,” GM offered customers choices. They could have a color, and style of car, that differentiated their car from all of the black cars on the market.With these changes, sales is more complex. You have to differentiate, you have to diagnose, and you have to figure out what people need. And then, you have to be able to negotiate. Because there are different levels of value being created, there are different levels of value being captured to deliver that. These changes require the 2nd generation of sales skills.3rd GenerationAt present, we’re in the 3rd generation of sales – on the verge of a 4th generation, because there is another disruption on the horizon. Now you need new skills:Business acumenThe ability to answer the question “why should I change?”The ability to lead teams – your team and your client’s team, in the process of changing.We’re talking about the need for a very high-level skill set, and it’s what salespeople are now required to do.You say you want to be a trusted advisor. You only need two things to do that: trust, and advice. If you don’t have the advice, you can’t be a trusted advisor. You need business acumen, and you need the ability to help people change. That’s the biggest, most dramatic change in sales, and it’s why people are struggling. They want it to be the product, service, or solution, and it’s none of those things. You are the value prop now. You are what they’re buying. They either believe you and think you can help them change, or they don’t want you on their team.Photo credit: Irudayam Only a pawn in their game via photopin (license)last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: T-20 tie, ODI series squad on Saturday

first_imgThe Indian cricket team for the one-off Twenty20 international and the five-match ODI series against England will be selected on Saturday.The selectors will meet in Chennai to select the team, BCCI sources said on Friday. India trailing 0-2 in the four-match Test series against EnglandThe solitary Twenty20 match would be held on August 31 at Old Trafford, Manchester followed by the ODI series commencing at Chester-le-Street on September 3.The fifth and the final ODI will be held on September 16 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.Series scheduleWed Aug 31 – Only T20I at Old TraffordSat Sep 3 – 1st ODI at Chester-le-StreetTue Sep 6 – 2nd ODI at SouthamptonFri Sep 9 – 3rd ODI at Kennington Oval, LondonSun Sep 11 – 4th ODI at Lord’s, LondonFri Sep 16 – 5th ODI at Cardifflast_img read more

Video New Mein Schiff 1 Floated Out at Meyer Turku

first_imgImage Courtesy: TUI CruisesNew Mein Schiff 1, a next-generation cruise ship built for German cruise line TUI Cruises, was floated out from Meyer Turku’s dry dock in Finland.Following the completion of its assembly from giant blocks and the float-out, the ship will undergo further interior outfitting before delivery. New Mein Schiff 1 is an evolution of the Mein Schiff 6, which was delivered to the company in May this year.At 315 meters, the newbuilding will be 20 meters longer than its predecessor. The delivery is scheduled for spring 2018.New Mein Schiff 1 will be named in Hamburg on May 11, 2018, and begin operating shortly afterwards, according to the company.“With the new Mein Schiff 1, TUI cruises creates a whole new ship generation in its fleet. It is based on our existing newbuilds, which we have again developed and supplemented with new attractions,” Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises, commented.“So far we could only see the design developments of New Mein Schiff 1 in parts or in our computer renderings. But to see them in reality is always again fascinating…We are in parallel rebuilding and modernizing the shipyard with new recruitments and our investments. A concrete sign is the preparations for the erection of our new gantry crane. This complicated heavy lifting procedure will start right away after New Mein Schiff 1 has left the dock,” Jan Meyer, Meyer Turku CEO, noted.New Mein Schiff 1 is the fifth ship built by Meyer Turku shipyard for German TUI Cruises.Video Courtesy: Meyer Turkulast_img read more

David de Gea focused on winning games for United

first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more