Brathwaite’s 20 not enough for Daredevils

first_imgMOHALI, India, (CMC): West Indies’ Twenty20 World Cup star Carlos Brathwaite sparkled but for a brief moment as his Delhi Daredevils continued their erratic form in the Indian Premier League to plunge to a nine-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. Chasing 182 at the PCA Stadium, Delhi started well but then faltered to finish on 172 for five, missing the chance to join front-runners Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions on 12 points. They now lie third on ten points after losing their fourth game of the season. Brathwaite hit three sixes in his 20. South African opener Quinton de Kock lashed a top score of 52 from 30 deliveries in a 70-run first-wicket stand with Sanju Samson, who made 49. Karun Nair stroked 23, while Brathwaite, batting at number five, smashed a four and a six in scoring 12 from six balls before top-edging a pull at seamer Sandeep Sharma to be caught at midwicket in the 18th over. At that stage, Delhi required 28 runs from the last two overs, but a brilliant penultimate over from medium pacer Mohit Sharma, which cost just three runs, turned the game firmly in Kings XI favour. Wriddhiman Saha and Marcus Stoinis had earlier struck the joint top score of 52 as Kings XI mustered 181 for five after being sent in. Opener Murali Vijay chipped in with 25 from 16 balls. Brathwaite proved expensive as his two overs of medium pace leaked 20 runs.last_img read more

Picture special: Fifth ‘Run in the Dark’ proves a huge hit in Gweedore

first_imgTHE FIFTH annual Run in the Dark was held in Gweedore at the weekend.€1,350 was raised – taking the total to €16,350 over the five years.Organisers have paid tribute to the people of Gweedore and the surrounding areas for turning out in such numbers. The Run in the Dark for the Mark Pollock Trust raises money for spinal cord injury research.Anita and David from the No Barriers Foundation introduced organisers to the robotic eksoskeleton.Thanks has been paid to sponsors Siopa Mhicí, Cois Farraige Bakers, Maple Store and Donegal Hygiene.Music in the Amharclann was provided by Lara and Kelly and a huge thanks goes out to everyone involved for making the event a huge success. Picture special: Fifth ‘Run in the Dark’ proves a huge hit in Gweedore was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Is Cosmology Getting Wimp-y?

first_imgPhysics and astronomy are usually thought of as the “hard” sciences, where empiricism is king. Read the following excerpts from a story on the BBC News science page with that in mind (suggestion: replace “dark matter” with “mysterious unknown stuff”).The first stars to appear in the Universe may have been powered by dark matter, according to US scientists…. when the Universe was still young, there would have been abundant dark matter, made of particles called Wimps: Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. These would have fused together and obliterated each other long before nuclear fusion had the chance to start. As a result, the first stars would have looked quite different from the ones we see today, and they may have changed the course of the Universe’s evolution – or at least held it up. The theory, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, depends on particles that astronomers can’t see, but are certain exist, and physicists have never detected. But the indirect evidence for their existence is overwhelming.Let’s take stock so far. Some kind of mysterious unknown stuff has never been detected, but it determined the fate of the universe and all that it contains. The mysterious unknown stuff, remember, has never been detected, but it has a name: Wimps. Even though never detected, scientists are certain there was a lot of the mysterious unknown stuff at the beginning, colliding, fusing and obliterating itself, and forming the first stars, which would have looked quite different from the stars we see, even though they have never been detected, either. Now to the indirect evidence that is overwhelming. The article continues:“Dark matter particles make up more than three-quarters of the mass of the Universe,” says theoretical physicist Katherine Freese from the University of Michigan. “In fact, billions of them are passing through each of us every second.” In the early Universe, there would have been even more.It seems that this indirect evidence for the mysterious unknown stuff that has never been detected is an artifact of a popular current theory that postulates its existence (06/20/2003, esp. bullet 5). Our problem is that we cannot detect the billions of Wimps that MUST (Mysterious Unknown STuff) be passing through our bodies every second. So let’s turn our most powerful space telescope to the edge of the universe, and learn if it sees what MUST be there:The nature of the first stars has long puzzled astronomers. Immediately after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded and cooled, so that for millions of years it was filled with dark, featureless hydrogen and helium – and perhaps Wimps. Astronomers can see that there were normal stars 700 million years after the Big Bang – the Hubble Telescope looking to the edges of the Universe, which is like looking back billions of years in time, can see whole galaxies of them.So far, we have only observed KS (Known Stuff), not Mysterious Unknown STuff. The article gets even stranger. Scientists have figured out what MUST have occurred: to get from darkness to light, it MUST have pulled the universe together, causing it to “change course” on a path to stars, planets and life. Stranger still, the old story about mysterious unknown stuff has been replaced by a new one creating exotic new structures out of exotic unknown ingredients:It had been thought the hydrogen brought together by these dark matter haloes would collapse to make the first small stars, and would start to make inside themselves the first new elements – carbon, oxygen, silicon and other materials needed by planets and life. But the new paper says reactions between the Wimps, colliding and annihilating each other, would have generated enough heat to keep the protostars inflated – like hot air balloons. And as more Wimps rained down on them the heating would have kept going.Naturally, “The details of what the stars would have looked like have yet to be worked out,” since they cannot be observed. A good deal of effort and money is being expended to try to create some linkage between theory and observation. For instance, Science Daily described sophisticated new dark matter detectors being readied by Fermilab. One experiment described in another article on Science Daily failed to detect Wimps, the leading candidate for the mysterious unknown stuff. Astronomers have been looking for it for years (07/23/2007) but recently, the race to be first to detect it is picking up steam. Maybe the new Large Hadron Collider coming online this fall at CERN will help discover the mysterious unknown stuff that makes up the universe and determines its fate.One would almost think we are back in the dark ages, listening to wizards peep and mutter about mysterious vapors and essences and emanations that control our fate. They haven’t found Wimps yet but are already talking about Super-Wimps (07/02/2003). If the intellectually-wimpy believers in Wimpy dark matter don’t find it soon, or if new theories gain ground that don’t need it, these searchers are going to look very silly for having said 80% of reality consisted of superfluous nonexistent stuff. One would think they would look silly; actually, they will probably relish the Progress Of SciencE (POSE). Ever since Charlie welcomed fantasy into science, all branches of modern investigation have loosened the restrictions on empiricism. Now, it is quite fashionable to postulate mysterious unknown stuff if it MUST keep your materialistic story going. Geology set the stage before Darwin by envisioning vast ages of unobservable prehistory. Psychology imported mysterious unknown stuff like the Unconscious, the Id, the Ego and Superego, and Archetypes. Political Science imported it in the form of Utopian visions that would be realized by the Class Struggle and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat over the Bourgeoisie and the mysterious Kulaks (you could be one yourself). Physical Chemistry imported Charmed Quarks and other exotic things that are almost indistinguishable from the theories that require them. And evolutionary biology is loaded with mysterious unknown stuff: mystical “selection forces” that cause wondrous organs and complex structures to “emerge” and “arise” and “appear” shedding light on modern man’s dark understanding. In fact, much of the heritage of Charles Darwin is a vision of getting Known Stuff from Mysterious Unknown Stuff by a long, gradual, unobservable process called Emergence. If this all sounds like some ancient mystery religion, you got it. Mysterious Unknown STuff, also known as snake oil, is rampant in science these days. We’re long past the modern science era. Now we are living in the era of what Francis Schaeffer called “modern modern science” – a fantasy cosmos of self-actualizing miracles. Anything goes – except a miracle Worker.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

UMass Opens ‘Landmark’ Timber Building

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Wolfe Island Passive: Building With Cross-Laminated TimberA New Timber Tower Opens in MinneapolisCross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in PortlandCan Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers? The University of Massachusetts at Amherst officially opened the new Design Building late last month, calling it the most advanced cross-laminated timber structure in the U.S. and the largest building of its kind in the Northeast.The Design Building will house three academic departments — architecture, building and construction technology, and landscape architecture and regional planning — and provide what Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called “an optimal space for team projects and experiments.” The building is packed with energy-saving and green features, including LED lighting, ample daylighting, heat-recovery ventilation, rain gardens, low-flow plumbing faucets, and access to public transportation, according to a a statement from UMass.Cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction is still relatively unusual in North America, but it is gaining some traction as a replacement for conventional concrete-and-steel designs in both residential and commercial buildings. Advocates say that the thick panels, which are made by gluing layers of sawn lumber together, produce fewer carbon emissions than manufacturing concrete and steel and offer a number of other practical advantages.center_img According to a fact sheet on the $52 million project, the floors are made with a CLT-concrete composite.UMass said that the building contains 70,000 cubic feet of wood and avoided 2,300 metric tons of carbon emissions when compared to a concrete-and-steel structure. The panels came from Canada, but UMass said that its own Building and Construction Technology Department developed some of the technology for the CLT components, and has been testing native Massachusetts species for suitability in CLT construction.Should CLT construction become more common, it could open the door for more rural jobs and better forest management in heavily forested New England states. For example, homegrown CLT building components could be made from hemlock, an under-used species in Massachusetts with low commercial value, according to a European consulting company that studied the potential of CLT construction in the region.The consultant, a company called Pöyry, said in a report written with the New England Forestry Foundation that if only 1% of new commercial, health, mid-rise residential, and commercial buildings were to be built with CLT components, one or two CLT mills with an output of 8 million board feet a year could be kept busy.last_img read more

NBA Finals Spurs Dominate Heat Again On Brink Of

The process elimination is all but complete. Only the process of extinction remains for the champion Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs put them there. Resoundingly.Functioning at an efficiency that stunned most observers for the second straight game, San Antonio cut and spliced the Heat, embarrassing them again in a 107-86 shellacking in Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 series lead.A victory in San Antonio in Game 5 Sunday would avenge last year’s collapse to the Heat and give the Spurs their fifth championship.“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”The Spurs smoked Miami in every conceivable fashion. LeBron James had 28 points, but they were inconsequential. Dwyane Wade looked beaten and had just 10 points. Meanwhile, everyone in a Spurs jersey scored, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was the best player on the floor again, after scoring 29 points in Game 3.“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”Tony Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 percent from the field and are hitting 54 percent in the series. Boris Diaw was spectacular off the bench with 9 assists, and Patty Mills had 14 points off the bench.James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13. However, San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back. read more

Meet The Golfer Who Could Smash The PGA Tour Driving Record

Finau is an incredible athlete who turned down Division I basketball scholarships to go professional in golf, and his sturdy 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame no doubt has a great deal to do with his eye-widening drives. The top four drivers on tour this season are all at least 6-foot-2. Plus, as Finau has said, before he learned how to hit the ball straight, he first learned how to hit it far.But what has changed this season? Like any dexterous big-hitter, Finau starts with a wide base and balance as he approaches his ball. Despite possessing cable-like arms — “arms like an orangutan,” as he put it — Finau has an extremely compact swing, unleashing his lower body through the ball. Drives don’t exist in a vacuum; there’s a whole host of factors that play into distance off the tee, including launch angle, club head speed and spin rate. Last season, Finau’s average club head speed was 123.1 miles per hour, but that figure has dropped to 122.2 mph this season. His spin rate also dropped: He ranked ninth a season ago, but this season he ranks outside the top 80, meaning his ball is generating more carry — 1.1 yards more, in fact. Finau is also showcasing a higher launch angle this season.An obscene 90.9 percent of Finau’s officially measured drives this season2 Because there’s no formal tracking of club selection, the tour measures only two drives per round, on specific holes, to safely assess driving capability. have eclipsed 300 yards, a mark that would obliterate Hank Kuehne’s record of 85.8 percent since began tracking the statistic in 2001. Consistency has been key for Finau: His longest drive this season, 391 yards at the Farmers Insurance Open, ranks outside the top 100 among all players. So he isn’t raising his average with a few bombs here and there — he’s doing this every time he tees it up.It’s worth noting that Finau’s marks are based on only 44 drives this season, around the same number you get when you purchase a medium bucket of balls at the practice range. The season doesn’t end until late September, so a lot could change; regression to the mean is always possible. But right now, if nothing else, Finau is swinging for history — and transcending our understanding of consistency at the tee box while he does it. Finau still has only one tour victory in his career. If that number changes in the coming weeks and months, people might forget about Johnson’s drives and take more notice of Finau’s. Tune into any PGA Tour event, and it won’t be long before the broadcast team comments on Dustin Johnson’s can’t-miss power off the tee.This is for good reason: Johnson is a 6-foot-4 freak who hasn’t finished worse than second in average driving distance since 2012 or worse than fourth over the past decade. He’s also presently the No. 1 golfer on the planet. Last season, he won four tournaments, claimed $8.7 million in earnings and accounted for four of the 15 longest drives on tour, including a tour-best 439-yard bomb at the Bridgestone Invitational.But nearly five months into the PGA Tour season, the biggest hitter on the links isn’t Johnson. It’s Tony Finau, the first golfer of Tongan and American Samoan descent to hold a tour card. While he gets far less attention than DJ, he’s currently on pace for the longest driving season in PGA Tour history.Finau’s entire game has turned the corner this season. He’s already finished in the top two twice and inside the top 20 in six of nine starts.1 The current PGA Tour season began in October 2017. Finau ranks seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and has raised his world ranking to No. 32 — up from No. 88 at the end of 2016 and No. 40 at the end of 2017.But while he’s playing better everywhere on the course, Finau is putting on a show in the tee box. With 327 yards per drive, the 28-year-old is smashing the tour average by 32 yards.It goes without saying that a lot has changed in terms of technology and training since Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer were marquee figures — or even since John Daly was pounding beers during rounds and wowing fans with his long drives. In 1980, the first year for which data is available, Dan Pohl led the tour with an average driving distance of 274.3 yards. In 1997, Daly became the first man on the PGA Tour to average at least 300 yards per drive; this season, 65 players are on pace to do so. read more

OBITUARY Jason C Zwicker 48

first_imgMILFORD, NH — Jason C. Zwicker, 48, resident of Milford, NH, died on April 25, 2018 in Milford.Jason was born in Wilmington, MA on October 31, 1969, a son of Ronald Zwicker Sr. of Wilmington and the late Victoria (Sousa) Zwicker. Besides his childhood, Jason spent many years a resident in Nashua, NH with extended family and enormous amounts of friends that were considered just as close.Jason was self-employed as a very talented tile installer, having worked many years within the tile industry throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jason enjoyed his work bringing pleasure to his clients as much as being creative and masterful.He enjoyed spending time with his family as a devoted husband and father. Jason enjoyed walks on the beach and anything to do with the ocean. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to music, wind therapy on a motorcycle, grilling food over open flame and entertaining company. Jason enjoyed travel and dining. He loved to laugh and joke, and spending time with friends that inspired the world with better ways.In addition to his father, his immediate family includes his wife, Micaela Zwicker of Milford, NH; his daughter, Miranda Daisy Zwicker; his son, Tyler Morgan Zwicker of Nashua, NH; and his step son Dustin Michael Pompey; Jason’s brother, Ronald Zwicker and beloved family dog Koda Zwicker.A memorial was held on Friday, May 4th at 6:00pm at the Harley-Sanford Post #4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford, NH 03055. A celebration of life is to be arranged shortly after memorial, the date and time will be announced to public.Jason C. Zwicker(NOTE: The above obituary is from Smith & Heald Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John S. Zwicker, 83In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Zayans body arrives in Dhaka

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoThe body of Zayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon, reports UNB.A Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying his body landed at Dhaka airport around 12:40pm, said the airport’s director group captain Abdullah Al Faruque.Zayan, 8, is the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, the cousin of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.His body will be taken to their Banani house and he will be later laid to rest at Banani graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza.Zayan, and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.His father Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, injured in the blast, was admitted to a hospital there.last_img read more

Its Getting Easier To Rent A Bike In Houston

first_img 00:00 /00:56 Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 8Right now there are 33 stations around the city where you can check out one of Houston’s B-Cycles. That number is expected to grow to over 100 stations by 2018, now that Houston City Council has approved a $4 million expansion. Houston B-Cycle Executive Director Carter Stern says people will now be able to use the system more efficiently, because they’ll have a greater number of places to return a bike. He adds one of the areas they’re focusing on is the Texas Medical Center. “So we’re going to have 14 new stations out there,” says Stern. “That’s going to transform that area we hope, and bring B-Cycle to an area where it has not previously been.”Stern says they also hope to make the service more accessible in low-income communities. “It is a cheap option for folks who need to get to work, need to get to the grocery store or to areas of recreation, but don’t have a vehicle, don’t have a bus stop nearby,” says Stern. The bulk of the money for the B-Cycle expansion comes from a federal transportation grant. Listenlast_img read more