EgoTripping Dennis Rodman Thinks He Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Dennis Rodman, the attention seeker and former NBA player, wants a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for his recent peacemaking efforts.A few months ago “The Worm” traveled to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters, where he met and conversed with the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un and pronounced him a “friend for life.”As a result of the meeting, Rodman feels he should get recognition by the Nobel Committee for trying to mend the relationship between the United States and North Korea.  He compared himself to peacemakers such as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told Sports Illustrated in an interview for its annual “Where are they now?” issue.“Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [that would be President Obama] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” read more

LeBron Is Learning That Turning Cavs Into Winners Harder

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects. read more

Governor visits TCI National Museum

first_img#TCINationalMuseum #HEJohnFreemanPress Release: TCIG Islanders invited to donate for the preservation and showcase of TCI history; new National Museum design unveiled TCI Nat’l Museum is our Smithsonian Institute says Governor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 13, 2017 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, accompanied by Mrs Freeman, visited the National Museum respectively in Grand Turk and Providenciales on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in the week of 27 February.  Commenting on the visits, the Governor said:‘The National Museum is a TCI National Treasure.  Over the past twenty five years it has grown from a quiet private initiative into a national resource and repository.   It has gradually accumulated objects and papers of inestimable value to the collective sense of belonging in these Islands.   It now serves as a living expression of a collective memory; and without a collective memory there can be no sense of collective identity.   So the National Museum should be dear to the hearts of all those who live on these Islands.Visiting the Museum’s main site in Grand Turk in the company of the distinguished members of the museum’s Board (themselves reflective of its national vocation) I was struck deeply by the valuable holdings; not just of wonderful artifacts, but also of the tremendously evocative paper holdings, the records of births and deaths, the evidence of continuities in the Islands’ population, and all held in specially constructed air-conditioned archives.  The National Museum is not some quaint local initiative, but the equivalent, for example, of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC: what the latter is for the US, the National Museum can be for the Turks and Caicos Islands.I also visited the new outpost of the Museum in Providenciales.  Here it is possible by visiting the reconstructed dwelling on the site to get a real sense of how life in these Islands was lived not so many years ago.  The house and the associated museum building are both an educational focus for local school groups but also an increasing attraction for visitors from abroad.It is not an exaggeration to say that TCI lives in all its cultural and historical richness in the National Museum.    It behooves  all of us to ensure that it’s longer term future is assured.” Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:#HEJohnFreeman, #TCINationalMuseum 180 Years of full Emancipation, TCI hosts event tonight at slave plantation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Stolen mule reunited with owner suspect in Escondido police custody

first_img February 26, 2018 FacebookTwitter ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — A man suspected of stealing a mule early Monday from a drifter making camp for the night in a North County park was caught hours later and arrested on suspicion of grand theft of livestock.David Albert Martinez, 28, and a cohort allegedly untied the roughly 1,000-pound animal, named Little Girl, from a tree at Grape Day Park in Escondido while her owner slept nearby and walked off with the mule shortly after midnight. A surveillance camera captured images of the perpetrators, according to police.The mule’s keeper, 70-year-old John Sears, awoke around dawn to find his pack animal gone and immediately reported the theft, Lt. Ed Varso said.Officers searched the neighborhood and surrounding areas for hours with help from a sheriff’s helicopter crew. About 2:30 p.m., police caught up with Martinez as he led Little Girl alongside a road near Dixon Lake, about a mile east of the spot where she had gone missing, the lieutenant said.The 28-year-old mule, appearing none the worse for the ordeal, was then reunited with her relieved master, Varso said.What inspired the alleged theft was unclear, the lieutenant said. Officers remained on the lookout for the outstanding suspect.Sears has traveled California on foot with a succession of mules, often three at once, for decades, according to a website that documents his travels. He gravitated toward his “ages-old nomadic life” because it’s where he and his animals “want to be” and because doing otherwise “makes no sense,” a statement on the site asserts.Sears acquired Little Girl in 1993, according to the website, which explains that he began traveling the state and living outdoors in the mid-1980s and has been doing so full time since retiring in 2001. Stolen mule reunited with owner, suspect in Escondido police custody KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 5:58 PM Posted: February 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

A milestone for molecular beams

first_img A synchrotron for neutral molecules 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. Meijer is a scientist at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany. Working with a group of scientists from his institution, as well as from the Laser Centre at Vrije University in Amsterdam and the Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Meijer demonstrated that it is possible to maintain control over neutral molecules traveling for a mile in a ring. Their work is published in Physical Review Letters: “Multiple Packets of Neutral Molecules Revolving for over a Mile.”“Our experiment is really about getting complete control over molecules in beams,” Meijer explains. “We have shown that it is possible to completely control these packets of neutral molecules, and keep them in circle orbit – while at the same time making them move very slowly.”The ring in question consists of 40 electrostatic focusing elements called hexapoles. The hexapoles keep a packet of molecules (for this experiment, ammonia) confined to a circular orbit. Even though we think of these types of machines as rather large, the setup in question is reasonably compact. “It fits almost on my table,” Meijer says. “The diameter is about 50 centimeters, making it possible to do the kinds of experiments we suggest with relative ease.”The ring setup allows for the injection of 19 separate packets of molecules, all of them moving at the same pace, trailing each other by a fixed distance. Meijer and his colleagues were able to keep this up as the molecule packets made enough round trips through the ring to surpass the distance of a mile. “Interesting things happen when you can store molecules that long,” Meijer points out. “We’ve found that there are interesting things that happen with black body radiation, and this device could be one way to study these effects without the normally complicated experiments seen in the past.”“Normally, your interaction time with a neutral molecule is quite small,” Meijer says, “only a millisecond. Our device allows you to extend the time to 10 seconds, providing the chance to study molecules much better. We can see how well we can control free molecules, and study them in more detail.”So far, Meijer and the members of the team have not learned anything new. “We used a molecule we understand very well, since our goal was to demonstrate that it is possible to have this level of control over these molecules,” Meijer explains. It’s the next step, he says, that should be exciting.“Right now, we have shown that we can control these molecules very well, with them all going the same direction,” Meijer says. “To study collisions, we are adding another beam that can inject molecules from the other side. Sometime next year, we should be able to set up for collision studies.”“We have little information about what happens during collisions at low energies,” he continues. “Once we start the collisions with our machines, we should begin learning something new.” Explore further 40-piece molecular synchtron used by the team for their experiment. Image credit: Fritz Haber Institute. More information: Peter C. Zieger, Sebastiaan Y.T. van de Meerakker, Cynthia E. Heiner, Hendrick L. Bethlem, André J.A. van Roij, and Gerard Meijer, “Multiple Packets of Neutral Molecules Revolving for over a Mile,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.173001 (PhysOrg.com) — When we think of molecular collisions, we often consider massive colliders, like the LHC, sending particles smashing into each other at very high energies. While this is interesting work, it’s not the only type of collision that requires study. “Normally, you have molecules colliding at high velocities,” Gerard Meijer tells PhysOrg.com. “But we don’t know as much about low energy collisions. Being able to control molecules, and slow them down could provide another interesting line of study at the fundamental level.” Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: A milestone for molecular beams (2010, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-milestone-molecular.htmllast_img read more

Barn owls found to suffer no hearing loss as they age

first_img 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. Explore further Citation: Barn owls found to suffer no hearing loss as they age (2017, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-barn-owls-loss-age.html Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Credit: CC0 Public Domain Guard against hearing loss from fireworkslast_img read more

Going the Swadeshi way

first_imgArtists and master craftsmen from across the country have come together for a one-of-its kind display of handicrafts, herbal beauty products, khadi dresses and indigenous jewellery as Khadi Village Industries Commission showcases the rich cultural and artistic skills of Indian craftsmen at the India International Trade Fair (IITF).The khadi pavilion at Hall no 15 is themed around India’s efforts for achieving ‘inclusive growth’ that puts focus on the importance of promoting small and medium enterprises and indigenous artists and tribal craftsmen to achieve a balanced growth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The stalls will have a wide variety of beautiful and remarkably crafted products including dress material of khadi cotton, khadi silk, khadi polyvastra, khadi woolen, fabrics hand spun and woven by Indian weavers and artists. For those who love the indigenous khadi wear, this is a perfect one stop shop.For others who are interested in the beautiful handicrafts prepared by village artisan and tribal artists will also have plenty of things to pick up, from wood carvings, bamboo furniture, eco friendly hand made products and tribal jewellery. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso on the shelves are organic spices that will enrich your food along with food items like honey, pickles, jams and sauces prepared by village men and women to stir your taste buds.‘Indian artisans and craftsmen possess tremendous skill and craft. The products produced by them are loved across the world. However, in a rapidly changing society preserving the art and craft of India’s indigenous craftsmen is important not only for cultural reasons but also for economic reasons. If we need to achieve inclusive growth, we need to make sure the talents and USPs of out village artisans and tribal craftsmen are given ample support,’ says S P Singh, Resident Representative, KVIC. For those who prefer the organic when it comes to skincare and bodycare, the pavilion will also have stalls with ayurvedic skincare products. Be it the bamboo work from the North East India or the cotton muslin khadi from Bengal, or embroidered woolen shawls and dresses from Jammu and Kashmir, at the KVIC pavilion you will find all under one roof. So, turn Swadeshi this week. Get a taste of the rich Indian art and craft and the fantastic fabric called khadi.last_img read more