Hurricane Matthew Pounding The Florida, Southeast Coast

first_imgHurricane Matthew is wreaking havoc along the Florida coastline and working its way north along the Georgia & South Carolina coastline. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for most of the Florida coast into South Carolina.Matthew will mainly remain just offshore allowing the outer eyewall with the strongest wind and heaviest rain batter the coast. Matthew is getting pulled northwestward, then northward, as it rides around a ridge of high pressure. Matthew will then get pulled northeast  as a cold front moves towards the East Coast. This will cause the entire Southeast Coast to experience hurricane force conditions as it curves along the coastline. Matthew will slowly weaken over the next few days but will remain a hurricane along the entire span of the Southeast Coast. Flooding rainfall, damaging winds and damaging storm surge is expected along the entire coast. As a result, loss of power is expected. Residents in the warned area that did not evacuate were asked to stock at least 3 days of food and water.Courtesy: Tropicaltidbits.comRainfall amounts will range between 6-12 inches with local amounts up to 15 inches. Tides will also run 7-11 feet above normal during high tides.Computer models still show that Matthew loop around and move back down toward Florida. However, Matthew will have gone trough significant weakening due to strong wind shear and is forecast to be the minimal tropical storm by next week.last_img read more

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Singh Brar scores wire-to-wire win in Lytham Trophy

first_img England’s Jack Singh Brar won one of golf’s big prizes when he scored a superb, wire-to-wire victory in the Lytham Trophy. He started with an outstanding two-under par 68 in brutal conditions on the first day, when the CSS at Royal Lytham & St Annes rose to 79. Then he sealed the win with a little bit of magic on his 71st hole, where he holed out of a bunker for a birdie. It put him one-ahead of the charging Charlie Strickland and a solid par at the last, where Strickland bogeyed, saw the 20-year-old safely home by two shots, and with a total of eight-over par. “It got very tight and that was the shot which won me the tournament,” said Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset), who led an impressive English performance in the championship. Strickland (Ham Manor, Sussex) was runner-up on 10-under, one ahead of Jake Burnage (Saunton, Devon). Simon Richardson (Spalding, Lincolnshire) shared fourth place and, in all, eight English golfers were among the top ten and ties. Singh Brar’s opening round was definitely the early talking point of the Lytham Trophy. On a day when half the field scored 80 or worse, he was the only player to break par, taking just 25 putts and he described it as “probably one of the best rounds of the year.” It gave him a two-shot lead and, after a second round 73, he was still tied for the lead at the halfway stage. This morning’s 72 put him out in front on his own again, four clear of Strickland and Richardson Then, said Singh Brar: “I tried to make it as hard as possible!” He dropped five shots on the front nine, with a couple of double bogeys out of nowhere. He settled down on the back nine but a look at the scoreboard told him Strickland, – who has already won the Duncan Putter and the Peter McEvoy Trophy – had birdied 15 and they were tied with three holes to play. Burnage, meanwhile was just a shot behind them. The 17th looked most unpromising for Singh Brar, who found two bunkers before holing out of the second for his crucial birdie. “It had got very tight, tighter than I wanted.” And his reaction? “I’m just glad it’s over, it was quite a stressful round of golf. But I’m chuffed with the result.”  Singh Brar has underlined his Walker Cup ambitions with this win, which follows his earlier victory in the  Hampshire Salver and his second place in the prestigious Avondale Amateur, during a successful tour of Australia at the start of the year. He has just helped England to a convincing win over Spain in the biennial mixed international. Click here for full scores Caption: Jack Singh Brar with the Lytham Trophy (Image © Dr SPJ Reid) 7 May 2017 Singh Brar scores wire-to-wire win in Lytham Trophy last_img read more

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Seahawks star makes big play, talks bigger

first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman celebrates after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — When Richard Sherman gave Michael Crabtree a pat on the backside, got shoved in the face and made a choke sign toward the San Francisco bench, he was just getting warmed up.Get ready for two more weeks of the unfiltered Sherman with the Seattle Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl.“I hadn’t gotten many opportunities all game and I’m happy. I’m happy about that,” Sherman said. ” I’m sure if our team knew it was going to come down to a play like that they would be pretty confident going into it.”Sherman stole the attention on Sunday, first by deflecting a pass intended for Crabtree in the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left, right into the arms of Seattle teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks’ 23-17 win.But then came the antics and Sherman’s words that revealed a deep dislike for Crabtree and satisfaction in Seattle knocking off its division rivals to reach the Super Bowl.While Smith was celebrating the interception, Sherman exchanged words with Crabtree, got shoved in the face as a rebuttal then made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was intended for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Asked about the incident afterward by Fox reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman lit up Twitter with a rant that began: “I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me!”Sherman didn’t back down even after getting some time to collect his thoughts. He apologized to Andrews, then proceeded to call Crabtree “mediocre,” making sure to annunciate each syllable of the word.“I was making sure everybody knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver that’s what happens.”It was a fiery, emotional rant from Sherman, who celebrated his first conference title by racing around the field after Russell Wilson took the final knee, then leaping into the first row of seats in the south end zone to celebrate with fans.“I know how passionate he is about the game of football. He said to me before the game it’s going to come down to us making big plays. We’ve got to do it. Somehow we’ve got to find a way to make big plays,” said teammate Doug Baldwin. “(Sherman) has been doing it all season. He is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. They were trying to stay away from him the whole game. Eventually they were going to have to go his way and eventually they did and they made a mistake.”Sherman was rarely targeted by San Francisco, with most of the throws going toward Sherman’s teammate Byron Maxwell. But when Kaepernick had to make a throw in the final seconds, he decided to challenge the All-Pro.Sherman stayed with Crabtree, leaped and batted the ball into the air with his left hand. That allowed Smith to run underneath and make the interception that clinched the victory. It was San Francisco’s third turnover in the fourth quarter.“I knew if I tipped it high enough someone would get there,” Sherman said.Sherman then ran over to Crabtree and gave him a pat on the backside, then appeared to extend his arm for a handshake. Instead, Sherman got shoved in the face before picking up his personal foul as his celebration continued.“Sherman made a good play. That’s probably the only play he made all game,” Crabtree said. “I ain’t getting into that, he knows what time it is. When we’re on the field, he ain’t doing nothin’. That’s one play, you know what I’m saying? … He’s a TV guy, I’m not a TV guy. I play ball.”Sherman said his issues with Crabtree go back to something that happened during the offseason. He would not go into detail about what happened.“He said something personal face to face,” Sherman said. “He knows what he said and he knows I’m going to be tough on him the rest of his career.”___AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

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TALAMO & CALLAGHAN TEAM WITH LONGSHOT DIVINA COMEDIA TO WIN $75,000 SOUTHERN TRUCE STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS AS FRENCH-BRED MARE COVERS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:42.89

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 3, 2016)–A close fourth into the first turn behind a three-horse scramble that included favored Living The Life, Belle Hill and Gloryzapper, longshot Divina Comedia sat a close fourth down the backside, overtook Living The Life three furlongs out, wheeled three-wide turning for home and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo in Sunday’s $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Simon Callaghan, Divina Comedia got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.89.“We had an absolutely perfect trip today,” said Talamo. “It was a great set up. Those two fillies (Gloryzapper and Belle Hill) went head and head the whole way and they went fairly quickly, so the set up was in our favor. My mare was all heart down the lane.”Fifth, beaten 7 ¾ lengths by the mighty Beholder in the Grade I Vanity Mile here on June 4, French-bred Divina Comedia was off at 16-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $35.00, $12.40 and $7.00.Owned by Marsha Naify, Divina Comedia notched her first stakes win and her fourth victory overall from 18 starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, she increased her earnings to $218,272.“Joe took care of her in her last race against Beholder because he knew what a tough spot that was,” said Carlos Santamaria, assistant to Callaghan. “She came out of that race great and she was ready to go today.”Caught three-wide into the first turn, Gloryzapper took a narrow half length advantage on Belle Hill when the two of them straightened out down the backside, remained two off the fence into and around the far turn and just held the place by a head over a fast finishing Show Stealer.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Gloryzapper was the second choice in the wagering and paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer rallied from well off the pace to finish third, 3 ½ lengths clear of Moyo Honey. Off at 15-1, Show Stealer paid $4.80 to show.Off at 8-5, Living The Life fell out of contention quickly on the far turn and was eased.Fractions on the race were 23.01, 46.50, 1:11.00 and 1:36.37.First post time for a nine-race card on Independence Day, Monday, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Nadal on course in Monte Carlo

first_imgMONACO (AP):A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way – including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection.But Federer – a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera – was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after more than two months out following knee surgery.Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to set up a third semi-final here against Andy Murray. Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when 5-4 up in the decider, with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve.This was Federer’s first tournament play since arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for torn cartilage on February 3, and defeat was softened by relief at avoiding any relapse.”It was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today, good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today,” Federer said. “It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted.”With top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka – the French Open champion – also out, Federer himself picked Nadal when asked about the favourite.Nadal leads Murray 16-6 in career meetings and 6-1 on clay. For the other two semi-finalists, Nadal is 11-2 up on Gael Monfils – 4-0 on clay – and 8-4 on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten him here in the semi-finals three years ago. Nadal went on to lose the 2013 final to Djokovic, who was stunned in the second round this year by Czech Jiri Vesely, an unheralded Czech player ranked 55th.In a one-sided contest between former champions, Nadal broke Wawrinka four times and made the semi-finals for the 11th time.Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.The Briton thinks patience will be the key factor against the nine-time French Open champion.last_img read more

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Oral Tracey: Equality a myth

first_imgIt would absolutely and significantly enhance the simplicity of our existence if all men and all women were actually and literally created equal. The fact of the matter is that equality and parity, generally and specifically as it relates to income generation in all spheres of life including sports is a million miles from reality. Parity and equality in earnings are mythical even among men in sport, meaning that even in an all male team or all male sport some individuals earn more than others based on the value they bring to the team and or the sport. Lionel Messi for example earns three or four times what some of his star teammates earn at Barcelona. The same applies to NBA superstar LeBron James, whose salary and earnings are significantly more than any of his teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers. The notion of equal pay and parity of earnings in sport is based more on emotionalism, more than a touch of feminism and a throwback to the old socialist ideals, than any semblance of appreciation for the modern reality. IRRATIONAL AND NAIVE In the current market driven global space it is irrational and naive to argue for example that the women cricketers should be remunerated at the same level as their male superstar counterparts. The disparity being too wide is a more reasonable cause worth exploring, but women’s cricket is still relatively new in terms of impact, popularity and income generation and is still a major work in progress. Let us not get too carried away by the impressive success of Stafanie Taylor and her team in lifting the ICC World T20 title. Being crowned champions will no doubt enhance the cause of the women’s game across the region and in the rapidly evolving world of cricket our top women players are already being offered contracts to play in the emerging leagues across the world. This represents steady and commensurate progress of the women’s game and stars of the women’s game. But to argue parity or equality is ridiculous. Remuneration must be value and productivity based. Failing that the economics of the situation will not hold. If tomorrow morning women’s cricket becomes more popular and generates more money than men’s cricket, by all means the women should then earn more than the men. In women’s tennis, for example, where there is equality as it relates to prize monies, it is fully deserved again based on value in that Serena Williams is no less of a money spinner and a tennis superstar than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic and quite rightly the market has spoken in that regard. There is also the unique case of the USA women’s soccer team. They have chosen the courts as the avenue to settle their remuneration disparity dispute with the USA men’s soccer players. In that case the American women might very well have a credible case because the women’s game is hugely popular in the USA when compared to the men’s game, certainly in terms of participation there is parity between men and women in that country, while in terms of international success the American women have long and continue to outperform the American men. THEY ARE WORTH IT If a credible case can be built around the value of the USA women’s team bringing greater value to the market than the men, then by all means the American women should be commensurately remunerated. Fundamentally, that is because they are worth it and not simply because they are women. Equality between the sexes and even among the sexes is a mythical platitude. When the rubber hits the asphalt of real life nothing is further from the truth. Generally each individual is rewarded for the value he or she brings to the organisation or the team. If a female athlete brings more value to the cause than the male, she should be commensurately rewarded more than the male. If a male athlete brings more value to the cause than the female then he should earn more. It can get no more basic and equitable than that.last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: The big difference between Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo heading into prove-it Week Two games

first_imgBoth of the Bay Area NFL quarterbacks turned in bad Week One performances.Both faced elite defenses. Both were let down by their supporting casts, to varrying degrees, up front and out wide. Both threw three interceptions.But there is a big difference between 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s poor game against the Vikings and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s poor performance against the Rams, and that difference is why I’m betting on Garoppolo to bounce back in Week Two and why I’m not …last_img

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Sharks pass ‘big test’ with top grades: ‘we’re one of the favorites’

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The game lived up to the hype.Two Stanley Cup favorites, the Sharks (5-3-1) and the Nashville Predators (7-2), slugging it out for 60 minutes in a see-saw game decided in the late stages of the third period.With the likes of Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Brent Burns on the ice, Brenden Dillon scored the pivotal goal, going end-to-end on the penalty kill, triggering flashbacks of another No. 4 — Bobby Orr — as he jumpstarted the Sharks come-from-behind victory.Here’s what …last_img

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Cell Nucleus Complexity Baffles Evolutionists

first_imgIn her inimitable way, Science reporter Elizabeth Pennisi has once again portrayed a scientific controversy undergoing active ferment.  This time it’s about the evolutionary origin of cell nuclei, which she terms “specialized, DNA-filled command centers.”1  At the conclusion, she gives prominence to a “provocative, but circumstantial and controversial” suggestion that viruses taught cells how to wrap their DNA in double membranes with controlled access.  Since the idea presupposes that viruses preceded all three domains of life – prokarya, eukarya and archaea – “If this is true, then we are all basically descended from viruses,” as a believer puts it.  The idea is unpalatable to some.  “I do not believe [it],” a German molecular biologist retorts.  “The idea of the viruses ‘inventing’ [eukaryotic cells] from scratch is hard for me to conceive.”    Pennisi treats the new viral theory as tentative at best.  What’s more revealing in her article are the problems with previously-popular ideas, and why.  According to her, the key insight at a meeting in France last month on the subject was: “They had underestimated the complexity of the eukaryotic cell’s 1.5-billion-year-old precursor.  The data presented indicated that this ancestral cell had more genes, more structures, and more diverse biochemical processes than previously imagined.”  For a glimpse why, look at Pennisi’s brief description of the nucleus:Each nucleus in a eukaryotic cell consists of a double lipid-based membrane punctuated by thousands of sophisticated protein complexes called nuclear pores, which control molecular traffic in and out of the organelle.  Inside, polymerases and other specialized enzymes transfer DNA’s protein-coding message to RNA.  Other proteins modify the strands of RNA to ensure that they bring an accurate message to the ribosomes outside the nucleus.  The nucleus also contains a nucleolus, a tightly packed jumble of RNA and proteins that are modified and shipped out of the nucleus to build ribosomes.(For more on the nuclear pore complex, see 06/17/2002 and 01/18/2002 headlines.)Eukaryotes are distinguished from bacteria by their double-membrane nuclei.  “The nuclear distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes shaped early speculation about the development of complex life,” Pennisi says about ideas floating around up to the 1970s.  Some thought eukaryotes were evolved prokaryotes, and others thought prokaryotes were degenerate eukaryotes.  But then Carl Woese created new woes by identifying bacteria-like cells that were distinct from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes: so different, in fact, to warrant classification in their own domain – archaea.  Others soon were surprised to find that eukaryotes appeared to have genes from both bacteria and archaea.    So another story was born, the endosymbiont or merger hypothesis.  This proposed that eukaryotes arose from “the ancient symbiotic partnership between bacteria and archaea.”  That theory came under fire from the discovery of faint but distinct nuclei in an unusual group of bacteria, named planctomycetes, that live in soil and fresh water.  Some of these planctomycetes have organelles and double-membraned sacs of DNA and RNA.  According to a critic of the merger model, these observations “turn the dogma that ‘prokaryotes have no internal membranes’ upside down”  Now, it seems no one is sure which way is up.    There’s more to cause vertigo for evolutionists: the complexity of the nuclear pore complexes (NPCs).  “Explaining these structures has always posed a sticking point for nuclear evolution.”  For one thing, “without pores, the nucleus can’t function.”  But for another thing, Pennisi continues, the same planctomycetes, and possibly some other archaea and prokaryotes, apparently possess structures resembling these complex traffic-control gates.  “Bacteria with nuclear pores and internal membranes, features typically considered eukaryote-specific, suggest that the nucleus was born much earlier than traditionally thought.”    For some, that leaves as the leading contender the controversial theory that viruses first invented the nucleus.  This, however, only pushes the complexity of nuclei and their pores farther back in time, and foists a huge design problem on earth’s most primitive biological entities.  That is why the molecular biologist quoted earlier can’t believe that simple viruses created such complex structures from scratch.  Pennisi shares a few speculations, based on circumstantial evidence, how it might have happened.  But when she ends by pushing the answer to the future, it underscores the fact that no current theory accounts for the origin of the nucleus:Did a virus provide the first nucleus?  Or was it something an early bacterial cell evolved, either on its own or in partnership with an archaeum?  To resolve the origin of the nucleus, evolutionary biologists are exploring new techniques that enable them to determine relationships of microorganisms that go much further back in time….The biologists in France argued and discussed many ideas.  “But when it came to accounting for how the nucleus was born,” Pennisi admits, “no single hypothesis bubbled to the top.”  She quotes French molecular biologist Patrick Forterre who said, “It’s like a puzzle.  People try to put all the pieces together, but we don’t know who is right or if there is still some crucial piece of information missing.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “Evolutionary Biology: The Birth of the Nucleus,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5685, 766-768, 6 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.766].The crucial piece of missing information is information itself.  Information: DNA, logic, codes, controlled access, complex systems of integrated parts: these are all indicators of intelligent design.  This would be obvious if the biologists at that meeting would only think outside the Darwinian box in which they have imprisoned themselves.  Look at what contortions they have to go through to account for such biological complexity by chance.  As usual, the answer is somewhere out there in the future.  Also as usual, the same trend is seen here as in everything else in biology, and even in paleontology and cosmology: more complexity, further back toward the beginning.    Poor Elizabeth.  She has reported on so many of these evolutionist hand-wringing sessions you would think she might have taken up gardening by now to maintain her sanity.  But that might not help.  Just looking at the soil and thinking about those planctomycetes, and looking at the leaves and thinking about those nuclear pore complexes, DNA decoders accurately translating messages into specialized enzymes, all those shipping and receiving docks, and all the other thousands of sophisticated complexes working together in those command centers called nuclei might bring the stress and anxiety right back again.  “Come unto Me,” said the Designer, “all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will 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Photo library: Cities 2

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Cities contact sheet (508KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centreskyline, with the Noord Streetminibus taxi rank in theforeground. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centre’sfinancial district. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCITIES 2: {loadposition cities}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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