Robinson was right on new head of CIA

first_imgIt’s extremely rare that I can agree with columnist Eugene Robinson, but in the case of his opposition to the nominee for the CIA, I agree that you don’t reward “authors of torture.”Eugene SpicerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Kiwi teen hits out in video over school’s transgender toilet policy

first_imgNZ Herald 22 February 2017Family First Comment: “As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school. Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”http://www.askmefirst.nzA Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.“And at that point I was like ‘No this isn’t right’,” she says in the video.“As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school.“Girls going through puberty and stuff, it can be quite stressful and embarrassing. And knowing that there could be a guy that could walk in, it’s a little bit terrifying to think about that.”Laura says her concerns fell on deaf ears, and the principal told her if she had a problem with being in the same toilet block as the other student, she could use the unisex toilets herself.“And that’s when I thought ‘hold on a minute. I’m at an all-girls’ school with these girls’ bathrooms and you’re telling me if I don’t want to use them I can go to a unisex toilet?’ It doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t.”Lynda Whitehead, spokesperson for Tranzaction, an advocacy organisation for transgender people, was shocked when watching the video.“I was dismayed. Transgender people do not go around harassing anybody. They don’t go into a bathroom and use them for any other reason than anyone else,” Whitehead said.“What I would say to this young lady [Laura] is go out there, find a transperson and have a talk with them and see where they are coming from.”Laura’s mother also voices her opinion in the video, which lobby group Family First produced as part of a campaign to bar transgender females from using girls’ and women’s’ facilities such as toilets and changing rooms.“As a mother when I found out about the issue I was extremely distraught and upset,” she says.Laura’s mother says the school’s claims that it considered the rights of all its students before making the decision are “really incorrect”.“They have not respected the value of the girls’ vulnerability. They haven’t respected their thoughts on the matter. There’s over 600 girls. They also have a right to have a voice.“I think as a parent, we should’ve got together in the school itself before it all happened. Why didn’t they ask us what we wanted to do?”Laura adds that while she has nothing against the transgender student involved in the stoush, she takes issue with the school’s lack of consideration of her views.“[The school] never asked me my opinion. They never respected my rights. Nobody asked me first.”Whitehead, who is a trans woman, said students should be consulted but she believes most would rule in favour of transgender people being able to use the bathroom they consider most appropriate to them.“It’s straightforward. If a person identifies and presents as a female they will use the facility appropriate to them. The same goes for a male.”Whitehead said the issue was laid to rest last year and has only been rekindled by Family First.“We are a marginalised and small community in New Zealand so we’re an easy target for [Family First]. But why is this being stirred up now if it was done and dusted last year?“Its nothing more than organised bigotry and quite frankly we’re sick of it.“All we want is to get on with our lives like everyone else.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11804688Kiwi teen hits out over transgender toilet policyOtago Daily Times 21 February 2017A Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.In a video titled Ask Me First About School Toilet Privacy: Laura the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.Laura said it was then that she spoke up to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/kiwi-teen-hits-out-over-transgender-toilet-policyLizzie Marvelly: Our toilets are the new battlegroundNZ Herald 25 Feb 2017Somewhere between the broken soap dispenser, the constantly dripping tap and the hand drier that hasn’t worked in about 20 years, it appears that you’ll now find conservative lobby group Family First lurking in the background to ensure each girl who pops in for a wee between classes has the type of genitalia up her skirt that Family First deems appropriate. This week, New Zealand’s favourite pearl-clutchers took it upon themselves to join an American campaign fighting against advances in the human rights of transgender people.I am a staunch advocate for amplifying young women’s voices, but I also believe teens deserve the right to formulate their own views and opinions without the pressure of voicing them in a conservative lobby group’s controversial campaign that they may or may not agree with in the future.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11805955Nadine Chalmers-Ross: ‘Morality guardians invade the toilets’Sunday Star Times 26 Feb 2017Teenagers are arguably more vulnerable than my strident almost-31 year old self.  That vulnerability was not given enough consideration, according to the mother of a girl whose school decided to let its one transgender student use the girls’ bathrooms. Laura and her mum have been wheeled out as the faces of Family First’s new ‘Ask Me First’ campaign. A campaign that adopts the usual approach of the bully – sorry, lobby group –  that is: inciting fear, discrimination and intolerance as it carries out its self-appointed role as the guardian of morality…. Laura’s mum is right about one thing; teenagers are vulnerable….http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/89740782/nadine-chalmersross-morality-guardians-invade-the-toilets#AskMeFirst: The left’s shameful response to Laura will push more women to the rightWriting by Renee Blog https://reneejg.net/2017/02/24/askmefirst/….Cue the liberal backlash. Journalists on the left are completely ignoring the implications to girls’ and women’s safety of opening up female-only spaces on the basis of identity politics, being too busy scrambling to profess their “love” for trans people and hatred of “bigotry” to think about girls. They are so rushed, in fact, they can’t even stop to define the terms of their own arguments. The Herald‘s Lizzie Marvelly cannot cough up a definition of a “girl” to back up her choice to ride roughshod over a young woman’s legitimate concerns about her rights to consent, privacy, safety and speech.Commentators like Alison Mau and Marvelly have dismissed Laura herself as “exploited” by Family First, in order to sidestep consideration of the concerns she raises. Auckland University academic equity leader Lexie Matheson even bluffs that this “exploitation” actually “worries” him.… Women are increasingly prevented from discussing the root causes of epidemics that affect us, like eating disorders and sexual abuse – because doing so involves looking at the nature of gender as a hierarchical system that men impose on women, on the basis of sex. Even saying this is now considered “transphobic”, because “transwomen are women!”… To see Laura’s legitimate concerns dismissed in this condescending manner is nauseating. Given these sorts of reactions, it is also no wonder that women and radical feminists are finding themselves increasingly accepting support from right wing groups.… So if the right supports girls and women like Laura to ask questions pertinent to our safety, while liberals hound and bully them for it – those same liberals should be prepared. When more and more women start making political swings to the right, seeing no other options to make themselves heard – liberals will only have themselves to blame.Rosemary McLeod: I don’t want to be intimate with strangersStuff co.nz 2 March 2017The dunny drama of 2017 was a happy moment for liberal-minded people to puff out their chests, preen, and congratulate themselves for being more progressive than bores like Family First. But they weren’t entirely heroic.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/89923312/rosemary-mcleod-i-dont-want-to-be-intimate-with-strangersKyle MacDonald: Why are New Zealand’s suicide rates so high among transgender youth?NZ Herald 2 March 2017One of the amazing things about humans is we have this ability to think about how we see ourselves. We call it our identity.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11810387Who would dress as a woman just to enter a female toilet? Diane SparkesNZ Herald 1 March 2017Being transgender is not about sexual orientation, who you have sex with. A person who identifies as female is not being that way just so he can go to the bathroom or locker room just to get his, that should read, her, jollies off.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11809702Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSaints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirusNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says Gayle Benson hasn’t been hospitalized and has continued to work from home. Benson has been sole owner of both New Orleans franchises since her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt canceled Friday’s practice after what he called “a few more positive tests.” Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Auburn’s football team has canceled its last two practices because of issues related to COVID-19 after positive tests this week. It wasn’t clear how many players, coaches or others tested positive. — North Carolina State has allowed 12 programs to resume workouts after the school paused all athletics activities earlier this week, but football remains on hold for now. In a statement Friday, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school plans for another round of testing for the football program and will make a decision on next steps.— North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. Cunningham says the restriction will last through September. NFL-SAINTS OWNER-VIRUS Associated Press — The Blue Jays pulled out a 5-4 win over the Orioles on Randal Grichuk’s (GRIH’-chuhks) two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez hit longballs in the fourth inning of Toronto’s ninth victory in 12 games.— Mike Trout’s 11th home run of the year was the difference as the Angels downed the Mariners, 3-2. Andrew Heaney struck out 10 and limited Seattle to a run and four hits over 7 2/3’s.— Derek Dietrich’s solo homer broke a 2-2 tie in a four-run seventh that sent the Rangers past the Dodgers, 6-2. Texas starter Mike Minor scattered four hits over six innings and left with a 2-0 lead.— Ty France drove in four runs and Zach Davies didn’t allow an earned run over 5 2/3 innings to lead the Padres’ ninth win in 11 games, 10-4 over the Rockies. Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while France and Manny Machado added three hits apiece.— Scott Kingery launched a three-run, walk-off homer in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies past the Braves, 7-4. Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura belted two-run homers for the Phils, who almost wasted a good starting pitching performance after Zack Wheeler held Atlanta to one earned run over 5 2/3 innings. NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka overcame a faulty first serve and reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open following a one-day break in the tournament prompted by her call for racial justice. Osaka sparked the break by announcing she would drop out of the tournament rather than play a semifinal match Thursday against Elise Mertens. The 2018 U.S. Open champ pulled out a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Mertens on Friday.Osaka will face resurgent Victoria Azarenka, who beat Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Western & Southern final for the first time since 2013, when she beat Serena Williams.In the men’s bracket, top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) overcame more neck problems and advanced to the finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOO’). Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 to reach a final for the first time in 26 months. MLB-NEWSJudge on IL againUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees have placed right fielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list again with a strained left calf just days after the star slugger returned. Judge was activated Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game at Atlanta and was removed in the sixth inning. In other major league news:— Two people with knowledge of the trade tell The Associated Press that the Athletics have acquired infielder 2019 All-Star infielder Tommy La Stella from the for infielder Franklin Barreto. La Stella is in the final year of his contract with the Angels, who acquired him from the Cubs in November 2018. He is batting .273 with four homers and 14 RBIs this season while playing second base and first base for struggling Los Angeles. Also on the major league schedule:— The Astros-Athletics game in Houston was the 11th to be boycotted by big league players since Wednesday. The two teams took their positions on the field and headed toward the clubhouses after a moment of silence. A Black Lives Matter T-shirt was draped across home plate.— The sizzling White Sox wasted a one-run lead in the ninth before Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) hit a walk-off blast in the bottom half to give Chicago its 10th win in 11 games, 6-5 versus the Royals. Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert also homered for the White Sox, who lead the AL with 62 round-trippers.— Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBIs as part of the Indians’ 20-hit attack in a 14-2 laugher over the Cardinals. Carlos Santana and Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) chipped in two-run homers as Cleveland moved into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Chicago for the AL Central lead.— Ryan Yarbrough worked into the seventh inning and two relievers completed a five-hitter in the Rays’ 2-0 shutout of the Marlins. Yarbrough struck out five and allowed four hits over 6 2/3 frames of Tampa Bay’s 12th win in 15 games. McIlroy, Cantlay share BMW leadOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay share the lead as the only players under par through two rounds of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. Cantlay fired a 2-under 68 and McIlroy shot a 69, leaving them 1 under at the midway point. Cantlay holed a 50-foot chip for birdie and holed out a 50-yard wedge for eagle.Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson are one shot back, while Tiger Woods could be two rounds away from ending his season. Woods had to make a 35-foot par putt on his final hole to shoot 75, leaving him nine shots behind.LPGA-WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP — The Reds picked up a 6-5 win over the Cubs behind Tyler Mahle (MAH’-lee), who gave up two solo homers but no other hits while fanning 11 over 6 2/3 innings. Eugenio Suarez, Jess Winker and Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) smacked solo homers in Cincinnati’s third victory in a row.— Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) belted two of the Brewers’ four home runs in a 9-1 rout of the Pirates. Ryan Braun and Jacob Nottingham also left the yard to back Corbin Burnes, who fanned 10 while firing three-hit ball over six shutout innings.— Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit back-to-back homers in a five-run third that highlighted the Nationals’ 10-2 dismantling of the Red Sox. Trea Turner and Victor Robles had three hits apiece and Josh Harrison also homered to back Max Scherzer, who struck out 11 over six innings.— The Diamondbacks’ eight-game losing streak is over after Starling Marte and Christian Walker drove in two runs apiece in a 7-4 decision over the Giants. Winning pitcher Zac Gallen was terrific and opening the season with six straight no-decisions, holding San Francisco to a run and five hits over seven innings.— The Tigers-Twins doubleheader in Detroit has been postponed because of bad weather. One game will be made up as part of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sept. 4. Any plan will need the approval of university presidents and chancellors. The person told the AP that the Big Ten will only play if certain benchmarks related to the coronavirus — such as transmission rates, testing capacity and availability, and testing accuracy — are met in each of the 11 states that are home to the league’s 14 schools.The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit.The Big Ten and first-year commissioner Kevin Warren have faced pushback and criticism ever since, including a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska players who want the decision overturned.In other pandemic-related college sports news:— Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June. The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR drivers don’t plan to skip Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. But Bubba Wallace says that decision should not be interpreted as “turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” The 26-year-old Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the Cup series and has been a leader in pushing NASCAR for more diversity and its recent ban on the Confederate flag at racetracks. He was the first driver to address any action potentially planned at Daytona as other sports leagues have reacted to the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. MLB-SCHEDULESmith homers in first game since boycottUNDATED (AP) — Dom Smith was tearful on Wednesday, grateful on Thursday and gleeful on Friday afternoon.center_img In a joint statement released Friday, the sides say they will immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice. There have been no games since, while players met among themselves and with coaches and owners before an agreement to resume was reached. All 13 teams remaining in the postseason scheduled practice Friday.Players are calling on people to vote, hopefully in their home arenas. Many within the league of primarily Black players have focused on the importance of voting and the need for places in inner cities where minorities can do so safely. Madison Square Garden is one of eight arenas ready to open its doors on Election Day. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rovers said Miami is working hard to make its facility available. Thunder guard Chris Paul pointed out that practice facilities would be helpful if arenas can’t be secured.The players and the league will also immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners. The coalition will focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Update on the latest sports NHL playoffs to resume this weekendUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s second-round playoff series will resume this weekend with three games each on Saturday and Sunday after players prompted the league to postpone two days of action to protest racial injustice.The postponements of four games to be played Thursday and Friday have led the NHL to push back the potential completion of the second-round schedule by as many as two days should three of the series require a Game 7. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MOTORSPORTSNASCAR plans to race, Wallace says fight for racial equality goes on Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-NBANBA prepares to restart after protest pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs are set to resume Saturday, after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing the postseason. And the NBA and players will work with TV networks to create advertising spots during the remainder of the postseason to promote greater engagement in the election process and their communities.NBA-MAVERICKS-PORZINGISPorzingis to miss rest of Mavs-Clippers seriesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) will miss the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ series against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right knee. The team said it is looking into treatment options but added that Porzingis wouldn’t be medically cleared the rest of the series. Porzingis averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE CHANGES — The White Sox acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Pittsburgh and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. The White Sox sent international signing bonus pool money to the last-place Pirates for the 36-year-old Dyson. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for footballUNDATED (AP) — Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and medical personnel are working on multiple plans for staging a football season, including one that would have the league kicking off as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.A person with direct knowledge of the conference’s discussions told The Associated Press the conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues. Smith belted a tiebreaking solo homer while the New York Mets scored five times in the sixth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The homer came two days after he made an impassioned statement about racial injustice in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Mets responded by rallying around Smith on Thursday, staging an on-field demonstration with the Miami Marlins before the two teams boycotted their game.The Yankees led 4-1 until the Mets homered three times in the sixth. Pete Alonso tied it with a three-run blast and Jake Marisnick gave the Mets breathing room with a solo shot.Clint Frazier belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for the Yankees, who have dropped six straight since a six-game winning streak.Smith also hit an RBI single in the nightcap, but the Mets completed a sweep by defeating the Yankees, 4-3 on Amed Rosario’s two-run, walk-off homer off Aroldis Chapman in the seventh. The Mets scored nine of their 10 runs in the doubleheader from the fifth inning on.The opener of the doubleheader was the first game on Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson first met with Dodgers owner Branch Rickey on Aug. 28, 1945 to discuss breaking the color barrier in baseball, and the 1963 March on Washington was held on the same day. Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15, the day of his first major league game. The date was moved when the major league season had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Three-way tie at LPGA eventROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Jackie Stoelting returned from a 14-month maternity break to take a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.The 34-year-old played her first nine holes in 5-under 30 and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 64 to join Anna Nordqvist and rookie Esther Lee atop the leaderboard.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERNOsaka to face Azarenka, Djokovic vs. Raonic August 28, 2020last_img read more

Kurtenbach: The quotes that defined the Raiders in 2018

first_imgThe Raiders’ 2018 season is mercifully over, but in taking stock of everything that went wrong for the Silver and Black the last calendar year, it struck me on just how quotable this team — well, one guy — was.The jury is still out on if Jon Gruden can coach in the NFL, but there’s no doubt that he helps create good copy. The man is a golden quote machine. If he ever wanted to go into broadcasting, I bet he could get paid a bunch…So I’ll let Gruden’s own words tell the story of his team. …last_img

SAA leads the global field

first_img27 January 2015South African Airways (SAA) will this week become the first airline globally to install the Satellite Authorisation System (SatAuth), which will allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies.The system, first installed on the airline’s cabin trainer for testing in May, would not only allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies, but would also provide pin-point accurate aircraft tracking services for operational purposes, SAA said.SAA installed the device on one of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft at the South African Airways Technical (SAAT) maintenance facility in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 26 January. “SAAT engineers worked closely with the developers of the solution to ensure certification and engineering procedures, ultimately realising the usability of the product within an aviation environment,” said chief executive, Musa Zwane.SAAT, the driving force behind the innovation, develops testing and engineering procedures for airline maintenance facilities around the world.The system will allow secure credit card transactions to take place at any point and real-time positioning of any flight, anywhere, affecting fuel saving interventions in- flight as well as providing full visibility of actual flight paths versus planned routing at any time. SatAuth is the first product of its kind, and was developed in South Africa.SAAT will manufacture all major aircraft components required for installation of SatAuth in accordance with the international Aviation Certification standards required for installation.“This provides SAAT with substantial commercial impetus with a new revenue stream. The installation is the first of its kind in the world and marks a new milestone in South African avionics engineering. It’s another affirmation of the quality, skill and expertise that SAAT offers in terms of its aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities,” Zwane said.Installation of the solution can be done during a standard A-Check – a regular overnight maintenance procedure that occurs every 200 to 400 cycles (take offs and landings).“SatAuth will provide an economical and secure transaction environment. As a truly South African innovation, the solution would not have reached this milestone without the dedicated support of the SAA Avionics engineers who took it upon themselves to assist us in guiding the SatAuth solution through the numerous certification requirements so endemic to the aviation industry,” said Paul Roux, the founder and chief executive of the SatAuth solution.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

The Science of Global Warming Is Older Than Quantum Mechanics

first_img~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Much of the information from this article comes from “History of the Greenhouse Effect” by M.D.H. Jones and A. Henderson-Sellers. It was originally published in Progress in Physical Geography (14, 1-18, ©1990) and reprinted in a book that I bought in the mid-1990s: Global Warming: Selected Reprints by John W. Firor, published by the American Association of Physics Teachers, ©1995. Meet Joseph FourierFourier is known to all who study physics for his development of Fourier Analysis, which allows you to model mathematical functions as a series of sines and cosines, and Fourier’s Law, which is the basic law of heat flow by conduction. The latter is known to beginning building science students as Q = U x A x ΔT, which is a simplified version of the full law.
What Fourier did was to calculate that the earth, because of its distance from the sun, should be significantly colder than it is. He calculated the amount of radiant energy hitting our planet and found that it wasn’t enough to account for the temperatures we have here. In addition to considering the possibility of additional radiation from interstellar space providing the boost, he proposed that the atmosphere trapped heat and caused the warmer temperatures. I’m new to global warming. I didn’t hear about it until 1983. Even thirty years ago, the science behind the greenhouse effect and global warming was well known. French Physicist and mathematician Joseph Fourier is generally credited with being the first to hypothesize that the earth is warmed by its atmosphere and even that we humans can change the climate. That goes all the way back to 1827. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Further 19th-century advances in climate scienceSeveral other 19th century scientists took up Fourier’s work and studied radiation, absorption, and conduction in atmospheric gases, trying to get a handle on how our climate works. The Irish scientist Tyndall was one of the first to try to calculate how infrared radiant energy flows affect the climate.Then came the interest in how carbon dioxide affected the balance of heat flows. Langley looked into this in the 1880s and calculated, incorrectly, that the earth’s temperature would be only about -200°C (-328°F) were it not for the presence of CO2 and its insulating effect on the earth’s atmosphere. It would actually be about -18°C (0°F), but hey, we’re talking about someone doing this back in the 1880s. Lord Grantham’s mother, the Dowager Countess, was probably still hot and fashionable then!One thing that Tyndall concluded from his work was that water vapor had more effect on atmospheric temperatures than carbon dioxide. In 1895, Svante Arrhenius gave a presentation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on the subject. Hist paper was titled, “The Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon the Temperature of the Ground.” (What they called carbonic acid, we know as carbon dioxide.) In it, he disagreed with Tyndall and said carbon dioxide was the more important greenhouse gas (though I’m sure he didn’t use that term).Arrhenius’s study was pretty darn interesting. He wanted to know what would happen if the CO2 levels were different than the then-current concentration of 300 parts per million by volume. He calculated the resulting temperature for levels that were 0.67, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 times as high and also looked at how it changed with longitude.His results were quite similar to what scientists have found a hundred years hence: Doubling the atmospheric CO2 results in a temperature rise of about 6°C. Current work in the area of climate sensitivity puts his result just outside the 3°C ± 1.5°C range of modern climate research. The good thing about scienceAs with most areas of science, the revolution happens first, and then the focus shifts to filling in the details. Thomas Kuhn discussed this in his wonderful book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, describing the revolutions as periods when we undergo paradigm shifts. I’m not sure the development of climate science represents as much of a paradigm shift as it does the creation of a paradigm, but the work of Fourier was definitely groundbreaking.Since his work in the 1820s, we’ve added a lot of documentation to Fourier’s ideas about the greenhouse effect and global warming (including that the so-called greenhouse effect isn’t what keeps greenhouses warm, but that’s for another article). Scientists have tons of data on this subject and among them, there’s not really any debate about (1) whether our planet is warming and (2) that our actions are a big part of the cause.You can choose not to believe it, of course, but as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said recently, “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” The really amazing thing about Fourier’s work is that he did this before James Clerk Maxwell, Jožef Stefan, and Ludwig Boltzmann were even born. In the 1820s, scientists were still decades away from understanding that light, heat, electricity, and magnetism were all related. Maxwell put that together in the 1860s with his famous set of four equations that govern the field of classical electromagnetism.Only then could Stefan and Boltzmann figure out their law of radiation, showing that the energy transferred by radiation is proportional to the fourth power of the radiating body’s temperature and its emissivity. (The emissivity of materials is something we exploit in the making of low-e windows and radiant barriers). What Fourier did in the 1820s was revolutionary, but now this calculation is basic enough that it appears in introductory physics textbooks. RELATED ARTICLES Good News Bad News With Climate ChangeAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationThe Connection Between Obesity and Climate ChangeCommercial-Scale Wind Powerlast_img read more

2014 National Youth Championships

first_imgAustralia’s best youth Touch Football talent will be on display at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 17 September until Saturday, 20 September 2014 when they compete in the 2014 National Youth Championships. 34 teams from across Australia, including four from New Zealand, will take part in the event, competing in the 18’s Boys and Girls divisions. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will be hopeful of claiming their third consecutive 18’s Girls title in 2014, following their wins over New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) in the 2012 and 2013 events. NSWCHS will be looking to claim back-to-back 18’s Boys titles after their thrilling win over QSST in last year’s final. It is the third time that the NYC event has been held at the Sunshine Coast, following the 2010, 2011 and 2013 events being held at the Stockland Park venue. Round games will be played from Wednesday through to Friday, with semi finals and finals to be played on Saturday. The event will run in conjunction with the 2014 State of Origin Series, which will be played on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September. For more information on the State of Origin Series, please visit the State of Origin website: www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships, please visit the event website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below:www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.auAll of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps)The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford Shouts Out The Fan That Made Texas Recruiting Video

first_imgTexas Longhorns players holding flagsAUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 and safety Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carry the American flags as the team takes the field before the NCAA football game against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas defeated BYU 17-16. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)This week, a University of Texas football fan named Trevor Thomas put together a hype video illustrating why top high school prospects should choose to play for Texas. Included in the background narration for the video was an excerpt of Longhorn defensive coordinator Vance Bedford speaking about the program.It looks like Thomas’ effort did not go unnoticed by Vance Bedford, who shouted him out earlier today.To the fan who put together the recruiting video, the longhorn nation thanks you. Write me back— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) January 31, 2015Not sure if Thomas ever did get back to Bedford, but it’s cool that the coach gave him some recognition. Texas has been on a recruiting roll lately and will look to ride that momentum into National Signing Day on Wednesday.last_img read more

Someone Needs To Inform Jay Harbaugh That The ‘NCAA Football’ Video Game Is No Longer Developed

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Harbaugh family is all over social media Saturday morning. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trolling Urban Meyer regarding the Mike Weber situation. His son, Jay Harbaugh, the team’s tight ends coach, is taking a bit more of a wholesome approach. He may be a little misinformed about the topic he’s posting about, however.Harbaugh took to Instagram to post photos of the three NCAA Football covers Michigan has landed – Charles Woodson in 1999, Desmond Howard in 2006, and Denard Robinson in 2014. He wants to know which Wolverines player will be next.The obvious problem here? NCAA Football has been discontinued by EA Sports because of the lawsuits involving former players. After the Ed O’Bannon trial’s conclusion, it’s possible that the series could return, but there has been no word from the video game developer on whether it’s even being considered. Harbaugh had a good thought here, but perhaps he should have chosen a different vehicle.last_img read more

Who Will Join The 3000Hit Club After Adrian Beltre

Adrian BeltreMariners281021371+111.92996 David WrightMets24122556+3.81777 PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. Francisco LindorIndians23106410409.5+0.5 Albert PujolsAngels378629112791.1+119.9 The young gunsFor players age 25 or lower, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season PLAYER HITS Robinson CanoMariners349923092296.5+12.5 Players in their 20s have historically gone in many different directions. To illustrate this, let’s pretend we were writing this article 10 years ago and evaluating the players who were 30 or younger and on the best pace to reach the milestone. The 3,000-hit club is about to get bigger, as longtime FiveThirtyEight favorite and noted on-deck circle relocater Adrian Beltre gets closer to the milestone with every multi-hit game. Beltre, who notched his 2,996th hit on Wednesday, probably wouldn’t need to cross the 3,000-hit threshold to ensure his place in Cooperstown, but the achievement helps underscore just what a special player he has been over his two decades in the major leagues.Beltre’s milestone, whenever it comes, will mark the third consecutive season in which a player notched his 3,000th hit; Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees homered for his in June 2015, while the Miami Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki smacked a triple for his 3,000th hit last August. New membership in the 3,000-hit club tends come in bunches, like when nine players1Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken Jr., Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield, George Brett and Robin Yount. joined its ranks in the 10 seasons from 1992 to 2001, so more members could be on the way.But who will be next after Beltre? Let’s take a look at a handful of candidates coming up behind him on the active hits leaderboard — plus some younger players who might join the chase — and gauge their chances against the historical pace of the average 3,000-hit club member at the same age.2Age is as of June 30 of each season. Starlin CastroYankees279712441084.7+159.3 Mookie BettsRed Sox24112555552.4+2.6 Justin UptonD-Backs191919-43.31409 Mike TroutAngels2567984725.2+258.8 At that time, Beltre, Pujols and Cabrera were in pretty good shape, but every other player that was ahead of the 3,000-hit pace or slightly behind it has since fallen short or dropped way off pace. Edgar Renteria played just four more seasons, collecting fewer than 500 more hits before calling it a career (two World Series rings were was apparently enough). Likewise, Andruw Jones would retire before the 2016 season while Carl Crawford, Jimmy Rollins and David Wright — none of whom have formally retired yet — have not yet appeared in a game in 2017.And today’s younger hit leaders might have something working against them that previous generations didn’t: Hits are harder to come by in today’s more three-true-outcomes-focused game. The 2010s have seen the fewest hits per game of any decade since the 1960s and the fourth fewest of any decade since 1900.Then again, that could be counterbalanced by the fact that this is a special crop of young talent the likes of which MLB hasn’t seen in a while. And besides, in any given season between 1961 and 2000, an average of 9.2 active players went on to eventually become members of the 3,000-hit club. So odds are good that several of the players racking up hits this season will get to 3,000 before all is said and done — they just might not be the players we’d expect. Ryan ZimmermanNationals22109308+24.21611 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs PLAYER HITS The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs The elder statesmenFor players age 31 and up, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season Midseason hit totals were interpolated by prorating a player’s full-season total over 101 games.Source: FanGraphs.com Elvis AndrusRangers2811413801259.4+120.6 Delmon YoungDevil Rays21116156-17.01162 Andruw JonesBraves30791635+28.11933 Eric HosmerRoyals2712210621084.7-22.7 Jeff FrancoeurBraves23117363-46.31373 The middle-agersFor players age 26 to 30, the difference between their career hits and hits of an average 3,000-hit club member at the same age and point in season After Cabrera, nobody over the age of 25 is more than 200 hits above the historical 3,000-hit pace. So, in the absence of strong veteran candidates, younger players such as Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper show up as decent picks for the next generation of 3,000-hit club members — if only because there’s still so much ambiguity about how their careers will turn out. There’s a decent chance that at least one player in this bunch — if not a handful — will get to 3,000 hits, though it’s difficult to say which one(s) it will be.Of course, the uncertainty involved in projecting players’ careers is still huge. Even showing up on the ahead-of-pace list for your age isn’t a guarantee of getting 3,000 hits; far more young and mid-career players fall short of making the club than make it in: PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. PLAYERTEAMAGE2017CAREERAVG. 3K CLUB HITS AT SAME AGEDIFF. Carl CrawfordDevil Rays25115921+195.51931 The 3,000-hit pace was prorated to 101 games into each player’s current-age season to match where we stand in 2017.For players who are no more than 50 hits behind the average 3,000-hit-club member at the same age.Source: FanGraphs Manny MachadoOrioles2491790552.4+237.6 Bryce HarperNationals24116767552.4+214.6 How quickly things can change …Players age 30 and under who were furthest ahead of the 3,000-hit pace in 2007 Adrian BeltreRangers385429962897.4+98.6 AS OF MID-2007 … PLAYER HITS Jose AltuveAstros2714111871084.7+102.3 Grady SizemoreIndians24109518-34.91098 Albert PujolsCardinals271151274+189.72911 We start with the oldest group of candidates. Right behind Beltre is Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, who — with his 2,911 lifetime hits3Current-season numbers are accurate as of end of play on July 26, 2017. — is almost assured of reaching the milestone either later this season or early next year. And Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is another strong candidate, with over 300 more career hits than the average 3,000-hit club member had at the same age. The only thing that might hurt Cabrera’s chances is a late-career slowdown; he’s currently suffering the worst hitting season of his major-league career.Cabrera has such a cushion that he can afford some small decline, though he’ll need to bounce back soon to stay on pace. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, is also in a down season — he’s on pace for his lowest hit total since his rookie year — and he doesn’t have much room to fall off before losing the pace entirely. After a rough July, Cano’s chances could be evaporating before our eyes. (Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran is also fourth on the hits list among active players — but with fewer than 2,700 hits at age 40, his chances are next to nonexistent.) The next set of players are theoretically in their primes, though their chances might be more complicated to predict than any other group’s. Tigers outfielder Justin Upton started his career with a flourish, recording four 150-hit seasons by the age of 26, but he also turned in a few years below that level of production and is now behind the pace. Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has a similar story — he led the NL with 207 hits in his sophomore season, when he was with the Cubs, but has since settled into a solid pattern of racking up 150 hits per season. He’s still ahead of pace, but he might not be for long.Some of these guys are on an upward trajectory, though. Beltre’s teammate Elvis Andrus has become a hitting machine — he hasn’t dropped below 150 hits since his rookie year in 2009, and he’s on pace for more than 180 this season. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is having an MVP-type season; he’s on track for 226 hits this year, which would be his fourth straight 200-hit season. And Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals has swung his way to within striking distance of a 3,000-hit pace this season, producing what works out to a 198-hit campaign over 162 games. Jimmy RollinsPhillies281321227-32.22455 Xander BogaertsRed Sox24103631552.4+78.6 NAMETEAMAGESEASON HITSCAREER HITSVS. PACECURRENT HIT TOTAL Edgar RenteriaBraves301021872+265.12327 Carlos CorreaAstros22104370283.3+86.7 Miguel CabreraTigers348226012296.5+304.5 Rougned OdorRangers2385460409.5+50.5 Miguel CabreraMarlins24117771+218.82601 Justin UptonTigers299414091434.4-25.4 Jose ReyesMets24119643+90.72049 read more