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Serena Williams pens powerful letter on International Women’s Day

first_img Written by March 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams pens powerful letter on International Women’s Day FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Hyde/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams wrote a heartfelt essay for International Women’s Day about the meaning of day to her and the lessons she wants to impart to her daughter.The tennis star, who is an outspoken proponent of equality and empowering young women, described the special day as a “reinvigorated call to action,” in her piece for Fortune.She discussed some of the standards she feels are forced upon women in society.“In our fast-paced world, expectations for women continue to rise, as do workplace demands and, unfortunately, double standards,” she wrote.“Navigating it all is especially tough for working moms, myself included —- I feel the pressure both on and off the court,” she continued. “Even with all the resources I’m incredibly blessed to have, motherhood comes with so many unexpected challenges, especially when it’s time to go back to work.”She expanded on the balance she’s trying to find between motherhood and her career, after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in 2017.“Now that I have Olympia, she is my absolute priority —- spending as much time as possible with her every day is so important to me,” she wrote. “But I’m still training to win Grand Slams and sometimes I have to make hard choices about how I spend my time.”“I’ve cried over Olympia so many times that I’ve lost count,” she continued. “I cried when I stopped breastfeeding. I sat with Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it, and I told her, ‘Mommy has to do this.’ I cried when I missed Olympia’s first steps because I was in training.”“I’m honest about my struggles as a working mom because I want other women out there to know they are not alone,” she added. “We have to show ourselves and our female counterparts compassion and reality.”However, she realizes that she doesn’t have to sacrifice her career choices in order to have a family.“Since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of being the best tennis player in the world … but I also dreamed of having a family,” she wrote. “The dream was not divided — it was to be successful in both arenas.”“I want to stay in this game long enough for Olympia to watch me, cheer me on, and be proud to say, ‘That’s my Mom.’ I want her and all women out there to know you can be whatever you want to be,” she continued. “Dream big. The sky is the limit. Take risks.”She said that her dreams are “just beginning.”“I want Olympia to see and remember her mom winning a Grand Slam title,” she wrote. “I want her to know that my work fulfills me, that I’m proud and passionate about what I do even if I’m not perfect at it, and that she should never give up on her dreams.”“I want her to see a world of possibilities at her feet and to believe in those first steps she took when I was training, every time she takes a leap toward her goals— however big the risk,” she added.In working to balance time with her daughter and being one of the most successful athletes in the world, she wrote that she’s come to an important realization.“I want to make it clear that perfection is an impossible goal and should never be a true pursuit in life. And this is something I’ve had to come to terms with myself,” she shared.Williams believes in the power of supporting other women and feels others should as well.“While I think all women are superheroes, we are not superhuman and we need each other’s support,” she wrote. “We need to give each other grace when we fall short—and when society sets unrealistic expectations or our workplaces have antiquated rules.”For the piece, she also asked SurveyMonkey, an online survey company for which she is a board member, to conduct surveys focusing on adversity women face in different aspects of their every day lives.“One focuses on the experiences of working parents, while the other delves into those of all women in the workforce,” she explained. “After reviewing the results, one thing is clear: many of us are facing strikingly similar challenges.”“Our data show that women are four times more likely to say they provide more childcare than their male partner—pulling a double shift at work and home,” she explained.“This contributes to the fact that nearly half of women say they have sacrificed career goals for their family. I know I did,” she added. “More than half of moms feel guilty leaving their children to go to work and a third say their job makes it challenging to do the things they want and need to do for their family. Forget the cliché of ‘having it all,’ the reality is, women are trying to do it all.”Williams finished the piece with a call to action.“On International Women’s Day, let’s promise to come together and support one another in honor of all the groundbreaking women who came before us—and those who are proudly following our lead.“We must band together and fight for what’s fair,” she added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more


May 8, 2021 0

Newport’s new 22ha lake complete

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNew lake filled at Newport00:53A new lake equivalent to about 1000 Olympic-sized swimming pools has opened at the at Stockland’s Newport waterfront community on the Redcliffe Penisula. “It’s been a significant undertaking, with work beginning on December, 2015, so we’re delighted that residents will soon be able to enjoy it for activities both on and off the water.“We are looking forward to completing landscaping on adjoining waterfront parkland early next year to allow the public to access the lake for non-motorised activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as creating a great venue for barbecues and events.” New 22ha lake to form part of community The proposed landscaping on the waterfront parkland to be completed early next year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAbout one-and-a-half million cubic metres of earth were excavated to create Stage One of the non-tidal lake and excavated soil has been used in the construction of other parts of the 143ha Newport community. During the lake’s construction there were typically around 160 personnel and 60 earthmoving machines in operation each day.Private access will be available initially for lakeside residents of the Newport Quay precinct from early January. Developer: Stockland Price: Non-waterfront lots at Newport start from $292,900 for 313sq m, waterfront lots ranging to $935,900 for 637sq m Location: Cnr Griffith Rd and Boardman Rd, Newport One and a half billion litres of sea water flowed into the lake over three weeks before it was opened on December 12. MORE: Newport is now home to almost 600 residents with new families moving in every week. Upon completion, the community will be home to more than 5000 residents with almost 2000 dwellings and a future town centre with retail.center_img THE BASICS Want to live by the water? Riverfront house sells in secret deal >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< NEWPORT Moreton Bay Regional Council Councillor James Houghton, Stockland’s David Laner and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth cut the ribbon at the official ceremony for Newport’s 22ha lake.Stockland acting Queensland residential general manager David Laner said construction of the 14m deep non-tidal lake had spanned three years and was “the jewel in the crown’’ of the thriving Newport community.“Our vision for Newport has been built on creating a high quality community centred around this lake, so we are thrilled to see it now become a reality,’’ Mr Laner said. RELATED:last_img read more


September 28, 2020 0

Miller smashes record for fastest ton in Twenty20 Internationals

first_imgPOTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa middle-order batsman David Miller smashed the record for the fastest century in Twenty20 International cricket as South Africa thumped Bangladesh by 83 runs on Sunday for a clean sweep of the two-match series.Miller, who was dropped on zero, reached his ton off 35 balls, beating the previous best mark of 45 deliveries set by compatriot Richard Levi against New Zealand in 2012.South Africa managed 224 for four off their 20 overs, with Miller not out 101 from 36 balls as he crashed seven fours and nine sixes.Bangladesh were in trouble early in their reply and never recovered as they were bowled out for 141 in 18.3 overs.Five of Miller’s sixes came in one over off Bangladesh seamer Mohammad Saifuddin as he showed remarkable timing in smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.“It’s a really special feeling,” Miller told SuperSport. “I tried to watch the ball and back myself. I was scratchy to be honest in the beginning and towards the back end it turned out to be sweet.”South Africa won all seven tour matches against Bangladesh across the three formats, which included two tests, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

Olympia Photographer, Doug Walker, Wins Prestigious Award

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Doug Walker PhotographyIn January 2013, Doug Walker of Walker Photography in Olympia, Washington, will be honored as a ‘Photographer of the Year’ Bronze Level, for images he had entered in the Professional Photographers (PPA) of America International Photographic Competition in 2012.Walker was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit, a mark of quality and honor. for each of the four images included in his entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.  In 2012, he was one of only 60 Bronze Medalists from this international competition.To read more about Doug Walker’s successful career, click here.last_img read more


August 6, 2020 0

Question Remains: How to Protect Highlands?

first_imgBy John BurtonMeeting to be held in OctoberHIGHLANDS – Mayor Frank Nolan knows something has to be done in the borough to prevent it from further flooding and damage similar to what occurred with Super Storm Sandy.But the mayor finds himself at odds with the U.S. Army Corps of Engin­eers over what that plan should be.A town hall meeting is expected to be held in early October by the corps and Nolan during which the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to make public its assessments for corrective action, according to David Gentile, the corps’ High­lands project manager.Following the devastating effects of last October’s storm, the corps and borough officials are looking at various options that will hopefully prevent a reoccurrence for the traditionally flood-prone Bayshore community.The corps proposal won’t work, the mayor said, and the corps has dismissed one of the solutions Nolan has proposed, an admittedly ambitious plan to elevate all of the structures situated in the borough’s low-lying area.Nolan said the corps recently recommended a plan that advocated building a high retaining wall at the bulkhead along Marine Place, which faces the water and runs parallel to Bay Avenue, the borough’s main thoroughfare populated by businesses and homes.The problem, Nolan said, is that most of Bay Avenue is below sea level. When there is an exceptional high tide, heavy rains or a combination, “we don’t flood from the bulkhead to the main road,” Nolan said. The area generally floods from the bulkhead to Bay Avenue with water rising from storm drains and sewers.A 15- or 16-foot wall along the shoreline “would create a bathtub effect,” trapping floodwater in the area, Nolan contended.Another problem with something like that, he said, was that it would be aesthetically unpleasing and would diminish property value. First and foremost, he said, “It doesn’t fix our problem.”The retaining wall remedy was the corps’ assessment from its 2009 feasibility study, which corps representatives have agreed to reassess, Nolan said.However, the corps’ Gentile, said recently that the Army Corps is “leaning toward” the wall option. Army engineers are looking at additional facets to the plan, which would include more pump stations and check valves to eliminate that effect, according to Gentile.“We would want (the Army Corps of Engineers) to consider multiple options,” Nolan said.The mayor said one option that should be discussed is the viability of lifting all of the structures located in the lower portion of the borough. Preliminary number crunching has Nolan believing it would cost somewhere around $200 million and could be effectively done, as was done to much of Galveston Island, Texas, more than 100 years ago following a devastating hurricane.Since this idea was first floated, Nolan said he has heard from engineers and scientists from Japan and the Netherlands who offered their ideas about how best to do it, if the project gets approval.The corps, however, has rejected that proposal, based upon its cost-effective analysis. The cost would be too high in comparison to the value of what it would be saving, Gentile said.The current total property value in Highlands stands at $575 million, according to Nolan. So far, the borough has seen a 7 percent loss of ratables with Sandy-damaged and closed businesses.“That doesn’t even include homes that are abandoned,” after the storm, Nolan said. He believes that when abandoned homes are factored into the equation, the loss in ratables is actually more than 30 percent.The upside of elevating sections of the borough, Nolan argued, would result in increases in property values because homes would be protected from flooding. It also would likely result in a flow of money into the community from businesses and developers, he said.“We know we have to do something,” Nolan said. “We definitely know there is something happening with the climate.”Nolan acknowledged the elevation idea may be radical – maybe too radical for many – but he believes the corps’ idea is a non-starter.“We’re hoping they’re going to look outside the box and not just at walls.”In the meantime, the borough council has bonded for $4.5 million for work on its sewer system and pump stations, Nolan said.last_img read more


August 4, 2020 0

CLASSIC – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgBob BaffertGarrett O’RourkeDr. John ChandlerMike SmithPress ConferenceLadies and gentlemen, the winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is Arrogate, and we’re thrilled to be joined by the winning connections. From left to right, we’ve got jockey Mike Smith. We’ve got Garrett O’Rourke, the racing manager for Juddmonte Farms. Trainer Bob Baffert; his son, Bode, as well as Dr. John Chandler, President of Juddmonte. Congratulations to you all. Mike, this is your fourth Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Bob’s third in a row. Mike, we want to start with you. You’ve had another amazing weekend at the Breeders’ Cup. If you could just take us through this Breeders’ Cup Classic and your trip on Arrogate.MIKE SMITH: Well, we had a really good trip. He jumped very well today out of the gate, but was a little reluctant the first probably 16th of a mile. I had to give him a little reminder on his shoulder. Once I did that, I seen that California Chrome had a little bit of company up front of him, so I felt secure that at least he was going to go quick enough, and I didn’t have to go after him early and chase him. Then Victor got a comfortable lead down the back side and kind of started staying off the fence a bit. I didn’t want to move too early; that will just make him pack us out more. I winded up cutting the corner going into the far turn, and that really helped a lot. Because once I switched over and dropped into the far turn, he really picked it up at that point, able to get him back outside. Then he was relentless, this horse. He never stops. He’s got some stamina. Bob’s done a great job. The horse has only run five times and he beat California Chrome. That’s incredible.THE MODERATOR: Bob, as I said, your third Classic win in a row to go with Bayern and American Pharoah. If you could just give us your impressions of this effort today?BOB BAFFERT: Well, going in, we knew we had a great horse. We thought we could be competitive. But down deep I really wasn’t sure if we could beat California Chrome because I still have total respect for the horse. He’s a great horse. Down the backside it looked like California Chrome was getting everything going. I thought, well, you know, maybe he’s not running. Maybe he’s just not into it. But I hope Mike Smith knows what he’s doing. And all of a sudden, turning for home it looked like, well — I thought, well, I’m going to run second, but there is nothing wrong with that, because Chrome is a really good horse, and running second to him is no bad thing.But the 8th pole, all of a sudden, he started getting into that gear, and he’s coming, and he’s inching away at him. And that last 50 yards, I could not believe. Of all the horses I’ve trained — I never thought after losing Pharoah that I thought how are you going to beat something like that with everything we went through. And then to be so lucky and blessed that to have a horse like that. Then to run down a great horse like California Chrome was just like — that’s what the Breeders’ Cup is all about. Watching races like that. They’re just the best. The cream just rises to the top.I can’t say more for Mike Smith, “Big Money” Mike. I mean, he won that today, and I was like it was a “wow” opportunity. I could not believe — what we just accomplished, we’re very lucky to win these races, but today, watching that horse do what he did and come back, he wasn’t even tired. That horse is just a big kid that’s learning how to run, and in the wind, under the Juddmonte Flag is incredible for me. Prince Khalid wanting to get me on their team, and Juddmonte is like the biggest franchise in racing. So to be part of that and for Garrett O’Rourke, working with him. What makes it so — they just let you train the horse. You tell them when they’re getting ready and let them know what’s going on.But it’s been a great experience training for Juddmonte. But I have a great horse, but I have a great jockey. What he did today was incredible. It’s hat’s off to California Chrome. He tried so hard. I mean, he’s a great horse. I’ve been chasing that horse for two years. So it was nice to — I still can’t believe that we caught him.THE MODERATOR: Dr. Chandler, Juddmonte’s had incredible success both here and abroad. But this is your first Breeders’ Cup Classic victory. Can we get your impressions of today?DR. JOHN CHANDLER: Well, before the race, Teddy, we were talking about which would possibly be the most exciting race we’ve ever won, and Teddy said, well, let’s wait a minute, and we waited a minute, and undoubtedly this is one of the most exciting races we’ve won. We’ve won excellent — we’ve won great races, The Arc de Triomphe and the English Derby and the Belmont, and we’ve won races everywhere. And we had Frankel, of course, who won everything in sight. But this has got to be one of the greatest things we’ve done.It’s all due to Garrett and Bob, and Bob found — it’s a story that’s been published many times. But Garrett has really done most of the work on the farm side of this, and has taught Bob how to train horses and he’s done a good job of that (laughing). And we’re very grateful to Garrett and to Bob and to do this for us. Now Bob appears to own the Classic. We’ll have to call it the Baffert Benefit after this, I think.THE MODERATOR: Very good. One question for Garrett before we open it up to the media. Garrett, talk about the campaign overall this year, especially the decision to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Well, when I made that decision, I think it’s a tribute for all of this, obviously goes back to Prince Khalid, and if it’s something on the farm, yeah, we’re responsible for it. If it’s when we go to the sales, Bob and Donato help us, and we get the right horses and we hand them over to people like that. But Prince Khalid has always been a firm believer in hiring the very, very best and allowing them to do their jobs. He doesn’t tell them what to do or how to do it. It’s something that I’ve learned from him as well. So don’t believe what Doc says in me telling Bob Baffert. I don’t have to tell Bob Baffert how to do anything. I don’t have to tell Mike Smith how to do anything. They’re the very best at their profession, and they proved it today. I thank them for it. I want to thank everyone back on the farm, especially because there’s an awful lot of people back on the farm. There’s a lot of horses that didn’t make it here today, and I know the people back on the farm have to go through the heartbreak of seeing those ones not make it.So when something big like this happens, it’s a great team effort. It’s the professionals I have sitting beside me here, and I think it’s all obviously funded, number one, and motivated, more importantly, by Prince Khalid.Q. I wonder if you could give us an idea of when you had the inkling, I know five races back the horse was third and then it’s moving in the right direction to find it today, but when you first started with the horse, when did you get the feeling that you had what you have?BOB BAFFERT: I remember calling Garrett around October. I said, Garrett, I think I’ve found one that’s going to pay for all of them. I said, I think we’ve stumbled onto a really good horse. And he showed run as a 2-year-old, and he had some shin problems. He was a big, tall horse, so Garrett says, you know what, just give him the time. Don’t worry about it. And they freshened him up. It’s one of those things that the really good ones, once we got them going, and he was developing and baby steps, and Rafael Bejarano did a great job helping me develop this horse. Unfortunately, Mike ended up on him because of other circumstances. But it just happens that way.But it’s one of those things where he always showed run, but we never let him go in the mornings. We never let him run. He’s a big horse. He came around on his own, and I was almost going to run him against Chrome in San Diego at Del Mar, but he got a little bit — I called Garrett and said, I might get a little crazy. I’ve got a crazy plan. Okay. Then he called me a week before, Are you still going to do that crazy thing? I said, No. He had a little bit of a temperature when I got down to Del Mar, so I missed a few days, and I’m glad. That’s when we decided to point for the Travers, because Bejarano always said this horse wants to go a mile-and-a-quarter. I mean, he can go and go and go. And so in the Travers, when Mike rode him, we had to let him run away from the one-hole, and he got him out there. I thought he could win, but I didn’t know he was going to do that. I mean, that was just incredible. I was in awe of him.So then to come back and sit on him for two months, it was something that I used to do in the quarter horse bin, and I wasn’t worried about it. And we got away with it with Pharoah, and you can do that when you have a great horse. I just didn’t want to run him against California Chrome and Awesome Again. Maybe if it he had been there I might have run him in there. I just felt with my team, Jimmy Barnes, everybody that gets on him, Dana Barnes gets on him. I knew we could do it. We’re equipped to deal with these situations. It’s a lot of fun, especially, so we show up for the big days, we lead them up there, and you just pray and hope that they show up.I told Mike, if he runs this race, you can win it. If he doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do. And I told him, Mike, you have the reins. Whatever you do, I’m good with. If he gets beat, don’t worry about it. But if you can get me second, that would sure be nice.So turning for home, I’m still — I’m going to be watching that replay a lot tonight when I get home. That was an incredible race by two incredible horses.Q. Mike, does this victory here take a little bit of the sting out of yesterday with the Songbird-Beholder match-up?MIKE SMITH: Well, that still hurts, it’s always going to hurt. You hate to get beat, especially the matter of maybe an inch. This was incredible today. This horse ran a race today that you just don’t see things like this from a young 3-year-old that’s only run five times. He literally was prancing after the race was over. Which most horses hang their head and have to take a breath or two before they can even turn around and come back after going a mile-and-a-quarter. He hasn’t run in two months and he was literally dancing. The outrider couldn’t believe it. He goes, Are you kidding me? This horse is dancing like this? And I said, He’s just got air forever.Q. What are the plans for the next year?BOB BAFFERT: Well, that’s up to Garrett. Garrett still runs the show, so I guess he’ll get back and discuss that with Prince Khalid. You want to answer that?GARRETT O’ROURKE: Obviously, we will have to go back and run it by Prince Khalid, but I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year.BOB BAFFERT: Yes.MIKE SMITH: Double yes.GARRETT O’ROURKE: That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re going to bring him to England.MIKE SMITH: I’ll go to England (laughing). Call me English Mike.Q. I want to congratulate all of you. It’s obviously a major accomplishment. Bob, I know you’re a huge fan of the history of the game and great training jobs. You’ve done plenty of them. This training job is sort of unprecedented. This horse’s foundation, what he’s done in these starts, I want to know what, for you, this means. Because it’s certainly a huge, unprecedented achievement you’ve done here today.BOB BAFFERT: Every year I’ve been so lucky. I always say: How am I going to top this year? And it’s been going on for all my life. Even when I was training quarter horses. This is what keeps me, keeps my juices flowing. I’m telling you, after American Pharoah retired last year, I was in a really — I wouldn’t say — it was just like a lull. You know, I really missed that horse so much. I still miss him. He’s actually — two of the best horses I’ve ever trained have been in Stall 33 at Santa Anita. He’s in the same stall that Pharoah was with his camera. It’s incredible that I’ve been so lucky.Somebody up there is really looking down on me. So it’s one of these things that when you’re — when you’re used to doing something, we know what we have to do. We get a horse that’s a good horse. We’re going to do this, and I stick to the plan. It’s all gut feeling, instinct. Sometimes it works. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes. But it’s all trial and error, mostly error. So it’s one of those things that when it comes, I know what I’m dealing with. So I don’t get caught up. They’re still horses, they have to train. You can’t baby them. You’ve got to train them because they’re going to lay it out there for you.Today I was just hoping to have that horse tight enough for Mike. When he asks him to run, I hope when he pushes the button, I hope it doesn’t get stuck. Because it gets stuck a lot. But it’s one of those things where my good friend Jerry Hollendorfer. I have a lot of respect for him. I felt so bad for him. He always tells me you always seem to pull a rabbit out of your hat on these big days.MIKE SMITH: He used another word instead of hat, though (laughing).BOB BAFFERT: But it’s one of those things where I’ve been lucky. Lucky enough I’ve got a beautiful family, beautiful wife, beautiful kids, and I couldn’t ask for more.Yesterday, things weren’t looking very good. Like I said, this business can get you down, but, boy, there’s nothing like a great horse to pick you right up off the ground. I can’t be happier for my team, everybody that works for me, everybody that works the horses. Even Martin Garcia came in here, helped me get him ready here at the end. It’s a team effort, and I couldn’t do it without everybody.Still today, and Donato Lanni, who is right there, best Bloodstock agent. Short listed him. He does all the dirty work. I get up there, and we can just walk around and say, nah, okay. But you couldn’t do it without these owners. That’s one thing about Prince Khalid, our owners, they have so much passion for the game. They want to live this assignment. I wish I could have been sitting and watching the race with them on television, the excitement, because you can’t put a price on it. That’s the beauty of horseracing. You cannot put a price on it.Q. Mike, this Travers victory from last — when you rode this horse, it was phenomenal. We don’t know if Secretariat could have beaten the horse that day, the time was so outlandish. Now he comes back here today and does something also incredible, runs down an older horse with a foundation. Can you talk about the difference in feeling between those two days on this horse? Was there any? Was it better, anything you could say about that?MIKE SMITH: They were both incredible performances. The only difference was being down in the 1-hole was a whole lot more aggressive that afternoon than I had to be today. Though I did ride him out of there a little bit. He was kind of looking around. The crowd was pretty loud. I just had to get his attention a couple of times, but my hand wasn’t forced, so I didn’t have to push him. But it goes to show you he’s so versatile. He doesn’t have to be in front. I actually even dropped down and took some dirt. The dirt made him run even faster. As soon as it hit him, he kind of got mad and pulled me into him, which is a good sign. He’s not a horse that needs the lead, which is a good thing.THE MODERATOR: Mike Smith is the winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award as the winningest jockey across the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup.MIKE SMITH: Thank you.Q. What about the last 20 yards of that race, and what that says about maybe the freak that this horse is?MIKE SMITH: I became a fan the last 20 yards. I was just cheering with everybody else at that point, because I felt that I had the race in hand at that point. So I was just in awe of what he did and the horse that he beat.Q. Art Sherman would like to have a rematch in the Pegasus Cup. What is the chance that you’re going to go there?BOB BAFFERT: All I can say is Art Sherman, they’ve done an incredible job with California Chrome. I mean, that’s why this place was packed today. Racing, they’ve done a great job with that horse. I even became a fan of that horse. Anytime you see two horses like we saw yesterday with Beholder and Songbird, it was like you sit there and you really don’t want to see a loser.Even today in the stretch, you really don’t. If they could have come up dead heated, but I could hear the whole grandstand was just screaming and yelling. And I know most of them were screaming and yelling for Chrome, and I can’t blame them, because he’s done a lot for racing.THE MODERATOR: On the Pegasus, that’s a?BOB BAFFERT: We don’t have a berth.THE MODERATOR: You can buy one from someone else. We’ll leave everybody in suspense on that. Wherever he shows up, we’ll be thrilled to see him. Congratulations once again to the connections of the Breeders’ Cup Classic breeder, Arrogate.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more


August 2, 2020 0

Dinosaur Protein Is Primordial

first_imgScientists from 10 universities and institutions have verified that the collagen protein in dinosaur bone is primordial – i.e., from the dinosaur, not from later contamination.  By first studying the molecular packing of collagen in living animals, and using X-ray diffraction modeling, they matched the surviving collagen molecules to those that would most likely survive degradation.  They feel this establishes the authenticity of the protein fragments against claims of contamination and simultaneously offers a mechanism for its resistance to degradation.  The claim of original dinosaur protein was met with skepticism, an article on PhysOrg began: “Although the team had previously presented multiple lines of evidence supporting the veracity of the find, the fact that the age of the peptides far exceeds any previous predictions of how long a protein could resist degradation has generated controversy.” The team set out to test for contamination but also to try to understand how any protein could last for 65 million years or more.  Like every protein, collagen is made up of amino acid sequences (polypeptides).  For collagen, these arrange into a triple-helix structure like a rope, that is further wrapped in higher-level fibrils that give it its high tensile strength.  About 20% of the human body is collagen; it “literally holds the body together,” the article said.  The innermost amino acids in the bundle are the most protected from attack by degrading agents.  Among those, the hydrophobic would be the least likely to degrade in water or other solutions.  In addition, these sequences appeared to be located in stable regions away from the damaging effects of breakdown enzymes.  These are the peptide sequences the team found in the dinosaur samples. “Sequencing and mapping of 11 dinosaur peptides that represented 8 sequences revealed that the dinosaur sequences were from regions of the protein that were partly protected by molecular packing,” the article said, adding, “This localization could be responsible for protecting the peptides over the millenia [sic].”  Of course the problem evolutionists face is not mere millennia but tens of millions of years.  As for how any protein, protected or not, could survive such extensive epochs of time, the team said: “These features provide hard biochemical evidence for why these particular peptides endured for such a long time.”  Actually, though, they only established that the particular peptides were the most likely to be protected.  They did not provide hard evidence that would be protected for tens of millions of years; they only assumed the millions of years, and reasoned that the proteins must have survived that long. The team knows the controversy will continue: “Does this work satisfy the skeptics? Not yet, but having a new mechanism for how ancient proteins might be preserved is a dinosaur-sized step in the right direction.”  The work was published last month in PLoS One,1 but was reported by PhysOrg July 26. 1. San Antonio, Schweitzer et al., Dinosaur Peptides Suggest Mechanisms of Protein Survival,” Public Library of Science One 6(6): e20381 (June 8, 2011). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020381. The “skeptics” fall into two camps: those who don’t believe the collagen is primordial, and those who don’t believe it is millions of years old.  Every piece of evidence is helpful to nail the case that this is original dinosaur protein, but that is not the crux of the controversy.  The age is.  Evolutionists need to prove that collagen and other soft tissues are able to survive for 65 million years or more, or else they have to cede the science to young-earth creationists who are telling them dinosaurs lived in more recent times and that millions of years is a myth.  The researchers in this article only offered the meagerest suggestions that “might” explain the survivability of the protein.  Worse, they only looked at the collagen, ignoring the blood vessels, blood cells, tendons and medullary bone reported by Schweitzer and others (search on Schweitzer on this site for reports). One cannot carry out a time experiment, naturally, but It shouldn’t be that hard for old-earth evolutionists to make their case.  If their dating is right, look for collagen in various fossils said to be 5 million, 10 million, 30 million years old and compare their amounts of degradation with those of the dinosaurs.  Correcting for other factors such as burial conditions, do they fall on a line?  If, after a certain period on their fossil timeline, all collagen is equally preserved, it would indicate the degradation clock started at the same time for all the fossils – supporting the creationist view (unless evolutionists can argue that collagen degrades to a certain point then stops degrading).  Additionally, taphonomic experiments reproducing burial conditions can be conducted on recently-dead animals for periods of 1, 2, 5, and 10 years, to measure degradation rates under ideal conditions.  Rather than starting experiments anew and having to wait a decade for answers, they could piggyback on the research of others who have such fossilization experiments in progress.  Disgustingly, the research team is not shocked and humbled by the soft-tissue evidence, but is using it to support evolution!  If collagen can survive for 65 million years or more, they speculate, think of the possibilities of comparing ancient collagen with that of living animals to see how it has evolved over millions of years: “Paleoproteomics therefore not only holds significant promise for elucidating evolutionary relationships between extinct and extant organisms, but is potentially useful for enhancing our understanding of protein function in living animals,” the paper said.  Good grief.  Evolutionists are incorrigible spin doctors, incapable of being refuted or embarrassed.  Over and over in the paper you can see them assuming “geologic time” instead of testing it. The discovery of dinosaur soft tissue in its original form is such a dynamite discovery, with such important implications, it would be worth it to rule out all other interpretations, and to establish the limits of soft tissue survivability.  So far the creationist view is looking pretty good.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


December 19, 2019 0

2010 info centre opens in Nelspruit

first_img1 December 2009The final 2010 visitor information centre, which will ensure that tourists arriving in South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ get the best advice and information, has been opened in Mpumalanga province.Opening the centre in Nelspruit this week, Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa said the centre concluded the department’s national project to launch such centres in five 2010 host cities located in provinces less visited by tourists.Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium will host five first-round matches during next year’s World Cup.One-stop information hubXasa urged tourism operators operators to take advantage of the rare opportunity to market their products at a “one-stop information hub”.The 412 square-metre Nelspruit visitor information centre was built at a cost of R7-million and features a lobby area, information counter and display area, booking area, and area for tour operators and administration offices.The centre also features a boardroom, a multi-purpose space, a training facility, internet stations with server room, a visitors’ lounge and ablution facilities.Information and reservation systemThe five visitor information centres, which together cost R34.3-million, feature a locally developed information and reservation system tailored to cater for the South African market.The other centres are in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane and Rustenburg.All the visitor information centres are intended to provide a one-stop information service to tourists on a wide range of aspects including information enquiries, reservations, accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

Point-of-Use Electric Tankless Water Heaters

first_imgA couple of years ago, I was standing at my kitchen sink, idly waiting the minute or so for hot water, noticing my poor parched backyard. Central Texas was (and still is) in the death grip of a prolonged, severe drought. Our lakes are in really bad shape, and we are under very tight water restrictions.Then suddenly, I had a mini epiphany: I’m wasting a lot of valuable water while I wait for hot water.I’m certainly not the first to have this realization, but it just killed me to be wasting all that water. I did a little mental math: 2.5 gallons probably 10 times a day = 25 gallons a day, which = 750 gallons a month. At $4/1000 gallons, that’s a minuscule financial hit — but hey, that’s just about a yard watering. It got me to thinking. First, the rumor about whole-house electric tankless being expensive was true. Besides the roughly $2,000 for the unit, we had to do a pretty massive upgrade to the electrical system. I don’t remember how much the work cost, but it was a lot.Second, the rumor about them not working very well was also true. But, we plowed on. I may have been driven, to some degree, by the fact I was going to inherit the water heater closet for my cramped shop. Not a small thing, indeed.We went through several models, and performance was always less than stellar. My family grew weary of my standard response to their complaints: “Hey, there are people in the world that don’t have any hot water.” This did not play well with teenagers (or wives). At the time of the incident above, we were actually using a propane-powered tankless system, fed from propane cylinders. True story. That heater provided much better performance, but it was definitely a bummer when the propane tank ran out during a shower! My family was always mad at me, but by now, it was way too late to give my tricked-out closet back to some water heater. A light bulb goes offWe happen to own a little cottage near the lake that we rent out. It had a small 40-gallon water heater that always smelled like rotten eggs. A while back, when the water heater croaked, I did some research, and replaced it with a small (10”x8”x3”) electric tankless unit from Niagara called a Titan N-120. It’s made in America, got pretty good reviews, and was a piece of cake to install. The renter loves the extra space in the tiny kitchen, loves the instant hot water, and is happy to have the rotten eggs smell gone. I am an inventor of sorts — at least that’s how I’ve made my living for the last 20 years. My most famous product was the original plastic folding sawhorse called StoreHorse. That was a long time ago, and they are now mostly cheap knockoffs. I don’t mean to cast myself as some prolific genius type, but my point is that, almost by definition, as an inventor, I’ve always had a certain lack of respect for conventional wisdom. You won’t get far in this business doing things the way they’ve always been done.So now, back to me standing at my kitchen window watching the grass die while perfectly good water goes down the drain. It seems like I decided then and there to go on a campaign to place a POUET — a point-of-use electric tankless water heater — at every location where we need hot water.The driver was not to save money on my water bill, nor was it to save money on my electric bill; it was to save water. Yes, I am well aware that my 750 gallons a month is the proverbial drop in the bucket (pun intended), but I just thought it would be a good thing, and that’s just the way I am. We’ve tried a lot of optionsI’ve been tankless for years. My house of 32 years does not have access to natural gas. Consequently, we originally had an electric tank-style water heater. Back then, I didn’t know much about anything, but I knew that this was the worst way to make hot water. So, I did a little research, and bought a whole-house electric tankless water heater. All in all, it was not a great experience. RELATED ARTICLES Domestic Hot Water: No Perfect SolutionAll About Water HeatersGBA Encyclopedia: Water HeatingGet Rid of Your Gas Water Heater!Are Tankless Water Heaters a Waste of Money?Storage vs. Tankless Water HeatersWaiting for Hot Water Small, medium, and largeLuckily, I am an extreme do-it-yourselfer. I did my own wiring and plumbing. It turns out that the work was really pretty easy.I bought an assortment of seven POUETs; some from Craigslist, some from Amazon, and some from eBay. The size of the units ran the gamut.At the small end of the gamut was a simple 110-volt, 2.4-kW, 20-amp Eemax unit that I installed in the downstairs half bath. With very little ability to raise the temperature, but with the included extreme flow restricting aerator, washing hands is all it needs to be: just OK.In the middle of the gamut was a new Niagra Titan N120 that I bought off of eBay for about $220. At 220 volts, and drawing 54 amps, it took running a new 6/2 cable in a conduit outside the house. I installed the unit over the showerhead in the tub in the kids’ bathroom, and I hooked it up to the sink as well. The kids say it’s the best hot water they can remember ever having in this house. I painted the unit, because frankly it was pretty ugly. Maybe it’s still a bit ugly, but I’ve always been a “form follows function” kind of a guy.At the furthest extreme in the gamut were two Titan units that I installed in series, again over the showerhead in the tub, in the master bathroom. The reason I installed two is that my wife likes to take scalding (and I really mean scalding) baths, while I take showers. Each of the Titans has four settings or buttons. When she takes a bath, she turns on all eight clicks. When I take a shower in the winter, I turn one unit completely off, and the other on about two or three clicks. In the summer, I only use one click, and I wish there was a way to use half of that. An end to wasted water and wasted energyNow, I am an evangelical POUET convert.Currently, my son and I are remodeling his new older house, and we are using POUET water heaters for the house. One of my buddies, who has been in the biz for years, says I’m @#$%&ing crazy. “Have you ever stood outside and watched the meter spin when that thing is on?” he says. Well, I say that’s conventional wisdom talking. I say that it takes the same amount of energy whether you do it fast or slow. Physics is physics.What’s more, a non-tankless (see, that’s convert talk) system suffers from all the familiar stuff like stand-by losses, cold pipes carrying hot water, hot water being left stranded, etc. But, it’s not just about savings; there is so much more to it, like:Having hot water before you can even fill a glass is a wonderful amenity. It’s like a garage door opener: once you have one, you can’t go back. How many times have you turned on the hot water to wash your hands, and then given up on the wait and just washed them with cold water? Talk about waste — all that hot water summoned, then abandoned. One of the harder habits to break is the routine we all do: turn on the shower, then go do something else while you wait for the hot water. With a POUET heater, the water is hot before I can get around the curtain.Having the ability to adjust the water temperature on the spot is another great feature. On my son’s house, I am working to make all the units as accessible as possible. While he’s a convert, he still is not quite on board with putting the units out in plain sight. But, with what I know now, it seems near criminal to use the energy to heat the water up, then dilute it with cold water. A perfect system allows you to have the hot water you want without using the cold water valve.If a heater goes out (which should seldom happen) you are not left dead in the water (another intended pun). And, replacement is relatively easy.There is, of course, the well-known advantage of endless hot water.If you are installing a POUET heater in a new build, or an extensive remodel, you only have to run a single water line.The units can go just about anywhere: no flues, no fumes, no vents. Some jurisdictions may try to apply “tanked” codes to tankless heaters, but that’s all part of the learning process.They are darn near 100% efficient. This does not address the debate about the inefficiencies of plant-generated electricity, but the fact is that virtually all of the power goes to raising the water temperature. For utilities, there are time-of-use issuesNow, there is one downside that I cannot address: “peak demand.” Power companies will probably not, um, … embrace this idea. They will see all those homes, all spiking the system with their morning showers, all at the same time. I don’t know, I’m not smart enough to know how bad that will be. But, I say, maybe it should be weighed against all those homes not wasting 10,000 gallons a year. Here and now, with the acute shortage of water, it might be a worthy tradeoff.On a recent AIA home tour, I queried several of the designers and builders of touted “green” homes about POUET water heaters. They all wanted to discuss their state-of-the-art recirculation systems. To me, POUET is easier, cheaper, and more efficient.After all these years of lamenting the lack of gas in my home to heat water, I would now choose POUET over some gas-fired system.Someday, I think that POUET will be “conventional wisdom.” In the meantime, my yard is still parched. Rick DuRapau is a regular guy who tends to see things a little differently. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his exceedingly patient wife of 37 years.last_img read more


December 16, 2019 0

How to Stop Drifting

first_imgThe person who discovered the 10,000-hour rule, the one you likely learned from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, is K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist and professor at Florida State. When asked about the ability to become an expert in 10,000 hours, Ericsson said, “I have been walking for 48 years, but I don’t believe I am getting any better at it,” making the point that it is deliberate practice, practice focused on improvement which is necessary for expertise.It’s the “deliberate” part that concerns us here, something that Napoleon Hill described as “a definite aim.”Groundhog DayIt is possible that you are having the same year over again. You could be repeating the same patterns, built on the same actions, and guided by the same beliefs. Without changing the patterns, you eliminate the possibility of changing your results.I am writing this to you a few days before the end of the Q1 of 2019, at the end of three rounds of a twelve round fight. For many, this year so much resembles last year that it would be impossible to tell them apart. They have the best of intentions, but those intentions are not enough to keep them from the drift.The DriftLet me help you image The Drift. Picture a large piece of wood being carried down a river by the current (or a paper boat). This piece of driftwood is a passenger, lacking the volition to swim against the current or remove itself from the stream altogether. Whatever happens to the driftwood is outside of its control or influence.Many people drift. They allow circumstances to push them this way and that, carrying them in a direction they don’t want to travel, and toward unpleasant outcomes instead of toward that which they profess to want.Here’s how to stop drifting.Identity: If who you are now was enough, you wouldn’t need to change. Those who stop drifting, leading a life of their own design and producing the results they want, spend time and money, investing in becoming the person who can accomplish these things. They are driven to become the best version of themselves. Who are you becoming?Goals: You can never hit a target you can’t see. Without goals, you are releasing yourself to the current. You have to know what you want and why you want it, and you need to focus on your goals, reviewing and committing to them each day. What do you want?Modifications: Stopping the drift requires you to change what you are doing, how you are doing it, how much you do, and when you do it, or some combination thereof. If you are not where you want to be or headed swiftly in that direction, you need to modify what you are doing. Maybe you need a 180-degree turn, meaning you have everything all wrong, but perhaps you only need a 35-degree turn to start moving toward what you want and away from the drift. What needs to change?Disciplines: The way you beat the drift is with disciplines, the routines you run over and over, the things you do habitually, without delay, and without fail. Your current disciplines (or lack thereof), for good or for ill, is what led you to where you are now. New disciplines, the modifications above, are what is necessary to pull you out of the drift and power you toward your goals. What are you willing to commit to doing?As far as I have been able to discern, first you have to be more, then you can do more, then you can have more, and then you can contribute more, always in that order. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


December 9, 2019 0