You can see 5 planets in the sky this month, NASA reveals

first_imgStarting the 15th #cometNEOWISE may be visible in the evenings! (~9:30pm)Plus #Venus, #Mars, #Jupiter, #Saturn, & the #Moon… so much to observe in the sky this week. @AnthonyJCook2 has your weekly Sky Report, now available every Friday. Listen here:— All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory (@AllSpaceCnsdrd) July 10, 2020The event is not unheard of but somewhat rare — mostly due to Mercury’s close orbit to the sun, which will obscure the planet at the end of the month. What is particularly noteworthy about the current alignment is how close four of the five planets — Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn — are to each other.“Usually they’re more spread out,” Danly explained. “To get all four visible like that is a very beautiful sight.”Mercury will be gone by the end of the month, but the other four planets will be marching across the sky all summer long.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Will Tudor/iStockBy TOMMY BROOKSBANK, ABC News(NEW YORK) — If you’re looking to watch something out of this world while quarantined at home, turn off the TV and look up at the sky.Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all visible to the naked eye across the continental United States for the next two weeks, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed in a statement to ABC News.“We’re very lucky to have such an eye-catching lineup this summer,” Dr. Laura Danly, curator at Griffith Observatory, said. “We tend to take for granted all this stuff that is going on over our heads, but if you tune in you can see our solar system at work.”It’s going to take a little effort to catch the celestial beauty unless you’re an early riser. All five planets appear within the hour before dawn only, very low in the east. You’ll need a clear view of the horizon, and a pair of binoculars wouldn’t hurt to spot Mercury. A comet will also be visible without a telescope.last_img read more

Lucas Papademos appointed as inaugural Minos A. Zombanakis Professor

first_imgEsteemed economist Lucas Papademos has been appointed the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the first faculty member to hold that title.The professorship was established last year with a $4 million endowment via contributions from friends and relatives of Zombanakis from around the world as well as a matching contribution from the Harvard University Professorship Challenge Fund. The professorship supports a distinguished professor, or professor of practice, whose research and teaching will inform contemporary policy issues relating to the challenges of global markets.Zombanakis is a distinguished alumnus of Harvard, where he obtained graduate degrees in economics and public administration. During his long career in banking, he is recognized for founding roles in the Euroloan markets, the syndicated loan market, and the creation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to name a professorship in his honor.Papademos, a visiting professor at Harvard Kennedy School, is professor of economics at the University of Athens and senior fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt. Previously, he served as the vice president of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010 and as governor of the Bank of Greece from 1994 to 2002. He taught economics at Columbia University from 1975 to 1984 and at the University of Athens from 1988 to 1993. He has been a member of various boards and committees including the Financial Stability Board and the EU Economic and Financial Committee.“The Harvard Kennedy School faculty and students will be greatly enriched by the appointment of Lucas Papademos as Zombanakis Professor,” says David T. Ellwood, dean and Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School. “He brings with him a vast wealth of experience and knowledge, and we look forward to his many important contributions in the field of international financial markets.”Papademos is teaching spring modules this year on “Macroeconomic and Financial Policy in the Global Economy” and “The Global Financial Crisis: Policy Responses and Challenges.”last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Jeremy Jordan, Kelli O’Hara & More

first_img View Comments Wait! Before you clock out and head to the bar for some very well-deserved margaritas, you’re forgetting the most important part of the week…the Lessons! We’re revisiting the funniest, weirdest and just completely WTF things we learned over the last seven days, and Jeremy Jordan, Idina Menzel, Daniel Radcliffe, Neil Patrick Harris, Kelli O’Hara and even Kurt Cobain taught us some really, um, interesting stuff. Check out what we learned!Jeremy Jordan Makes a Great Ice QueenWatch out, leading ladies—a seriously talented star is vying for the role of Elsa in the forthcoming Broadway adaptation of Frozen. And, uh, it’s Jeremy Jordan. He sang the crap out of “Let It Go” at MCC’s Miscast gala! How do you think he looks with a blonde side braid?Idina Menzel Steals SweatersBroadway star, Mom, Billboard cover girl, Adele Dazeem… There’s a lot of things you can call Idina Menzel, but we never thought we’d be adding “klepto” to the list. The If/Then headliner admitted she stole some sweaters from her costume designer. Watch it, girl—people have been thrown in jail for less.Daniel Radcliffe Looks Like a WomanBefore taking the stage in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Daniel Radcliffe spent a couple of months filming Frankenstein with chin-length hair extensions. This week, Kelly Ripa finally said what the rest of us were thinking: DanRad would make the most gorgeous woman ever. NPH, are you sure you don’t need an understudy?NPH & Jason Segel Never Forget a TuneHIMYM stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel wowed viewers in 2005 with their hilarious rendition of “The Confrontation” from Les Miz. Nine years later, they nailed an impromptu request to do it again at Inside the Actors’ Studio. Guys, that was amazing! Now do “Take Me Or Leave Me.”Christian Slater Is Stalking the HeathersUmm, has anyone noticed that suspicious-looking guy lurking around New World Stages? It’s none other than the original star of the ’80s flick Heathers,  Christian Slater. He secretly attended Heathers: The Musical this week, then jumped on stage and tried on J.D.’s costume. Dude, what’s your damage?Elphie & Wendla Will Still Be Movie StarsNever fear, you’ll still get to see your favorite witch and your favorite sexually repressed German schoolgirl on the big screen! Both the Wicked movie and the Spring Awakening film are on track, and let’s be honest, both of them will probably star Anna “I’m-in-every-movie-musical-this-year” Kendrick. (Not that we mind!)Kurt Cobain Might Entertain UsSurprise, ’90s rock fans: Courtney Love has announced that a Broadway musical based on Kurt Cobain’s life is “very likely to happen,” provided she assembles the right director, composers and design team. Hey William Ivey Long, it probably wouldn’t hurt to hit up the Garment District now, just to make sure they have enough flannel.Kelli O’Hara Needs a BabysitterOn Show People, Bridges leading lady Kelli O’Hara admitted she could use an extra hand (or ten) to help her take care of her new baby daughter. Let’s all babysit! Let’s pass her around the audience of Schoenfeld Theatre while her mom performs—if she cries, at least she’ll drown out the ringing cell phones and crinkling candy Readers Are Sooo GullibleGuys. Seriously. You actually thought Sophia Grace Brownlee got cast in the Spring Awakening movie on April 1? And that later in the day, she was replaced by Lilla Crawford?! Come on. (But you gotta admit, Sarah Brightman as Carlotta and Aaron Tveit in The Full Monty are great ideas.)Frozen Is Freaking UnstoppableThe hit film Frozen became the highest-grossing animated movie ever this week, beating previous record holder Toy Story 3. The insanely popular film has grossed over $1 billion since its November 2013 release. Damn. 8-year-olds sure have a lot of disposable income these days.last_img read more

Asbestos products now completely banned in South Africa

first_imgEnvironmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has announced that the use, manufacture and processing of asbestos will be prohibited in South Africa with immediate effect.(Image: The Association for the Global Eradication of Asbestos and Asbestos Products – AGEAAP)The Regulations for the Prohibition of the Use, Manufacturing, Import and Export of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials, which form part of the Environment Conservation Act of 1989, will be promulgated on 28 March and will take effect immediately, Van Schalkwyk said at a media briefing on Thursday.“A grace period of 120 days will be allowed for any person or merchant who is currently dealing in asbestos or asbestos containing materials to clear their stocks,” he said.The main objectives of the new regulations is to prohibit the use, processing or manufacturing, of any asbestos or asbestos-containing product unless it can be proven that no suitable alternative exists.South Africa will now prohibit the import or export of any asbestos or asbestos-containing product, and will also stop the import of any asbestos or asbestos containing waste material other than from a member of the Southern African Development Community.The regulations do, however, make provision for asbestos to be used for research purposes.The health implications of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres were highlighted in the 1930s and specific links to certain cancers were first made in South Africa in the early 1960s.“Due to the extent and severity of asbestos related problems affecting the communities in these provinces, a multi-stakeholder National Asbestos Summit was convened by the Environmental Portfolio Committee in 1998,” Van Schalkwyk said.He highlighted that recommendations from the summit brought about the development of a national strategy to address asbestos pollution in the country with the objective of phasing out the mining of it out.The department had been mandated by Cabinet to draft regulations to enforce the phasing out and ultimate prohibition of asbestos, with the first draft regulations being published in 2005.Van Schalkwyk said it is important to remember that exposure to asbestos in the workplace including, mining, industrial, commercial, retail and public workplaces, including maintenance of building materials is still controlled by the Asbestos Regulations 2001 published by the Department of Labour.These require employers to draw up a register of all asbestos containing materials, conducts a risk assessment, educate and inform employees, protect employees from exposure to asbestos and conduct regular dust and health surveillance.South Africa, he said, has joined some 50 countries in the prohibition of asbestos and that any person who has ever suffered from exposure to asbestos would see the absolute necessity for the regulations.Asbestos once accounted for three percent of the value of South Africa’s minerals. South Africa was previously the fifth largest supplier of chrysotile, produced 97% of the world’s crocidolite and 100% of all amosite.Source: GCIS, The Association for the Global Eradication of Asbestos and Asbestos Products – AGEAAPWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

What facts are really facts?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It can be really hard to know which way to feel about some issues because these days it seems everyone has their own set of “facts” that conclusively proves their point. The problem, of course, is that as soon as you conclusively prove a point, you run into someone else who has an entirely different set of facts that definitively proves their point, which happens to be the opposite view of the first point that was proven. Confused yet? I know I am.One only has to sit and listen to a political debate on any issue between any candidates of any party to get all caught up in a muddled mess of my-facts-versus-your-facts. Then there is often a behind-the-scenes reporter who does a fact check on the aforementioned facts to clarify the situation. Unfortunately, more often than not, these fact checks often just compound the problem by providing another opportunity to spin the issue with a set of suspect facts about the facts.Of course, in my line of work I see this all the time in great detail with the wide variety of complicated issues facing food and agriculture. This is certainly true in the current debate over the Environmental Protection Agency’s impending decision about the levels set in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The recent story by Joel Penhorwood on this issue highlights the divergent facts in the RFS debate. Here is an excerpt:ACCF (an anti-ethanol group) Executive Vice President Dave Banks responded strongly to the outcry by Ohio ag and pro-ethanol groups.“I think these guys sometimes get lost in this weird, parallel universe in which they actually convince themselves that this mountain of damning, definitive science and data about corn ethanol’s environmental impact doesn’t exist, or that folks don’t actually know about it,” Banks said in a statement.That environmental impact Banks spoke of is one of negative consequence. The ACCF points to research that they say shows the production of ethanol doubles greenhouse emissions when compared to gasoline over 30 years, making it a dirtier fuel in the end — a highly disputed claim. “It’s just misinformation,” said Ohio grain farmer Chad Kemp about the anti-RFS ads. “The things they’re saying there is no scientific backing for. They’re trying to get the people to jump on board with it and basically, their idea is to kill renewable fuels in this country.”The heated debate over the RFS really ramped up in recent weeks with dueling ad campaigns in Ohio and Washington, D.C. highlighting very different sets of facts pertaining to ethanol’s impact on the environment, the economy and so forth. So whose facts are right?In the end, the complexities of these various issues generally boil down to some basic truths. The key for me is getting down to those basic truths and sorting out how I feel about those. So, here are some facts about the RFS (that are really facts) that helped me to form my opinion.Congress created and approved the RFS.Businesses planned their investment strategies based upon the RFS.The RFS was implemented and businesses responded as they saw fit.While there are many more nuances to the RFS debate, for me this set of undisputable facts is reason enough to support it. The government made a deal. Regardless of whether you like the deal or not, it was made and I believe it should be upheld and seen through to fruition. Maybe this set of facts doesn’t address your primary concerns about he RFS. Here are more real facts.Ethanol offsets the purchase of foreign oil.Ethanol is made from corn produced by American farmers.I would rather support farmers in the U.S. with my energy dollar than who knows who I am supporting when I use petroleum.In the end, there is usually at least some kernel of truth in either side of these debates. Which facts matter to you? The way I sort through them is by identifying the key (and real) facts of the matter that really matter to me.Either way, the RFS is a no-brainer in my book.Facts is factsYoung one listen to me, what I tell you is true.Many things look different, based upon your view.Is it a grayish color? Or is it white and black?When disscussin’ many matters, not all facts is facts in fact.Is that wall purple? Or is it red and blue?Which side of the story’s wrong, and which opinion’s true?Who has the most clout? What pile’s the biggest stack?Who is in control of which facts is facts in fact?It’s a complicated game of fast talkin’ politikin.’Your head starts a spinnin’ — your stomach starts to sicken.Then you figure it all out and try to take a crack,To take your turn at makin’ up what facts is facts in fact.Soon enough you’re in the game. You’ve picked which side you’re on.Sometimes your side loses, but sometimes you’ll have won.Figures lie. Liars figure. Have you ever heard of that?If you have then you’ll know — not all facts is facts in fact.How do you sort it out? How do you really know?How can you tell which team to choose? Which way should you go?The answer lies with whom you trust to always have your back.That’s where you start to find out which facts is facts in fact.Look to what you KNOW is right and who you KNOW is wrong.Use your experience and theirs to help you sing life’s song.Live and really feel reality’s sting upon your back.Through life’s lessons you learn to find which facts is facts in fact.Choose your mentors wisely. Select those whose life is sound.Find a God who’s proven, leaders who won’t let you down.Do your due diligence and discard those things that lack.Avoid the facts that seem like facts, but are not facts in fact.Life’s secrets are in finding the facts that are in fact facts.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius’ sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Supreme Court said that Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity ofhis actions.”Pistorius’ brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted.” A spokesman for the Pistorius family didn’t answer calls from the AP.Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. There is no death penalty in South Africa.The new sentence of 13 years and five months took into account the one year and seven months Pistorius served in prison and under house arrest after his initial manslaughter conviction.The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 last year.The decision by the five judges was unanimous, Seriti said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s rare for the Supreme Court to change the sentences handed down by trial judges so dramatically.“I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment,” legalanalyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. “But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated.”Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months — nearly seven years — before he can be considered for parole. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria.Friday’s Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.The ruling could also bring an end to a near five-year legal saga surrounding the double-amputee athlete, a multiple Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was the first amputee to run at the Olympics and one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the world.Pistorius’ lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court last year to challenge his murder conviction. FILE – In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for a sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius has had his prison sentence extended to 13 years and 5 months in the High Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, more than doubling the Olympic runner’s jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Terrence Romeo insists injury is main reason for Gilas absence Read Next Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the court proceedings live on television at home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Koen told The Associated Press. “But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them … the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015. He was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that “the sentence of six years’ imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Albayalde endorsed award, promotion for self and 13 Pampanga cops PLAY LIST 03:02Albayalde endorsed award, promotion for self and 13 Pampanga cops02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go02:37Albayalde insists: Aquino not influenced on order vs 13 Pampanga cops01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank. last_img read more

Baylor Football: 400-Pound TE LaQuan McGowan Threw Out The 1st Pitch At Last Night’s Rangers Game

first_imgA general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view as the Baylor Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Baylor’s 400-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan created quite a stir when he caught a touchdown in the team’s bowl game against Michigan State last season. He worked at tight end and H-back this spring, and judging by his first pitch effort at last night’s Texas Rangers’ game, he may want to see if Art Briles will let him throw a pass this fall.Mound presence? Baylor’s 400-pound TE LaQuan McGowan throws out the Rangers first pich Friday (via @nick_pants)— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2015Not the cleanest mechanics but not a bad toss from the big man. If he ever actually pitched in a game, he could throw inside with impunity, since it’s doubtful anyone would want to charge the mound against him.last_img

Seafarer Medevaced from Maersk Eindhoven off Alaska

first_imgzoom The US Coast Guard has evacuated a crewman, suffering from cardiac issues, from the 142,105 dwt containership Maersk Eindhoven while the vessel was sailing off Alaska.On November 16, Maersk Eindhoven’s captain reported that the 53-year-old male seafarer needed medical attention. At the time, the ship was some 600 miles off the coast of Cold Bay.After notifying the Coast Guard flight surgeon, due to the vast distance offshore, the captain was advised to make best course and speed to Cold Bay so a safe medevac could be conducted.A coast guard helicopter was deployed for the operation. The helicopter met the ship some 200 miles off the coast, where the medevac was undertaken. Weather at the scene of the medevac was 25-mph winds and 10-foot seas.The crewman was hoisted and transported to Cold Bay where a LifeMed aircraft crew transported him to Anchorage, Alaska, for further medical care.last_img