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Europa: The Link Between OOL and SETI

first_imgWhy would searchers for extraterrestrial intelligence be interested in Europa?  After all, despite the movie 2010 command to “attempt no landings there,” no astrobiologist believes it could host anything more than primitive life – certainly no one who could send messages to us.    Cynthia Phillips, a principal investigator for the SETI Institute, explained the connection between origin of life studies and SETI in an article on Space.com:Starting work on a Europa mission now, as suggested by the Solar System Exploration Roadmap, is the right thing to do.  Europa’s interior ocean may be the best environment for life in the solar system beyond planet Earth.  There is a substantial scientific basis to believe that Europa has the fundamental ingredients necessary for life: water, organic molecules, a chemical energy source, and a stable environment.  Understanding Europa’s potential for life brings us closer to addressing one of the most fundamental scientific questions that humans can ask: Are we alone in the cosmos?  It is only by committing the time and resources to a capable Europa mission that we will be able to begin to answer this essential question.The Lunar and Planetary Institute recently issued its Solar System Exploration Roadmap, suggesting missions that NASA should consider for the next 30 years.  It focuses on the theme of habitability, indicating the importance that the search for life has in the minds of planetary scientists.  Not surprisingly, a Europa orbiter is one of the flagship missions in the plan.Notice the assumptions implicit in her answer.  Cynthia Phillips, like most astrobiologists, believes that environment produces life.  Provide water, heat, stability and organic molecules, and these are not only necessary conditions for life, but sufficient ones as well.  A second assumption is that life not only emerges from suitable environments, but evolves into complex life, and then to sentient beings who can communicate with us.  These are assumptions, not scientific demonstrations; in fact, they are contrary to good lab science.  The only thing about these assumptions demonstrated in the lab is their falsification.    SETI and OOL people should never assume that finding life on another world will disprove religion.  Many theologians for millennia have anticipated finding life beyond the Earth.  Indeed, in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was uncommon not to believe in it.  The same debates over whether natural forces alone are sufficient to produce specified complexity will go on if life is found.  Only the location will change.  Most likely, Europa, Titan, and Mars will all prove a disappointment.  The debate is too important to delay for 30 years to look at Europa.  Evolutionists need to engage this debate on Earth and not displace it to a distant world.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Why You Need Goals

first_imgI like disciplines, things you do forever because they produce some result that you want that isn’t really a goal. Running a marathon is a goal, but having the energy to live the life you want requires a discipline that doesn’t have a finish line.That said, goals are still critically important to your growth and your success.Goals provide directionThe most important reason you need to set goals is because they provide direction. They cause you to take action that moves you. Look, if you have no goals, you’ll still move, but you’ll be drifting, directionless. You can waste a lot of time drifting.Goals pull you in a direction of your choosing. They bring your intentions to life. Even if you decide later to change your goals and your direction, you’ll have greater momentum because you are already moving.Goals provide a measurementI practiced Aikido for a full year, believing I had made no progress, even though I had only really practiced with black belts throughout that time. When the Sensei brought in a new class, I was forced to work with people who had never been on a mat before that day. It was only then that I recognized my progress.And so it is with goals. It’s not the attainment of goals that is so important; it is the progress. It’s the improvement. It’s the difference from where you were when you started on some path. With a goal, you can look back over the ground you covered and just how far you’ve come.One of the greatest motivators available to you is growth. Goals help you grow, and they provide a measurement.Goals provide feedbackIs what you are doing working? Is it moving you closer to what you want, or is it moving you further away?It is important that you take action, disciplined action, towards the goals you are trying to obtain. But are those disciplined actions working? If what you are doing is moving you away from your goals, then your strategy is not working. That feedback tells you to change something. Maybe what you are doing isn’t going to work. Or maybe you just need to do more of it.Where are you going? How do you intend to get there? How will you need to change and grow to be the person that accomplishes what you are setting out to do?last_img read more

Two Koreas to hold talks on traditional wrestling exchanges

first_imgLATEST STORIES Back on track Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments Seoul suggested the joint application after a historic inter-Korean summit in April 2018, and Pyongyang responded positively to the idea. It was the first case of a joint inscription on the list.Dating back to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220-280), ssireum is a folk tradition in which, standing in a sand pit, two wrestlers wearing long fabric belts around their waists and thighs grip each other’s belt and fight to topple their adversary.It was widely played on various holidays and festivals, though it has slowly lost its popularity and given way to modern sports and entertainment in South Korea. But in the North, it is still a popular sport, with a large competition held in Pyongyang at the Chuseok holiday every fall. YonhapADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Ssireum. Yonhap via The Korea Herald/Asia News NetworkSEOUL — South and North Korea plan to hold talks on ways to boost exchanges in “ssireum,” traditional Korean wrestling, at the North’s Mount Kumgang next week, a sporting body here said Wednesday.Park Pal-yong, the chief of Seoul’s Korea Ssireum Association plans to embark on a two-day cross-border trip next Tuesday to meet with North Korean officials in charge of the sport, according to the KSA.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “One of the items to be on the table is the co-hosting of the ssireum festival slated for June,” association official Jeong In-gil said.The event, named the Dano Festival, is set to take place in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, but that could change if the two sides agree to co-host it, he said, adding that several rounds of working-level meetings will follow to arrange details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe two Koreas also plan to work for the unification of the different terminology and rules of ssireum and push for personnel exchanges, according to the association.Such efforts have gathered steam since November after South and North Korea successfully pushed for the joint inscription of ssireum as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.last_img read more

LeBron James Alludes to Racism as Reason for Phil

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James took issue Monday with New York Knicks President Phil Jackson’s use of the term “posse,” leading to a lively discussion on Twitter.James’ issue stems from a statement Jackson made to ESPN Nov. 14, when he referred to the NBA player’s business partners and friends as a “posse.”“When LeBron was playing with the [Miami] Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night,” Jackson told ESPN. “They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now [Heat coach Erik] Spoelstra has to text [Heat president Pat] Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.“I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys,” Jackson continued. “But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”When asked for his response, James told ESPN he had “no relationship at all” to the former Chicago Bulls coach.“I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do,” he noted.But what Twitter latched onto was James’ issue with the word “posse.”“To use that label – and if you read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is – it’s not what I’ve built over my career. It’s not what I stand for,” the athlete said. “It’s not what my family stands for. And I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees a young African-American trying to make a difference.”In response, D.J. Andrews called for Jackson to lose his position.Somebody gotta hack Phil Jackson email and get him outta here too— D.J. Andrews (@DJDarrel3) November 15, 2016@KobeTruthNlight agreed with James but told him to respect the coach who led the Lakers for more than a decade.Ok Lebron I agree with you about Phil Jackson , but you better respect the greatest coach ever!— Jesus (@KobeTruthNlight) November 15, 2016Jammy Jam also sided with James. He referenced Jackson’s history of speaking on issues he was not originally involved in. The retired coach previously put his two cents’ worth in on a 2012 feud between former Lakers players Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal.Idc I’m team Bron Bron, I don’t like Phil Jackson anyway. He be talking shit and acting up but supposed to be all about zen lol— Jammy Jam (@OfficialJammy) November 15, 2016But some users defended Jackson. They backed away from James’ longtime business associate Maverick Carter’s assertion that Jackson was disrespectful.All the hard work,effort and achievement and @PhilJackson11 still calls us a “posse”every step you take they remind you, you ghetto” @S_C_ pic.twitter.com/OPsPvAvFoM— Maverick Carter (@mavcarter) November 14, 2016But Fire Rich Cho checked Carter on the word’s definition.@mavcarter @PhilJackson11 @S_C_ lemme finish it for you. Look at the final definition and stop being so sensitive. pic.twitter.com/4KB4siTRmU— Fire Rich Cho (@FireRichCho) November 15, 2016Carter later clarified his stance, noting he didn’t call Jackson racist.Let me be clear I’m not saying @PhilJackson11 is racist,, I’m calling out his disrespectful language— Maverick Carter (@mavcarter) November 15, 2016Meanwhile, Marquisha Jeng explained the origins of the word “posse” before deciding Jackson “meant no harm.”’Posse’ is derived from the word ‘posse comitatus’, which is a legal term defining power or authority. Phil Jackson meant no harm…— Marquisha Jeng (@_melaninhippie_) November 15, 2016Truth Seeker questioned why James felt disrespected by Jackson while he “went back to slave master Dan Gilbert.” The statement refers to Gilbert’s open letter in which he blasted James for leaving the Heat in 2010. During the ensuing fallout, Rev. Jesse Jackson told the Associated Press Gilbert saw James as an enslaved African who escaped from his slavemaster.“His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality,” Jackson said. “He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner/employee relationship – between business partners – and LeBron honored his contract.”I mean I’m black power and everything, but for LeBron to say Phil Jackson disrespected him and he went back to slave master Dan Gilbert. Smh— Truth Seeker (@xfilestrustno1) November 15, 2016Additionally, Checo said he didn’t believe the Knicks’ president was racist.I don’t think Phil Jackson ment for his statement to come off as racist. If he was then he made the WORST career choice. #LeBronJames #NBA— Checo (@ChecoRepublic) November 15, 2016 read more

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE FORMS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiami, FL, United States, October 4, 2016 –  Bulletin: Tropical Storm Nicole advisory number 1 from NWS National Hurricane Center, Miami, Fl…New tropical storm in the Atlantic…Summary as of 1100 a.m  AST…1500 UTC…Information———————————————–Location…23.8N 60.4WAbout 525 MI…840 km NE of San Juan Puerto RicoMaximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/hPresent movement…NW or 310 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/hMinimum Central Pressure…1005 MB…29.68 inchesWatches and Warnings  –  There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Discussion and 48-hour outlookAt 1100 a.m AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 60.4 West.  Nicole is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h) and a turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 MB (29.68 inches).Hazards affecting land  –  None.Next advisory  –  Next complete advisory at 500 p.m AST. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:no threat to land at this time, tropical storm nicole formslast_img read more

Layoff Roundup Summit Cuts 21 Crain Cuts 50 TechTarget Cuts 76

first_imgThe layoffs that have ravaged the publishing industry continue to roll, with three prominent b-to-b publishers cutting staff in an effort to reduce costs and survive the recession.Summit Business Media—a company that had been, until recently, on a buying spree—laid off 21 staffers last week and eliminated six vacant positions, FOLIO: has learned. As part of the cutbacks, a pair of senior executives—Joe Bennett, former Pfingsten president, and Jim Keefe, former senior vice president of the company’s events division—are leaving.Tom Flynn, the company’s chief financial officer, will take on the additional role of chief operating officer. Before the cuts, Summit employed 495. CEO Andy Goodenough told FOLIO: he has “flattened the organization and now have eight ‘revenue units’ reporting to me directly, up from four.” Crain Cuts 50 Meanwhile, Crain Communications, publisher of trade magazines including Advertising Age, Crain’s New York Business and TV Week, laid off 50 editorial staffers, according to a Paid Content report, and shuttered the print version of Financial Week.A rep for Crain did not return a request seeking comment. The company employs about 1,000 staffers.Tech Target Cuts 12 PercentPerhaps most eye-opening, however, was the news that Needham, Massachusetts-based publisher TechTarget—a company that has seen significant growth over the last few years—will slash 76 full-time staffers, or about 12 percent of its overall workforce.According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday (reported today by BtoB) the company also said it will close its two print magazines—Storage and Information Security.last_img read more

Great lastminute Fathers Day gifts for 2019

first_img See at Walmart Apple Iron Man tops Father’s Day picks for best sci-fi, fantasy dads 11 great gifts under $100 you can still get in time for Father’s Day 14 great Father’s Day gifts under $50 Available at Walmart Dad loves wine, but probably doesn’t have time to seek out the best red blends or summer whites. Fortunately, Firstleaf offers expert curating depending on Dad’s preferences, then delivers six different bottles for him to try. This can happen at regular intervals (every one to three months), or just as a one-off.The first shipment is just $40. Subsequent ones will be $79. In both cases, shipping is free when you use our link below. And while the first box won’t arrive in time for Father’s Day, just present Dad with any bottle of wine to represent the gift that’s coming. Easy peasy. Firstleaf Wine Club: First six bottles for $40 (save $39), plus free shipping for one year CBS All Access gift card: $25 and up Mobile Mobile Accessories Storage Wearable Tech Toys and Tabletop Games Smart Speakers & Displays Available same-day via Drizly See at Amazon Whatever Dad’s libation of preference, you can get it delivered same-day via Drizly, which works with local liquor shops. This particular whiskey is one I’m suddenly hearing mentioned all over the place, but it’s just one example of the kind of spirit you can get for dear old Dad. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET With its Lightning connector at one end and USB/Micro-USB hybrid connector at the other, this high-capacity drive works with just about any device Dad owns. There’s even a USB-C adapter to accommodate his latest and greatest hardware.The $21.93 price is yours when you click the on-page 5%-off coupon and then apply promo code BWD3ZF88 at checkout. Is Dad constantly running out of juice for his phone? Laptop? Nintendo Switch? All of the above? This “Beast” of a portable power bank can charge them all, and then some. Use code 6EU9D2TR at checkout to score this exclusive discount. Bosch Available locally and online Now playing: Watch this: Amazon remains your best bet if you do need something delivered, as Prime subscribers can now get one-day shipping on many items. From there, look to stores like Best Buy and Walmart, where you may have the option of in-store pickup.Below I’ve rounded up some Father’s Day gift ideas you still have time to get, with subscription options at the top, in-store options below that and then Amazon picks. Read more: CNET’s complete Father’s Day gift guide Total nepotism play, here. (CNET is owned by CBS.) But that doesn’t change the fact that Dad would almost certainly enjoy new shows like Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight and The Twilight Zone, plus a massive library of old ones like MacGyver and Taxi.A $25 gift card would be good for four full months of the service (at the $5.99-per-month, limited-commercials rate). See at Amazon Omars Beast 26,800-mAh Portable Charger with AC Outlet: $63 (save $37) with code It’s not even Prime Day, and Amazon is already running one of the best Echo deals to date. At $65, the full-size smart speaker is a whopping 35% off. Of course, Dad doesn’t have to know that. He’ll just know that you got him an attractive, nice-sounding speaker loaded with Alexa smarts.That price is good on all three fabric-cover colors; you can also get one of the wood finishes for $20 more. Apple Watch: $199 and up Bosch GLM20 compact laser distance measure: $29.97 (save $20) The Cheapskate See at Amazon Omars Echo smart speaker: $65 See at Amazon Amazon Echo review See at Drizly Great gadgets for Dad at all prices Escape rooms are a blast, and should appeal to any dad’s puzzle-loving nature. Bring a group and try to find all the clues and solve all the puzzles before time runs out.Most rooms are themed — mad scientist, cold-war spies, zombies run amok and so on — and tickets usually run around $30 per person. Below I’ve included a link to national chain Escape the Room, but you can also hit up Groupon, and you should find package deals for any number of rooms in your area.Better yet, call the business directly and ask if they’ll give you the same deal they’re advertising on Groupon. It’s a much better option for them, and you’ll still get a discount. Jun 14 • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Tickets to an escape room: Around $30 per person See at Firstleaf Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Available on Amazon See at Walmart Ever wish you had a better idea what makes Dad tick? Get him this card game — and play it with him! It’s a deck designed to spark discussions about ideas, perspectives and, well, how you see the world. It’s normally $25, but CNET readers can get $5 off with promo code CNET2019. How Do You See the World? card game: $20 (save $5) with code Available at Amazon Eachine See at Amazon See at Amazon Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey: $55 and up Nikka All current Apple Watch sales Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide Time’s up! Father’s Day is tomorrow, so any last-minute gift shipping needs to happen now. For starters, consider some kind of subscription (like the Firstleaf Wine Club, below), which you can purchase instantly and doesn’t require any kind of immediate delivery. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags Available at Amazon and Walmart Available at Amazon Firstleaf Available at Amazon A must-have for every Dad’s toolbox, the GLM20 replaces that clunky old tape measure with laser-powered precision. It’s a cinch to operate — there’s just one button — and the price is as low as it’s ever been.Looking for another tool gift? Lowe’s has the Bosch Freak 18-volt Cordless Impact Driver for $89 — a savings of 40%. It may well be in stock at your local store, making it a true last-minute option.  Father’s Day 2019 Wivic Available at Amazon Authentic Agility Watch this space for more last-minute gift ideas as Father’s Day gets closer! If Dad owns an iPhone, the Apple Watch is just about the perfect companion. It handles messaging, heart-rate monitoring, exercise tracking and tons more. Oh, yeah, it tells time, too.The price to beat right now is $199 for Apple Watch Series 3 38mm (with black or white sport band), or the slightly larger 42mm model for $229. The link below will take you to Walmart’s product page, but you can also get the Apple Watch Series for $199 at Amazon.You can class up this gift by adding something like a Milanese watch band for $12. While you’re at it, look at all the other inexpensive Apple Watch accessories you can get for Dad. Amazon Apple 1:10 • Share your voice See at Escape the Room Available online Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast See All Wivic 4-in-1 128GB flash drive: $21.93 with code reading • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Available at Amazon 8 Comments Get Dad this drone. Seriously. It’s ridiculously cool and comes with a paraglider guy that can ride parachute-style or on top of it, like some kind of crazy flying skateboarder. It normally sells for $35, but you can snag a solid discount with promo code ZV4YT927.I have this. I’ve flown it. It’s a blast. Dad will love it. Eachine E019 Stunt Drone: $21 (save $14) with code Walmart Zsolt Dobak, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0last_img read more

Power price hike continuous process Nasrul

first_imgState minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday told Parliament that price hike of electricity is a continuous process, reports UNB.”It is a continuous process to increase or adjust the existing prices of electricity due to rise in production and management costs,” he said replying to a tabled starred question from Awami League MP Habibur Rahman Mollah (Dhaka-5).Nasrul said the collection rate of electricity bills was 98.20 per cent in fiscal 2015-16. The power system loss has reduced to 13.10 per cent from 16.85 per cent over the last few years, he added.In reply to another starred question from AL MP Israfil Alam (Naogaon-6), the state minister informed the House that the average electricity generation is some 8,500-9,500 megawatt a day in the country. But the power production capacity is 15,379 megawatt a day.Nasrul said the highest 50.89 per cent electricity is now used in household sector, while 34.28 per cent in industrial sector, 9.34 in commercial sector, 3.61 per cent in agricultural sector and 1.88 per cent in other sectors.Replying to a starred question from ruling party MP Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), the junior minister said some 2,740mcf (million cubic feet) gas is being extracted against the clients’ demand of 3,400 mcf a day in the country.The daily natural gas supply has increased by some 1010 mcf due to different steps taken by the present government in the last eight years from 2009 to 2017, Nasrul said.Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said there are 45 mills and factories run by the government in the country.Of the mills and factories, 36 ones are now in operation, while the remaining nine mills or factories remain closed, he said replying to a starred question from AL MP Sanjida Khanam (Reserved Seat-24).last_img read more

British MPs reject all Brexit alternatives

first_imgTheresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.last_img read more

BSU Men Finish Fourth in CIAA Outdoor Track Field Championships

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comIn the annual St. Augustine’s invitational meet that is known as the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, things held true to form on the men’s side as the Falcons won for the 22nd consecutive year.  However, a resurgence on the track at Bowie State led to the men’s team nearly landing on the podium.The men’s team finished in fourth place, while the women finished in sixth in what was their best team conference championship performance since 2006.  Had it not been for a DNF (did not finish) in a preliminary heat and a disqualification because a runner didn’t conclude a distance event, the men would have finished with the team bronze medal.Bowie State freshman Davon Carroll won the CIAA men’s 100 meters at the conference championship meet where the Bulldogs finished 4th. (Courtesy Photo)  Head coach Michelle Latimer has been able to re-establish a successful program whose stars shined brightest this year in their biggest conference meet.  Most CIAA track experts didn’t expect for Bowie State to be in the running with the heavyweight programs in the conference, but they entered with high expectation and were within those missteps of meeting their goal.“We went to the meet expecting to finish on the podium this year,” said head coach Michelle Latimer.  “Despite their youth, this team ran with a lot of confidence. This is a unique group of kids with one common goal.”“Track is an individual sport, but you still have to be part of a team to win.”Freshman Davon Carroll, who was as consistent a performer as anyone in the CIAA all season, won the conference championship in the marquee event.  Carroll finished first in the 100-meters finals with the time of 10.51 seconds after placing third in men’s preliminary heat at 10.57.Carroll is a local athlete who stayed at home to compete in college, but Latimore knew he was the type of runner who could be a program changer with.  “He’s a humble young man who his very coachable,” Latimore said.In men’s 4×100-meter relay, Bowie State finished third at 41.69. Teaming with Demontay Snowden, Derrick Corley, and Frank Bailey,  Carroll anchored the final led of the race which was a big factor in their final point total that helped them finish in the top four in the race for the team title.Carroll, who was clearly the most valuable performer for the Bulldogs during the regular season, finished in seventh place at the Penn Relays in late April. He also made a significant impact on the team in the 200 meters.  His 21.41 time was good for second place, which were important points in the team competition as they made their bid for a place on the podium with the champions.Sophomore Stedman Cook, a University of Connecticut transfer, also proved to be a vital contributor to their run during the CIAA  championships. Cook’s 22.14 time in the 200 meters earned second place after a fifth place finish in the 100 meter event with his time of 10.51.Bowie State also got a lift from its 4X400 meter relay team, who also made its way to the podium.  The team of Jalen Sykes, Robert Thomas, O’Shay Powers and Demontay Snowden ran a time of 3:21.76 to finish third.last_img read more