UK slave trader’s statue toppled in anti-racism protests

first_imgProtesters tore down the statue of a notorious British slave trader Sunday and dumped it in a harbor on the second day of demonstrations against George Floyd’s death.Footage showed a few dozen people tie a rope around the neck of Edward Colston’s statue and bring it to the ground in the southwestern city of Bristol.They stamped on it for a few minutes before carrying it and heaving it into the harbor with a great cheer. ‘Good’ Bristol mayor Marvin Rees struck a more conciliatory tone than the one adopted by Britain’s interior minister.”I know the removal of the Colston Statue will divide opinion, as the statue itself has done for many years,” the mayor said in a statement.”However, it’s important to listen to those who found the statue to represent an affront to humanity.”Colston grew up in a wealthy merchant family and joined a company in 1680 that had a monopoly on the west African slave trade.The Royal African Company (RAC) was formally headed by the brother of King Charles II who later took the throne as James II.The company branded the slaves — including women and children — with its RAC initials on their chests.It is believed to have sold around 100,000 west Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas between 1672 and 1689.Colston later developed a reputation as a philanthropist who donated to charitable causes such as schools and hospitals in Bristol and London.His 18-foot (5.5-meter) bronze statue stood on Bristol’s Colston Avenue since 1895. The city also has a school named in his honor.The Guardian newspaper said a local petition to remove the statue had gathered 11,000 signatures by the weekend.UK opposition Labor party lawmaker Clive Lewis welcomed its toppling by the crowd.”Good,” Lewis tweeted.”Someone responsible for immeasurable blood & suffering. We’ll never solve structural racism till we get to grips with our history in all its complexity. #BLM” Red paint was splashed on Colston’s face and a protestor put his knee to the statue’s neck to recall how Floyd — an unarmed African American — was asphyxiated by a white policeman in the US city of Minneapolis last month.”The man was a slave trader. He was good to Bristol but it was on the back of slavery and that is absolutely not on. It’s an insult to the people of Bristol,” 71-year-old protestor John McAllister told Britain’s Press Association.”Today I witness history,” another witness named William Want tweeted.”The statue of Edward Colston, a Bristol slave trader, was torn down, defaced, and thrown in the river. #BlackLivesMatter.” Topics : But interior minister Priti Patel called the toppling “utterly disgraceful”. The city’s police promised to carry out an investigation.”That speaks to the acts of public disorder that actually have now become a distraction from the cause which the people are actually protesting about,” Patel told Sky News.”That is a completely unacceptable act and speaks to the vandalism, again, as we saw yesterday in London.”The London police reported making 29 arrests during a day of largely peaceful protests Saturday that included a few scuffles with officers protecting the government district around Downing Street.Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the sporadic violence but did not directly address the toppling of the statue.”These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery — and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve,” Johnson said in a tweet.”Those responsible will be held to account.”last_img read more

NFL draft prospects consider life in the big time

first_imgThis May 6, 2014 photo shows NFL Draft prospect Calvin Pryor, a safety from Louisville, holding a pair of headphones at the 5th Annual NFL Pre-Draft Gifting & Style Suite at the Sean John show room in New York. Pryor is among dozens of prospects on the National Football League’s annual draft, with 32 players per round and seven rounds, beginning Thursday night at Radio City. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — Wearing diamond studs and pressing a cellphone to his ear, Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy saunters into a gift suite, compliments of Diddy, and closes his eyes as he slides into a barber chair for a trim.He’s looking serious and busy like the pro he may soon be when the NFL draft is over.Ealy, the swag swirling around him, from luggage to Ciroc, is among dozens of prospects on the verge of the big time, leaving old lives behind and heading to the circus of media, money and a shot at stardom.The NFL’s annual draft begins Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. Ealy is projected to go late in the first round. Does he worry about where he’ll land, considering he never left his home state for college?“Don’t matter, ’cause now it’s a business. You have to treat it like a business,” the straight-faced Ealy said Tuesday between his visit to the Old Spice grooming station and a round of interviews at Diddy’s Sean John headquarters, just a few blocks from where the draft will be held and one of his many stops during a crazy week of appearances.Ealy wasn’t much interested in the gift tables, and he shrugged off the pressure.“I’m handling it like I’ve been there before and that’s what I’ll keep doing. That’s something my high school coach told me and I never forgot it,” he said.Fellow draft prospect Sammy Watkins, a wide receiver from Clemson, picked up a Hawaiian shirt and a leather bracelet, his Beats headphones on his head as he prepared for another jump outside his comfort zone.The Floridian gave up offers from three schools there to head for college in South Carolina, so unlike Ealy, he already knows what it feels like to live far from family and old friends.Watkins’ head was spinning. This is his first trip to New York City. He had just stepped off the plane and went straight into a few days of crazy, touring the 9/11 Memorial Site, handling phone calls and waiting on his family to arrive.“I’m gonna have some fun,” he laughed. “I’m gonna go out a little bit with the fam. We’re gonna party it up.”And the first thing he’ll buy if a big contract comes his way? “I gotta get my mom whatever she wants,” he said. “Whatever she needs.”Watkins has a good idea how his life would change, on and off the field, if he makes the pros. At college, he said, there was always a party: “We lived it up. I’ll miss the team the most. My brothers.”In the NFL, “You’ve got to push yourself. The game is quicker, faster. Some of these guys have families, kids and just want to do the job. I’m ready for that,” he said.Ealy’s already a little bit Hollywood in long leather pockets on his sweats and a matching leather zip shirt.But, like Watkins, his dreams haven’t changed that much since he played ball in high school. He wants to help his dad make ends meet back in the St. Louis area.Growing up playing both basketball and football, he can feel his big moment: “Being able to provide for my family, you know what I’m sayin’? That was the dream then and that’s it now.”Morgan Moses, an offensive tackle at Virginia, may also go late in the first round. He, too, had never been to New York and has never lived away from his home state. He had one foot in the Sean John green room, scooping up a few gift bags, and another back on campus.“You know, it’s crazy. I’m finishing up with school and I’m here, but I’m working on my last 20-page paper,” he smiled.Moses, at 6-6 and more than 300 pounds, plans to rely on his years at Fork Union Military Academy back home in Virginia to navigate the pros. It’s where he straightened himself out after a rough patch in high school.“There were uniforms and everything,” he said. “I had to cut the dreads off, but it was that discipline, you know? There were a lot of obstacles coming forward. You just want to be the next big thing growing up and it’s time to be here and to be that.”He wasn’t sweating bad money management, faux friends turning up for free tickets and jerseys or any of the other things the league’s family engagement program warned about at a breakfast for the relatives of draft prospects, held at the same time some of the players sat down to breakfast with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.“The first thing I’m going to buy? I’m pretty frugal with my money so probably a home to live in. I’m going to let everything else take care of itself,” Moses said.Calvin Pryor, a free safety out of Louisville, had a balancing act on his mind: How could he keep trusted friends and, with any luck, manage a high-profile career? He plans to carry this philosophy into the pros:“People change,” Pryor explained. “It’s not you.”___Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalielast_img read more

Astronomical Theories Totally Wrong and Upside Down

first_imgFrom the planetary scale to the cosmic scale, astronomers are throwing away textbooks.Wrong About Planets‘Totally Wrong’ on Jupiter: What Scientists Gleaned from NASA’s Juno Mission (Space.com). The Juno mission has brought earthlings their first images of Jupiter’s poles, and new estimates of processes deep inside the giant planet. Here’s what this article says:Before NASA sent its Juno spacecraft to explore Jupiter, astronomers were “totally wrong” about much of what they thought they knew about the planet, the mission’s principal investigator, Scott Bolton, said during a lecture here at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Tuesday (Jan. 9)….“Our ideas were totally wrong about the interior structure, about the atmosphere, [and] even about the magnetosphere,” Bolton said. Astronomers believed that Jupiter had either a very small and dense core, or perhaps no core at all. But data from Juno revealed that Jupiter has an enormous, “fuzzy” core that might be partially dissolved. This discrepancy between scientists’ expectations and the data suggests that there’s a lot we still don’t know about giant gas planets, he explained….Jupiter South Pole from Juno (NASA/JPL)Juno is the first space mission to get a good look at the poles, and the mission’s scientists did not expect them to look as weird and chaotic as they do, Bolton said. “Had someone shown me a picture of just the pole 10 years ago, I never would have guessed it was Jupiter.”While scientists and astronomers have been scratching their heads over all these new groundbreaking discoveries enabled by the Juno spacecraft, the photographs Juno has taken of Jupiter have been similarly mind-boggling, Bolton said. Juno’s raw images, taken by the spacecraft’s JunoCam, are available online for citizen-scientists to download and process, and people have helped to create the most amazing images of Jupiter the world has ever seen. “I’m not sure that anybody on my team was ready for Jupiter to look like that,” Bolton said. “We were just startled.”Wrong About ExoplanetsPlanets around other stars are like peas in a pod (Science Daily). The Kepler Mission had already forced revision of astronomical predictions that planetary systems around other stars would resemble our solar system. Now, a new survey of 909 planets in 355 stellar systems, led by Lauren Weiss at the University of Montreal, shows that exoplanets tend to be regularly spaced. The findings require new ideas, invoking unobserved past interactions, to explain why our solar system is so different.“The planets in a system tend to be the same size and regularly spaced, like peas in a pod. These patterns would not occur if the planet sizes or spacings were drawn at random.” explains Weiss….Regardless of their outer populations, the similarity of planets in the inner regions of extrasolar systems requires an explanation.Wrong About StarsNature article turns theory of stellar evolution upside-down (Phys.org). Study of a white dwarf not only challenges theories about these specific objects, thought to be the end points of stellar evolution, but of stellar evolution theory itself. White dwarfs are thought to be the end products of 97% of stars in the universe. This upset was published by “Nature, one of the world’s top science magazines,” the article notes.This week, Nature published an article that could challenge the theory of stellar evolution.“I think that, over the coming months, stellar astrophysicists will have to redo their calculations,” said Gilles Fontaine, a physics professor at Université de Montréal and one of the authors of the article, titled “A large oxygen-dominated core from the seismic cartography of a pulsating white dwarf.”…When examining the star, located at the edges of the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, the researchers discovered that its carbon and oxygen core was twice as big as the theory predicted. “This is a major discovery that will force us to re-evaluate our view of how stars die,” said Fontaine. “That said, more work must be done to confirm whether this observation holds true for other stars. It may just be an anomaly.”Wrong About the Universe‘Serious gap’ in cosmic expansion rate hints at new physics (BBC News). One of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011, Adam Riess, is having doubts about the measurements that led to his award. He may have to invent a new particle to close the gap.A mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe is now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics, says a Nobel laureate.The most recent results suggest the inconsistency is not going away….What this all suggested, he said, was that the Universe is now expanding 9% faster than expected based on the data – a result he described as “remarkable”.One way to bridge the divide is to invoke new phenomena in physics.The new particle might be a “sterile neutrino,” the article guesses. “Another possibility is that dark energy behaves in a different way now compared with how it did in the early history of the cosmos.” Would that ad hoc suggestion not lead to another conundrum about fine-tuning, leading to wonder about how humans live in a privileged time when the earth is habitable and we can see a universe filled with stars?Historical science is fun. You can be totally wrong, change your story, invoke unseen phenomena, and claim you are providing “understanding” of reality. And the media and public will believe you and let you keep your job.(Visited 1,656 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Self-Professed Air Flow Expert Gets Hosed

first_imgUnfortunately, regardless of the method used, the amount of flow coming out of the registers never quite matched what was coming through the fan. After over an hour of testing and retesting, Bruce opined on the problem, suggesting that the Duct Blaster fan could be incorrectly calibrated. One of the attendees pointed out that whenever he has trouble with flow measurements he uses a different hose. Although the session leaders were skeptical, they agreed to give it a try. Success!In a matter of seconds the hose was changed, and like magic, the flow measurements started matching up and making sense. Although a little embarrassed by the episode, Bruce and Paul rallied and continued with their workshop.Disregarding the hosing and resulting problems, one of the main takeaways from the session was that it is pretty hard to accurately measure airflow in duct systems and exhaust fans, something that reinforces my admittedly limited experience. Devices available to measure airflow include the previously mentioned anemometers, flow hoods, a pressure pan, a True-Flow air handler flow meter, and garbage bags.Wide-vane anemometers can be moved around over grilles to obtain an average airflow or attached to a hood that fully covers a register, a method that appears to provide better accuracy. Hot-wire anemometers are used most often to measure pressure inside a duct through a hole drilled in the side, moved back and forth to obtain an average pressure throughout a duct.Flow hoods appear to have varying degrees of accuracy, and can be difficult to hold in place. Pressure pans, used to measure exhaust flow only, are fairly simple, but it is critical to open the small door on them to the correct location for the airflow, and to match the manometer setting to obtain an accurate reading. Among the multitude of sessions at the ACI conference in Denver recently (a total of at least 180 sessions by my count), there was a very interesting half-day workshop on airflow testing hosted by Bruce Manclark and Paul Francisco. Their setup included simulated HVAC ducts of various shapes and sizes, and they used a Minneapolis Duct Blaster to provide air flow to test various measurement tools.They demonstrated various methods of air flow measurement, including the use of flow hoods, large-vane and hot-wire anemometers, pito tubes, and, probably most interesting, the surprisingly accurate garbage bag method.Before we get to the various measurement methods, a note on the “hosing” mentioned in the title of this post. In order to provide a specific amount of airflow to be measured, Bruce and Paul used the aforementioned Duct Blaster, connected to a manometer with a hose to provide air flow at a specific CFM to the ducts to be measured. While one attendee watched the flow rate on the manometer, several methods of measurement were demonstrated on rectangular and round supply registers. RELATED ARTICLES Simple Methods for Measuring Air FlowResidential CommissioningDuct Leakage TestingCool Tool for Duct Testingcenter_img Simple and cheap = AccurateWhich leaves us with the garbage bag. By simply calculating the volume in a standard plastic garbage bag, and timing how long it takes to fill up or empty completely, you can fairly simply calculate the CFM of almost any supply or return register or exhaust fan. This method works best with two people – one to hold the bag and one to time it – but man, it sure is cheap and simple, and apparently, pretty accurate.My takeaway from this session is that flow measurement is a difficult and somewhat inexact science. In my experience on building certifications, I have done a minor amount of flow testing, primarily of exhaust fans, and I have reviewed third-party test and balance reports provided to me by clients. In almost all cases, air flows are not close to the design and, since most residential ductwork is inaccessible, air flows are difficult if not impossible to adjust to meet designs.I know that there are people out there meeting Energy Star 3.0 certification that requires HVAC systems and exhaust fans meet designed air flows. I would be very interested to find out if in fact they are really meeting the requirements, and how they are doing it.I both look forward to and slightly fear the opportunity to test and verify these conditions myself on upcoming projects.last_img read more

Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.” Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED 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 shutout“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Chicharito dreaming of top-four finish

first_imgJavier Hernandez is daring to dream of a top-four finish with West Ham after seeing off speculation regarding his future.The Mexico international striker first sparked exit talk in January and has seen the transfer rumours roll over into the summer window.A positive World Cup, which saw him reach 50 goals for his country, fuelled speculation that the former Manchester United star could be on the move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chicharito has, however, opted to stay put and is now targeting Champions League football with the Hammers.He told the club’s official website on the back of sizeable investment under new boss Manuel Pellegrini: “The club is doing well with improvements in all the areas, in the team, but also in all the staff they have brought in with the manager.“Top six, top four is the aim, as high as we can. I’m a dreamer.“I work hard and my thoughts are always positive. I am always aiming as high as I can and if we can put West Ham in the Champions League why not? That’s the dream, that’s the idea and hopefully we can get it.”Hernandez managed just eight goals for West Ham last season, as the club battled to steer a course to Premier League safety under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.Javier Hernandez Chicharito Mexico 2018He is hoping for better in 2018-19, with Pellegrini having convinced him to remain at the London Stadium with the promise of more opportunities.Chicharito added: “The manager called me before the World Cup because he knew my situation was difficult at the end of last season, and he made me feel very good.“He told me I was going to be an important player and would play an important role in this team, so he gave me a lot of confidence.“I’m very motivated and I know I need to work hard to win a place in the starting line-up and then perform as well as I can to help the team with goals, assists and good performances to get the points to move up the table.”West Ham are set to open their campaign away at title hopefuls Liverpool on Sunday.last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteem

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan chief Ausilio: Mourinho always has our esteemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Jose Mourinho will always have a place of honour at the club.However, he insists coach Luciano Spalletti’s job is safe after Manchester United sacked Mourinho yesteday.Ausilio said: “We are connected to the results, the esteem for him is regardless of the future of Inter, which has a great coach… “Let’s move on with Spalletti, we are building the future with him.”Mourinho led Inter to an historic Treble in 2010. last_img

10 months ago​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chant

first_img​Arsenal midfielder Torreira overjoyed with Vieira chantby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has spoken about his delight at chants comparing him to Patrick Vieira.The Uruguayan has been a sensation in midfield for the Gunners, scoring important goals and providing a physical presence they have been missing for years.A recent chant from Gunners fans has compared him to legendary French midfielder Vieira.And Torreira could not be more pleased.”It’s incredible. Every time I hear it, I feel so proud,” the 22-year-old told Arsenal’s website. “It gives me a real energy boost and that strength to go after every ball.”I can only really say thank you to the fans. They’re incredible and fill out every stadium, whether it’s home or away.”They’re singing for the whole 90 minutes and that’s massive for the team because it makes us feel that we have their support.”When we’re out there playing, we want to do our best to entertain them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New natural gas producer members back 3million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY — An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.” Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more