CBA harriers easily retain Monmouth County title

first_imgPHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above a St. John Vianney harrier races to the finish during Saturday’s Monmouth County Championship at Holmdel Park. Below, a Raritan runner tries to hold off a competitor as they near the finish. Three days after winning the Eastern State Championship at Van Cortlandt Park, Christian Brothers Academy’s top-ranked cross country team didn’t want to extend itself at the Monmouth County Championships. So the Colts ran together, as if it were a dual meet, and easily captured the county championship on Oct. 19 at Holmdel Park. The Colts’s 50 points more than doubled that of runner-up Colts Neck (101). Justin Wheat (16:52), Brian Keating (16:53), Kevin Rogers (16:53), Chris Horel (16:53) and Greg Leach (16:54) crossed the finish line in a group in places eight through 12 for the Colts. Without pushing themselves, they all managed to run under 17:00 — an impressive performance by the team favored to win the Meet of Champions next month. So deep is this CBA team that its sixth and seventh runners, Nick DiChiara (17:02) and Derek Jensen (17:11), were 14th and 15th. Colts Neck’s Craig Forys won the individual championship covering the 5K course in 16:05. Raritan’s Matt Dahl (16:38) closed well to take third place and Matawan’s Tom Walsh, continuing his comeback from injury, was fifth (16:48). Alexsander Emerel led Holmdel to third place (127) with his 13th place (16:55). Jeffrey Cody (17:26), Terry Wu (17:26) and Brian O’Keefe (17:34) were within 8 seconds of each other in 25th, 26th and 28th place for the Hornets. Walsh’s fifth place helped Matawan finish sixth (223). In the girls’ race, Holmdel’s Lisa Picascia was the top local finisher in fifth place. The junior posted a 20:09. Red Bank Regional’s Christina Nelson captured the county title in 19:32, surprising Colts Neck’s Ashley Higginson (19:51). Middletown South’s Alex Beaver was eighth (20:17). Raritan’s Christine Altland had a top 20 finish placing 16th (20:44). Holmdel’s Dannie Shudan Wang (20:56) and Wendy Shuwei Wang (20:57) were 23rd and 24th, and Middletown South’s Sophie Ehrlich (20:59) was 25th. Shore Regional won the Monmouth County title with 122 points. Middletown South had the best area finish in sixth (183), with Holmdel eighth (219). On Saturday, the harriers will turn their attention to NJSIAA championships with the running of the State Sectionals. The Central Jersey meet is at Holmdel Park. The top 10 individuals and top five teams will advance to the state group championships, also at Holmdel, on Nov. 13. The Shore Conference Championships are Nov. 6 and are scheduled to be run at Ocean County Park, Lakewood.last_img read more

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Despite odds, 43-year-old fulfills dream of joining PBA Draft

first_img“Nung nag-apply ako sa (draft), actually bibili lang kami ng ticket e. Nung una naghe-hesitate pa e kasi hindi naman ako kilala. Sino ba naman ako diba?” he recalled.“After noon hindi ko na alam anong gagawin. Nakita ko na lang sa internet na kasama ako sa 55 applicants. Nung una hindi ako naniniwala sa mga pino-post ng barkada ko until ako mismo nag-search. At least blessing na rin ‘to sa akin.”Caluya never played high school and collegiate basketball. His playing experience is only at his barangay, where he’s fondly referred to as “Kobe.”“Kasi sa community namin may basketball court doon na katatayo lang, sa tabing-riles. Yung mga bata pag naglalaro ako tinatawag akong Kobe. By the way, ang tawag sa akin Kobe Charles kasi ang ultimate idol ko si Kobe Bryant e.”Caluya has Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa and Asi Taulava — the elder statesmen in the PBA — as his inspiration.It’s highly likely that Caluya, the smallest applicant at 5-foot-6, is going get drafted. But he said the experience of sharing the same court with some of the future of Philippine basketball alone is already something he would treasure.“Parang panalo na rin ako kasi to be around this bunch of rookies talagang magagaling sila. Ako wala naman akong pinanggalingan kundi sa maliit na barangay,” he said.“Hindi man ako makuha, nandito na ako e. Pero siyempre ang ultimate goal ko is to play sa PBA, to give the fans total entertainment. Kasi when I play basketball, I play with the crowds also. Ako talaga yung [weakest] dito e, kaya ipapakita ko na lang game ko e.”The PBA will release the final list of applicants on Friday. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caluya was unheard of until he became center of the media attention in the two-day 2016 Draft Combine.“Actually, longtime dream ko ‘to e,” said Caluya. “Hindi ko alam paano mag-apply sa draft noon pero I never stopped playing basketball. I never stopped dreaming. Sabi nga nila wala sa edad yan kung mangarap ka, as long as binigyan ka ng talent ni Lord, gamitin mo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCaluya said he’s not giving his PBA dreams a shot for himself but he’s doing it for the kids at his community in Sitio de Asis San Martin de Pores in Bicutan, Parañaque.“Actually hindi naman talaga ‘to para sa akin. Para sa mga kababayan ko na mga bata. Kasi may mga kids sa amin na hindi na nagaaral e. So gusto ko silang tulungan. Paano ko sila matutulungan wala naman akong trabaho? Naisip ko, binigay sa akin ni Lord ‘to, mag-try ako dito. Kung papalarin, matutulungan ko sila.” Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway MOST READ We are young But Caluya’s PBA hopes have been dashed even before the draft day.Caluya was not allowed to partake in the mini tournament on Thursday after failing to meet the standards set in the first day of the Combine.“He’s not fit to play based from the tests that were done yesterday by Focus Athletics. Today, we wanted him to observe and watch the games for the mean time,” said PBA deputy director for basketball operations Eric Castro.But the PBA official said that as of the moment, Caluya is still part of the list of the PBA draft hopefuls.He was with his friends looking for tickets to Game 4 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals when he decided to apply for the draft.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 43-year-old Charlie Caluya fulfills dream of joining PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmong the 50 plus applicants aspiring to make the PBA, an unknown hopeful stood out.At 43-years-old, Charlie Caluya looked like the unlikeliest player in the court as he joined and tried to compete against others half his age.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View from the bench: Former Supreme Court Justice roots for Cubslast_img read more

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First fern genomes sequenced — and they hold a lot of promise

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Despite being one of the most diverse groups of plants on the planet, ferns were until recently the only major plant group to not have their genomes sequenced.Now, for the first time ever, biologists have sequenced the genomes of two tiny ferns, Azolla filiculoides and Salvinia cucullata, and their findings have some major implications for agriculture.The fern experts now hope to sequence other fern genomes and unravel more fern secrets. For the first time ever, biologists have sequenced the genomes of two tiny ferns, Azolla filiculoides and Salvinia cucullata, and they’ve revealed some interesting secrets.Despite being one of the most diverse groups of plants on the planet, ferns were the only major plant group to not have their genomes sequenced until now.“This however is not due to lack of interest, but the fact that fern genomes tend to be humongous,” Fay-Wei Li, a plant biologist at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, told Mongabay in an email.Ferns can have as many as 720 pairs of chromosomes and genomes as big as 148 billion base pairs of DNA sequences (Gb). By contrast, Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), the first plant to have its genome sequenced, has only five pairs of chromosomes and a genome size of 0.135 Gb. (For comparison, the human genome has around 3 billion base pairs).Li and his team, however, found that both Azolla and its sister genus, Salvinia, have extremely small genomes — A. filiculoides is 0.75 Gb while S. cucullata is 0.26 Gb — making them good candidates for genome sequencing. “We were excited about this result, and an international consortium was assembled to sequence these two ferns,” Li said.Salvinia cucullata, or Asian watermoss. Image by Ziegler175 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).But there was a problem. Getting funding for the genome project wasn’t easy, and all their letters of intent were declined, Li said. So the researchers tried to get some funding through a crowdfunding site called Experiment.com.“We saw our colleagues doing a crowdfunding campaign to support their field expedition, and we thought, hey that’s cool,” Li said. “The first few days of crowdfunding were basically just us (and my mom!) throwing money into the pot. But with lots of social networking (I learned how to tweet for the first time! follow me @fern_way), the news spread…”With support from around the world, Li and his colleagues were not only able to obtain enough funds to sequence both species of fern, but they also connected with other researchers who then became involved in the genome project.Four years later, the researchers have published their results in Nature Plants.Tiny ferns with “super” powersThe ferns that the team selected have some very interesting traits. Azolla, for instance, is believed to have played a major role in cooling down the planet several million years ago, earning it the title of “super-plant.” In what geologists call the “Azolla event,” huge blooms of Azolla covered the Artic Sea some 50 million years ago, removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, turning a greenhouse Earth with warm temperatures at the poles into today’s planet with polar ice caps.Azolla is also used as a “green manure” in rice farms in Asia. The fern, sometimes called the mosquito fern or fairy moss, harbors a nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium called Nostoc azollae within its leaves that captures nitrogen from the atmosphere and converts it into forms that the ferns and rice plants can use. But unlike most other plant-microbe symbiotic partnerships, N. azollae is associated with Azolla throughout its life cycle and transfers from a parent to offspring every time the fern reproduces. In most other plants, each generation has to get its symbiotic microbes from the environment.A macro photograph of Azolla filiculoides. Image by Laura Dijkhuizen.Li and his colleagues identified several genes that are specific to Azolla’s interactions with its symbiont bacteria, whose genomes have been sequenced previously.“Now that we have genomes available for both the fern and cyanobacterium, there is great promise for tapping into the secrets of this natural biofertilizer that may help lead to future sustainable agricultural practices,” Kathleen Pryer, a professor at Duke University, U.S., said in a statement.Ferns are also good at fending off insects. “When you walk into a forest, it’s usually very striking to find that ferns show little to no sign of insect damage,” Li said.But when the researchers tracked down the gene responsible for the insecticidal proteins in S. cucullata, also known as the Asian watermoss, they were surprised to find that the gene had likely come not from its plant ancestors, but from bacteria.“The finding that the fern insecticidal protein coming from bacteria was a big surprise,” Li said. “An important implication [of this] is that genes move around naturally among organisms, and perhaps GMOs” —genetically modified organisms — “are not as ‘unnatural’ as people tend to think. It’s a naturally modified gene, and now that we’ve found it, it could have huge implications for agriculture.”The fern experts now hope to sequence other fern genomes.“We are going fernatic to sequence more ferntastic genomes!” Li said. “Obviously the current two fern genomes do not give us the complete picture of fern genome structure and evolution. We want to eventually address why fern genomes can be so big… Currently we have about 10 fern species in the sequencing pipeline.”Tiny Azolla filiculoides on Fay-Wei Li’s fingernail. Image by Fay-Wei Li.Citation:Li, F. W., Brouwer, P., Carretero-Paulet, L., Cheng, S., de Vries, J., Delaux, P. M., … & Simenc, M. (2018). Fern genomes elucidate land plant evolution and cyanobacterial symbioses. Nature plants, 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0188-8.center_img Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Science, Environment, Genetics, Green, Oceans, Plants, Research, Wildlife last_img read more

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Ice, snow blanket Midwest

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Snow and ice plastered a wide area of the Midwest on Saturday, disrupting campaigning by presidential hopefuls, making highways hazardous and closing Des Moines’ airport. The National Weather Service posted winter storm and ice warnings across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the eastern Dakotas, Illinois and northern Michigan, although some warnings were lifted by midday. Six to 16 inches of snow was forecast in parts of Minnesota. Much of Iowa was hit by snow, sleet and freezing rain. Hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee. Officials decided to close Des Moines International Airport for several hours after a United Airlines plane slid off a taxiway as it was heading to a runway for a flight to Chicago’s O’Hare, said airport spokesman Roy Criss. He said none of the 44 passengers was injured and the airport reopened by midafternoon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAt Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis., an incoming Mesa Airlines regional jet flying for United Express slid off the pavement after failing to make a turn onto a taxiway, but no injuries were reported among the 25 passengers, said United Airlines spokesman Jeff Vick. Madison was expecting 3 inches of snow and overnight wind gusts of up to 30 mph, an outlook so bleak that even meteorologists were postponing their own events. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department postponed its annual Solstice Party, which was set for Saturday, until February. “This is the most treacherous kind of weather that the weather can deliver,” said department Chairman Jonathan Martin. Republican Mitt Romney canceled three campaign stops planned Saturday in southern Iowa, and former President Clinton canceled a rally for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, scheduled Saturday afternoon outside Des Moines. Heavy ice accumulations on power lines blacked out more than 14,000 customers scattered around Iowa, said representatives of for Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy. Thousands more were without power near Galesburg, Ill., Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said. Numerous accidents were reported on Iowa highways, said Transportation Department spokeswoman Dena Gray-Fisher. Many travelers checked into motels to wait out the storm in the northern Iowa city of Clear Lake, but Lake Country Inn manager Linda Lorenz said she was surprised by the numbers of vehicles that stayed on the highways. “They’re still going. I don’t know why they aren’t home, I’m not leaving.” Freezing rain coated Illinois highways with ice, causing spinouts and accidents, weather officials said. Ice was about a quarter-inch thick in parts of central Illinois, said weather service meteorologist Dan Kelly. More than 400 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 25 were reported at Midway International Airport, said Gregg Cunningham, a spokesman for Chicago’s Department of Aviation. Flights at O’Hare were delayed 40 to 60 minutes, with times expected to increase. “The snow has turned over more to freezing rain, so the weather and low visibility is causing those delays,” Cunningham said. Many parts of Minnesota reported difficult driving conditions by early afternoon, the state Department of Transportation reported. Snow mixed with sleet along the Interstate 90 corridor across the southern edge of the state and visibility was down a quarter-mile in places. Snow with wind of 20 to 25 mph reduced visibility in southeastern South Dakota and brought cancellations of regular weekend activities such as YMCA basketball, church practices, high school athletics and community events. One Sioux Falls television station had posted 43 event cancellations and postponements on its Web site by noon. In North Dakota, snowy conditions caused numerous accidents, among them a crash on Interstate 94 in Fargo that involved a dozen vehicles including a passenger bus, Highway Patrol Capt. Jim Prochniak said. Vehicles are “bumping into one another like pingpong balls out there,” he said. The weather also caused the search for two missing Illinois women to be called off after four hours of searching Saturday. More than 200 people scoured parts of Romeoville for Stacy Peterson, 23, who disappeared over a month ago from her Bolingbrook home, and 38-year-old Lisa Stebic, of Plainfield, who was reported missing in April.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rules bent for filming

first_imgWHITTIER – Whittier resident Frank Moreno feared that nighttime filming of a big-production thriller right next door would cause too many sleepless nights. But after several late-night shoots by DreamWorks SKG on Painter Avenue this week, Moreno was pleasantly surprised at how little disturbance the 160-person crew created. “For me, I was worried about the traffic and noise after 10,” said Moreno, who had called city officials with his concerns. “I go to bed early because I get up at 4 a.m. But they’ve been very accommodating. I’m thoroughly impressed.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA city ordinance prohibiting movie shoots after 10 p.m. temporarily interrupted the filming of “Disturbia,” a modern-day thriller set in suburbia. Police arrived at the filming location to enforce the city’s restrictions. However, DreamWorks officials appealed to the City Council at the panel’s March 28 meeting, saying they had been misled about the rules. “We had already built the entire set in that house,” said Michelle Latham, location manager for DreamWorks. “The whole movie takes place in that house. We would have had to shut down the movie if we couldn’t film after 10 p.m. “The question was asked, `Were we misled?’ And the answer is yes, but not maliciously. A new guy had taken over the filming. He wasn’t aware how firm the rules were.” In response, city officials compromised, allowing the company to film past 10 p.m. on certain nights, said Jason Zuhlke, spokesman for the Whittier Police Department. “Disturbia” is directed by D.J. Caruso and stars Shia LaBeouf and Carrie-Anne Moss. Latham said the film’s producers fought to keep the location in Southern California rather than the alternative choices of Georgia or North Carolina. She argued that shooting in Whittier would benefit the local economy. “We’ll probably spend a total of $300,000 in Whittier,” Latham said. “We have about 160 employees spending money in the local restaurants and businesses, plus the money to the owners of the house. DreamWorks officials also surveyed a three-block radius around 6222 Painter Ave. to gauge neighbor approval. They found only six people opposed to the shoot out of 100 residents, Latham said. “A couple of people called after the council meeting in support of filming,” said Nancy Mendez, Whittier’s assistant city manager. “They said, `Why are you keeping them out?’ By the end of last week, there were only two houses with issues.” Moreno said the company created a staging area at a local store’s parking lot to mitigate the neighborhood impact. Some of the bigger trailers were parked there, as well as residents’ extra cars, to help ease the traffic congestion on his block. “It’s a well thought-out plan,” he said. “I am really, really surprised. I thought I would be very impacted.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Mojave Airport to host spaceflights

first_img“One of the exciting features of the new system will be the ability to transport it globally from its home base in New Mexico to any location in the world where we get permission to operate,” said Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic. Despite a price tag of $200,000 per ticket for a trip that will spend just a few short minutes in space, about 65,000 people from 125 different countries have registered with the company as potential passengers. The company envisions flying 500 people in its first year of commercial operations. Company officials say that, for the money, their passengers won’t get just a four-minute experience, but rather a three-day experience. The company wants their passengers to get the most out of their spaceflight and avoid “sensory overload.” To that end, the company envisions having their passengers experience G forces and other sensations of spaceflight prior to the actual mission. An artist’s conception video of a spaceflight depicts a flight that will be similar to the SpaceShipOne flights in 2004. In that year, SpaceShipOne was flown three times to altitudes above 100 kilometers, or 62 miles, including two flights in less than a week. The video depicts a SpaceShipTwo attached underneath a White Knight 2 rising taking off from a runway in New Mexico and climbing to 50,000 feet. The spacecraft is released and its rocket engine ignited, powering it to more than 68 miles in altitude. Passengers released themselves from their seats and float to windows to enjoy the view for a few minutes. Passengers then return to their seats and fasten their seat belts for re-entry. The spaceship’s seats recline, placing passengers virtually horizontal to minimize the effects of G forces. The spacecraft then returns to its launch site. Company officials say at the end of the spaceflight, the passengers will receive their astronaut wings in a celebration. Details of what the post-flight affair will be like have not been disclosed. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – The Mojave Airport, where the first privately funded, privately built spacecraft rocketed into history in 2004, is on schedule to host the first passenger-carrying, commercial spaceflights in 2009. Virgin Galactic representatives say their schedule calls for the first of five SpaceShipTwo vehicles to roll out of the factory late next year, flight tests in 2008 and commercial operations the following year, according to the company. Patterned after but twice as large as the SpaceShipOne rocket plane that flew into space from Mojave in 2004, the craft are being built by SpaceShipOne’s builder, Burt Rutan. Virgin Galactic is investing up to $250 million for the development, construction, testing and flying of five SpaceShipTwo vehicles and two White Knight 2s, the aircraft that will serve as the first stage for launches. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Virgin Galactic recently released artist’s conceptions of the new spacecraft, which will carry two pilots and up to six passengers. The passenger cabin of the spacecraft will be large enough to allow passengers to leave their seats and float while in space. Each SpaceShipTwo vehicle will have about 15 large windows, including some on the floor, to give passengers a view of the Earth. Both SpaceShipTwo and White Knight will be made of lightweight but strong composite materials. The engines of SpaceShipTwo and the White Knight will “radically reduce the environmental impact associated with space travel to date,” the company said. “Our vision is to successfully build the world’s first environmentally benign space launch system and prove once and for all the commercial viability of a safe space launch system that we believe will eventually be capable of taking payload and science into space as well as people,” said Richard Branson, the company’s founder. Initial flights will likely be from the Mojave Airport, but they will move to a facility dubbed Spaceport America in New Mexico. Virgin Galactic is looking at other possible launch sites, including sites in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia. last_img read more

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Prehistoric play

first_img araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’There is something for everyone at the exhibit, according to Spenser. “Everybody likes dinosaur stuff,” he said. “Sometimes they have movies about them.” Michelle Gonzalez, 33, of Orange took two of her children – Julien, 4, and Sofia, 1, – to the Children’s Museum to explore the dinosaur kingdom. She said the exhibit suits both of her children because Julien can learn about the prehistoric era while Sofia “can just play.” “They’re just fascinated by the dinosaurs because they’re extinct, so there’s that mystery there,” Gonzalez said. “It’s interesting for them to see something that’s not an everyday thing.” The exhibit continues through Dec. 31. LA HABRA – He’s only 4, but Spenser Deniro of Yorba Linda might become a paleontologist one day, at least in the estimation of his uncle, Mike Degennaro. “He loves the bones – the dinosaurs and the bones,” said Degennaro, 39, also of Yorba Linda. Officials at the Children’s Museum at La Habra seem to have a hit on their hands with their newest exhibit, “Dinosaurs in My Backyard,” which puts children in scientists’ shoes, letting them dig up “fossils” and even handle a life-size T-rex skull. Kids can also climb a sculpture of an Apatosaurus, check out a fossil display or attend special dinosaur-related events. “Dinosaurs are very popular among children; kids love them,” said Lisa Reckon, exhibits coordinator at the museum. “This gives them a little taste of what it would be like to be a paleontologist.” last_img read more

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Anti-terror tactics beefed up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeAdam Meullerweiss, a spokesman for Dow Chemical Co., the nation’s largest chemical firm, said the Homeland Security Department is preaching to the choir. “We’re very encouraged by the Homeland Security Department moving forward in this direction,” he said. “This is something Dow and other leaders in the chemical industry have advocated for years.” Meullerweiss declined to discuss specifics about the company’s security program because that information is proprietary, but he said Dow is well ahead of the curve. “We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in security measures and have voluntarily used what is called the `responsible care security code,’ which has been implemented at our sites worldwide,” he said. “We’ve conducted security rounds at all of our facilities, and a second round. These inspections are done by a security expert as well as a third-party engineer who understands how our materials are made and used.” The U.S. Homeland Security Department announced newly proposed security measures Friday that would better protect chemical companies from possible terrorist attacks. But a representative from Dow Chemical Co. said his company is already in line with those requirements. The proposed orders would take effect April 4, a deadline set by Congress and President Bush. The orders closely follow the recommendations of the chemical industry and result from legislation Bush signed into law in October. Under the proposed new rules released Friday for public comment, companies will be required to assess their own vulnerabilities and provide the government with their plans for fixing them. Dow Chemicals’ Web site lists some the security measures the company maintains, including security dispatch centers (linked globally), tamper-proof containers with security seals and keeping all hazmat railcars stored within site fence lines. The company also screens customers very carefully and conducts thorough employee background checks, the company said. Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham said his city has been working “very closely” with the Department of Homeland Security for the past two years to better address potential terrorist risks to the community. “We’ve taken a number of measures to protect our chemical operations – it’s a high priority,” he said. “After 9/11 we updated our city plan and ID’d risks associated with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.” As a result, the city identified 15 companies – some of which manufacture or use chemicals in their operations – that were considered high-risk locations. When terrorism alert levels are raised, the city can add more police and public safety patrols in those areas, Latham said. “If it’s warranted, we’ll also place physical restrictions and added monitoring to those locations,” he said. “And we can also activate a 24-hour alert system with these businesses.” Under the proposed rules, companies will have to conduct background checks on employees and better control access, or face possible fines of up to $25,000 a day or risk being shut down. But they also may contest government disapproval of their security plans. Some are not so happy with the newly proposed rules. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is stepping down as head of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the department was going too far in some areas, despite having gained much-needed authority to regulate security at chemical facilities and to shut down those that are noncompliant. The rules, she said, “appear to go beyond what Congress authorized” by the department assigning itself authority to pre-empt the legal authority of states and courts and creating other ways “to shield itself from legitimate judicial scrutiny of its own actions.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. kevin.smith@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Carlos Pena: Rangers move would fulfil my European dream

first_imgCarlos Pena has said that it has always been his dream to play in Europe and he hopes to get back to his best by signing for Rangers.Pena has left Mexico to travel to Glasgow and tie up a deal with the Ibrox club to become Pedro Caixinha’s third signing in the space of a week. He’ll follow Bruno Alves and Ryan Jack in committing to Rangers for next season.The 27-year old had been awaiting paperwork clearance before travelling but has has now begun his journey to Scotland to finalise the deal.“It is my dream to go to Europe and I hope everything will go alright,” Pena said. “My aim is to get back to my former level of playing and to get along with Mr Caixinha and with all the supporters over there.“My manager and I were looking for this but it was Caixinha who made it possible.”last_img read more

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The Open: Russell Knox paired with Tiger Woods at Carnoustie

first_imgThe 147th Open Championship will see Woods return for this first time since 2015.The American missed the halfway cut at St Andrews three years ago, and he will be keen to atone for his early exit at Shinnecock Hills on the 10th anniversary of his 14th – and most recent – major victory.Sandy Lyle, the 1985 champion, will strike the first tee shot at 6:35am alongside Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan. Russell Knox has been paired with Tiger Woods at The Open.The 33-year-old will play the opening two rounds alongside the former world number one and Japanese ace Matsuyama.The trio will head to the first tee at Carnoustie at 3:21pm with only five groups behind them.Knox goes into the championship in fine form having recently won the Irish Open after a stunning play-off victory.last_img read more

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