Angry Usain Bolt says Tyson Gay should be ‘kicked out of the sport’

first_imgSix-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt says Tyson Gay should be “kicked out” of athletics and says the decision to give him only a one-year ban was “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”.Gay was caught using anabolic steroids in 2013 and was given a year ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency having co-operated with their investigation.He has since returned to competition and is expected to line up alongside Bolt at the World Championships in Beijing this summer. But the fastest man in history is deeply unhappy that the second fastest has been allowed back on the track. “I was really upset about that,” Bolt told Runner’s World.“He got a year just because he talked to the authorities about how it was done and who helped him.“That sends the wrong message: ‘If you do it and get caught, just tell us all you know and we’ll lower your ban.’ It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. The message should be: ‘If you cheat you’re going to be kicked out of the sport.’“I’m not looking forward to competing against Tyson. It really bothers me. I’m not worried about him beating me, I think it’s because I respected him so much over the years. He was a competitor, kept me on my toes and he pushed me to always do my best. “Then to find out that he was on drugs — it’s a bit like I think parents must feel when they have a kid who does something bad and lets them down. I feel like he let me down and he let the sport down.“You have to drive fear into athletes, to make them think about the consequences of their actions. If they’re getting an easy penalty why would they care?”–last_img read more

Your Internal Motors Can Run Nanotech

first_imgIn each cell in your body, and in that of every living thing, there exists a tiny motor named ATP synthase that Science News1 calls “the ultimate molecular machine.”  It converts electrical to chemical energy, writes Alexandra Goho, “with amazing efficiency.”  Now, Japanese have harnessed some of these motors (only 12 millionths of a millimeter high) to power artificial machines.  They attached hundreds of the motors to a glass surface and attached little magnetic beads to the rotor part.  With an electromagnet, they induced them to spin, and were able to make them rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise.1Alexandra Goho, “Nature’s tiniest rotor runs like clockwork,” Science News, Week of Feb. 7, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 6, p. 94; see also article by Jessica Gorman, “Nanotech Switch: Strategy controls minuscule motor,” Science News, Week of Nov. 9, 2002; Vol. 162, No. 19.Biochemists and nanotechnologists are rightly fascinated by these nanoscopic machines, but strangely silent about where they came from.  They want to know what they can do with them, but where did they come from?  They hope they can borrow them for all kinds of nanodevices, but where did they come from?    Suppose we were members of a Star Trek crew from a distant galaxy, and had just landed on Mars.  We find this little rover with solar panels and wheels and instruments, and all we can think about is how we can play with it.  Wouldn’t some sentient being on the crew be thinking, Where did it come from?Exercise: if aliens found Spirit or Opportunity on Mars, would they be justified in inferring intelligent design for its origin, even if they knew nothing about the designers?  Why or why not?  If scientists found an ATP synthase motor in the desert, but instead of being nanoscopic it was the size of a cement mixer, would they be justified in thinking it had evolved from the sand?  Support your answers.    We’ve had many previous headlines on ATP Synthase.  You can start at the 09/18/2003 article and work back through the links for more information.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Facebook Status Messages are the New Chain Emails

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Trends#web Your Account Will be Deleted Unless…These viral status messages, brand-new creations about Internet dangers and free money, aren’t the only hoaxes to find their way to the social space. Older urban legends have also been re-crafted to now fit the Facebook era. Take, for example, the warning passed around in the early 2000’s regarding the “overload” of people signing up for Hotmail accounts. According to this missive, Hotmail was over capacity and Microsoft needed to dump some people from the system. In order to prove you were still an active user, you were asked to forward the email to every Hotmail contact you had so that your account would not be deleted. Essentially a harmless prank, this warning transformed itself over the years, reappearing in various forms that threatened the accounts of Yahoo, then AOL, Friendster, Orkut, Bebo, and MySpace users alike. Today, that message is again being circulated as a Facebook status update. The new lingo? It’s not “please forward” anymore – it’s “Copy+Paste.” Because if you don’t, you know, your Facebook account will be deleted. Yikes! In this case, the fear of losing Facebook access has led many users to repost the warning on their own walls, where it’s seen by friends who pick it up and pass it around too. But again, there’s no truth to this message either.An Urban Legend or a Deeper Truth? While the above hoax speaks greatly to our society’s increased reliance on technology, how strong those ties are and how fearful we are of being without them, others play on even deeper emotions. The Facebook story about the $1-at-a-time donations might not be true (side note: the company has set up a Disaster Relief page for those interested in legitimate ways to help), there’s a photo of a Haitian cross whose existence is harder to prove or disprove. Circulating via Facebook right now is this photo of a stone crucifix still left standing in the wake of the utter destruction that was the Haitian earthquake. That one’s real, right? Well, maybe so, maybe not. Ever since the creation of Photoshop, answering questions like these have gotten much harder. What matters though, is not the photo’s veracity (or lack thereof), but the fact that, to some, it seems to hold a deeper meaning about the nature of God – how he’s still there even in times like these. For Christians, it’s an image of hope in a world of suffering. And by reposting it time and again via Facebook, it’s spreading virally around the globe. It’s precisely these emotions – our fears, our hopes, our desires – that urban legends tap into. And while some are more harmless than others, it can be difficult to know the difference between the truth and a false claim, as this above example clearly shows. Think Before You PostSo what can you do? Although we’re no longer deluged by the well-meaning warnings and fables that arrive via our email inboxes, we’re still being subjected to their far-out claims. It’s just that the medium is different. Once again, it’s time to be vigilant. Just because you saw it on Facebook, that doesn’t make it true. Just because the message comes via a trusted friend or family member, that doesn’t make it worthy of reposting. Take a minute to think about it, use common sense, run a quick Google search if unsure, and then decide if that story is one to pass on. Now forward this information to all your family and friends using the “share” button below! A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts “This status is being tracked. The owners of Facebook have confirmed they will send $1 to the rescue fund for Haiti every time this is cut and paste as a status.” Sound familiar? This recent status message hoax has been making its way around the popular social network, duping members into posting the status as their own in the hopes that, by doing so, they’ve somehow contributed to the Haitian earthquake disaster relief fund without having to actually open their own pocketbook to do so. While that would be nice if it was true, this hoax is just one of many found on Facebook today. The hoodwinks, urban legends, fairy tales, humorous tall tales, and out-and-out scams that once arrived via our email inboxes have been slowly making their way to the world’s largest social network. And as before, people are being fooled into reposting because the message always comes from a trusted friend. Just like the emails that once promised free money from Bill Gates for participation in a Microsoft email beta test, reposting a Facebook status isn’t going to produce money from thin air anymore than forwarding a chain email message would have done in years past. And yet, the same people who are now savvy enough to junk the email forwards and scams into their Deleted Items folder are blindly reposting status messages such as these as if they’re the gospel truth. Folks, urban legends have evolved. Status messages are the new chain email.Urban legends have filled our inboxes for years on end. Before the days of technology, these same stories were idly passed around via chats at the water cooler and over-the-fencepost gossip sessions with fellow neighbors. It’s said that the tales tap into a society’s dark underbelly by posing as cautionary tales about the dangerous world we live in (AIDS from a gas pump! A hook-handed murderer!), or they simply tap into our deepest hopes and dreams. (You can get rich quick! You just have to forward an email!). Legends like these may change over the years, but they will always be around in some form or another and they won’t be disappearing any time soon.Watch Out, You’re Being Spied On!Another recent message making the rounds warns of something called “Unnamed app,” a vicious little bot that supposedly slowlys down Facebook while also spying on your activities. While there is some truth to the fact that Facebook applications have an unworldly amount of access to your personal data, this particular app is not a rogue spybot secretly tracking your moves, it’s just your everyday, run-of-the-mill software bug. And Facebook fixed it. But that probably won’t stop thousands from “helpfully” passing this message onto their Facebook friends for days (if not weeks and months) to come. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

My December 2018 Reading List

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now People often ask me what I am reading. Mostly they assume I read sales books, but that isn’t often true, though I do read the books my friends produce. This is the list of books I read in December 2018.Human Evolution: Our Brains and Behavior by Robin Dunbar.Dunbar is an evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist. He is also famous for Dunbar’s number, which indicates that the social cost of relationships limits humans to a number close to 150 on average, even though some can manage up to 225. The book is based on time-budgeting, the amount of time it takes to manage complex relationships in a social structure to understand how humans evolved. The most interesting parts to me were around group singing and laughing as a way to nurture relationships at scale.The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism by Martin E.P. Seligman.This is Seligman’s autobiography, but it is also the story of how psychology has gone from behaviorism (ala Skinner) to cognitive (ala Seligman, et all). Before Seligman’s work on Learned Helplessness, all of psychology and psychiatry were focused on reducing the negative, like depression. Seligman turned that idea on its head and introduced Positive Psychology, which is greater than the absence of the negative. This is one of my all-time favorite biographies.Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL by Michael Lombardi, Foreword by Bill Belichick.I love football, even though I watch very little, only because I could waste away the whole weekend in front of the television. Lombardi worked in the front offices of the 49ers, the Raiders, and the Browns. He was also part of the coaching staff for the Patriots. You will know the coaches and players Lombardi writes about in Gridiron Genius, but I doubt you know the stories, which are not only well-told, but also have practical application to business.Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results. An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear.This book is one of the best researched and best written books you will find on personal growth and development. It passes my test for great books in that it teaches you the concept while also making it practical and tactical. If you struggle with a bad habit, this will cure what ails you. James is local, so we got together and recorded a podcast you can find here.Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts by Colonel David H. Hackworth and Eilhys England.This is my second reading of Hackworth’s story of taking over the 4/39th Battalion in Vietnam. The story is about taking a group of soldiers from worst to first through good leadership. Hackworth, like any good leader, takes responsibility for the failures. It’s also the story of failed leadership in the U.S. Army who was, at the time, consumed with running up body count numbers and seeking advancement, even when it ended up with more American soldiers dying. The lessons for leaders here are many.Bedtime Stories for Managers: Farewell to Lofty Leadership, Welcome Engaging Management by Henry MintzbergMintzberg is a professor of management at McGill University in Montreal. He came to my attention many years ago through his work Managers, not MBAs, which I found through Tom Peters. The book is a compilation of 100 or so blog posts Mintzberg has written over the years. It is a great book for leaders and managers who want to lead with soul and do meaningful work with and through other people. Mintzberg and I share a set of values regarding people, like the silliness of shareholder value, listening, and caring. It was so good, I recorded a podcast with Professor Mintzberg (coming soon).last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more

Rockin n rollin on Mars Rolling Stones have space rock named after

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA’s Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band. Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said. “In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honour “a milestone in our long and eventful history”. While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system. NASA is using its robotic mission to Mars to help set the stage for manned missions to the Red Planet. As a gateway to that lofty goal, the space agency’s Artemis programme will send humans to the moon, to prepare them for further space exploration. A giant leap for mankind — and the Rolling Stones, already immortalized in popular culture, are now also a part of space exploration history.last_img read more

Open Door shelter in Montreal moved and so did the issues facing

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsDuring the day, the Open Door shelter is a refuge for many of Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.Despite being forced to move, the shelter appears to have landed on its feet.“I try to carve every day, but sometimes we run out of stones,” says John Awa, who learned to carve soapstone from his uncle in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.Awa has spent the last 11 years in Montreal – and until recently, much of it living rough on the streets.“I actually got an apartment through the open door housing program,” he told APTN News.Even though the Open Door shelter helped get him his own place, Awa still comes here to work.At the old location, carvers were forced to work outside – now he can work here year round, inside.“This is our carving room, if you look up there is a ventilation up there,” said David Chapman, director of the shelter while giving a tour around the new space.About a week and a half ago, the shelter packed up and moved to its new location.There’s no doubt that the new amenities here are an improvement.There are showers, more than one bathroom, and a walk in fridge.“So we don’t have to deal with the issue of rotting produce anymore,” Chapman said.But as the old saying goes, location is everything.The former location was conveniently located next to Cabot Square – a long time gathering place for many of the city’s vulnerable and homeless Indigenous population.Over the past five years, the area has undergone a gentrification, with renovations, and non-stop condo construction.The Open Door’s old location, a former church, was sold and is up next on the development slate.“When you have 400 million dollar condo developments going up generally there’s some kind of planning behind that,” said Chapman.Despite being a 40 minute walk from its former location, Chapman said that about 50 per cent of its old clientele are coming to the new shelter.And so are the same problems that plagued the old site.“She woke up and he was straddling her, trying to take off her pants had her hands underneath her clothes,” recounted John Tessier, an intervention worker at the shelter who was told this story by an Inuk woman last Thursday.“She was able to fight him off, then he brutally beat her.”The Open Door said that since 2017, 19 Indigenous women have come to them with accounts of sexual assault or rape suffered on the streets.“Of those 19 cases, only one has almost made it to court,” Chapman said. “Only one,” he adds, which is expected to be heard in 2019.Chapman said a big reason for that is many women feel going through the process of speaking to police is not worth it.In February, at the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous relations with some of the province’s public departments, Chapman testified that police need to do a better job working with vulnerable women on the streets.For one, he said he would like to see police come to the women to gather statements.“Is it all about legal purity? Really? Is that really what it’s all about? You can’t bring audio and video to a space where someone feels comfortable because you’re interested in legal purity? Really? While woman after woman is raped on the street? Get over yourself.”Chapman adds that it’s important to accommodate the women because many of them suffer from addiction problems, and are often  wary of police because they have outstanding tickets.Tessier said that although the police that responded to the recent call were sympathetic, they detained the alleged assailant briefly – and then released him.He said an investigator did not call to take a statement about the incident until four days later.“We had worked it out with station 12, the area where we were last, that if the victim was unwilling to go to the police station then we can have the detective come meet us,” he said.APTN News asked the Montreal Police for details of the case but was told it does not comment on open investigations.According to Chapman, the story has a silver lining – a donor has gifted the victim a ticket back home to her community in [email protected]@tfennariolast_img read more

Hornberger named to four House committees

first_img Categories: Hornberger News 26Jan Hornberger named to four House committees Representative will help lead Education Reform as vice chair State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, was named vice chair of the House Education Reform Committee and to three additional House committees, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Hornberger has a master’s degree in education administration and taught at East China School District in St. Clair County for 23 years before being elected to the Michigan House.“Our children’s education is a top priority for their success and the future success of our state,” Hornberger said. “It’s well recognized that across the state many school districts are struggling and students’ results need improvement. I’m looking forward to fine tuning what is already working and reviewing the many proposals and ideas out there to meet the goal of delivering the quality education our children and their parents deserve.”In addition, Hornberger was appointed to the Commerce and Trade, Judiciary, and Health Policy committees.People can contact her office by calling 517-373-8931; by email, [email protected], or addressing letters to N-796 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48933.#####last_img read more