You won’t see a photo of a jackass flying a flag over the track here…but you will see this…Hope EVERYONE enjoys the race today. pic.twitter.com/ppwP1ggNjt— Steve O’Donnell (@odsteve) June 21, 2020Some media members covering the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega snapped photos of the banner flying over the track.Here is a view that shows where the Confederate flag is flying with the message “Defund NASCAR” pic.twitter.com/4tQpUnJxfh— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 21, 2020Group opposed to #NASCAR #ConfederateFlag ban uses plane to fly large #ConfederateFlag over @TalladegaSuperS w/ “Defund @NASCAR” banner pic.twitter.com/aBW3ZL6EAR— Jerry Jordan (@JerryJordan_KTT) June 21, 2020MORE: NASCAR’s Confederate flag ban had Alvin Kamara excited to attend a raceNASCAR’s race weekend at Talladega has produced predictable protests from people who continue to promote the Confederate flag in the wake of its prohibition from races. The announcement of the flag ban came June 10 amid global protests against racial injustice.A group of about 20 protesters drove past @TalladegaSuperS in trucks & on motorcycles in objection to #NASCAR banning of the #ConfederateFlag at its races. pic.twitter.com/mMLGVYRCW1— Jerry Jordan (@JerryJordan_KTT) June 20, 2020″The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR’s statement read. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.” Steve O’Donnell has made clear on multiple occasions how he feels about the flag NASCAR is no longer allowing to be displayed at its events and properties. He sent yet another clear signal Sunday.O’Donnell, who is NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, tweeted a message a few hours before the scheduled start time of Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in response to a massive Confederate flag banner with the words “Defund NASCAR” being flown by a plane over the track. The Cup Series race at Talladega marks the first NASCAR event since the COVID-19 outbreak that is open to general admission ticket holders, albeit in limited numbers. Up to 5,000 people were able to purchase tickets and attend the Talladega race.NASCAR’s Confederate flag policy includes a ban of “clothing that is primarily based on the Confederate flag symbol,” according to Sports Business Journal, and NASCAR is expected to enforce its new policy with security sweeps at the track.Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega was postponed to Monday due to severe weather. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox.
The ancient prophet Job said, “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you” (Job 12:7). Maybe the birds of the air can tell us how to fly, and the beasts of the sea how to navigate. Some scientists are trying that without referencing old Job.Fly like a bird: “Should airplanes look like birds? Engineers envision more fuel-efficient design” was the headline on PhysOrg. Two researchers tried to start a new design for fuel efficient flying machines. Lo and behold, they landed on a bird shape. It’s a bird; it’s a plane. Specifically, it resembles a seagull, reported Live Science. That shape works better for flying than the kiwi model.Sing like a bird: A story on PhysOrg was not exactly about a stool pigeon, but about a team of Harvard researchers who invented a device made out of rubber tubing that can mimic the songs of birds.Hum like a hummingbird: A researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory has created a robot that mimics the flight of a hummingbird. Actually, he only has the wing part down, and is missing some other things: “B.J. Balakumar’s robotic hummingbird wing isn’t as pretty as the real thing,” Live Science reported. “It lacks jewel-like colors and the iridescent glint of hummingbird feathers. But what the unadorned metal wing does have is the ability to help researchers understand how the tiny fliers manage to dart, hover and dive even in gusty winds.” The working prototype is a long way off.Sing with the dolphins: Man-made sonar has trouble with bubble clouds. That set researchers thinking about how dolphins get their signals through them. Science Daily reported that the research team noted that dolphins create bubble nets when hunting, but don’t seem to lose their sonar. Curious about how they do it, Timothy Leighton started thinking like a dolphin. “There were no recordings of the type of sonar that dolphins use in bubble nets, so instead of producing a bio-inspired sonar by copying dolphin signals, I sat down and worked out what pulse I would use if I were a dolphin,” he said. The result was twin inverted pulse sonar, or TWIPS, that “exploits the way that bubbles pulsate in sound fields, which affects the characteristics of sonar echoes.” Two pulses are sent, one the inverse of the other, the second a fraction of a second later. This makes the signal able to “enhance scatter from the target while simultaneously suppressing clutter from bubbles.” First test results are encouraging: TWIPS outperforms regular sonar, and may lead to improvements in harbor protection and medical imaging. As for how dolphins perform sonar so well, Leighton said, “How they successfully detect prey in bubbly water remains a mystery that we are working to solve.” PhysOrg also wrote about this story.Ever since the Wright brothers and their predecessors observed them to discern their secrets, birds have continued to inspire the imagination of inventors wanting to match their grace and efficiency. Dolphins, too, do more than just delight audiences at marine parks. These are just a few of the many living things whose abilities are leading careful observers to design better artificial systems for the improvement of human life.Maybe God made these things to keep us humble. For all the abilities of the human body, which are impressive, we all wish we could do some of the things animals can do. Not many animals are trying to imitate humans, except maybe the family dog, a dancing bear, and trained chimpanzees in the movies. But they have different motives – the desire for food.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
22 December 2010Herekoura, literally translated, means “new happiness” in Bambara, the principle language of Mali, and this is how the locals felt about the recent opening of the Football for Hope centre in Baguineda – the fourth of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.This is the third centre to be opened outside South Africa. The inaugural centre was opened in Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town in December 2009 as part of the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the World Cup.This was followed by a second centre in Mathare in Nairobi in September, followed in the same month by a third centre in Katutura township, in the heart of Namibia’s capital of Windhoek.The programme aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health.Four more centres are due be completed over the next three to four months in Rwanda, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mokopane in South Africa.The Baguineda centre, which cost some 109-million CFA francs, or €166 413, comprises an administrative section, a library, an IT room, a circular multi-purpose room, changing rooms and an artificial turf pitch measuring 40 by 20 metres.The centre is designed to turn playing sport into an essential means of promoting the values of education, solidarity, brotherhood and community spirit, and to strengthen the education, culture and tradition of Mali.“We have come to celebrate the birth of a baby which has brought us together and which has been developing in the womb since 2000,” said Souadou Diabate, president of the Mali Association for the Promotion of Youth and Women (AMPJF).The Mali Football for Hope centre has 45 “prefects” who are fully involved in the social and sporting development of the youngsters. The centre is also looking at adding economic training and placement of the youngsters to its activities to enable it to become self-sufficient when it comes to handling the socio-cultural realities of the local community.Speaking at the opening of the centre on 4 December, Fifa representative Corina Eggenberger said the inauguration “sees us moving on to the next stage of the mission which we are carrying out across Africa. Here in Mali, we are supporting increased access for all youngsters, girls and young women to education and public health care via the medium of football.”Sanata Diakite, a 15-year-old girl who plays in one of Baguineda’s eight women’s clubs, is convinced that playing football has improved the quality of the education of young women in the area.“The opening of the centre now means that we can hope for a better future,” Diakite said. “We’re more aware of the realities of daily life and the importance of our true role in society. Now we’re ready to face up to what life can throw at us.”Source: Fifa.com read more
21 May 2013 South Africa’s plans for a water-secure future are in place, says Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, but will require all South Africans to play their part in conserving water. Briefing the media before her budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Molewa said South Africa was not running out of water as speculated in some media reports. “Our strategic plans are sound and geared towards a sustainable future water security, but they require that each one of us make their small contribution at every turn to guarantee a water-secure future for generations to come.” There were no immediate plans to introduce water restrictions to control the use and distribution of water resources, Molelwa said, but added that the situation was being monitored and that restrictions could be introduced if necessary.Water wastage ‘serious’ Water losses in South Africa were “indeed serious. That’s why we are calling on the nation to save water,” the minister said, adding that South Africa was losing up to 36% of its drinking water through leaking pipes, dripping taps and illegal water usage. The agricultural sector was also a big water user. A strategy to adapt, change and reduce the water usage in this sector was ready, Molewa said. According to the country’s latest census, conducted in October 2011, the number of households access to piped (tap) water in South Africa rose from 84.4% in 2001 to 91.2% in 2011. Nearly half, or 46.3%, of the country’s households have tap water inside their homes (up from 32.3% in 2001), according to census 2011, while 27.1% have tap water inside their yards (down from 29%), 11.7% have tap water on their community stand less than 200 metres from their homes (up from 10.7%), and 6.2% have to walk more than 200 metres to reach tap water on their community stand (down from 12.4%).Water infrastructure Molewa said the department was facing the twin challenge of reaching the rest of the population missing out on access to water, and that of repairing infrastructure problems. The department would focus on the functionality of municipal infrastructure and sustainable service delivery in 2013/14, because “improving the skills bases in the water sector is vital to the success of our efforts and ensuring security of supply”. During 2011/12, South Africa’s water boards had reduced the debt of municipalities to R1.3-billion. The boards generated R10.5-billion from water sales in 2011/12, paying their own operational costs and investing R2.1-billion in infrastructure development. A further R3.3-billion was now being invested. On infrastructure development, Molelwa said the Komati Water Augment Project, which provides water to Eskom’s Duva and Matla power stations, had been finished, while the De Hoop Dam in Limpopo province was nearing completion, and significant progress had been made on construction of the Spring Grove Dam in KwaZulu-Natal. In North West province, the first phase of the R1.2-billion Pilanesberg scheme was being implemented in partnership with the mines to provide a further 100 megalitres of water to local municipalities and mines. About 700 direct jobs were being created, while new mining developments would open up 6 000 indirect permanent jobs. In the Free State, Molewa said, R156-million would be spent on two new pipeline projects that would provide additional water to the Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu municipalities as well as the Mangaung (Bloemfontein) metro. In 2012/13, the department’s Adopt-a-River project, which fights the pollution of rivers, led to 24 rivers being cleaned, creating 985 jobs for women in the process. Source: SAnews.gov.za read more
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