The only thing Michael Jordan loves more than basketball and money is golf—family notwithstanding, of course. What Jordan likes better than golf is fast golf.So, to satisfy that itch, Jordan is planning on building his own golf course in Florida, according to Sports Illustrated.The rub? He will hand-pick its members. And they, no doubt, will be players who do not waste a lot of time between shots.“Michael likes to play fast and he can’t stand it when people won’t let him through,” a golf-industry insider told SI. This person reportedly knows Jordan and has spoken with several members at Bear’s Club, where Jordan is a member. “That happens enough out there that he’s gotten fed up.”According to the same source, who requested anonymity, Jordan has secured the option on a plot of land in nearby Hobe Sound, just south of the luxe Medalist Golf Club, where Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler are among its members.One impediment might be the soil where Jordan wants to lay his new sod. According to sources SI spoke to, it’s quite sandy and would be tough to build on.The other interesting news out of this is that Jordan plays golf faster than most anyone. He’d like a round that should take about 4 ½ hours to take less than three hours.“He just steps up, hits, chews your ear off with smack talk and off he goes,” said a source that has played with Jordan. “If he knows the guys he’s with, he will not even wait. He’ll drive up to the green as you’re back in the fairway hitting. And if it’s up to him, his foursome will finish in two hours and 40 minutes.”Presumably, Jordan would institute a dress code that is less stringent than most private golf clubs. After all, Jordan showed up at La Gorce Country Club in Miami two years ago wearing cargo shorts, which was against the dress code at the facility.Apparently no one noticed until he played a few holes of his round. On the 12th hole, Jordan was approached by club personnel who asked that he return to the clubhouse and change his pants.Jordan refused. He was then was asked to leave the course at that point and to never return to the club. With his own place, Jordan would have no such concerns.
The House and Senate Armed Services committees’ 54-year streak of advancing an annual defense policy that was signed into law is impressive, but it should not be taken as a guarantee that this year’s defense authorization bill can overcome a shortened calendar and a White House veto threat.So far the chairmen and ranking members of the committees have indicated the measure will be enacted again this year. But the prospect that they don’t reach agreement on a compromise until after the November elections adds a measure of uncertainty, they have acknowledged.“With so much volatility in our politics and in the world, I don’t know of anybody that’s smart enough to think through various scenarios of what may happen in the lame duck,” House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told CQ.His Senate counterpart, John McCain (R-Ariz.), similarly pointed to timing as a key to success in enacting the legislation.“Is it before or after the election that we get all this done, particularly if you get a presidential veto, which has already been threatened?” he said.Committee leaders are aiming to complete a conference report during the short amount of time available after lawmakers return to Washington following Labor Day and before they recess at the outset of October through the elections. Their staffs will continue to work through many of the less contentious differences throughout July and August when Congress is on recess.But some of the differences will be more difficult to bridge, such as how much they allocate for the Pentagon’s base budget vs. its war fund. The House bill uses $18 billion from the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to fund base budget items not requested by the Obama administration. The Senate version does not rely on the OCO account, but McCain has repeatedly said the military needs more funding to restore shortfalls in readiness.On Wednesday, Adam Smith (Wash.), the senior Democrat on House Armed Services, said he believed the two sides would be able to reach a middle ground over topline spending, which could lead to a final agreement.“I think we will fix the number, one way or the other,” Smith said.Another divisive issue will be the differences in reforms to the Pentagon bureaucracy and its management of acquisitions proposed in the two versions.For now, committee leaders are confident they will be able to strike a deal as they have in the past, according to the story.“The fact is, Chairman Thornberry, Congressman Smith and Senator Reed and I all get along very well and I’m confident those issues will be resolved and we will come up with the bill,” McCain said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) endorsed Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist Tuesday to become the next permanent deputy defense secretary, according to CQ.“I’m very strongly in support of Norquist,” Inhofe told the outlet. “I’ve had a chance to talk to the president about Norquist,” he said.Norquist became acting deputy defense secretary in late 2018 after Defense Secretary James Mattis retired, which advanced then-deputy secretary Shanahan into taking over top DOD role.Inhofe described Norquist as “one of the most knowledgeable people around.”Norquist, DOD’s comptroller, guided the agency through its first thorough audit which was completed in November. More than 1,000 auditors examined DOD’s more than $2 trillion in assets and though the audit technically failed, it was hailed as a major victory on the Hill by lawmakers who first required an audit decades ago.Norquist will testify before the House Armed Services Committee Thursday on DOD’s reforms of its financial practices and its efforts to pass an audit.DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber Smith ADC AUTHOR
READING, MA — This spring, Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) held its second annual public power themed student art contest for high school students from Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and areas of Lynnfield served by RMLD.On May 2, RMLD honored participating students at an awards ceremony held at its office in Reading. Awards were presented by Coleen O’Brien, General Manager, and Phil Pacino, a member of RMLD’s Board of Commissioners.Students were asked to focus their artwork on specific topics related to public power including: conservation during peak demand times (Shred the Peak); community solar (Solar Choice); and public power within the community. Five winners were selected based on the creativity of the artwork and the message that was portrayed.The following students were recognized at the awards ceremony:Megan Coram, Grade 11, Reading Memorial High School, received the Environmental Inspiration Award for her piece titled Growing a Sustainable Future. Megan’s art was also selected to be featured on the cover of RMLD’s annual report.Laura Buscemi, Grade 10, North Reading High School, received the Community Inspiration Award for her piece titled The Foundation of Conservation.Jesse Ding, Grade 9, Wilmington High School, received the Global Inspiration Award for her piece titled Community Power.Yuzhe Tian, Grade 9, St. John’s Prep, Reading, received the Holistic Award for his piece titled Harmonious Relationship.Julianna Connor, Grade 10, North Reading High School, received the Clever Award for her piece titled Shave the Peak.Each of the five winners was awarded a $75 Staples gift card, and all other participants were given an honorable mention to thank them for their creativity and for submitting their original artwork. All participating students received a certificate for ten hours of community service for taking part in the contest.RMLD’s Board of Commissioners later voted on which of the winning artwork would be featured on the cover of RMLD’s upcoming Annual Report, selecting Megan Coram of Reading. Megan was awarded an additional $25 gift card.Entries will be displayed in the lobby at RMLD’s office through the summer, and may be viewed on our website at http://www.rmld.com/community-relations/slideshows/high-school-student-art-contest-2018-results.Thanks to all who participated in RMLD’s High School Student Art Contest!(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Bonaccorsi Wins Award In RMLD Summer Art ContestIn “Education”PHOTOS: RMLD Honors West & North Students Following Annual Art ContestIn “Photo of the Day”PHOTOS: RMLD Recognizes West & North Students Following Annual Art ContestIn “Photo of the Day”
Review • Proof a $30 security camera can be totally awesome The Wyze Sense kit includes a bridge, a motion sensor and two contact sensors. A Wyze Cam is required but not included. Wyze Labs I haven’t written about Wyze Labs for a while, because the company hasn’t introduced a new product for a while. You might remember the awesome $20 Wyze Cam from 2017 and even better $30 Wyze Cam Pan from 2018. (Both were among my “top cheap products” of their respective years.) So, what’s up next for Wyze? We just found out: The Wyze Sense is a security kit that adds contact and motion sensors to either Wyze Cam model. Price: $20. Yep, $20. Available for preorder now (via the Wyze app, meaning you need to already have a Wyze Cam), the Sense consists of four components: the bridge, which plugs into the back of the camera (so that’s what that USB port is for), two contact sensors and one motion sensor. The contact sensors are designed for things like doors and windows — basically anything that can be opened or closed. When either activity occurs, the sensor will trigger the Wyze Cam to start recording, or just send an alert to your phone. The motion sensor can do likewise. What’s more, if a door or something is left open for a specific length of time, the sensor can notify you of that as well. See it The Cheapskate The bridge, which can manage up to 100 sensors, is powered by the Wyze Cam; the sensors run on replaceable button-cell batteries, each good for about 12 months, according to Wyze. The kits are due to ship in May, and preorders are available only until April 10. After that, you’ll have to wait until they officially go on sale (also in May). There’s more to come from Wyze this year: a smart bulb due this summer and Sense expansion kits. In the meantime, I’ll be test-driving the Sense pretty soon, so stay tuned for some hands-on coverage. On paper, it looks like an excellent — and crazy-affordable — way to add security sensors to your Wyze Cam setup. Read more: The best home security devices for 2019 2:46 Security cameras with facial recognition tech inside Mentioned Above Wyze Cam Pan Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Landlords are making apartments into smart homes, whether… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags 9 Photos Wyze Cam Pan 15 Comments Share your voice Smart Home Security $37 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Now playing: Watch this:
Executive director of the UN World Food Programme David Beasley speaks to local authorities during a visit to Havana, Cuba, 16 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe World Food Program (WFP) appealed on Sunday for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.Since 25 August, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in majority Buddhist Myanmar, overwhelming aid agencies in neighbouring Bangladesh.”The bottom line? This is a deplorable situation. This is as bad as it gets. We need 75 million for the next six months,” David Beasley, WFP executive director, told reporters after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh near the Myanmar border.”I say we can end world hunger with a few billion dollars. I tell donors, if you can’t give us the money, stop the wars,” added Beasley, whose UN agency is the main humanitarian organisation battling hunger worldwide.The United Nations is currently seeking 200 million dollars from donors to help tackle the crisis among the Rohingya Muslims.
A suspected cattle lifter died in a mob attack in Sadipur area of Sadar upazila in Faridpur early Sunday.The deceased is Moti Sheikh, 29, resident of Bilmamudpur village of the upazila. Witnesses said a group of cattle lifters entered the village along with a truck after Saturday midnight for stealing cows.Sensing their presence, local people chased them and caught Moti Sheikh while the others managed to flee.The villagers then beat him mercilessly leaving him severely injured.Moti Sheikh was then rushed to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Agitated locals also torched the truck of the cattle lifters.Faridpur Kotwali police station sub inspector Nazrul Islam confirmed the incident.
Prime Minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the media to perform their social responsibilities alongside their business to help build a good society.”Alongside considering their own profits, the mass media have a responsibility to society. The social responsibility is the most important thing as people watch and hear television and radio programmes for entertainment. So, it’s essential to focus on the matters of learning which will build society and develop people,” she said.The prime minister made the call when directors of the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) met her at the Prime Minister’s Office in the city.Sheikh Hasina said TV viewers are now growing due to the improvement of the socio-economic status of the country’s people.ATCO chairman Salman F Rahman, its director Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, and senior vice chairmen Mozammel Babu and Nazmul Hasan represented the ATCO delegation.Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the ATCO leaders discussed the Digital Security Act 2018 and expressed their support in favour of the recently passed law.The ATCO leaders also stressed the need for bringing the online media, particularly the online newspapers and portals, under accountability, he said.Information minister Hasanul Has Inu and state minister for information Tarana Halim were present.
This picture taken on 4 April, 2019 shows a forest fire raging near a town in Goseong. A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on 5 April, as authorities declared a rare national disaster, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. Photo: AFPA giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea Friday, as authorities declared a rare national disaster, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control.Apocalyptic images on television and social media showed walls of flame lighting up the night, buildings ablaze, and clouds of smoke billowing across hillsides during the day.The fire broke out late Thursday alongside a road in the town of Goseong, in the far northeast of the country and only around 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the border with the nuclear-armed North.Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, according to the government.Nearly 4,200 people were evacuated and one person died, authorities said, while 35 were injured.South Korean president Moon Jae-in visited the areas in Gangwon province most affected by the blaze, meeting with residents who were forced to leave their homes.Moon and his staff wore yellow jackets, which symbolise situations of national emergency.The president’s approval rating hit a record low of 41 percent Friday over concerns about the economy.He visited an elementary school in Goseong where evacuees were staying, and Jangcheon village, where many residential houses are reported to have burnt down.”I hope you take extra care of displaced victims who — after having lost their homes in an instant — may now find time to catch their breath,” Moon told fire officials.A firefighting helicopter helps to put out a forest fire in Sokcho on 5 April, 2019. Photo: AFPThe National Fire Agency said more than 870 fire engines and some 10,000 emergency personnel were dispatched to fight the blaze.The military sent 32 helicopters, along with fire engines of its own and 16,500 soldiers, to help.”Fortunately, the main fire has been brought under control,” provincial governor Choi Moon-soon said in a radio interview with TV channel YTN, but added that others were still burning.The central government declared a state of national disaster, entitling affected areas to special assistance including goods and equipment, and banning entry to dangerous zones.The last time Seoul made such a declaration was in 2007, when a crude oil carrier leaked thousands of tonnes of oil into the sea off the west coast.Moon told officials to liaise with North Korean authorities if the fire approaches the border, the presidential office said.
Share The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office said a piece of jewelry that once belonged to famed Houstonian Ima Hogg has gone missing.The pearl and diamond brooch was on display at the Varner Hogg Plantation state historic site and was taken sometime between Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. and this morning, July 19.The brooch has significant historic value and is partially constructed from black carbon that came from the famous Spindletop oil gusher in Beaumont.Ima Hogg was former Texas Governor Varner Hogg’s daughter and an avid art collector. She donated hundreds of works to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, including her furnishings and former home Bayou Bend.
Explore further The wrecked fishing ship was discovered six miles from the coast of Grado, Italy and dates to second century AD. It was discovered in 1986 and brought up in pieces in 1999. It is currently located in the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Grado. The ship was 16.5 meters long and was carrying small containers filled with processed fish.The find that has stumped archaeologists until now was a lead pipe at the stern of the ship that went into a hole in the hull. The remaining piece of pipe is 1.3 meters long and between seven and 10 centimeters in diameter. They now believe the pipe was connected to a piston pump that was hand-operated. Archaeologists have seen such technology from the Romans but never on a ship. They have not, however, recovered a pump from the wreck.It was originally believed that this pump could have been used to collect bilge water from the bottom of the ship or used to pump sea water into the boat for cleaning or fighting fires. However, Carlo Beltrame, a marine archaeologist from Ca’ Foscari University, believes that chain pumps would have been used for the bilge water and that this ship was not large enough to need a system like that for cleaning or fires.While they have not yet located a tank, they have calculated that the ship could have held one with about 4 cubic meters of water. The pump would have allowed it to pump and replace the water every 16 minutes, keeping it well oxygenated for fish transport.This find would completely change what historians had believed to be true for the fishing market in Roman times. This opens up the possibility that they were transporting and marketing fish beyond their local market far earlier than previously thought. Ship Excavation Sheds Light on Napoleon’s Attack on the Holy Land Image credit: S. Parizzi/[i]International Journal of Nautical Archaeology[/i] (PhysOrg.com) — A new report published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology shows that Roman fishing ships may have used a pumping system to supply oxygenated water to an onboard fish tank. Due to a lack of refrigeration, historians have long assumed that Roman ships caught fish and delivered it locally before the fish rotted, but this new discovery would have enabled them to keep the fish alive and transport them to buyers throughout the Mediterranean. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: A Presumed Hydraulic Apparatus for the Transport of Live Fish, Found on the Roman Wreck at Grado, Italy, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-9270.2011.00317.xAbstractThe Roman wreck found off Grado, not far from the city of Aquileia in the north Adriatic Sea, was recovered in 1999. The ship carried various kinds of amphoras with processed fish. A lead pipe, inserted in the hull near the keel, is curious evidence which the authors try to explain. The pipe could be connected to a piston-pump to suck water. A theoretical reconstruction demonstrates how this apparatus could work and that it could be used to feed a tank to allow trading in live fish over a long distance. Citation: Roman ship carried live fish in tank (2011, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-roman-ship-fish-tank.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Research sparks record-breaking solar cell performances In addition to breaking records, another thing these two types of solar panels have in common is that they’re both made of gallium arsenide (GaAs) instead of the more conventional silicon. Although GaAs is more expensive than silicon, it’s much better at absorbing sunlight. To keep costs down, both companies have developed designs that use minimal amounts of the material. Alta has developed a manufacturing technique that fabricates solar cells about 1 micron thick, which is a fraction of the thickness of other GaAs solar cells. For comparison, the company notes that a human hair is approximately 40 microns thick. In addition to being extremely thin, the solar cells are also flexible, offering the potential to be integrated into roof and building materials, transportation products, and other devices. Last summer, Alta demonstrated that one of these solar cells could achieve an efficiency of 27.6% (some efficiency is lost when multiple cells are wired together and assembled into an entire solar panel).Alta’s goal is to make solar panels that are cost-competitive with fossil fuels, and to do so without government subsidies. The company is pursuing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot initiative, which aims to bring solar-generated electricity down to six cents per kilowatt-hour by the end of the decade, making it competitive with coal and natural gas. The DOE predicts that, if this goal is met, solar panels would account for 15-18% of US electricity generation by 2030, up from less than 1% today.As for Semprius’ strategy, the company’s concentrated solar panels consist of thousands of GaAs microcells the size of a pencil point that Semprius claims are the world’s smallest solar cells. The microcells are robotically stamped onto a substrate using a specialized micro-transfer printing process. The panels contain three layers of the microcells, each modified to convert a different part of the solar spectrum into electricity. Semprius’ 33.9% efficiency, which was verified by third parties, smashes the previous record of 32.0% for high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar panels. Further, the panel is not a prototype, but is intended for commercial use. Semprius plans to open a factory in Henderson, North Carolina, this summer and to start manufacturing commercial solar panels later this year. Like Alta, the company also predicts it can eventually generate electricity at a cost competitive with fossil fuels, also without government subsidies. Image credit: Semprius © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Alta Devices (press release), Semprius (press release)via: IEEE Spectrum, Technology Review Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Although Alta Devices and Semprius make different types of solar panels, both start-ups have been breaking records in the past few days. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Alta Devices announced that its solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 23.5%, which has been verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the highest solar panel efficiency to date. And Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, has announced that its concentrated solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 33.9%. Unlike traditional solar panels, concentrated solar panels use lenses to concentrate sunlight at intensities of up to 1,000 suns. Citation: Solar start-ups set new efficiency records (2012, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-solar-start-ups-efficiency.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
More information: Aidan M. C. Couzens et al. Rapid Pliocene adaptive radiation of modern kangaroos, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aas8788 A pair of researchers at Flinders University has found evidence that suggests modern kangaroos diversified due to grassland expansion, not drying during the Miocene, as previous studies have shown. In their paper published in the journal Science, Aidan Couzens and Gavin Prideaux describe their study of marsupial tooth specimens that date back 25 million years and what they found. P. David Polly with Indiana University wrote a Perspective piece on the work done by the pair in the same journal issue. Explore further Citation: A new take on kangaroo evolution (2018, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-kangaroo-evolution.html © 2018 Phys.org Most primitive kangaroo ancestor rediscovered after 30 years in obscurity Journal information: Science The kangaroo is among the most recognizable animals in the world. It is also unique to Australia and New Guinea, having evolved its unique characteristics in relative isolation. The researchers note that prior studies have shown (using molecular studies) that kangaroos diversified in response to a more arid environment during the Miocene. In this new effort, they offer evidence refuting such findings and suggest diversification came about as a result of grassland expansion during the Pliocene. They have come to this conclusion by studying approximately 1600 marsupial tooth samples ranging from 25 million years ago to today.Prior research has suggested that kangaroo ancestors were tree-dwelling animals who came to live on the ground approximately 20 million years ago. Some of those ancestors grew to become giants weighing over 250 kilograms. Others hung around and eventually evolved to become the creatures we see today. It is still not known why they started hopping.Polly notes that tooth crown size can be used as an effective means of establishing diet—animals that eat rough vegetation need longer teeth to survive. Couzens and Prideaux have used that knowledge to trace the history of marsupial lineage in Australia. By looking at the size of the tooth crown for kangaroo ancestors, they were able to determine what the animals ate. In so doing, they observed that kangaroos had short teeth throughout the Miocene—such teeth are useful for eating tree leaves and shrubs. But they evolved to have teeth with higher crowns, suggesting they had switched to eating tough grasses. But the expansion of tough grasses in Australia did not happen until the beginning of the Pliocene. This suggests that higher crowns evolved approximately 3 to 4 million years ago, not 5 to 12 million years ago as has been believed. Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.