Raiders Straight Talk: A quarter-century of memories at the Coliseum

first_imgOAKLAND — With a quarter of a century of Raiders home football coming to a conclusion Sunday, the number that comes after 252 is zero.I’ve covered 252 Raiders games at the Coliseum since 1995. There were 48 exhibition games of which I remember almost nothing, expunged immediately from my brain as being the pointless exercises they were. Five postseason games, of which the Raiders won four. And 198 regular-season games, of which the Raiders won 94 and lost 104, with No. 199 coming up Sunday …last_img

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Dawn of a Young Ceres

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The largest asteroid has a problem: she’s too young to get a date.New scientific papers are out on the Dawn mission to asteroid Ceres, named for the goddess of grain (cereal, get it?). We left off July 6 with five puzzles the planetary science team were dealing with. Now, more detail is available in a special section in Science Magazine, Sept 2. Here’s what you need to know. First, from the popular media: watch for the “surprise” factor —New studies provide unexpected insights into dwarf planet Ceres (PhysOrg): “Given the conditions on Ceres, water ice should be removed from the surface within tens of years; consequently, only a relatively recent exposure or formation of water would explain Dawn’s findings.”Ice Volcanoes and More: Dwarf Planet Ceres Continues to Surprise (Space.com): “Ahuna Mons appears to be quite young, the researchers said. Analyses of crater counts suggest that the mountain formed in the last 200 million years or so” (which would be about 1/22 the assumed age of 4.56 billion years).Ceres’ geological activity, ice revealed in new research (Science Daily): “Dawn has revealed that Ceres is a diverse world that clearly had geological activity in its recent past,” the principal investigator says.Ceres: The tiny world where volcanoes erupt ice (PhysOrg): “Ahuna is truly unique, being the only mountain of its kind on Ceres,” says David Williams of Arizona State. “It shows nothing to indicate a tectonic formation, so that led us to consider cryovolcanism as a method for its origin.”Ceres’ Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research (Astrobiology Magazine): Ahura Mons “is the only known example of a cryovolcano that potentially formed from a salty mud mix, and that formed in the geologically recent past,” said Ottaviano Ruesch of Goddard Space Flight Center.Ice not a major factor of dwarf planet Ceres’ surface features (PhysOrg): “Evidence of cryomagmatism is found in the floor-fractured craters, while Ahuna Mons and other domical features have been shown to be cryovolcanic in nature. These surface features suggest that Ceres has been geologically active at some point in its past, perhaps even its recent past.”Ceres asteroid may have an ‘ice volcano’ and other signs of water, NASA mission reveals  (Monica Grady on The Conversation):The data provides a global geological map of the asteroid showing that its entire surface appears to be covered in phyllosilicates, an important group of clay minerals. Two specific clays are identified: one that is magnesium-rich, the second an ammonium-rich species. There seems to be little or no pattern to the distribution of the two minerals – they are both almost everywhere.This ubiquity is what is important. The minerals could not have been formed in a local event, such as an impact into an ice-filled crater. They must have been produced by planet-wide alteration, presumably implying there must have been volumes of water. It is clear that enormous quantities of liquid water are not present on Ceres now. But the signal of water-ice has been detected in at least one crater.Cryovolcanism is the currently preferred model for this surface alteration, she says, so it’s not just at Ahura Mons. Grady also points out an uneven distribution of craters, recently exposed water ice, and evidence of three types of mineral flows. These are all indicative of recent events.Here’s a quick rundown on the papers in Science Magazine’s Sept 2 cover story on the Dawn mission.Dawn arrives at Ceres: Exploration of a small, volatile-rich world (Russell et al): “Exposed ice on Ceres at such mid-latitudes should become undetectable within hundreds of years, implying that Oxo has an active or recently exposed surface.”Detection of local H2O exposed at the surface of Ceres (Combe et al): “Oxo crater appears to be geologically very young (~1 million to 10 million years); it has sharp rims and its floor is almost devoid of impacts, suggesting a recent exposure of surface H2O…. Other high-albedo units and young craters observed across Ceres may be preferential locations for searching for H2O-rich materials.”Cryovolcanism on Ceres (Ruesch et al): “Both ages indicate that Ahuna Mons formed in the geologically recent past. Downslope lineations occur on young steep slopes of bodies where the regolith is immature. On asteroid Vesta, where the regolith develops at a lower rate than on Ceres, downslope lineations are erased on surfaces older than 200 to 400 million years. Thus, these features on the flanks of Ahuna Mons are consistent with the young age inferred from crater size-frequency distributions.”Distribution of phyllosilicates on the surface of Ceres (Ammannito et al): “The widespread presence of these two types of minerals is a strong indication of a global and extensive aqueous alteration—i.e., the presence of water at some point in Ceres’ geological history.”The geomorphology of Ceres (Buczkowski et al): “Before Dawn’s arrival, it was expected that most craters on Ceres would be relaxed, but instead there is a large inventory of craters with sharp walls and deep floors.”Cratering on Ceres: Implications for its crust and evolution (Hiesinger et al): “Craters are heterogeneously distributed across the surface, indicating crustal heterogeneities and a complex geologic evolution of Ceres’ crust and upper mantle, an interpretation supported by FC and VIR color data. Dating the smooth deposits around Kerwan, one of the largest and most relaxed craters on Ceres, revealed young retention ages of 550 and 720 My, indicating that at least some geologic activity took place in the recent history of Ceres.”We congratulate the excellent engineering that has brought these superb images and data to Earth. But once again, a solar system body has surprised scientists with its youth. In almost every case of first visits to a new planet, moon, asteroid or comet, observations did not match predictions. The assumption of billions of years clashes with reality of young features and unexpected youth. Even when they derive ages of tens or hundreds of millions of years, we must remember that those are but tiny fractions of the assumed age (e.g., 100 million years is 1/45th the assumed age). Ponder that; what was going on for the previous 44/45ths of the time, only to change so recently? It doesn’t make sense. When you continue to see surprised looks on the faces of secular scientists, you should ask whether their assumptions are misleading them.Congratulations also to NASA/JPL for the successful launch Sept. 8 of OSIRIS-REx, a mission to bring samples from an asteroid named Bennu back to Earth in 2023 (see Space.com). That will be a long wait because of the looping trajectory around the sun, but a historic first if all goes well. Best of luck.last_img read more

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Orange Army get the party started

first_img15 June 2010 Dutch fans are renowned for their flair off the pitch – wigs, clogs, dungarees, face-paint and flags all play a part in their arsenal. Clad from head to toe in bright orange, the Netherlands supporters ensured that Johannesburg’s Soccer City was even more orange than usual during their match against Denmark on Monday afternoon. Bianca Kalff is dressed in a wild orange outfit, with flag, wig and tights all adding to the effect. “Being a Netherlands supporter is about pride for your country, you have ‘Proudly South African’, well we are ‘Proudly Dutch’,” said Kalff. “It is more than a game for us.” “We are the greatest fans in the world,” said Kees Hommel, a Dutch fan who arrived in South Africa on Monday morning in his wooden clogs and wig. “Everywhere we go – Germany, Switzerland – people support us, because it is always a party, we are fun fans.” The Dutch fans sang and danced throughout the match, attracting the attention of other fans, who posed for photos or had a drink and a song with the Orange Army. Many Dutch fans travel the world, promoting their national fun-loving spirit wherever they go. Ernst and Ton Meyer are a father-and-son team who follow the Dutch to every major football event. “We have been all over with the team, we were in Germany for the last World Cup and now here in South Africa,” said Ernst Meyer. South African fans arrived in their droves, also sporting the bright orange kit. “It’s the party country,” said Alan-Bari Coetzer, a South African national dressed in orange overalls. “They just have a great time in the stands, and we like that.” “It’s their spirit,” said Etienne Raffner, who watched the Dutch team train at Wits University, where he studies. “They are such a great bunch of people, fun and excited about the sport, and the crazier you dress the more people like it.” However, the Dutch fans feel they may have met their match when it comes to the vuvuzela-blowing South African supporters who attend every match. “This is the best day of my life, after my daughter being born and and getting married, this game,” said Robert Willems. “The atmosphere here in Soccer City is fantastic with this African style of support with the noise.” Durban needs to get ready for the “Orange Army” invasion, as the Dutch fans prepare for their second match in five days’ time. “We are all coming to Durban,” said Kalff. “A train packed with orange people, and we hope people will join us for a party.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Cormier keeps title, dominates Oezdemir at UFC 220

first_imgCormier was awarded the title after Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight championship when he failed his latest doping test.Cormier had lived in Jones’ shadow for the last few years of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut against Oezdemir, he was worthy of the title.Cormier nearly put away Oezdemir in the first round with a choke until there was a late save by the bell. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Daniel Cormier throws a punch against Volkan Oezdemir in their Light Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPDaniel Cormier has defended his 205-pound title with a dominating performance over Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event of UFC 220.Cormier (20-1) had the Boston crowd behind him and Oezdemir (16-1) taking shots in front of him Saturday night, putting him away just 2 minutes into the second round. Cormier raised his hands in triumph as UFC President Dana White wrapped the title belt around his waist. He dropped to his knees on the canvas and said he proved he was worthy of being called champion.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma State upsets Oklahoma in OT, overcomes Trae Young’s 48 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Gilas shatters Great Wall

first_imgView comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Rizal complex saved Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Down to 10 men going into the last 32:27, the Filipinos built a commanding lead early and then bounced back from a momentary loss of focus by riding Terrence Romeo on offense and shutting down the Chinese in the final 4:20 for the first upset of the tournament.The win, carved out even with Calvin Abueva leaving with 2:27 left in the first period after head-butting Li Gen, put the Filipinos in a position to top Group B and advance to the next round outright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth period, eight of them coming in a string that had the Philippines roaring back from an 84-87 deficit to a 92-87 lead going into the final 2:02.It was a whirlwind offensive show by the 5-foot-10 Romeo, who played behind the shadow of Jayson Castro the last time this tournament was played in Changsha, where the Chinese scored a 78-67 decision to win the championship. A Gilas Pilipinas side that didn’t back down at all on Wednesday night just tilted the balance of power in the Fiba Asia Cup by bringing down defending champion China, 96-87, that put an automatic quarterfinal berth well within reach at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Defense jump-started the Philippine offense, especially in the stretch with Japeth Aguilar challenging every shot inside en route to a total of five blocks and Gabe Norwood harassing China’s best perimeter men to no end.Christian Standhardinger also made his tournament debut in a huge way, holding his own inside despite being terribly undersized. He answered the team’s call at the last moment as its naturalized player after Andray Blatche refused to make the trip for security reasons.It was a tense match, to say the least, with tempers flaring on multiple occasions and the Filipinos refusing to back down despite the size advantage the Chinese have on them on all positions.Guo Ailun rallied the Chinese from deficits of as large as 17 in the first half with a virtuoso performance in the third period, only to foul out with 4:40 left in the game.Gilas next faces Iraq at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

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