NASA Drops Racially Charged Nicknames of Celestial Bodies

first_imgFor example, “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” will no longer be used.“Nicknames are often more approachable and public-friendly than official names for cosmic objects, such as Barnard 33, whose nickname ‘the Horsehead Nebula’ invokes its appearance,” NASA said in a release last week. “But often seemingly innocuous nicknames can be harmful and detract from the science.”Additionally, NASA is examining its use of phrases for planets, galaxies and other cosmic objects “as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” NASA is apparently taking a cue from grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands which have all removed racially insensitive names in recent weeks and months.The space agency just announced it is adding celestial bodies to the list that already includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and Lady A. The space agency goes on to say that it “will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.”Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, explains, “Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”Last June, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream said it was dropping the brand “Eskimo Pie” after a century. The word is commonly used in Alaska to refer to Inuit and Yupik people, according to the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska.“This name is considered derogatory in many other places because it was given by non-Inuit people and was said to mean ‘eater of raw meat,’” the company stated at the time.“Siamese twins” is considered to be an antiquated expression for conjoined twins, based on brothers from Siam (now Thailand) who were used as sideshow freaks in the 19th century.last_img read more

Baseball legends honored at Atlanta City Hall

first_imgSeated from left to right: James Moore, Norman  F. Lumpkin and Lawrence Williams. Standing from left to right: Brian Jordan, Rubye Mims Lucas and Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian BondAtlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond on Monday honored baseball greats Norman  F. “Geronimo” Lumpkin; James “Red” Moore and Lawrence “Larry” Williams on Monday at Atlanta City Hall. All honorees were members of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Due to segregation in American sports, teams within the Negro Leagues began to form in 1867. They fell apart gradually from 1947 to 1959. In addition, Bond honored Rubye Mims Lucas, the wife of the late Bill Lucas, who was the first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball as a front-office boss; and two-sport great Brian Jordan for their contributions to the Atlanta community.Norman Fred “Geronimo” Lumpkin was born on January 15, 1919 in Atlanta in a part of the OldFourth Ward section of the city known as Buttermilk Bottom. Lumpkin got his love of baseball playing in empty lots at school and played baseball in the Negro League from 1938 to 1949 on commercial and industrial teams and played semi-pro during World War II and was picked up by the Atlanta Black Crackers.James “Red” Moore was born in Atlanta on November 18, 1916 and is recognized as one of the Negro Major League’s premier first basemen. He played for the Atlanta Black Crackers in 1935, 1938, and 1946-48. During Moore’s storied career, which was abbreviated by his military service, he played on three All-Star teams, three Second Half Championship teams and was selected to the 1938 Southern News Services All-American Negro League Baseball Team.Lawrence “Larry” Williams was born February 9, 1933 in LaGrange. Williams was hired by Buck O’Neil as a lead of hitter for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954. He once had a perfect night going four for four, with four doubles in one game. Williams has teamed up with Melvin Duncan and James Moore to educate the public about the Negro Leagues through panel discussions throughout the U.S.last_img read more

New Activity Center Planned for Holmdel Park

first_imgOstrowski noted the park system hopes to have the project ready for bid by November or December 2019. Ostrowski said the existing activity center will be torn down and the new construction will be built on the same site; it is expected to include a program room, a covered outdoor space and new restroom facilities. “Welooked into restoring the home and making all the accessibility upgrades butthe project would have been too costly. It’s more cost-effective to start freshand build something new,” Ostrowski. In 1975, the Monmouth County Park System purchased an 11.68-acre parcel next to Holmdel Park on Longstreet, near the intersection with Crawfords Corner Road. The property included a split-level house, which over the years has hosted numerous grade school classes and youth groups for general natural history lessons and nature interpretation programs. RobinOstrowski, park system principal landscape architect, said a new facility was essentialbecause the house is breaking down with age and has ADA accessibilitycompliance concerns which need to be addressed. Improvementsto ensure a safer link between the activity center and the entrance of the566-acre park and its outdoor recreational opportunities – including thehistoric and operational Longstreet Farm – are also in the works. This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Thougha budget is still being crafted to encompass the entire scope of the proposedwork, the Monmouth County Park System Board of Commissioners has recommendedthe acceptance of an $89,900 proposal by the Hamilton-based SpiezleArchitectural Group, Inc. for the preparation of plans and constructiondocuments for the project. “Wehaven’t been able to use the activity center of late for several reasons,mostly because we’ve outgrown it. We really need to build a new one,” Ostrowskisaid. HOLMDEL –A new, modern activity centerfocused on nature appreciation is coming to Holmdel Park. It will replace thebuilding on Longstreet Road that the Monmouth County Park System has been usingfor 30 years.  Asfor the site plan, Ostrowski said it is only conceptual at this point and stillneeds to be presented and reviewed by the Holmdel Township Planning Board. Thesite’s existing Long Street Road entrance and parking area will be maintainedand a vegetative buffer will be installed between the roadway and the site. Accordingto the park system’s request for proposal for architectural and engineeringservices, “the building has outlived its useful life span and is no longersuitable for public use. Utilities need replacing and Americans withDisabilities Act (ADA) access to and within the building is problematic.”last_img read more

Knights stone Leafs 3-0 Sunday in Armstrong

first_imgTwo by Sorrey powers Leafs past StormThree second-period goals, two by James Sorrey, allowed the Leafs to double Storm 4-2 Saturday in Kamloops.Dustin Reimer and Bryce Nielsen, in the third, also score for the visitors.Marcus Beesley stopped 23 shots to register the win in goal.Horswill cools the heat with OT winnerLinden Horswill scored with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime to power the Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Chase Heat Friday.Colton Schell and Seth Schmidt, on the power play, also scored for the Leafs.Nelson out shot the Heat 50-34, including 16-6 in the third period.Calvin on fire as Hawks pound BruinsDallas Calvin registered a seven-point game — three goals and four assists — to lead the Nitehawks to a 15-0 shellacking of the Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday in Fruitvale.The point explosion moves Calvin into first place in KIJHL scoring ahead of Leaf winger Colton Schell.What’s incredible about Calvin’s performance is he’s only played 31 games to Schell’s 41 and is currently riding a 12-game point streak. Offence was always going to be a concern for the Nelson Leafs after rookie sensation Colton McCarthy left to join Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League in early December.For some reason McCarthy brought out the best in his teammates, and really helped power the offence.It was the offence that struggled Sunday afternoon in Armstrong as the North Okanagan Knight knocked off the Leafs 3-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Nor-Val Centre.The loss ended the Leafs five-game road streak on a sour note and leaves Nelson in a tie for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson finished the road swing 3-2.Meanwhile Castlegar won its fifth straight Saturday 3-0 against Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The win allowed the Rebels to sweep the two-game, home-and-home series.Steve Pantazopoulos score the only goal necessary for the Knights during the first period to give the home side a 1-0 lead through two periods.In the third Mac Ferner and affiliate player Curtis Sexsmith beat Brett Soles in the Nelson nets to secure the win.Austin Buzzell stopped 25 shots to rack up the shutout.North Okanagan now leads the by three points over Sicamous Eagles.last_img read more

Bombers fly off to amazing start on Senior Girl’s Basketball circuit

first_img According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, the Bombers were quick out of the gate and set the tone early leading 17-3 after 10 minutes and 30-9 at recess.Leading scores were Ansleigh Dergousoff with 18 points, Allie Zondervan with 15 and Naomi Perkins with 14.  Roxanne Baker chipped in with six points and played great defensively. The Bombers defeated Mount Sentinel Wildcats, host J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and Boundary Central of Midway en route to the tournament title.LVR opened the season Thursday in Castlegar by thumping the Rockers 64-34 in West Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s action. LVR then blasted Mount Sentinel 66-34 behind the 19-point performance of Perkins. Dergousoff had 17 points and Nielsen 14. Friday at the Crowe Cage Bowl, the Bombers held off a late charge by the host club to down the Hawks 62-42.Ansleigh Dergousoff led the Bombers with 19 points while Sian Nielsen had 14, Roxanne Baker 10 and Naomi Perkins nine.center_img The Bombers then pounded Boundary Central 61-15 before concluding with a 60-14 win over Stanley Humphries Rockers.Allie Zondervan had 17 and Roxanne Baker 11 to lead the Bombers against Boundary Central. Grade 9 Camryn Parnell added nine points.Against the Rockers, Perkins scored 16, Nielsen 14 and Camryn Parnell seven. What better way to start a new season that with a win — and a tournament championship, no less.The L.V. Rogers Senior Girls Basketball team has a successful start to their season by winning its first five games, including capturing the Crowe Cage Bowl Tournament Saturday in Trail.last_img read more

Park: Money’s not important – I want to help QPR reach next level

first_imgQPR’s new signing Park Ji-sung says he was convinced to leave Manchester United by Rangers’ desire to “get to the next level”.See also: Fernandes: Park signing will change perception of QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

NFL denies Burfict’s appeal — Raiders linebacker will miss the season

first_imgThe hearing, according to ESPN’s … ALAMEDA — The NFL upheld a season-long suspension of middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict Wednesday despite efforts by the Raiders to have it reduced at an appeals hearing.Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA, has upheld the suspension of Vontaze Burfict. Burfict is suspended for the remainder of the season. The original announcement: pic.twitter.com/Hs7zeNWETs— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) October 9, 2019last_img

Comparing input price changes during multiple year crop price declines

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop input prices are a topic of considerable discussion. Here is another perspective by comparing changes in input prices during the three multiple year price decline periods that have occurred since 1970. The current period has notably larger declines in fuel and fertilizer prices; similar changes in seed, chemical, and machinery prices; and a notably larger increase in rent. The latter underscores the need to renegotiate rents. It also raises a question, “If farmers, by not aggressively negotiating lower rents, are indicating financial stress is less than it appears?”Three multiple year declines in crop revenue and price have occurred since 1970. The index of prices received by U.S. farms for all crops peaked in calendar years 1981, 1996, and 2012 before declining for multiple years. The index bottomed in 1986 and 2000. Calendar year 2016 may or may not be the bottom of the current decline. The crop price index is used because no similar index exists for revenue. Also used in this study is the index of prices paid by U.S. farms for six input categories — ag services and rents, chemicals, fertilizer, fuels, machinery, and seed. Percent change in these indices is calculated relative to the average value for the three years ending in the peak year. A three-year average smooths the influence of individual years and reflects that changes in input prices generally lag changes in output prices. The price data are from QuickStats (US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service). Crop pricesThe index of all crop prices received declined by 13% from 1981 to 1986 to 17% from 1996 through 2000. The current decline is at 13%. Thus, the current decline is not abnormally large or small relative to prior multiple year declines, although this observation could change as more time passes.Input pricesPrice behavior of the six individual input categories differs across the decline periods (see Figure 2). Price of fuels varies the most. It increased 38% from 1994-1996 to 2000 but has dropped 41% in the current period. This variation reflects that the crop sector is a relatively small component of the demand for fuels. Price of fertilizer decreased in each period, but its decline is notably larger in the current period. In contrast, chemical, seed, and machinery prices increased in each period, with the percent increases similar for the two most recent periods. The ag services and rent price index is up 20% in the current period compared with a 5% increase from 1979-81 to 1986 and a 1% decline from 1994-96 to 2000. A price index for rent alone is available since 1990. It declined by 6% from 1994-96 to 2000, but has increased 24% since 2010-12. Because price change varies by input category, behavior of a composite index of crop sector inputs was also examined. Such an index is also first available for 1990. Despite the variation among the individual inputs, the composite index has increased by a similar 8% and 9% for 1994-96 to 2000 and 2010-12 to 2016, respectively.Comparison with a stable crop price periodIn assessing Figure 2, a question arises of how input prices have changed during a stable period of crop prices. This period was identified by starting with the 2005 calendar year, which predates the price increases that began during the 2006 crop year. The earliest year with the same all crop price received index is 1984. Compared with the 1984-2005 period, the only input whose price is increasing faster during the current period is ag services and rent (see Figure 3). This observation implies that, as a group, input prices are increasing less rapidly during the current period of crop price decline than during a stable period of crop prices. However, it is also consistent with the previous discussion of larger increases in rent during the current decline period.Summary observationsThe current multiple-year decline period is characterized by a notably larger decline in fuel and fertilizer prices than during the multiple year declines of the early 1980s and late 1990s.Fertilizer is the input that most consistently adjusts downward with declines in crop prices. This feature works to the advantage of corn since it is the most fertilizer intensive U.S. field crop.Chemical, seed, and machinery prices are behaving similar to earlier multiple-year decline periods.Rental rates have increased notably more during the current period than during the earlier periods.This finding lifts up the need to understand why rental rates have behaved differently in the current period of crop revenue and price declines. For example, have farmers used the relatively large savings from lower fuel and fertilizer prices to maintain land rental rates?This finding underscores the need to understand how financial stress varies by share of farmland rented?This finding nevertheless underscores the need to focus on rental rates in future cost adjustments.Since farmers negotiate rent, rental rates raise a question of whether financial stress among farmers is less than it appears to be?Critics would rephrase the last question more pointedly as, “Since farmers negotiate rent, rental rates raise a question of how much financial stress are farmland renters inflicting on themselves?”A managerial lesson from the current period of crop price declines is the need to create and adopt crop leases that are more responsive to market conditions and thus share farm gains and losses more appropriately between farmers and farmland owners.The answers to these questions are important for policy deliberations. In particular, should society intervene with additional assistance beyond that already being provided, if, as is the common storyline, that the purpose of farm programs is to largely benefit farmers not owners of land?last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 27, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry, cool weather helped corn harvest and field work continue at a slow pace, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.8 days available for field work for the week ending November 26, 2017. Producers were able to enter fields when the soil dried enough late in the week or when the temperature fell below freezing. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent. Winter wheat seedings are almost fully emerged and the condition remains 88 percent good to excellent.Click here for the full reportlast_img

Soccer Players Launch Social Media Boycott Over Disgusting Racial

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms. “My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch,” Deeney said. “Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it. “Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income,” Smalling said. “Football has a problem with racism,” England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said. “I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career.” After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, Rose said he couldn’t wait for his career to end to escape racism in football. The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words “Enough. Make a stand against racism.” Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse,” Rose said. Twitter said earlier this week that it uses “proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content” but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action. Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. “I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.” Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club’s Champions League exit at Barcelona. Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. “While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. “I’ve heard it in the stands and I’ve seen it online. We all have. That’s why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game.” “On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.” “Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won’t stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough,” Arsenal and England women’s team forward Danielle Carter said. “We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions.” read more