first_imgThe Olympic Council of Asia, which governs the games, reportedly balked at including bridge, which in the eyes of some is linked with card games such as poker, black jack — and hence, gambling.To be fair, bridge would be as out of place in a casino as bullfighting in Bhutan.The auditoriums set up for bridge are hushed, dotted with dozens of card tables with four players at each. At one session, curious photographers were given access for just five minutes, and then ushered away. Fans can watch the hands that are dealt — and how they are played — on large television screens filled with the red and black symbols for spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.“The photographers really wouldn’t matter because the top players zone out these distractions,” Aaida Abu-Jaber, a player from Jordan told The Associated Press. “They are in their zone and focused and they don’t know what’s happening around them. They are just looking at their cards and thinking.”Abu-Jaber called it “athletics of the mind, rather than the body.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Aug. 21, 2018, photo, spectators watch bridge match on a screen at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. The card game of bridge is being included for the first time in the Asian Games. At least two players are over 80. The main promoter of the sport at the games is 78-year-old Indonesian billionaire Michael Bambang Hartono. He is also playing. One player likened bridge to being the “athletics of the mind.” (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)JAKARTA, Indonesia — What’s left of Finton Lewis’ thinning hair is spiked and dyed an orange-red color.The 64-year-old Lewis says the haircut keeps him feeling younger on the outside, and playing the card game of bridge keeps his brain nimble on the inside.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There’s no age limit, and no language barrier. Abu-Jaber said she’s played against dozens of nationalities — on-line and in-person. The game has a universal language everyone understands, driven by English-rooted words like “no trump, slam, pass”and so forth.“You can play with anybody, even if you can’t understand their language and they can’t understand yours,” she said.Though age is no problem, attracting a younger generation is.Asadullah Khan, who is playing for Pakistan, joked that many of the players have “no hair and protruding bellies. Most of us are smokers and losing our cognitive skills.”For the record, 54-year-old Khan has all his hair — gray hair and a gray mustache.“It’s going to be an extinct game if the younger generation doesn’t take it up,” he said. “The younger people are not enthusiastic about bridge, not excited about it unless it runs in the family.”Khan said attracting younger players might be easy since bridge offers sedentary thrills, perhaps like computer games.He argued that “defending a (card) hand well or making a special play” was just as exciting as serving an ace in tennis.He even pushed for inclusion in the Olympics, which seems unlikely.“It surely should be in the Olympics,” Khan said. “Getting exposure like this helps.” MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I know I’m not as physically fit as most sports people are,” said Lewis, who is playing for India in the bridge competition at the Asian Games.Being fit doesn’t matter much in bridge, which is being included for the first time in the Asian Games. 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first_imgImagine a traveling shoe salesman picking up the phone in the Super 8 Motel in Pocatello. It’s the wife calling after she has read the sports page. “Why don’t you fly home every night to be with me, like Phil Mickelson?” PACIFIC PALISADES – Phil Mickelson plans to commute from San Diego by private plane during the Nissan Open so he can spend every night with his family. Mickelson might be the most popular golfer on the pro tour. But he is inviting the resentment of husbands who look forward to their own business trips as little breaks from the wife and kids. “Because I don’t make $47million a year like Phil Mickelson.” “That’s the next thing I was going to complain about.” Mickelson is a traveling shoe salesman, too, in a manner of speaking. He endorses the Callaway ERC Collection. The difference is his meetings happen at places like Riviera Country Club, where the 81st Nissan Open begins at 7 a.m. and runs through Sunday. His rent-a-car is a private jet. Even among the mega-rich at the top of the PGA Tour standings, the 36-year-old known as Lefty is a little different. He sets his own vector. center_img The latest example is what he’s doing this week. A 110-mile commute from Rancho Santa Fe to Pacific Palisades, with takeoffs and landings at the small airports in Carlsbad and Santa Monica. “It feels great,” Mickelson said of this week’s commute as he stood beside the Riviera driving range before the pro-am Wednesday. “Sometimes I’ll do this, where I’ll fly up to maybe Cypress to play a round of golf for a day. It has that feel of just being exciting to go play a great golf course. “And it’s not a very long commute. And it gives me a chance to practice at home on some of my drills at the facilities that I’m used to working on.” And to be with Amy. And to tuck in Amanda, Sophia and Evan. Mickelson said he’ll take off each morning “about two hours before I tee off … It’s only about an hour door-to-door.” Maybe a little more than an hour. Forty minutes in the air, 15 minutes or so on the road on either end, according to Mickelson spokesman T.R. Reinmen. If this seems like a lot of trouble, it isn’t. Mickelson could get home faster than those who have to drive on Sunset Boulevard and the 405. “If I had a plane, I’d probably do it too,” said Charley Hoffman, the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner who also is a San Diegan – but trails Mickelson in Tour career earnings $40.5 million to $2.1million. Look at it this way: Mickelson, who never met a fairway bunker he wouldn’t try to fly over, feels the same way about Orange County. The only surprise is that he isn’t flying the Gulfstream II jet he owns and pilots; it’s too big for such a short hop. Phil is renting a Cessna Citation and a pilot for the week. You can do this when, according to Forbes magazine, you earned $47 million between mid-2005 and mid-2006, a stretch that included PGA Championship and Masters triumphs and the second-place, come-from-ahead, “I’m such an idiot” U.S. Open. That income ranks Mickelson fourth in sports behind Tiger Woods ($90 million), Michael Schumacher and Muhammad Ali. Does his jet-setter’s commute mean Mickelson is less committed to the Nissan Open than an opponent who returns to a Brentwood hotel each night and broods about the day’s missed birdie putts? Maybe so, but that assumes that most of his opponents actually go straight back to the hotel and turn in early. What Mickelson is doing has to be better for his game than a night on the town. Mickelson’s decision to take a break from competition between September and January doesn’t look so bad. He has no team to answer to, only sponsors. He looks and sounds focused. Slimmed down from last season, Mickelson started 2007 slowly, failing to crack the top40 in his first threetournaments, before going 20-under par to dominate last week at Pebble Beach. It was his 30th Tour win, tied for 16th all-time (next on the ladder with 31 are Nissan winners “Lighthorse” Harry Cooper and Jimmy Demaret). Mickelson was a last-minute entrant at Riviera, where he hasn’t played since 2001 and hasn’t done better that a tie for 15th. He’s hoping to keep his Pebble Beach momentum. “I felt like I started to play better, even though the results weren’t showing it in Phoenix (where he missed the cut),” Mickelson said. “I wanted to get a couple of more good tournaments under my belt before we started the Masters push back on the East Coast. … What better place to test yourself off the tee than here at Riviera?” It’s almost like being at home. In fact, with that plane, it’s exactly like being at home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Forget Jurassic Park; DNA cannot last anywhere near 65 million years, researchers say.Using bone fragments from extinct Moa birds that died between 600 and 8,000 years ago, researchers from Denmark and Australia calculated a half-life of 521 years for DNA in fossils.  While slower than earlier estimates, this rate of decay would put an upper limit of 6.8 million years for the last trace of DNA, by which time all bonds would be broken.  The finding was reported by Nature News, Live Science, New Scientist and PhysOrg, which said:This figure is incompatible with the idea of finding intact DNA in an 80 million year old dinosaur remnant, as was famously alluded to in the Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park, but is much older than the currently accepted record of 450,000 to 800,000-year-old DNA from Greenlandic ice cores.Some scientists are holding out the possibility that DNA could last a little longer under different conditions, say, in caves or permafrost.  “The calculations in the latest study were quite straightforward, but many questions remain,” Nature News said.  The oldest DNA claimed is from Greenland ice cores said to date back 800,000 years.Here’s a project for creation scientists: look for intact DNA in dinosaur bone.  It would militate against the idea that the bones are 65 million years old or older.  What impact would this have on the scientific community?  Unfortunately, probably none.  Creation scientists have found traces of carbon 14 in diamond and coal, even more impossible in the evolutionary timeline, and evolutionists totally ignored it.  This disorder, known as cognitive dissonance, is epidemic in the Darwin Party.  Outsiders, though, often take great interest and understand the implications, especially if it revives their hopes to go to Jurassic Park some day.  (That notion will have to be quelled with other considerations.)last_img read more

first_imgNew Cellulose Manufacturer Set for a 2018 LaunchHow to Install Cellulose InsulationCellulose InsulationFiberglass versus CelluloseBlown Insulation for Attics: Fiberglass vs. Cellulose RELATED ARTICLES UltraCell’s new celluloseAs UltraCell explains on its website, producers of cellulose insulation typically use recycled newspaper and other forms of paper as raw materials. Fire retardants are mixed in as dry chemicals, a process that leaves the insulation vulnerable to contamination from foreign material in the shredded paper, and makes for a dusty product when installed.UltraCell promotes two changes to the process. First, it uses recycled corrugated cardboard and other clean fibers as the feedstock. That would make the insulation “extraordinarily clean and robust,” the company said. Second, instead of mixing dry fire retardants into shredded fiber, a new “wet” process along with a fire retardant blend it calls “Celluborate” results in reduced dust and the potential for higher R-values.The innovations would make UltraCell’s cellulose an “industry changing product,” the company said in court filings.Hulstrunk had been a long-time employee of Massachusetts-based cellulose manufacturer National Fiber. After the company closed its doors in 2015, he went to work for UltraCell and became, in UltraCell’s words, “one of only a handful of people who knows all aspects of UltraCell’s trade secret information regarding its wet process…” Further, the company claims, Hulstrunk became an owner by accepting “member units” in the company.Hulstrunk says in his complaint that he went to work for UltraCell in 2015 as an independent contractor and worked from his home in Vermont. Later, he became the company’s technical manager and in September 2017 was named vice president of technical services. But, Hulstrunk adds, he never signed the paperwork that would have prevented his move to another company.In October 2017, Hulstrunk left his job at UltraCell and moved to Nature-Tech.“If Hulstrunk has not already disclosed UltraCell’s trade secrets to Nature Tech, his new employment puts him in a position where such disclosure is inevitable,” UltraCell’s complaint says. “UltraCell needs immediate injunctive relief to stop Hulstrunk and Nature Tech from misappropriating UltraCell’s trade secrets and stealing UltraCell’s goodwill.” Nature-Tech’s entry into the marketLittle is known about Nature-Tech’s venture into the insulation market. Its website focuses on architectural woodworking. There are photos of millwork in corporate meeting rooms, hotels, condos, restaurants, and casinos. The company says it can work with a variety of materials beyond wood, including glass, metal, fabrics and plastics.But there’s nothing about producing insulation, cellulose or otherwise.One hint comes from Hulstrunk’s account at Linked-In, an online business networking app. He describes himself as “VP of Insulation Technology at NatureTech” and adds, “NatureTech will be bringing its innovative dedusted cellulose insulation to market starting in the second quarter of 2018.”Efforts to reach both Hulstrunk and Nature-Tech were unsuccessful. Hulstrunk went to court last November, trying to head off any no-compete claims by UltraCell by filing a complaint against UltraCell in a federal district court in Vermont. UltraCell fired back with its own claim against Hulstrunk and Nature-Tech, alleging that Hulstrunk will inevitably reveal trade secrets and erode UltraCell’s competitive edge in the $500 million North American cellulose market.The dispute is still in court. UltraCell is still planning on having its insulation on the market by the fourth quarter of this year. Whether the legal challenge could disrupt Nature-Tech’s plans isn’t clear. Two companies developing an improved type of cellulose insulation hope to get their products into the hands of installers later this year, but the race to the marketplace has been complicated by an ongoing legal dispute involving allegations that important trade secrets may have been misappropriated.UltraCell Insulation, headquartered in Buffalo, New York, has been working on a new method of making cellulose insulation, incorporating changes that the company says will make the insulation cleaner and less dusty. At the same time, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, firm called Nature-Tech is apparently at work on a similar product. Both hope for a product launch this year.At the center of this competitive race is William Hulstrunk, who went to work for UltraCell in 2015 and became a key player in its insulation program before jumping ship and joining Nature-Tech at the end of 2017. Planned market areaUltraCell CEO Jon Strimling said by telephone that the company has raised about $6 million in financing and put up an initial production line in Buffalo, New York, where it is producing insulation on a limited basis.“We don’t want to launch anything until we’re thrilled with the product,” he said. “We really want to launch the best product the industry has ever seen.”UltraCell Insulation should be available to installers later this year.It will take another couple of months to work out any kinks in production, and another couple of months to get the insulation fully certified, Strimling said. He expects to be shipping product for sampling in the third quarter of the year, and to be in full sales mode by the fourth quarter.Initially, the company’s market area will be all of New England and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, with a longer term goal of entering the Canadian market. Eventually, Strimling said, they’d like to take sales national.Price-wise, Strimling said UltraCell should be “very competitive” with other forms of cellulose already on the market, in part because its manufacturing process allows a more efficient use of expensive fire retardants.As to higher R-values, Strimling said the company believes that’s possible, but no such claims are being made at this point.“We are looking at this as what it is, which is an engineered composite,” Strimling said. “I think there’s been a tendency in the industry to look at this as shredded paper with some powder thrown on it and put in a bag. We’re tying to be more meticulous about how we manage the materials, and we’re definitely shooting to improve the state of the art in the industry, including R-values.”last_img read more

first_imgMobile messaging service Snapchat has closed down its Snap Channel content offering, which it launched earlier this year as part of the new Snapchat Discover platform.According to a Deadline report, Snapchat is permanently closing the channel, having removed the content from it a couple of weeks ago ahead of a planned relaunch.The report claims Snapchat has now reconsidered its original content options, turning its back on the channel, which was set up to be home to short-form, musical and experimental content.Deadline claims that most members of the 15-strong Snapchat Channel team are now likely leave the firm, including former Fox Broadcasting exec Marcus Wiley, who joined Snapchat to be head of development/original content role back in May.“Given that we are winding down the Snap Channel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other opportunities,” Snapchat said in a statement to Deadline.Back in January, Snapchat partnered with a host of major TV broadcasters and publishers to launch Snapchat Discover.A day later, the messaging service launched its first exclusive original series, SnapperHero, which came from digital production company Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen, in conjunction with US telco AT&T, and featured YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes.Discover lets Snapchat users explore stories from different professional editorial teams, with partners signed up to the service including National Geographic, Vice Media, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN and Scripps.last_img read more