Barricade vexes Texans

first_imgMISSION, Texas – Jeff Reed offers outdoor dining on the Rio Grande at his restaurant, Pepe’s on the River. But with the U.S. government planning to build 700 miles of fence along the Mexican border, he has to wonder: Will his restaurant soon be “Pepe’s on the Fence”? Downriver in Brownsville, where the jalape o and lima bean fields run down to the water’s edge, farmer Fermin Leal is wondering whether the government intends to cut through his crops, run irrigation pipes under the fence or buy him out. “Most of our land goes up to what’s supposed to be the border, and yes, we need access to river water,” Leal said. President George W. Bush signed a law Thursday to erect more fences along the border to secure it against illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists. Republicans in Congress see it as their most significant accomplishment on immigration. The president called it “an important step in our nation’s efforts to secure our borders.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But up and down Texas’ watery boundary with Mexico, farmers, ranchers and business owners are worried a fence will endanger their livelihoods and encroach on their property. Texas landowners – sick of illegal immigrants cutting their fences, stealing and trespassing, and tired of worrying about smugglers of humans and drugs endangering their families – have been demanding for years that Congress tighten the border. But not, some say, with a double-layer, $6 billion fence cutting through their land and keeping them and their livestock from the river. “It’s not going to work in Texas,” said Michael Vickers, who owns a cattle ranch on the border. “Who wants to close off the river to Mexico? The river is the lifeblood for a lot of cities.” Vickers said he worries that either his land will be cut off from the rest of the state and the country or he will lose access to 50 acres of water rights he has and can sell to area municipalities for up to $2,000 an acre. “I’d be in a DMZ-type zone, in between two countries,” Vickers said. The exact route the fences will take is not yet clear. And it is not yet known what the fences will look like – how tall they will be; whether they will be solid walls, or bars. Much of the land along the Texas side of the river is privately owned, some dating back to Spanish land grants.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

Marshfield boys basketball rolls past Rhinelander

first_imgTigers extend win streak to fiveBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRHINELANDER — The Marshfield boys basketball team extended its win streak to five games with a 70-48 win over Rhinelander in a nonconference contest Tuesday night at Rhinelander High School.Marshfield shot 53 percent from the floor (25 of 47), made six 3-pointers, and was an impressive 14 of 17 from the free throw line in the victory.Ethan Posteluk scored 16 points, Reed Miller and Alec Hinson each had 12 points, and Grant Michaelis and Brant Bohman both finished with 11 points for the Tigers (12-8) in a balanced scoring effort.Nathan McGrath came off the bench to provide a team-high eight rebounds and added three assists as well for Marshfield.The Tigers will play their final Wisconsin Valley Conference and regular-season home game Friday against Wausau West. With a win, Marshfield would clinch sole possession of second place in the Valley.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 70, Hodags 48Marshfield 39 31 – 70Rhinelander 22 26 – 48MARSHFIELD (70): Ethan Posteluk 5-6 4-4 16, Brant Bohman 3-5 4-4 11, Seth Anderson 1-4 1-4 3, Reed Miller 5-10 0-0 12, Tommy Olsen 1-2 0-0 2, Alec Hinson 5-7 2-2 12, Grant Michaelis 4-8 3-3 11, Nathan McGrath 0-2 0-0 0, Isaac Meverden 0-0 0-0 0, John Reigel 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Hauge 1-1 0-0 3, Nick Stewart 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 25-47. FT: 14-17. 3-pointers: 6-12 (Posteluk 2-3, Miller 2-4, Bohman 1-1, Hauge 1-1, Olsen 0-1, Hinson 0-1, Michaelis 0-1). Rebounds: 31 (McGrath 8). Assists: 21 (Bohman 4). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-8.RHINELANDER (48): Statistics not provided. Record: 11-7.last_img read more

Dorian death toll rises to 44 in Bahamas

first_img(AP) – The government in the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen by one to 44.Health Minister Duane Sands on Sunday confirmed the toll in a WhatsApp message to The Associated Press.Officials have warned that the number of deaths is likely to rise as security forces and other teams search devastated areas of the northern Bahamas.The government also announced a telephone hotline where Bahamians can call to report family members who have been unaccounted for since the storm.At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm in the Southeastern U.S. and one in Puerto Rico.last_img

Attempt to explain away ‘dark energy’ takes a hit

first_img This map shows the distribution of matter—dark and ordinary—deduced through weak lensing. Cosmologists used such a map to test an alternate theory of gravity. To test such theories, scientists must study the universe on huge scales. Last year, Nichol and colleagues tested f(R) theory by tallying galaxy clusters spanning millions of light-years. If dark energy is stretching space, then it should slow the formation of massive clusters and produce fewer of them than f(R) gravity would. Nichol and colleagues found numbers consistent with dark energy. The analysis is tricky, however. Researchers need to estimate the mass of each cluster, which comes mostly from mysterious, invisible dark matter. So Nichol and colleagues inferred a cluster’s mass from x-rays coming from hot gas within it, relying on theoretical modeling of the interplay of ordinary and dark matter.Now, a team of scientists led by Zuhui Fan, an astronomer at Peking University in Beijing, has taken an approach that measures a cluster’s mass directly. Gravity from a massive object can distort the images of things beyond it. A galaxy cluster thus distorts the images of more distant galaxies, so that instead of being oriented randomly in the sky, their elongated shapes align slightly, like fish in a school. The strength of that “weak lensing” directly reveals the mass of the foreground cluster. “You don’t rely on the scaling between the cluster’s mass and its [ordinary matter] content,” says Baojiu Li, a cosmologist at Durham University in the United Kingdom, who worked on the study.The researchers used data from the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, which imaged 5.5 million galaxies to create a weak lensing map covering 154 square degrees of sky. From the “peaks” in the map, they tallied clusters weighing hundreds of times much as our Milky Way galaxy, they report in a paper in press at Physical Review Letters. Those tallies agree with the predictions of dark energy and weaken the case for f(R) theories.”At the moment, this is the best measurement on the cosmological scale,” Nichol says. The new result doesn’t quite kill f(R) theory, but if the limit on a key parameter can be lowered by another factor of 10, Nichol says, “I suspect that people will say, ‘This theory is not it.'”However, Hu questions how far the method can be pushed. Testing f(R) gravity further may require accounting for the detailed distribution of dark matter within individual clusters, he says. But that distribution will be modified by the interplay between dark and ordinary matter, Hu says, bringing the issue back into play.Still, experts say, the new work shows the potential to probe the cosmos with weak lensing. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, under construction in Cerro Pachón, Chile, will map weak lensing over 20,000 square degrees—roughly half the sky. The European Space Agency’s proposed Euclid spacecraft and NASA’s proposed Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope satellite will employ the technique. “In terms of data quality,” Li says, “there’s going to be a big improvement from what we have now.” Van Waerbeke, Heymans/CFHTLenS center_img For nearly 20 years, physicists have known that the expansion of the universe has begun to speed up. This bizarre acceleration could arise because some form of mysterious dark energy is stretching space. Or, it could signal that physicists’ understanding of gravity isn’t quite right. But a new study puts the screws on a broad class of alternative theories of gravity, making it that much harder to explain away dark energy.The study is also path setting because it exploits an effect called weak lensing in which the gravity from closer galaxies distorts the images of more distant ones. “That’s the future,” says Bob Nichol, an observational cosmologist at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study. “If you look to the next decade, there’s going to be an explosion of this data.”Physicists had expected the universe’s expansion to be slowing as the galaxies pull on one another with their gravity. But in 1998, two independent teams traced the history of the universe’s expansion by studying type 1a supernovae: stellar explosions whose colors tell when they went off and whose brightness reveals how far away they are now. 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Einstein deduced that gravity arises because mass and energy warp spacetime. In general relativity, given the distribution of mass and energy, spacetime bends to minimize its curvature, denoted R. But in so-called f(R) (pronounced “eff-of-are”) theories, spacetime contorts to minimize the curvature plus some extra function of the curvature. That change produces an extra gravitylike force that can either attract or repel under different conditions.In 2007, theorists Wayne Hu of the University of Chicago in Illinois and Ignacy Sawicki, now at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, showed that, with the right choice of the function f(R), such a theory might explain the accelerating expansion without dark energy. To do that, the extra force has to disappear where gravity is relatively strong, such as within a galaxy or the early universe, and kick in on the largest scales and at later times.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar says no to government bungalow

first_imgSachin Tendulkar has decided not to accept the government bungalow at 5, Tuglaq Lane, saying that taking up the house would be a waste of taxpayers’ money as he would be in Delhi only for a few days in each Parliament session.”I am not keen on staying in any government bungalow when I will be in Delhi for a few days. I feel this would be a waste of taxpayers money and it would be better if the bungalow is allotted to someone else who needs it more than me. I would prefer to stay in a hotel at my own expense when I am in Delhi. I do hope to attend few days of Parliament in every session,” Tendulkar said.last_img

Trump tweet, NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games

first_imgBaltimore Ravens players kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MATT DUNHAM / AP)The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump’s suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.The statements, including those from Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, contrasted a morning tweet from Trump and further escalated the political drama of the league’s game day, which was expected to be one of the most-watched for non-sporting reasons in years.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups “I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” View comments MOST READ 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired’,” he said to loud applause.Again in a Sunday morning tweet, Trump urged his supporters to take action: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” defending Trump, saying the NFL has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.“I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem,” Mnuchin said. “They can do free speech on their own time.”Trump’s remarks provoked team owners and the NFL to stridently defend the sport and its players. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for Kaepernick’s struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump’s comments.“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month,” Goodell said. “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”At least seven team owners donated $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos , Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank , New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for,” York said. “Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world.”Added Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy: “We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”This weekend’s games were sure to bring more protests, with Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson promising to make “a statement.”center_img Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam wrote that they didn’t want to let “misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify,” and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team wouldn’t be on the field when the anthem plays before the Steelers game in Chicago.He doesn’t want his players to be divided between those who kneel and those who stand, he said.“We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.Without identifying Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bisciotti said he “100 percent” supports his players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played at Wembley Stadium in London.Other players linked arms – and Jaguars owner Shad Khan joined them, standing between tight end Marcedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith. He called it a privilege to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of a competitive, team-oriented enterprise like football.“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful,” Kraft said in a statement.last_img read more