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Warning about suspicious 86 Astra in East Donegal

first_imgGardai are warning people to be on the lookout for green 1986 Opel Astra car which has been seen acting suspiciously in East Donegal in recent days.In the most recent incident, a car matching that description was seen today in the Gartan / Churchill area with four men in the car.Gardai were notified and a garda car was sent out, but no specific incidents have been reported. Warning about suspicious 86 Astra in East Donegal News Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – July 6, 2014 WhatsApp WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebookcenter_img Previous articleNine man Harps hold on for victory at Tallaght StadiumNext articleDonegal & Monaghan to clash again in Ulster Final News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Democratic Attorneys General Association’s Litmus Test Doesn’t Meet Hoosier Standards

first_imgThe Democratic Attorney General Association (DAGA) recently announced that they would only financially support and endorse candidates who support pro-choice policies. In order to gain this financial and political assistance, a candidate will be required to make a public statement declaring their support of abortion rights.“It is no surprise that the Democratic Attorneys General Association intends to only support and provide resources to candidates that fully embrace their policies of abortion on demand without restriction,” said Rob Burgess, Campaign Manager for Curtis Hill for Indiana. “All Hoosiers need to be on the lookout for this ultra liberal organization to recruit an Indiana Democrat that will adhere and march in lockstep with their policies rather than the beliefs and values of those who call the Hoosier State home.”DAGA is the first national party committee to place such a litmus test on candidates according to The New York Times. In contrast, Attorney General Curtis Hill is proudly pro-life and fighting to defend life at every stage, starting with the most vulnerable. Recently, the Attorney General worked to return the fetal remains of nearly 2,500 unborn children to Indiana.They were located within the home and vehicles of the abortionist who conducted the procedures. At this time, those fetal remains are being securely stored until they can be laid to rest in a humane and respectful manner as legally required by a 2016 law that overwhelming passed the Indiana General Assembly.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Gareth Bale’s agent slams ‘disgrace’ Zinedine Zidane after Madrid transfer revelation

first_imgFew clubs in Europe appear capable of meeting Madrid’s asking price and Bale’s likely wage demands, complicating LaLiga side Madrid’s hopes of negotiating his exit. However, Zidane said: “We are working on his transfer to a new team.” Gareth Bale’s agent has branded Zinedine Zidane “a disgrace” and insists the Wales winger will only leave Real Madrid on his own terms.Zidane revealed Madrid is working on selling Bale after omitting the four-time Champions League winner from the squad that lost to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Saturday. “We hope he leaves soon, it would be best for everyone,” Madrid’s head coach said.The comments have not gone down well with the Bale camp.Bale has never shown much interest in leaving Madrid and still has three seasons left to run on his contract.”Zidane is a disgrace to speak like that about someone who has done so much for Real,” Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, told ESPN.”If and when Gareth goes it will be because it is in the best interest of Gareth and nothing to do with Zidane pushing.” pic.twitter.com/srwHYe6L7B— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 20, 2019Bale has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Tottenham.Barnett this week dismissed the latter link as “rubbish” amid doubts over Spurs’ ability to compete financially.last_img read more

Ranney Offers Summer Programs for Varied Interests

first_imgTINTON FALLS – If your son or daughter is looking this summer for fun, fundamentals or fascination, they might just find it at Ranney School.The Hope Road school holds a wide variety of summer programs for youngsters that will offer them everything from the day-camp experience to a selection of academic, gifted and talented and fine and performing arts courses. The program offerings are available in a range of lengths and times.“Learning over the summer needs to be fun and that’s a philosophy for us,” said Kathleen Deeken, director of summer study. “We have opportunities to enhance skill building and we have opportunities for students to try something new to see if they love it but it has to be about fun…It’s not business-as-usual in the classroom.”There is an 8-week day camp program for children ages 3 to 13 that features swim lessons, sports and course electives and arts. There are trip camps for students, ages 10 to 13, with on-campus time and then one or two trips weekly off campus to events and destinations including ballgames, museums and other fun experiences destinations.There are also sports camps that have proven “very popular” over the years, according to Deeken, who has developed the courses for the summer. “We have for 8- to 13-year-olds basketball, fencing, soccer, swimming and tennis. Then for 9- to 13-year-olds, we have boy’s lacrosse, and golf for 6- to 10-year-olds and then golf for 11- to 14-year-olds,” she said. “It’s a combination of skill building, practice and some opportunity for a little bit of competitive skill as well.”This year Ranney is offering a new program for 14-year-olds. The counselor-in-training (CIT) program is “going to be a really neat program,” Deeken said. “Stu­dents will have an opportunity to develop some leadership skills … assist in camp groups … and they are going to have CPR training,” she said. “They are going to be expected to keep a leadership journal and will have access to adult mentors.”Ranney School will be offering a variety of academic programs that will help students keep up with their studies and strengthen their skills during the summer. There also will be courses that will give children an introduction to new disciplines “so they will have an advantage stepping into the classroom after the summer,” Deeken said.There are math classes high-schoolers can take for credit and PSAT, SAT and ACT test preparation courses.Deeken is particularly excited about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes, a program called STEM, that will be offered for children from age 4 to those in eighth grade.There are interactive preschool adventure weeks for 4 and 5 year olds. The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which the children will get an introduction to some academic topics using hands-on, critical-thinking skills with such offerings as “Amaz­ing Animal Architects,” “Mar­velous Magnets,” Engin­eer­ing Adventures” and “Crea­tive Adventures: Paint­ing and Drawing from Nature.”Youngsters interested in the performing arts and fine arts won’t be left out. There are arts classes for students in elementary school to those in eighth grade.“Kids work so hard during the school year, that they really need some opportunities to be able to engage in some things they may not necessarily see day to day in the classroom,” Deeken said.The school has scheduled open houses on March 2 and April 20 for its summer programs. Additional information is available by visiting the school’s website at www.ranneyschool.org.last_img read more

Uranium-Lead Dating Fraught With Discordance

first_img(Visited 278 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Behind the confidence of uranium-lead dates hides worry about numbers that don’t match up.Uranium-lead (U-Pb) dating is a staple of the billions-of-years claims about igneous and metamorphic rocks and meteorites – giving rise to the consensus age of the solar system at 4.55 billion years.  The technique has been refined over the last century, but “discordances” (mismatches) remain.  That’s because there are two “isotopically distinct yet chemically identical” decay chains, F. Corfu described in the Geological Society of America Bulletin this month: the 235U to 207Pb pathway, and the 238U to 206Pb pathway.  (The ratios of the products, 207Pb/206Pb, can also be measured.)  “These twin decay systems, running at different speeds, allow an immediate verification of the validity of their ages, which must be concordant to be considered valid, although under favorable circumstances, discordant data can be extrapolated to the correct age.”  Since uranium is often locked in tightly-bound minerals called zircons, from which parent and daughter product are locked in, the method is thought by modern geologists to provide a reliable clock.In “A century of U-Pb geochronology: The long quest towards concordance,” Corfu, a geologist at the University of Oslo, described geologists’ frustration at persistent discordance between the two methods.  The discordances are small; around 1% or less.  Still, he finds it troubling that there should be any discordance if the same physical processes are operating for the same amount of time.  At the beginning of the article, he quoted T. E. Krogh: “Only one answer is the right one, and only that one is good enough.”The progress in developments of the U-Pb method is both a history of technical discoveries and advances, as well as a history of a long struggle toward concordance, toward an understanding of the causes of discordance, and toward ways to eliminate it. Despite the enormous progress achieved in this field, the problems of U-Pb discordance have not yet been completely resolved and will be one of the main hurdles to overcome in the future.The paper is technical, so detailed evaluation of the contents should be left to geophysicists.  The following quotes give a sense of the kinds of problems Corfu discussed, and their implications.  Alert readers will want to watch for instances of card stacking, circular reasoning, extrapolation and sidestepping.  Philosophers of science will want to watch for data manipulation, unargued interpretation and possible self-deception.Now, 60 yr later, we see two contrasting trends, two philosophies: one that continues the battle to eliminate discordance, but also a second one that bypasses the problem and solves the Gordian knot by essentially eliminating the concept, declaring U-Pb systems concordant by definition (see section “Administrative Concordancy”).[By 1956] There was a gradually growing consensus that the dominant cause of discordance was loss of Pb, and different attempts were made to rationalize the effect and extract reliable ages.While intellectually stimulating, these models and discussions could not provide unique and fully reliable solutions, and the problems of discordant U-Pb data remained a challenge….The rebound from these rather discouraging early phases in the development of U-Pb can be credited largely to the work and imagination of Leon Silver, at Caltech in Pasadena. He realized that the weak point in the analytical procedure was “the absence of a suitable approach in selecting samples from which data could be successfully systematized and interpreted” (Silver, 1963a, 1963b, p. 281). He understood that zircon populations in rocks can be extremely variable in terms of composition, crystallinity, and other parameters. He experimented in separating fractions according to size and magnetic variability, and his measurements of the U-Pb ratios of the different fractions revealed extreme variation in the degree of discordance, which correlated with U content and degree of radioactivity. The U-Pb results defined collinear arrays for which intercepts could be interpreted in terms of primary crystallization and secondary Pb loss (Silver, 1963a, 1963b; Silver and Deutsch, 1963).Silver’s developments set up analytical approaches that were to become standard procedures in the following two decades. Given that discordance was next to unavoidable in most samples, the strategy became that of maximizing the spread in order to establish more robust discordia lines and increase the reliability of their intercept ages. A major hurdle, however, remained the immense analytical effort needed to produce individual analyses from zircon fractions of 100–500 mg (Silver and Deutsch, 1963), which severely limited the utility of the method.The change of focus by Tom Krogh, then at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, to U-Pb geochronology from his previous involvement with Rb-Sr dating (Kamo et al., 2011) represents the next major step in the evolution of the method, and the one that really enabled the more widespread application and testing of the principles and analytical approaches defined by Leon Silver’s work…. Although this flurry of activities and new applications helped to solve many geological questions, many of the studies involving zircon had to rely on extrapolating the age from discordant arrays, which in complex cases had detrimental effects on the precision and accuracy of the ages.Since model solutions to discordance did not work very well, and since extrapolating the ages from discordant arrays could be problematic in all those cases that had undergone a Pb evolution involving more than just two stages, Tom Krogh concluded that the only reliable strategy had to be that of finding, isolating, and analyzing concordant domains of zircon.Because altered domains are easily soluble and could be separated from the unaltered zircon by partial dissolution, several workers experimented with partial dissolution techniques. The results, however, were not encouraging because the technique introduced secondary effects, fractionating U from Pb in the remaining parts of the zircons (e.g., Pidgeon and Hopgood, 1975; Todt and Büsch, 1981; Turek et al., 1982).Krogh (1982a) chose instead a different track. To avoid the side effects of the chemical attacks, he opted to remove the outside of the grains, or of fragments of grains, by spinning them around in a steel chamber with a jet of compressed air (air abrasion method). His tests showed that, in many cases, the technique could indeed strip most of the discordant zircon matter… In general, to achieve the best results, these methods had to be combined with careful inspection and selection of the grains under a binocular microscope, and in specific cases with imaging (cf. Corfu et al., 2003). [From here, Corfu discusses other method refinements and cross-correlation techniques leading up to the ion microprobe.]When compared to ID-TIMS [isotope dilution—thermal ionization mass spectrometry], the main disadvantage of the ion probe was a considerable decrease in precision, and hence loss of temporal resolution. This stemmed mainly from the much smaller amount of material available for measurement. Another critical step was the determination of the U-Pb ratios, which in SIMS [secondary ionization mass spectrometry] must be calibrated against the corresponding ratios of an external standard, in contrast to ID-TIMS, where the ratios are obtained by mixing a tracer of known composition with the sample. Because the sputtering of U and Pb is controlled to some degree by the composition and/or structure of the sample (McLaren et al., 1994), discrepancies can arise between sample and standard when they have quite distinct basic properties. The anomalous behavior is evident in some zircons very rich in U, such as the cases reported by Harrison et al. (1987) and Wiedenbeck (1995). This potential problem is now largely recognized in the SIMS community, and modern analytical protocols are generally concerned with proper matching of the reference zircons.The latest addition to the arsenal of U-Pb dating methods is the laser ablation–inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) technique. The first experiments with U-Pb dating by LA-ICP-MS were done in the early 1990s (Fryer et al., 1993), and from there the technique rapidly improved. In less than a decade, many laboratories worldwide had adopted it, contributing to many improvements and refinements. The method is attractive mainly because of the high throughput capability, which makes it ideal for the study of large populations, such as in detrital zircon studies…. The main initial challenges for LA-ICP-MS were achieving control of the analytical fractionation between U and Pb, and correcting for common Pb….In my experience, it is generally difficult to apply the [chemical abrasion] method to U-rich and metamict grains because they dissolve too easily, even in cases where the grains, though rich in U, are free of alteration and yield concordant data when treated with air abrasion (e.g., Svensen et al., 2012).The Pb-Pb method is a special branch of U-Pb geochronology, but it has been used mostly to pursue a different type of problem, namely, employing the Pb composition of U-poor or U-free minerals and rocks to study the genesis of rocks rather than to date them. Occasionally, however, the two tracks overlap and complement each other.One of the most prominent applications of Pb isotopic analysis to dating was that of Patterson (1956), who determined the first (essentially) correct age of 4.55 Ga for meteorites and, by extension, the planet Earth.THE ROAD TOWARD CONCORDANCE: A UTOPIAN GOAL?At present, U-Pb dating is the method of choice in many studies of magmatic systems, metamorphism, and provenance. Thousands of studies have examined the behavior of the decay system, the behavior of U-Pb in different minerals, and the response in different geological settings.  The preoccupation with discordance, which laid a cloud of skepticism over the initial enthusiasm, has been largely dispersed by the subsequent developments. Today, we have reasonably good control of the behavior of U-Pb systems. Yet, do we really understand discordance; do we really know how to navigate around it?…  Although the basic definition of concordance is clear-cut, as soon as the analytical error is considered, the term becomes somewhat fuzzy, occasionally progressing into extreme fogginess.However, even the use of the better matching decay constant does not always succeed in bringing data sets into concordance.Another factor that can affect the degree of discordance is the U isotopic composition.A second set of causes that has been widely discussed, and convincingly proven in some cases, is related to initial disequilibrium in the decay chains from U to Pb.A related phenomenon is the excess of 231Pa [protactinium], which produces an excess of 207Pb (Fig. 2A-I). The phenomenon has been demonstrated convincingly in two cases (Parrish and Noble, 2003; Anczkiewicz et al., 2001) where the effect is very strong, but it has been discussed as a possible cause in many other cases where the discordance toward too high 207Pb/235U ratios for uniform 206Pb/238U is distinct, but not extreme.In practice, subtle disequilibrium effects can be difficult to distinguish from effects caused by other factors, such as small amounts of inheritance of xenocrystic material, Pb loss, incorrect common Pb corrections, or simply analytical biases from improper blank corrections, fractionation, and instrumental nonlinearities.More severely discordant data will generally have been produced by either Pb loss or mixing.By contrast, Pb loss by recrystallization and/or redistribution often means that there may not be any parts of a mineral left with preserved close-system relationships and thus that are capable of providing concordant ages.SOME MODERN DILEMMASThe main difficulty in interpreting such U-Pb data is in identifying correctly the reasons for the specific distribution of discrete data patterns.One critical question affecting modern studies done with chemical abrasion ID-TIMS is whether Pb loss effects can be completely eliminated by the chemical abrasion procedure. Some examples show that this assumption is not always valid (Schoene et al., 2010a). A similar uncertainty, but in the opposite direction, is introduced by the difficulty of evaluating whether some slightly too old grains might indicate the presence of antecrysts or traces of xenocrystic material.Finally, the not always easily controllable role of disequilibrium in 230Th, 231Pa, and 222Rn, discussed previously, can further complicate the interpretation of high-resolution data.Ultimately, the overriding criterion for the validity of an interpretation is the mutual coherence of the data, their consistency with the various properties of the analyzed zircons, the consistency with coexisting minerals, and the consistency within the geological framework….A somewhat related dilemma, which becomes more acute in interpreting Paleozoic and older U-Pb data sets, concerns the interpretation of data that are nearly, but not fully, concordant (Fig. 2A-III). One common solution is to extrapolate to the concordia curve….In some cases, the choice is strongly supported by the combined available evidence, whereas in other cases, it is very much open to debate and often decided on the basis of the interpreter’s bias.The question as to whether discordant data should be interpreted in terms of modern or ancient disturbances can also have a large impact on the use of Hf [hafnium] isotopic compositions in zircon.…the examples stress the importance of a proper consideration of the reality, and the causes and the effects of U-Pb discordance on the results and their interpretations…. Evidently simply ignoring discordance distorts the reality, because, as the present examples show, discordance matters.[Regarding a graph in Figure 5]  The initial and the final peaks correspond to the two real events, but the intermediate ones are spurious and geologically meaningless. The example shows that an awareness of discordance and precision are important for accurate interpretations.However, in a modern detrital zircon study, such a pattern would normally be interpreted as indicating real ages, and the possibility that individual subconcordant data may be recording partial resetting or mixing is rarely, if ever, considered. This may not be a very important factor in sedimentary rocks produced from relatively simple sources, such as an island arc, but it is likely to have serious repercussions on the apparent age distribution produced in zircon derived from more complex high-grade terranes.Administrative Concordancy [i.e., user choice to consider the data concordant by fiat]Some contamination by common Pb (and U) is essentially unavoidable in all dating techniques…. The ID-TIMS method introduces Pb and U contamination during the dissolution, the chemical separation, and the loading on a filament in preparation for the mass spectrometry. In SIMS and LA-ICP-MS measurements, contaminant Pb (and U) can be introduced mainly during the mounting and polishing process. Practitioners of all three methods are concerned with keeping the common Pb levels as low as possible, and have devised specific techniques to achieve this goal. Nevertheless, it is likely that some contamination will affect every analysis.Questions affecting the precision are usually related to the proportion of blank versus initial Pb, and to how well one knows, or can estimate, their compositions and uncertainties. These factors propagate into the total uncertainty, and for very small samples they become its dominant element.In LA-ICP-MS analyses, the main problem is caused by the interference on 204Pb by 204Hg introduced with the Ar gas. It is, in principle, possible to minimize the amount of Hg present and correct for it by measuring the abundance of 202Hg (Gerdes and Zeh, 2009), but most users consider that this correction introduces too much uncertainty, and choose instead to either make no correction at all, based on the assumption that zircon has no common Pb and that the blank is negligible, or they correct the common Pb with a model calculation that assumes a coherent behavior of Th/Pb and U/Pb and estimates the time of the isotopic disturbance (Andersen, 2002). Both approaches can have problematic implications for the accuracy of the data and the geological deductions.Factors that are important for a proper interpretation of U-Pb data include the geological and mineralogical context of the studied minerals, the internal textures of the minerals, the age relationships between different components of a mineral and between different coexisting minerals, the type and spatial arrangement of inclusions, and the mineral’s chemical composition.Progress in the development of U-Pb dating techniques has been driven forward by the spirit of technical innovation, but at the same time, it has been moderated by some inherent limitations. Many imaginative approaches had to be developed to make the system work.Discordance, however, remains a general problem, the minimization of which still requires work and creative solutions, unless, out of convenience, the historical consciousness of discordance simply disappears from the collective awareness.In that last sentence, Corfu warns that researchers could simply ignore discordance out of “convenience.”  They could pretend that the problems don’t exist or aren’t important, because it’s too much work to get to the one right answer that Tom Krogh said is the only one that’s good enough.  If ignoring the problem becomes the choice of the “collective awareness,” credibility of the U-Pb dating method—or any other method—will suffer as a result.For anyone taking the time to wade through all those sample quotations from the paper, or even to scan through the bold parts, it should become evident that a great deal of guesswork, human interference and manipulation precedes those confident announcements that such-and-such a rock is xyz million years old.  None of these techniques are simple; the potential for investigator interference is large.  The rock doesn’t just talk on its own.  Under enough torture, it can be made to squeal out any age the investigator wants.Sometimes in science, the discordant data is the most significant part.  Remember when some 19th-century physicists downplayed the “ultraviolet catastrophe” in blackbody radiation theory?  Most of the theory worked just fine.  Those darned outliers were seen as a problem that would soon be solved within the consensus paradigm.  When a bold maverick, Max Planck, decided to focus on the outlier data, he gave birth to quantum mechanics – a revolutionary new paradigm that changed everything.As a human with biases, a scientist can be prone to cover up the outlier data points when showing a graph to their colleagues that mostly shows a perfect fit.  In this paper, Corfu has done a good job identifying the known factors that can cause discordance.  But what about the unknowns?  What about the unknowable factors?  Since some of the known causes of discordance came to light over decades, we have no confidence now that new unknowns yet to be identified will not color or revolutionize the interpretations of age accepted today by the consensus.One big factor is built into the interaction between geologist and lab.  It’s typical for the lab to ask the geologist how old he thinks the rock is based on its provenance in the geologic column.  How many discordant dates are simply tossed and never published because they are “obviously wrong”?  There’s a huge space there for circular reasoning.  How often, if ever, do labs perform true blind tests, publishing results with no prior knowledge of the expected date, letting the sample speak for itself?  Creation geologists have submitted blind samples (i.e., not telling the lab what date to expect), and obtained wildly discordant results that profoundly contradict evolutionary expectations.  See geologist Andrew Snelling’s Earth’s Catastrophic Past, Vol. 2, ch. 103 for examples.  This is a huge topic that deserves more “collective awareness.”No human was present when the rocks were laid down.  The apparently minor discordances Corfu identified should be re-evaluated in light of what he said about assumptions and interpretations.  They could be much more important than even he, as an evolutionist and believer in long ages, would admit.  His statements waffle between “not a problem” and “big problem!”  For instance, he claimed that Patterson’s estimate of the age of meteorites (“and by extension, planet earth”) was “(essentially) correct”.  But a little later he said, “The main handicap of the method has been the necessity to rely solely on the Pb composition, without assistance from U-Pb, thus limiting the ability to evaluate the state of concordance of the analyses.”  So what is it, correct or handicapped?  Could it be a case of “extreme fogginess” he warned about?  Maybe the consciousness of discordance simply disappeared from his individual awareness, for the sake of convenience, in that instance.The role of prior belief in millions of years in interpreting the rocks to be millions of years old would make a good study.  We hope our spotlight on Corfu’s paper will stimulate thinking along those lines.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgery

first_imgArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal centre-back Rob Holding has undergone successful knee surgery.The 23-year-old was ruled out for between six and nine months earlier in December after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Holding finally underwent an operation on Sunday and he said on Instagram: “Happy that the surgery went well. Road to recovery starts now.”His absence has been part of a defensive crisis for boss Unai Emery – who has been forced to play Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back due to injuries to Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

The Latest In NYC Arlington not everyone Amazon thrilled

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Amazon’s second headquarters (all times local):12:55 p.m.Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations.Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are worried about home values and school overcrowding in areas where it’s already a problem for many residents.New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a joint statement asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers. He also raised the issue of overcrowded schools and traffic.___11:50 a.m.New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city.Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens.One-time mayor Michael Bloomberg said Amazon’s arrival affirms New York City’s long-term push to attract the nation’s top tech talent. Bloomberg pushed aggressive development in Long Island City while he was mayor. The neighbourhood is a jumble of massive construction cranes and work sites and brand new high-rises have reshaped the skyline.___11:15 a.m.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cheered Amazon’s choice of Arlington as one of two new headquarters locations for Amazon. He says the state will continue to invest in infrastructure and education as a key part of the partnership.Northam is calling the state’s proposal to land the headquarters a “new model of economic development for the 21st century.”Amazon is set to invest about $2.5 billion in its new Virginia headquarters and the state has promised a raft of incentives, including infrastructure investment and tax breaks.Virginia plans to invest in college-level computer science and related fields along with investing $50 million over 20 years in tech education for grammar and high school students.___10:15 a.m.Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___6:40 a.m.A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.The decision will end an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___Alan Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jackets search for comfort while finally back home

After beginning the 2009-10 season with eight of its first 13 games on the road, Columbus (7-5-1) is now amid a stretch of five of six games at Nationwide Arena.The Blue Jackets ______(beat or lost to)______ the San Jose Sharks Wednesday. They travel to Atlanta (6-4-1) Thursday, and finish the weekend back home against the Carolina Hurricanes (2-8-3) Saturday night.Columbus began the second month of the season with a 5-4 overtime victory at Washington Sunday. Blue Jackets forward Raffi Torres scored his second goal in the third period with 23 seconds remaining and sent the game into overtime.R.J. Umberger, former Ohio State men’s hockey player, claimed the victory for Columbus with his second goal of the game 1:45 into extra play.The win against the Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak for Columbus. The Blue Jackets currently sit in second place in the central division of the Western Conference after one month of play, but know there is still room for improvement.“I think it was good for us to get a win and find a way to get it done,” Umberger said. “I think we need to know as a team that is not our best hockey. We need to play better in the third period, but we are going to take the momentum from the win.”The Jackets come into the week with a 3-1-1 record at home and are 29-9-3 at Nationwide Arena since Nov. 29, 2008.“This home stretch is big for us,” forward Jakub Voracek said. “Getting eight to nine points during these six games as a team is something we are looking to do and that would be great.”Scouting the Thrashers, HurricanesColumbus knows how to beat the East.The Blue Jackets play two of their three games this week against Atlanta and Carolina of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. Columbus is 1-0-1 against the East this season after going 13-3-2 vs. the conference last season. The record against the East was the best record of any Western Conference team in the NHL.“I don’t think there’s a difference between the Eastern or Western conference,” Voracek said. “It’s just another game in the NHL where we are trying to win it.”Looking forward to Atlanta, the Thrashers have struggled at home with a 1-3-0 record this year. The Jackets will have to be careful on special teams against Atlanta. The Thrashers will be missing All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk who is out with an injury.“We have to play our best game,” Voracek said. “If everybody plays 100 percent and plays smart, we think we can beat them.”The Blue Jackets will need to put Carolina away early. A close third period could be exactly what Carolina needs right now. The Canes have dropped nine-straight games (0-6-3) heading into this week and rank 29th in the NHL in goals scored (2.15 per game) and goals allowed (3.85 per game).Columbus earned a 5-1 win at Carolina Feb. 14, 2009 in the only meeting last season.“We just have to play them hard like we do every other team,” Voracek said. “It doesn’t matter how many games they’ve lost, its going to be a tough game.”Offensive improvementIt’s easy to see the improvement the Jackets have made since last year. The team is the highest-scoring team in the Central Division.Columbus ranks 11th in the NHL on the power play at 22.8 percent (13-of-57). Last year, the team was 30th in the league on the power play and didn’t score its 13th power play goal until its 128th power play opportunity of the season in game No. 27 Dec. 7 at Anaheim. “We are shooting the puck more and we are getting our first shots on net, which makes the other team scramble,” Umberger said. “We are winning more face offs in the zone and keeping the puck in there. Basically, it comes down to execution.”The team entered the week ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring, averaging 3.23 goals per game.Nash continues to lead teamBlue Jackets captain Rick Nash has not slowed down offensively at all this season. He scored two goals against Pittsburgh Oct. 30 and added three points vs. Washington.The 25-year-old ranks fourth in the NHL in points, sixth (tied) in goals and seventh (tied) in assists, while also tying for the league lead with two shorthanded goals.Look for Nash to have no letdown this week either, as he continues to take this young team to the next level at home this week. read more

Ohio State schedules homeandhome series with Notre Dame

The Ohio State football team has boosted its future schedule by going outside the “big five” conferences.OSU has set up a home-and-home series with the University of Notre Dame for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, according to an OSU release. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Fighting Irish on Sept. 3, 2022, in Columbus in their first game of the season. The two teams are set to play in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 23, 2023, to complete the series.Notre Dame is scheduled to play their final game of a 13 consecutive year series against rival Michigan Saturday. The Saturday finale between the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines will mark the 42nd meeting in their series.For football, Notre Dame is an independent program and not affiliated with any conference.OSU executive associate athletic director Martin Jarmond said in the release that OSU is “extremely pleased” to scheduled games against Notre Dame.“Notre Dame adds to the prestigious series of non-conference games we have been seeking to schedule that are competitive, attractive for our fans and exciting for our student-athletes to be a part,” Jarmond said in the release.The football program now has home-and-home series set with Virginia Tech (2014-15), Oklahoma (2016-17), Texas Christian University (2018-19), Oregon (2020-21), Texas (2022-23) and Boston College (2023-24) in addition to Notre Dame over the next decade.The two programs have played five times in the past with the Buckeyes taking a win in the most recent matchup, 34-20, in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.OSU’s next game is scheduled for Saturday against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game marks the Buckeyes’ 2014 home opener. read more