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Sunrise over Kansas
Every now and then when I took my morening ride the clouds would cooperate for me. I really like how clouds define the sky and add definition to the landscape. Big blue skys are wonderful but the added structure of good cloud formations really helps. This picture was taken on a farm a few miles north of Riley in Northeast Kansas.
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Richard Williams had 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots and Fabian MacDonald added 19 points and six rebounds as Transit Tech knocked off George Westinghouse, 75-50, for its first league win in Brooklyn AA boys basketball Tuesday night.
Diamond Ince and Matt Banton each followed with 10 points for the Express (4-6, 1-5). Westinghouse is 0-5.
Bayside 58, Martin Van Buren 49: Austin Williams scored 13 points, Brandon King had 12 points and Uzonna Akazi had 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for Bayside (7-4, 5-2) in Queens AA. Van Buren is 2-4.
Grady 51, Robeson 48: Denzel Wilson scored 14 points, Mohamed Dansoko had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Kadeem Stanislas chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Robeson (6-6, 2-4) in Brooklyn AA. Grady improves to 2-4 in league play.
Wadleigh 77, Thurgood Marshall 76 OT: Basil Harley had 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, Stephen Turner tallied 18 points and Louis Costen followed with 15 points and 17 rebounds for Wadleigh (8-3, 5-0), which rallied from a 16-point deficit, in Manhattan AA. TMA is 2-4.
Cardozo 68, Forest Hills 58: Jermaine Lawrence had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Tajay Henry had 11 points and Kyle Credle added 10 for Cardozo (5-1) in Queens AA. Forest Hills is 3-4.
Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) 55, South Shore 44: Wayne Martin scored 14 points and Shamiek Sheppard had 13 for South Shore (7-4) in the Kreul Classic Elite Challenge. The Vikings went 1-3 in the round-robin tournament.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) 54, Thomas Jefferson 46, OT: Mike Watson scored 10 points and Jermoine Faison had eight for Jefferson (8-4) in the Kreul Classic Sweet Sixteen Championship third-place game. The Orange Wave went 2-2 in the Coral Springs, Fla. tournament.
Manhattan Center 74, West 50th Street 71: Khalik Hamer had 16 points and five assists, Julian Beach notched 14 points and Robert Konteh (10 rebounds) and Yelsin Gonzalez had 10 apiece for Manhattan Center (3-3) in Manhattan AA. West 50th Street is 1-5.
Susan Wagner 54, CSI/McCown 51: Ian Charles and Aaron Belmore each scored 10 points for Wagner (3-8, 2-4) in Staten Island A. Quamaine Tomlin scored 17 points for CSI McCown (7-1, 4-1) to go over the 1,000-point barrier.
Hunter College HS 49, Economics & Finance 41: Sam Gordon had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Hunter College (6-1) in Manhattan A East. Economics & Finance is 0-6 in Manhattan A Southwest.
Holcombe Rucker 83, Law, Government & Justice 58: Devin Amill scored 20 points and Donald Harvey added 18 for Holcombe Rucker (4-2) in Bronx B East. Law, Government & Justice is 0-6.
Banana Kelly 69, South Bronx 63: Kelvin Perez scored 25 points, Jefferson Ramos had 15 points and seven assists and Malvin Nieves added 14 points for Banana Kelly (3-4) in Bronx B East. South Bronx is also 3-4.
Metropolitan 73, South Bronx Prep 61: William McClellan had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Mahammad Camara notched 13 points for Metropolitan (4-3) in Bronx B East. South Bronx Prep is 4-3 as well.
All City Leadership 65, Maxwell 39: Carlton Miller had 35 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Oliver Inca added 12 points for All City Leadership (5-2) in Brooklyn B East. Maxwell is 2-5.
American Studies 42, Morrisania 35: Zane Vogoel posted 13 points and 13 rebounds and Antonio Aquino had 11 points for American Studies (5-1) in Bronx B West. Morrisania is 4-2.
Fannie Lou Hamer 80, Leadership Institute 33: Jimeek Conyers posted 22 points and five assists, Corey Morgan Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Tyrik Lewis had 10 points for undefeated Fannie Lou Hamer (7-0) in Bronx B East. Leadership Institute is 0-5.
Wingate 50, Adams Street 38: Jericho Cherisma poured in 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Jean Joseph had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Bronx B West-leading Wingate (7-0). Adams Street is still winless at 0-7.
BCAM 75, Cobble Hill 48: Chris Benjamin had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Patrick Cross chipped in 14 points and six assists for BCAM (3-3), which led 27-15 at halftime, in Brooklyn B West. Cobble Hill is 1-6.
Bathgate 73, FDA III 69: Ben Smith scored 22 points, Branden Benton had 15 and Albert Gonzalez notched 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Bathgate (5-2) in Bronx B East. FDA III is 3-4.
Teachers Prep 93, East New York Family Academy 44: Jordan Stewart scored 18 points, Reatt Foster added 16 points and Andre Menner had 14 points and 14 rebounds for undefeated Teachers Prep (7-0) in Queens B East. East New York Family Academy is 2-5.
Goldstein 66, Tilden 58: Lucas Savage made 16-of-19 free throws and scored 26 points and Jacob Berardi added 25 points and 15 rebounds for Goldstein (5-2) in Brooklyn B West. Tilden is 4-2.
Renaissance 35, Law Enforcement & Public Safety 34: Charle Mordan had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Rashad Hector chipped in eight points for Renaissance (5-1) in Queens B East. Law Enforcement & Public Safety is 4-1.
Medgar Evers 35, Clara Barton 32
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how far is infinity?
"Exactly!", the teacher picked it immediately, "we don't know, and that's why it's undefined and we call it something vague, like infinite!" :P
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Presenting an diverse repertoire of on-camera charm and presence, Actor Kim Jurek Lukasik spent a Sunday afternoon creating head shots, editorial and portrait photos with the DKS Media Solutions' studio. Please see his profile at: www.modelmayhem.com/KJL
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In the 50h forest monitoring plot, each tree with a trunk diameter of greater than 10mm get geo-referenced, tagged, and a full bio-survey. Researchers will survey the plot every 3-5 years, so over time, we can build up a rich GIS map of the plot, showing the dynamics over time. This will allow valuable insight into the functioning of PNG's rainforest ecosystems
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Train to The Hague | Den Haag HS
Autumn 2011, Antwerp (BE)
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Eastlake Titans is hosting Vista Panthers in the CIF High School Semi-finals. A good friend of mine is to coach on the Eastlake High School team.
You will soon discover that my night shooting need a lot of help. Please bear with me through my learning curve of shooting without natural lighting.
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All horses appear in post position order
PN Horse, Wt.
4 Chalk Player(L),120
5 Auric Girl(L),121
7 Much Fanfare(L),114
8 My Nan Nell(L),121
SECOND-6f; $50,000; mdn spcl wt; 3up
PN Horse, Wt.
1 Bernie's Love(M),121
5 Ice Pilot(L),116
THIRD-6f; $28,000; cl($14,000); 3up
PN Horse, Wt.
1A a-Happy Bull(L),121
4 Brock N Roll(L),123
6 Take Down Two(L),121
7 Speight ofHand(L),116
FOURTH-1m; $41,000; mdn spcl wt; 2YO; (f)
PN Horse, Wt.
3 Stock Fund(L),113
1 a-Rum Till I Die ,120
1A a-Princess Reyana,120
6 Hot Splash(L),120
FIFTH-6f; $16,000; mdn cl($12,500); 3up; (f&m)
PN Horse, Wt.
2 City Ransom(L),114
4 Champaine Lady ,122
7 Fall Into Faith(L),121
10 Tropical Jetset(L),122
SIXTH-6f; $52,000; alw opt clm; 3up; (f&m)
PN Horse, Wt.
3 Malibu Artiste(L),116
4 Victoria Lynn(L),121
5 Full of Gut(L),121
6 No ThreeWords(L),122
1 a-E Z Passer(L),121
SEVENTH-6f; $21,000; cl($15,000); 3up
PN Horse, Wt.
1 Cella Muffler(L),115
2 Quiet Power(L),120
3 All Class(L),120
4 Ry Bread(L),122
7 Haya's Boy(L),115
8 He's a Scrooge(L),121
9 Token Sacrifice(L),121
EIGHTH-6f; $44,000; alw opt clm; 3up; (f&m)
PN Horse, Wt.
2 Those LionEyes(L),115
5 Eden Is Burning(L),120
6 Lady Gracenote(L),121
NINTH-6f; $27,000; cl($25,000); 3up
PN Horse, Wt.
2 Saint Daimon(L),121
3 Shmooz Talker(L),113
4 Together Indy(L),121
5 Private Jet(M),121
6 Fiery Footwork(L),116
7 Bud White(L),120
8 Khan of Khans(L),121
10 Have You Ever(L),121
12 Bambi Bound(L),120
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This grey seal has been nicknamed Rope-neck by the wardens at Donna Nook because of the scar around her neck from an old injury, making her easily identifiable.
She comes back to practically the same spot on the dunes to give birth every year and has a kind of a plaque on the fence where she "lives" for a few weeks each year, telling visitors her story.
This series shows her in the next photo down, trying to get her pup to feed by tickling it with her flipper, but, the pup just wants to play..........
photos all taken from behind the fence on the path.
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Peaking through the summer foliage at the upper falls.
Our day in Yellowstone was cut short when a summer storm rolled in. I don't remember anyone complaining, though; we rolled across the border to Gardiner, Montana, and found ourselves a little pizza joint/brewery. A nice place to compare war stories.
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(Pardon the terrible title, not feeling tvery original at the moment!) Today I made a very much impulsive visit to the Top of the Rock. As I waited in line after line surrounded my scores of tourists, I started questioning my decision. The $50 I paid for 2 tickets whispering negative thoughts to me. Today, however, mother nature did not disappoint. Beautiful ambiance and cloud porn was the order of the evening! It was enough to make one forget the chaos below on the streets of NYC. (And more importantly the $50 I paid for my 2nd visit to the rock!)
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Canning Dock is a dock, on the River Mersey, England and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the southern dock system, connected to Salthouse Dock to the south and Canning Half Tide Dock to the west. The Canning Graving Docks are accessed from the dock.
The dock was opened in 1737 as a protected tidal basin providing an entrance to Old Dock. Having been subsequently enclosed as a wet dock three years earlier, in 1832 it was officially named after the Liverpool MP, George Canning. To the east is the site of Old Dock, built in 1709, this was the world first enclosed dock. Canning Dock would have initially served ships involved in the trans Atlantic slave trade.
Access to the northern half of the dock system was via Georges Dock, George's Basin and into Princes Dock. In 1899, both Georges Basin and George's Dock were filled in and the site is now the Pier Head.
Along with the Albert Dock and others in the immediate vicinity, Canning Dock was abandoned as a commercial shipping facility in 1972 due to the rising cost of dredging and falling numbers in traffic. It was restored in the 1980s and provides access to the Canning Graving Docks, which are part of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
By March 2009 work was completed on a 22 million extension of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, providing a further 1.4 miles of navigable waterway.
From Princes Dock, the extension passes the Pier Head and terminates at Canning Dock. The extension includes a small basin at Mann Island, in the vicinity of the Pier Head, and a new lock providing access to Canning Dock.
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Another year is set to start for the league which many have called the best in the United States. Except this season will be a little different.
Rice has closed due to financial woes and teams have moved up to the ‘AA’ from the ‘A’ to make for more competitive balance. There will be league matchups this year that haven’t been seen in a long time.
Of course, one thing is the same as always: a bevy of talent. Christ the King, St. Raymond and Cardinal Hayes are all loaded with five or more future Division I players and many of those players are veterans. With deep and inexperienced teams below them, like Holy Cross, Xaverian and Archbishop Molloy, it should be a fun ride.
St. Raymond's Nkereuwen Okoro will help lead a deep, talented Ravens squad bent on winning a city title.
Here are the first rankings of the season:
1. Christ the King
A third straight CHSAA Class AA intersectional title is well within reach. Christ the King, nationally ranked by every major outlet, will be led by UConn-bound senior guard Omar Calhoun and a triumvirate of talented juniors: Isaiah Lewis, Jon Severe and Jordan Fuchs. The Royals are fueled by a loss to Mount Vernon in last year’s New York State Federation Class AA final.
2. St. Raymond
People think Daniel Dingle and Kerwin Okoro when they hear St. Ray’s and that’s normal. But coach Oliver Antigua sees the city’s most balanced team. He expects big years out of electric guard Shane Rector, sharpshooter Larry Graves and defensive stopper Myron Hickman as well as rising sophomore Kayvon Williams.
3. Cardinal Hayes
No team benefited more from the untimely demise of Rice than Cardinal Hayes. The Cardinals will go from the Class A championship game to ‘AA’ title contender in the league’s revamped setup. That’s what happens when you add Tyler Wilson, Naasir Williams and Chris Robinson to an already-formidable nucleus.
4. Holy Cross
Experience, versatility and unselfishness are the words that come to mind when you think about Holy Cross coming into the season. Five senior regulars are back from a team that went to the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semis. Led by Will Davis, Marquise Moore and Mairega Clarke, the Knights will be in the mix again.
Perhaps no player in the CHSAA improved himself more in the offseason than Brian Bernardi, who stayed home in July to do skills work – a rarity today. Point guard Dillon Burns is a gritty leader and Shakeel Kemp, an athletic swingman, might be ready to break out. But there’s no doubting this is Bernardi’s team.
6. Archbishop Molloy
The C.J. Davis Era has begun at Molloy. But the exceptional sophomore point guard has some help, too. Fellow 10th-grade guard Gabe Kilpatrick is a player, steady senior point guard George Davis returns and Morrell Haskins and Darden Ostrozubi have done well filling in for talented junior wing Marco Kozul (ankle).
7. Bishop Loughlin
Star seniors Tyliek Kimbrough, Joel Angus and Travis Charles have jumped ship to PSAL teams, but coach Ed Gonzalez is more than happy with what remains: a bunch of talented youngsters. Loughlin will have senior leadership, but sophomores Khadeen Carrington, Elisha Boone and Devin Wilson lead the way.
8. Archbishop Stepinac
Point guard Josh James, with his Division I offers, is primed for a breakout season and guards Tyler Iacuone and Naim Thomas are expected to take on major roles. Conroy might be at Lehigh, but Devino McRae and Austin Taps make up a formidable front line. The transition to ‘AA’ should be seamless for Stepinac.
9. Mount St. Michael
If Mount can shoot the way its capable most nights and defend like coach Tom Fraher hopes, it could be a strong year moving up to the ‘AA’ for last year’s ‘A’ champ. Malik Gill is a great lead guard. Pair him with shooters Anthony Maestre and Andrew Utate and inside beast Omari Manhertz and it’s a tough combo.
10. All Hallows
Jon Brens leads a solid group of seniors and juniors Raz Council and Ethan Hamlet are expected to take that next step in their development. Longtime coach John Carey envisions this small team creating mismatches and scoring off the bounce. He always seems to have All Hallows playing its best basketball in the postseason.
Dropped out: None
On the bubble: St. Peter’s, St. Francis Prep, Fordham Prep and Monsignor Farrell
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The end of another day, with the hot glowing sun beginning to recede below the horizon.
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A U.S. Senate committee is considering tackling a burgeoning and controversial business in which veterans and other retirees sell some of their future pension income to investors, with an array of middlemen profiting from the transactions.
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Sen. Tom Harkin wants to be sure 'pension participants are not abused.'
"The sale of pensions to investors in secondary markets is a worrisome new practice that deserves careful scrutiny," said Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "In tough economic times, hard-working people are often forced to make difficult choices between immediate economic needs and their future retirement security.
"However, it is critically important that people forced to make these tough decisions have the information they need to make wise choices, and don't fall victim to unscrupulous or illegal practices."
Mr. Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa, said he plans "to take a closer look at these issues in the coming months to ensure that our laws are respected and pension participants are not abused." A committee spokeswoman said it is early in the process, and the senator declined to elaborate on possible courses of action.
As The Wall Street Journal detailed in a story earlier this month, financial middlemen have helped to set up websites with names such as BuyYourPension.com and pension4cash.com to connect pension recipients.
The pensioners need immediate cash; the investors are lured by promises of higher returns.
The market plays off several current trends: With tougher credit standards, many people who ordinarily might borrow from credit cards are willing to pledge future pension checks for cash now, even if the terms are highly unfavorable to them.
Many people who never previously considered unconventional investments are attracted to them with bonds paying ultralow yields and stock markets a highly risky bet.
The financial middlemen bundle information obtained by the websites into spreadsheets that are supplied to financial advisers for their clients. The investor pays an agreed-upon lump sum to the retiree, who signs a contract pledging to hand over all or part of each month's check for a set number of years. The deals typically are priced to yield investors 6% to 7% or so a year, as their money is returned over a period of several years to 10 years.
Meanwhile, an array of middlemen collect fees: They are spread among the website operators, firms that do the heavy lifting of pulling together transactions, distributors and the financial advisers who land individual investors.
No one keeps track of how many pensions are traded for instance cash, and the number for now is believed to be small. But in recent months, websites have proliferated, and middlemen far from Wall Street have ramped up efforts to win over financial advisers to the concept.
These firms have their eye on the hundreds of thousands of military veterans, police officers and firefighters who can start receiving pension checks while they are still in their 40s, many of whom have moved on to other jobs and wouldn't be put in desperate financial straits if they pledge some of their future pension income for a wad of cash.
The deals attempt to thread the needle of federal pension law and federal statutes governing military pay, which prohibit the "assignment" of qualified pensions. The transactions attempt to make the distinction that the pension itself isn't being assigned but that the retiree is promising to fulfill a contract and will use money he or she has received from a pension check.
But that makes the transactions risky to investors because the retiree could breach the contract or file for bankruptcy, putting investors in a line of creditors seeking to be repaid.
Pension-income-stream transactions arranged by a California firm that has been in the business since the 1990s have been enforced by some courts but rejected by others, including a U.S. bankruptcy court, filings show.
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