Jack Nicklaus Continues to Design and Improve Golf Courses Across the Globe
Aug17

Jack Nicklaus Continues to Design and Improve Golf Courses Across the Globe

Landscaping can increase a home’s resale value by as much as 14%. When it comes to golf courses, however, landscaping improvements can offer so much more. Jack Nicklaus — the Golden Bear — is regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. During a span of more than 25 years, he won a record 18 Major championships, along with 19 second-place finishes and win third-place finishes. He’s been out of the professional golf scene for a while now, at least as a player being that he’s 78 years old and all, but he still is very involved. For nearly 35 years, Nicklaus’ golf design company has eight offices across six countries and more than 300 golf courses (and counting). His business is not one of the most successful design firms of his generation. According to KTAR, Nicklaus’ Scottsdale golf course is currently undergoing some serious landscape renovations — worth about $13 million. Renegade, a private golf course in the Phoenix area and the first of Nicklaus signature courses, is undergoing $13 million in landscape renovations. Golf Digest once called Renegade “the most versatile course in the world. “We want to make it more user-friendly but also keep the integrity of the course that has been here since day one,” Nicklaus said. “I can usually look at a piece of ground and visualize how I think golf should be played. And I’ve always had the ability to put that game of golf on the ground.” Here are some of the best golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus’ design firm: Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, Calif. Cabo Del Sol (Ocean), Los Cabos, Mexico Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville Punta Espada Golf Club, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, Colo. Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek, Ala. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon City, South Korea Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio Quivira Golf Club, Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur, Mexico “I suppose this is my landscape,” Nicklaus added. “I am a painter and this is what I am...

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Five Year Old Calls 911 To Invite Police To Birthday, Hilarity Ensues

This kid is brilliant. While Mom and Dad were worried about party planning logistics like the appropriate amount of disposable cups, pinatas, balloons, cake, and the like, this birthday boy had other plans. In New Zealand, young Zachary was about to turn five years old. A momentous occasion, for which he wanted a police-themed birthday party. Seems pretty doable. He wanted the real deal, so he took it a step further. Unbeknownst to his mother, Zachary called New Zealand’s 911 equivalent two times to invite the police to his birthday party. What can we say? The kid is persistent. It never hurts to ask. After his Mom caught on to his antics and the operator confirmed that there were no emergencies, they had a bit of a laugh. “I’m very sorry. That was my nearly 5-year-old son, he was just telling me that he, um, wanted to invite the police to his birthday party,” said Zach’s mother Sarah. The operator said that the police might not be able to make the party, but she’d put in a good word. That good word must’ve worked because on the day of the party, there was pounding on the front door of the house. Zachary was greeted by a squad of police officers in full riot gear, inquiring about the party. They gave him a stuffed dog wearing a police jacket, then the real fun began as another officer got the party started: “We’ve got some stuff outside if you want to come take a look at it? Maybe a little play around with some of our gear? Would you be interested in that?” He was interested in that. Then it was mayhem. Kids running around in handcuffs, sitting inside cruisers, just absolutely loving it. Officers sang “happy birthday” to Zach and cake was shared by everyone. The cherry on top was the police helicopter flyover as the officers were getting ready to leave. All in all, we think Zach had a pretty good day that started with a little emergency line mishap that worked out for the best. A smile-inducing case of ask and you shall receive. We think the officers had a good time, too, but posted a warning, just in case anyone had plans for future calls: “We don’t encourage kids calling 111 [NZ emergency] to invite police to their...

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Kind Hearted Social Media Deed Makes Store Owner’s Day
Aug16

Kind Hearted Social Media Deed Makes Store Owner’s Day

Ready for a good old-fashioned reminder that wonderful people are still out there? Good, so are we. Meet Dave. He owns a store called Sunrise Health Foods in California. Dave is not what we would call social media nor technologically savvy. He doesn’t own a mobile phone. In fact, the store’s website is just about as barebones as they come. And that’s okay because he’s had a successful store for 35 years. From Essential Oils to tea to healthy snacks like organic microgreens — tiny edible vegetables prematurely harvested — and everything in between, Dave’s store is the go-to for a range of specific health niches. A few weeks ago was the 35-year anniversary of his store. That’s no meager milestone, so in the spirit of celebration, he got cupcakes, drinks, and snacks for guests and customers to enjoy while they shopped. Pretty nice gesture, right? You’d think with the 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream Americans eat every year, among other goodies, that cupcakes might get some foot traffic. So did he. No one showed up. No one, that is, except Kayla. Kayla frequents Dave’s store and noticed that he was pretty bummed out that no one was around. “He was just sitting there, he had this sad look on his face and he kept repeating to us, ‘it’s our anniversary, it’s our 35th anniversary today. It’s really slow; it’s one of our slowest days,'” she reported. So she did what any 23-year-old might do and took to Twitter. She took a picture of Dave and tweeted: “This is Dave. He owns Sunrise Health in Fresno, Ca. Today is his store’s 35th anniversary and he was expecting people to come in. He bought cupcakes, soda, and decorations and NO ONE showed up. I just got here and he brought everything out to celebrate. Can we get him some recognition?” For more than half of adults over 18, coffee is a daily essential. That number is even higher for daily smartphone and social media use, so the tweet really worked. Within a few hours, the tweet went viral and Dave’s store became a revolving door for the remainder of the day. He was swamped with visitors. Kayla stuck around and hung out, tweeting and taking pictures as Dave was busy with customers. He was even getting calls from all over the country from people who just wanted to say hello and congratulate him. It made his day. One can only assume all of the cupcakes were eaten. Formerly a social media skeptic, he’s since admitted that he might have to give it a try. Kayla even offered to help...

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Newton Prison Faces Lawsuit Due to Radioactive Radon Levels
Aug09

Newton Prison Faces Lawsuit Due to Radioactive Radon Levels

Two lawsuits have been filed against Garner Correctional Institute claiming that dangerous levels of uranium and radon at the prison have caused cancer among inmates and corrections officers. The most recent lawsuit alleges that dangerous levels of radon and uranium at the prison killed at least two corrections officers and caused almost a dozen others to contract cancer, according to attorney Lori Welch-Rubin. A class action lawsuit was announced in late July in New Haven on behalf of the corrections officers, and it’s headed to Superior Court in Waterbury. Scott Semple, the Commissioner of the State Department of Correction, and other correction officials are the targets in both lawsuits. According to the Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. High levels of radon were discovered in the prison in late 2013 after a teacher in one of its classrooms complained about potential exposure. Federal guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency warn that radon levels higher than 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) are not suitable for people to be around and qualify as “action level.” Areas of the prison showed levels in excess of 20 pCi/L, according to the federal suit. “Forcing inmates to be exposed involuntarily to radon, a recognized human carcinogen, far in excess of any publicized safe level constitutes deliberate indifference by correctional officials,” that suit states. Welch-Rubin stated that employees were told about the problem back in 2014 and were given a one-year window to apply for workers compensation benefits, but those who had already retired or were transferred to other facilities were not notified. A retired guard was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016 and lived for only five months after his diagnosis. “If he had been told years before when state officials knew about the problem he’d probably still be alive today,” Welch-Rubin said. The federal lawsuit also claims that officials intentionally didn’t test areas where the inmates were housed for radon. A mitigation system was put in place after the testing, but it doesn’t cover areas where the inmates are housed, said the lawsuit. “The Department of Corrections removed and censored the article as part of its ongoing effort to cover up what took place at Garner and to keep prisoners who were housed at Garner ignorant of the potential medical risks,” stated one of the inmates, Scott Pickles, in an affidavit filed as part of the federal...

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Engineers Hoping to Reduce the Weight of Offshore Turbines Across the Globe
Aug08

Engineers Hoping to Reduce the Weight of Offshore Turbines Across the Globe

In order to keep offshore turbines light and as energy-efficient as possible, engineers are looking beyond superconductors for a new approach. According to IEE Spectrum, permanent-magnet technology should help with powerful turbines, potentially lightening the already extremely heavy loads. Typical offshore towers are very powerful, heavy, large, and, as far as gas turbines are concerned, hot. In fact, gas turbines operate at much higher temperatures than steam turbines — typically, at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit versus 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for steam turbines. Conventionally, bigger and more megawatts per turbine have been better. But if the turbine industry doesn’t find new ways to adapt to the growing emphasis on reducing machine weight, bigger turbines will soon become much worse. A European Union project called InnWind calculated that if a 20-megawatt turbine were to be built with today’s technology, the outer casing of the machine would weigh 2.4 million pounds — which is simply unobtainable. Not only that, but its three blades would have to span a diameter the length of eight blue whales. Again, unfathomable. “The problem is that there is a limit for constructing with current technology,” said Iker Marino, an electrical engineer at Spanish applied-research organization Tecnalia Corporacion Technologic. “The weight of the top of the machine is too huge.” Superconductors have worked well for reducing weight, but permanent magnets are seemingly even more successful. These permanent magnets can help replace the direct drive’s magnets with lighter electromagnets made from coils of superconducting wire. Finding a way to minimize weight and maximize efficiency has been extremely difficult for those working in the offshore energy sector. “All the engineering around heat extraction is feasible but complex,” added Marino. “Offshore conditions are a problem for complexity.” Though engineers and energy officials are working tirelessly to reduce the size and weight of the world’s offshore turbines, there are still plenty of projects developing in the U.S. and other major nations that are doing the opposite. RECHARGE adds that project developers across the globe are increasing their deployment of larger rated turbines, often with larger ratings and longer rotors, in order to improve competitiveness in power...

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Sneaker Raffle Held By Rappers For Houston Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas nearly one year ago, dumping 27 trillion gallons of water on the southern state and causing around $125 billion in damage. The Category 4 hurricane was so devastating that many of the 13 million affected are still recovering, especially in Houston, inspiring local rapper Trae tha Truth to take action. These Sneakers Were Made For Rapping The sneaker resale market is worth around $1 billion, showing how much people value shoes as a way to express their individual personality and style. Trae tha Truth understands just what they mean to the youth of this country, and he’s teamed up with a number of rappers in a bid to support Hurricane Harvey relief. The Houston native organized a charity campaign in which famous rappers donate their iconic sneakers to a raffle, the proceeds of which will go towards Angel By Nature and the Relief Gang, a Houston charity organization designed specifically to help those suffering after Hurricane Harvey. At $10 a ticket, buyers have a chance to win one of the 10 exclusive pairs of sneakers, including DJ Khaled’s rare Jordan 3 “We the Best” pair. The list of donors include: Chris Paul Nicky Diamonds James Harden Bun B DJ Khaled and more! And it seems they’ve just added another: famous rapper T.I. has recently announced his decision to donate his one of a kind Balenciagas with neon laces to the cause. “These shoes are important to me, because I had these shoes on when I recorded ‘Ye vs. The People,’ so if you go back and check the video, you look, you can’t miss them.” The group is using their fame and influence for the common good, encouraging people to donate as much or as little as they can afford. Each $10 ticket means one chance to win a pair of the famous sneakers, and there is no limit to how many you can buy. So far, the campaign has raised an impressive $65,940 and show no signs of stopping anytime...

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