Sisters Overcome Hardship of Being Homeless to Achieve Academic

Three young Black sisters have resisted the pitfalls of their circumstances to achieve greatness as star athletes and cover models.According to Sports Illustrated Kids, runners Tai, Rainn and Brooke Sheppard are siblings whose goals soar higher than their past tribulations.But the shift wasn’t easy. In 2013, their 17-year-old half-brother died from gunfire, and the family wound up in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York, with their mother, Tonia Handy, in Sept. 2015. Upon their arrival, they faced an infestation of vermin that Handy had to exterminate herself.However, after overcoming such adversity, the girls found their way to an indoor track meet last winter. Coached by Jean Bell as members of the Jeuness Track Club, it was then that their love of racing blossomed.The sisters have achieved astonishing results as runners and have now set their sights even higher. Eleven-year-old Tai and 10-year-old Rainn each qualified in the 4×400 relay at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games in 2015, where they helped lead their team to a gold medal. This past year, Rainn also earned gold in the 3,000 meters.Tai said she would like to qualify for the Junior Olympics each year, and Rainn hopes to go back to the AAU Games.“I plan to go to the Olympics one day in [a distance race],” Tai said. “My track and field goals are just to keep getting emotionally and physically stronger. It’s all about what’s inside, in your mind.”Not to be outdone, youngest sister Brooke, 9, also seeks to improve her endurance.“My goals are to get faster as a runner and jump higher,” she said. “For college, I would want to stay nearby, so I can see how the team’s doing.”The Sheppard sisters (Sports Illustrated Kids)But athletics is not the only area where the Sheppard sisters shine. Handy said they earn stellar grades, too. Because of that, she initially had reservations about her daughters joining the team.“The first thing I thought about was, ‘Will their education be interrupted?’” she said. “Because these are great kids. When it comes to schoolwork, they are No. 1. They were never into sports, so I was kind of leery, but [the parents and coaches] were so welcoming.”That proved not to be a problem. The girls all earn A’s and B’s in their classes, and their training has led them to branch out into other activities, including participating in a school performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Sheppard sisters pose with coach Jean Bell and her sister, fellow coach Karel Lancaster (Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated Kids) read more

Attorney General Texas Will File Brief to Redirect Funds from Sanctuary Cities

first_imgDavis LandU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to Attorney’s Office staff and reporters on August 10, 2018, in Houston, TX.United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the state of Texas and seven Texas mayors are filing a brief in court to support Department of Justice efforts redirecting federal grant money from cities that do not cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies to those that do. While speaking at the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston, Sessions linked violent crime to illegal immigration, highlighting crimes committed in Texas by members of the gang MS-13, a group President Donald Trump has repeatedly singled out. Last May, NPR reported on four studies that show illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime.Sessions praised local and state political leaders, including Congressman John Culberson, who chairs the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the Department of Justice, and Governor Greg Abbott.He also praised Texas lawmakers for passing Senate Bill 4, a law that forces local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration policies. Sharelast_img read more

Physicists demonstrate rotated light images

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Play Image rotation filmed for a light beam propagating through a 10cm length of ruby rod, spinning the rod first clockwise and then anti-clockwise (as viewed from the camera position). Video: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984 To test this theory, the team created a square beam of green light, which they then directed at a spinning cylinder made entirely of ruby. The light was sufficiently strong enough to shine all the way through the cylinder, creating a square image on the other side. To see if the image was being rotated as the cylinder spun, the exact location of the projected image was noted, then the cylinder was spun in the opposite direction, to see if it would then be in a different position; which of course, it was. With the cylinder spinning at 30 revolutions per second, they found that the projected image was rotated about a third of a degree. They also found that increasing the amount of light tended to increase the amount of rotation of the projected image, in some cases, by as much as ten degrees.The research team note in their paper that they believe one application of this phenomenon could be its use in image encoding, just as current methods now include an image’s intensity. Scientists drag light by slowing it to speed of sound (PhysOrg.com) — In what might at first seem obvious, but isn’t after further thinking, a group of physicists from the United States and Canada have demonstrated, for the first time, that images generated by light, can be rotated via a rotating medium. In a paper published in Science, physicists Sonja Franke-Arnold, Graham Gibson, Robert W. Boyd and Miles J. Padgett describe how they were able to replicate the effects of light shifting via a moving medium, in a spinning medium, opening the door to a possible new way of encoding transmitted images. Explore further Scientists have long known that when a light is shone through certain moving material, that the light itself can be shifted along with it, due to the photons being absorbed and then released by the atoms in the medium. The effect has been demonstrated over the years and can be seen in the simplest of venues, such as light shining through a waterfall. Until now however, no one has shown that a similar effect might apply to a rotating medium.The idea is that if a beam of light, projected in a certain shape, such as a square for example, were to be shone through a spinning medium, such as a round block of glass, the image would emerge on the other side, but not exactly opposite; it would be off, just a little bit, in the direction of the spin. The amount of shifting would of course depend on both the speed of revolution of the cylinder and on the medium used, as some, such as rubies are able to cause more of a drag, per se, on the light as it moves through, than others.center_img More information: Rotary Photon Drag Enhanced by a Slow-Light Medium, Science 1 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6038 pp. 65-67 DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984ABSTRACTTransmission through a spinning window slightly rotates the polarization of the light, typically by a microradian. It has been predicted that the same mechanism should also rotate an image. Because this rotary photon drag has a contribution that is inversely proportional to the group velocity, the image rotation is expected to increase in a slow-light medium. Using a ruby window under conditions for coherent population oscillations, we induced an effective group index of about 1 million. The resulting rotation angle was large enough to be observed by the eye. This result shows that rotary photon drag applies to images as well as polarization. The possibility of switching between different rotation states may offer new opportunities for controlled image coding.via PhysicsWorld Citation: Physicists demonstrate rotated light images (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-physicists-rotated-images.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Over 5000 people left stranded on JammuSrinagar highway

first_img“More than 5,000 people are stranded at various places on the national highway,” an officer at the traffic control room Ramban told a news agency.The traffic police officials say that more than 2,000 vehicles, most of them passenger vehicles, continue to be stranded on the 300-km long national highway.”More than 2,000 vehicles continue to remain stranded on the highway more than half of them are passenger vehicles,” SSP Traffic (National Highway) Sanjay Kotwal said.Even as the weather conditions across the state have improved, it might take a while to throw the highway open for vehicular traffic.”The highway has suffered a lot of damage due to massive landslides that were triggered by heavy rain and snowfall. It might take some more time to throw the road open,” the officer said.Various stranded passengers said that they were facing hardships as the authorities, they say, have failed to help them.  “We don’t have anything to eat or drink, the administration has completely failed to help us. The children are without milk, we pray that the highway opens soon so that we can reach our destination,” said Khursheed Ahmed, one of the stranded passengers.Minister, 5 MLAs airlifted due to Highway closure Minister of State for Public Works Department Sunil Sharma and five MLAs stranded at various places due to closure of Jammu-Srinagar Highway, were airlifted here to take part in oath ceremony.”Minister and five other MLAs were airlifted in a chopper from different places to Jammu on Tuesday. They were stranded at different places due to closure of highway,” DIG Doda-Kishtwar range, Nissar Ahmed told a news agency. Others included Doda MLA Shakti Parihar, Ramban MLA Naleem Langeh, Bhaderwah MLA Daleep Parihar and two MLAs Khalil Bhand and Abdul Majeed Bhat from Kashmir, he said, adding, they were stranded at various places on the highway.Efforts are being made to airlift another MLA G M Saroori from Kishtwar, who is stranded there due to blockade of Batote-Kishtwar road as well as the highway.last_img read more