United Arab Emirates publishes first photo from Mars probe

first_imgLocal NewsWorld News United Arab Emirates publishes first photo from Mars probe Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter TAGS  center_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 14, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Sunday published the first image for its Mars probe now circling the red planet. The picture, taken Wednesday, shows sunlight just coming across the surface of Mars. It shows Mars’ north pole, as well as Mars’ largest volcano, Olympus Mons. The image comes from its “Amal,” or “Hope,” space probe. The probe swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. Previous articleUnexpected: Dimitrov vs Karatsev in Australian Open QFsNext articlePET OF THE WEEK: Tessie Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Toys’ exhibit showcases handcrafted trinkets

first_imgSanta Claus will have an extra helper when spreading holiday cheer this year as the “Toys” exhibit comes to Saint Mary’s College. “Toys,” a presentation of handcrafted wooden toys and puzzle pieces, will be on display in the lobby of the Cushwa-Leighton Library from Dec. 6 through Jan. 12. The exhibit will feature toys created by George Efta, other crafts that were given to him as gifts and pieces that he purchased. Efta is one of the nation’s leading craftsmen of handmade wooden toys and puzzles and is married to Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney. Bob Hohl, reference librarian and curator of the exhibit, said the Saint Mary’s community is excited to host Efta’s public debut. “What is more quintessential of Christmas than a toy handmade and given with love?” he said. According to Hohl, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is decorated every year for Christmas, and “Toys” will be a nice addition to the Christmas trees, wreaths and other seasonal decorations. “We are all ‘Gettin’ merry like Christmas,’ as Maya Angelou has written,” he said. A press release from Saint Mary’s said Efta has been designing, building and selling his handiwork for more than 35 years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1972, Efta was inspired to create his own wooden crafts after he discovered a toy store in a Minnesota mall. “I thought to myself, ‘I can do that,’” Efta said, “And I couldn’t. But about three months later, I was actually making toys.” According to the press release, all of Efta’s pieces will be made from wood and include planes, cars and other types of toys. “What really intrigues me is the whole range of toys and things that are childlike,” he said. “I have pieces from France, Egypt, Italy, England and other countries. Toys are universal.” Hohl said he expects that the exhibit, which is free to the Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame communities as well as the general public, will serve as a unique way to recognize the holiday season. “We hope that Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students will enjoy this exhibit during the next two weeks as the academic semester draws to a close; but we also invite families of the larger community to visit during the holidays to celebrate the special joys of the season,” he said. In addition to the wooden toys crafted by Efta and the other artists, the exhibit will also include handmade puzzles, some of which are double layered. “George’s double-puzzles are a delightful surprise ⎯ two puzzles in one and when you remove the top puzzle, there is another underneath,” Hohl said. “My favorite is the fishbowl with two curious and hungry red cats underneath.” The Cushwa-Leighton Library will also host a reception with Efta open to the public Monday, Dec. 12, from 4:40 p.m. to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Verstappen claims 70th Anniversary GP win as ‘sleeping’ Mercedes wilt

first_img‘Something’s wrong’ For Mercedes, it was a longer wait than expected. By lap 25, he led Bottas by 17 seconds and Hamilton by 20 with both battling rapid tyre-wear.Finally, on lap 27, the Dutchman came in for mediums allowing Bottas to pass him before he re-joined and swiftly re-passed the Finn. In third, Hamilton reported blistering.As if in response, Red Bull matched Mercedes’ tactics on lap 33 when both Bottas and the leader pitted for hard compounds and Hamilton, with blisters, took the lead with 19 laps to go.”Something’s wrong with the car to make the left rear do that, said Hamilton, who had an advantage of 11 seconds. After his punctured win last week, Hamilton was worried. “The tires aren’t going to blow, right?” he asked.For Hamilton, a stop was inevitable and it came on lap 42 when he locked up as he entered the pit lane. Back on hards, he reeled off fastest laps in pursuit before regaining third on lap 46 and then second on lap 50. Hamilton said: “That was a massive challenge, but congratulations to Red Bull. It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering [on tires] as hard core as that.”Bottas, who started from pole, said: “Very frustrating for me, to start from pole and finish third.”It’s not ideal and I think that as a team we were sleeping at some points in the race. My strategy was far from ideal.”Hamilton’s podium finish meant he equaled Michael Schumacher’s career record of 155 podium finishes. It was also his record-extending 38th points scoring finish in a row.  Charles Leclerc came home fourth after a sterling drive for Ferrari ahead of Alex Albon in the second Red Bull, Lance Stroll and his Racing Point team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.Esteban Ocon finished eighth for Renault ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri.On a hot day, the track temperature was 43 degrees when the lights went out, Bottas clinging to the lead from his 13th career pole position.Unsurprisingly, Verstappen out-started Hulkenberg to take third, the German making his first start since last year after his call-up to replace Covid-19 victim Sergio Perez.At the front, Hamilton piled pressure on his team-mate while at the back, after an unforced spin, Vettel slipped to 20th and last for Ferrari.He was back up to 14th by lap nine as the pit-stops began and Verstappen, like Vettel on hard tires, began to close in on the two Mercedes.Almost immediately, Hamilton admitted “my rears are finished” shortly before Bottas pitted, leaving Hamilton to fend off Verstappen before he stopped to take a new set of hards.This gave Verstappen the initiative ahead of Hulkenberg and Stroll with Bottas fourth, after re-joining, and Hamilton fifth, adrift by 3.6 seconds. The ‘Hulk’ soon pitted and returned in seventh as the race settled to await Verstappen’s need for new rubber. During the race, Red Bull asked him to ease off, but he replied saying “I don’t want to drive like a grand-ma” before the team relented.Verstappen won by 11.326 seconds ahead of championship leader and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton who passed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages. The Finn finished third.”I didn’t see that coming, but after the first stint it seemed we were really good on tires. I didn’t have any tire issues at all – a great day for us,” said Verstappen. Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012 on Sunday when he made the most of a superior strategy in sizzling conditions to beat both Mercedes and claim victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.It was the Dutchman’s first victory of the season and the ninth of his career and the first time a race had been won by a driver who did not start on pole position in seven races since last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.Verstappen owed his victory to a team decision to start the race on hard compound tires while his main rivals all launched from the grid on mediums, the two Mercedes men struggling to manage tyre-wear throughout the race. Topics :last_img read more

Bubak goes back-to-back at Lubbock Wrecker Sprint Ntl’s

first_imgThe Hambelton Racing Dash for Cash saw the top-six in combined points from Thursday and Friday’s preliminary events duel for a starting position in the first three rows of the big dance on Saturday night. Jason Martin used the high-side to make a pass on Bubak to win the Dash for Cash, earning him the pole starting position and an extra $300.  Jake Bubak repeated as winner of the Dodge City Raceway Park Lubbock Wrecker Service Sprint Nationals. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) Martin and Bubak set the pace for the 30-lap feature event. Martin took advantage of the pole position, snagging the lead ahead of Bubak and Zach Blurton. A caution flew on lap seven and the restart saw Blurton advance to second before snagging the lead from Martin on lap 10.  Bubak remained in contention and snagged the lead from Martin on lap 25. Martin continued to challenge for the lead but time ran out as Bubak won his second consecutive Sprint Car Nationals at DCRP. Bubak slid into second just past halfway but Martin prevailed and claimed the lead back from Blurton. center_img Martin settled for second while Blurton, Taylor Velasquez and Jordan Knight rounded out the topfive.   DODGE CITY, Kansas (Aug. 22) – The Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series Presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing took to the finale of Dodge City Raceway Park’s Lubbock Wrecker Service Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday night. Jake Bubak claimed his second Sprint Car Nationals Championship after prevailing from a three-IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car battle to lead the final five circuits of the 30-lap feature event and earning $5,170 for the three-day weekend. Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. Jason Martin; 3. Zach Blurton; 4. Taylor Velasquez; 5. Jordan Knight; 6. Jeremy Huish; 7. Chase Randall; 8. David Luckie; 9. Luke Cranston; 10. Ray Seemann; 11. Blake Scott; 12. J.D. Johnson; 13. Jake Martens; 14. Vance Wofford; 15. Steven Richardson; 16. Tyler Knight; 17. Brett Becker; 18. Ross Essenburg; 19. Larry Neighbors; 20. Ty Williams; 21. Monty Ferriera; 22. Cody Lampe.last_img read more