Farmers Almanac says to prepare for an astrological treat in 2020

first_imgAccording to the Farmers Almanac, this year promises to be a stargazer’s treat, especially when it comes to full Moons. In 2020, we’ll have 13 full Moons, including 2 two Supermoons, and two full moons in one month—the second is known as a “Blue Moon.” And that occurs on Halloween, making it an even rarer occurrence!The first full Moon of 2020 howls onto the scene with January’s Wolf Moon on January 10th. And usually, we have one for each month, making the total 12 for the year. But on occasion, some months will have two full Moons. This is the case for October 2020: we’ll have a full Moon on Thursday, October 1st and again on Saturday, October 31st—a Halloween full Moon—which is not only rare in and of itself, but it will also be considered a “Blue Moon” because it’s the second full Moon of the same month.For more than half a century, whenever two full Moons appeared in a single month (which happens on average every 2 1/2 to 3 years), the second has been christened a “Blue Moon.” In our lexicon, we describe an unusual event as happening “Once in a Blue Moon.” This expression was first noted back in 1821 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare.When you look at the full Moon on Halloween night, it won’t appear blue in color but you’ll be looking at something pretty uncommon. A full Moon on Halloween only occurs roughly once every 19 years (known as a Metonic cycle). If the full Moons are calculated using Greenwich Mean Time, that translates to approximately 3-4 times per century. So maybe the phrase “once in a Blue Moon” really belongs to a full Moon on Halloween!There is an alternate definition of a “Blue Moon,” which is based on a seasonal rule rather than a monthly rule:  Normally, there are three full Moons each season of the year. But when a particular season ends up containing four full Moons, the third then is referred to as a ‘Blue Moon.” For a Supermoon to occur, we can thank the shape of the Moon’s orbit, which is not a perfect circle, but an oval shape. That means when the Moon orbits the Earth each month, it reaches a point that’s farthest from the Earth, called apogee, and a point where it swings closest to Earth, called perigee.According to how most people define a Supermoon, it occurs when the Moon is at least 90% of the way to its perigee position at the same time it is in its “full” phase.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMickelson eliminated from FedEx Cup, now to try ChampionsNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at the Northern Trust and is all but assured of being outside the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship next week south of Chicago.Instead, Mickelson said he would make his debut on the 50-and-older circuit at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson turned 50 in June. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENHolmqvist leads British Open NFL-NEWSWashington coach diagnosed with cancerUNDATED (AP) — Washington football coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer. A team spokesman confirmed Rivera has squamous cell carcinoma. The 58-year-old is expected to continue coaching while undergoing treatment. In other NFL news:— Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has only a minor hamstring strain and the Chiefs intend to be cautious with their dynamic playmaker. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was back for the first time in nearly a week along with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones. Both of them had groin strains. Associated Press RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Shane Bertsch eagled the first hole of a four-man playoff to win the Charles Schwab Series in Missouri.Bertsch hit an approach from the rough near the back edge of a bunker that took some big bounces in front of the green. It rolled to 20 feet from the back pin on the par-5 first hole, giving him a victory in his second PGA Tour Champions start.Glen Day, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry shared second, one stroke ahead of Tom Byrum and Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing).COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli get prison time in college bribery plot The Toronto Raptors have a three-games-to-none lead for the first time in their history following a 117-92 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets.Toronto never trailed and led 57-42 by halftime. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points and chipped in eight rebounds and five assists. Fred VanVleet shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had his own double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.Tyler Johnson had a team-high 23 points for the Nets.In other first-round NBA playoff action: — The Celtics clawed their way to a 102-94 win over the 76ers and a three-games-to-none lead in their series. The Celts couldn’t shake the 76ers until they closed the game on a 10-0 run. Kemba Walker broke through with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced Boston attack, while Jaylen Brown delivered 21 points and seven boards. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) kept the Sixers in the game with 30 points and 13 rebounds. — The Jazz are up two games to one in their NBA first-round series after blowing out the Nuggets, 124-87. Mike Conley made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his return from quarantine. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) grabbed 14 rebounds and had a career playoff-high 24 points courtesy of numerous easy dunks and layups. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a team-high 15 points for the Nuggets, who tied the third-worst playoff loss in team history.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers beat CanadiensTORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they will take on the New York Islanders. Rojas homers in return from coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Miguel Rojas made a triumphant return after becoming the first of 17 Miami Marlins to come off the COVID-19 injured list.Miguel Rojas hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat, helping the Marlins end a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. Rojas hadn’t played since July 26, when the Marlins’ season was suspended amid a team-wide coronavirus outbreak. Winning pitcher Elieser (ee-lee-AY’-sur) Hernandez pitched five solid innings, allowing just two runs and three hits while striking out six.Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) and Trea Turner homered for the Nationals, who collected just two other hits in falling to 9-13. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Tigers had dropped 20 straight to the Indians before erasing an early 5-0 deficit in a 10-5 win at Cleveland. Isaac Peredes launched a grand slam in a seven-run fourth that put Detroit ahead.— The Pirates thumped the Brewers, 7-2 as Chad Kuhl pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than two years. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and four RBIs for a team that scored just five times during their just-concluded four-game losing skid.— Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit third-inning homers and the Blue Jays scored twice in the 10th to beat the Rays, 6-5. Cavan Biggio doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr.— The Mets and Yankees have had their entire weekend series postponed by Major League Baseball. The move comes after two members of the Mets organization tested positive for the coronavirus. After going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2019, the right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.In other MLB news:— Slumping Chris Davis has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Orioles, who recalled highly touted prospect Ryan Mountcastle and put him in the starting lineup against Boston. Davis headed to the IL with a .122 batting average and patellar tendinitis in his left knee. — The Phillies have moved to fortify their ineffective bullpen by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox. Boston also sent cash to the Phils for right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. Philadelphia also acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen. Hale has appeared in 95 games over six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. — The Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the injured list with lingering vision problems and recalled Randy Rosario to add a left-handed arm in the bullpen. Perez woke up with vision problems Sunday. MLB NEWSStrasburg might require surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis on his throwing hand after seeing a nerve specialist. That’s the word from manager Dave Martinez, who says surgery could be an option but adds he has yet to talk with the 2019 World Series MVP. Strasburg was put on the injured list on Aug. 15, a day after he recorded just two outs at Baltimore. center_img The Flyers scored a pair of early goals and closed out their opening-round series in six games by defeating the Canadiens’ 3-2. Ivan Provorov put the Flyers ahead just 28 seconds into the game. Kevin Hayes made it 2-0 at the 5:23 mark after setting up the first goal.Michael Raffl provided the eventual game-winner early in the second period.Carter Hart backstopped the win as Montreal outshot the Flyers, 33-17.Nick Suzuki scored both goals for the Canadiens, who knocked out the Penguins in the play-in round.MLB-SCHEDULE August 21, 2020 — Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice. Coach Sean McDermott couldn’t provide a timetable on time Norman will miss, in saying the team is still determining the severity of the injury. — Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he understands he could still be punished by the NFL even after armed robbery charges against him in Florida were dropped. Dunbar declined to speak in detail about what led to him being arrested and charged in Broward County, Florida. — The league has hired Jonathan Beane as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and has held senior diversity roles at Roche, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others. The league said Beane will “spearhead diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and will collaborate with senior leadership to drive actionable change” throughout the NFL.PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTBlazing hot rookie NORTON, Mass. (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler has become the 11th player to shoot a 59 or better in Tour history.The 24-year-old from Texas made a birdie putt from just outside 4 feet on the last hole for a 59 in The Northern Trust. He played bogey-free at the TPC Boston and finished with four birdies over his last five holes. Amazingly, he is two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who finished with a 60 and is at 15-under. PGA-MICKELSON TROON, Scotland (AP) — Dani Holmqvist braved the wind-swept links at Royal Troon to take the lead through two rounds of the Women’s British Open. Holmqvist shot 1-under 70 in windy morning conditions to be the only player under par after 36 holes.A 1-under total of 141 left Holmqvist a stroke ahead of American Austin Ernst and Sophia Popov of Germany. First-round leader Amy Olson shot 81, 14 strokes worse than Thursday. Stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and defending champion Hinako Shibuno missed the cut.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSBertsch eagle gives him Schwab win Update on the latest sports BOSTON (AP) — Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have apologized for using their wealth and privilege to bribe their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.Accepting plea deals struck in May after the pair admitted paying $500,000, a judge sentenced Loughlin to serve two months behind bars while Giannulli was sentenced to five months.Prosecutors say the couple funneled money through a sham charity to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither was a rower. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULERaptors trounce Nets for 3-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champs are on the verge of sweeping their first-round series.last_img read more

Syracuse displays ‘lack of energy’ in 5-2 loss to Cornell

first_imgSyracuse captain Nicole Ferrara found herself on the right hip of Cornell goalie Marlene Boissonnault midway through the second period, with the puck a few inches away. Ferrara tried to poke the puck toward goal but was instantly swarmed by Big Red defenders.Boissonnault ended up with the puck in her glove, while Ferrara ended up in a shoving match with defenders that had to be broken up by the officials.“We have to find a way to get the puck to the net,” sophomore Stephanie Grossi said. “Find a way to get (a good) quality of shots regardless of if they’re going to be physical or not.”The frustration showed by Ferrara encapsulated the feeling of the entire offense after Syracuse (5-7-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) was unable to execute well in its 5-2 loss to Cornell (2-4-1, 1-2-1 Ivy) at the War Memorial Arena.Syracuse started off slowly. After averaging over 10 shots per game in the first period this season, the Orange only managed to get off five shots on target in the opening stanza.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Paul Flanagan cited a lack of energy and team readiness for the overall struggles. He couldn’t pinpoint why exactly his team came out as flat as it did.“I thought that we hadn’t played a home a game in awhile (so) we’d have more energy,” Flanagan said. “… Lack of energy, lack of mental focus, we just weren’t ready, and that falls on my shoulders.”Opportunities picked up for Syracuse a bit in the second period.At one point, junior forward Morgan Blank got the puck on the left side of the ice close to the goal with no defender in front of her. But her shot was promptly snatched out of midair by Boissonnault’s glove.Later in the period, seniors Melissa Piacentini and Ferrara were weaving passes to each other through the Cornell defense. Ferrara ended up with the puck down the right sideline but fired a shot wide right.For the most part, Flanagan thought his offense wasn’t executing as well as it could have. The SU head coach said that in the last two games — including Tuesday’s loss to Clarkson — his team has been shooting too many shots directly into the chest of the opposing goalie which results in easy saves for the other team.“To me, that’s players, you’re not finishing your play,” Flanagan said. “ … Goalies in today’s world are dropping to their knees, (then) you gotta pick a corner.”The Orange offense managed to break through twice in the third period. Sophomore Stephanie Grossi jetted down the right side and kept the puck low as she poked it toward the back left corner to cut the Cornell lead down to 3-1.Later on in the third — after Cornell took a 4-1 lead — the Orange capitalized on a power play when junior Alysha Burriss slapped a shot to the top left corner of the goal.Still, neither goal-scorer was happy with the team’s performance. The bench — which in past games has erupted whenever the Orange scores a goal — congratulated its teammates in a much more halfhearted manner.“I think we just need more energy … that killer instinct and having that fire in your eyes … and I think that’s just something we all need to work on,” Burriss said. Comments Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

DOHERTY ACCUSES TAOISEACH OF FANTASY LAND POLITICS

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has said the Taoiseach’s analysis of his Sinn Fein’s alternative budget has no basis in reality. He said the claim that Sinn Féin wants a top rate of tax of 73% is nonsense.Deputy Doherty said: “It is quite obvious that the Taoiseach is deliberately misrepresenting Sinn Féin’s call for a third rate of tax on income over €100,000. “The figures he is attributing to Sinn Féin have no basis in reality.“Sinn Fein has consistently called for an extra 7% only on income over €100,000. This would increase the tax applied to income over €100,000 from 52% to 59% yet Enda Kenny has somehow come up with a figure of 73%. This is nonsense.“Each year our costed budget shows how the deficit target can be met. If the Taoiseach took on board our options water and family home taxes could have been avoided.“What we are seeing here is an attempt to pretend there no choices in politics. The Taoiseach is obviously under pressure to defend his choices faced with Sinn Féin’s alternative.”  DOHERTY ACCUSES TAOISEACH OF FANTASY LAND POLITICS was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:budgetEnda KennyPearse DohertyTaoiseachlast_img read more

ACLU 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Paren

first_imgACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents BUDDING Cebuano golf star Lloyd Jefferson Go put his composure on display as he recovered from a disastrous start to remain a stroke away from the lead after the first round of action in the 2014 Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship yesterday at the windy Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.The 18-year old stalwart, who helped the Cebu Country Club to their second straight title in the PAL Interclub Championships last year, battling a sickness just before the competition, showed signs of it as he got off to a cold start as with two bogeys on the first four holes.ADVERTISEMENT Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally LATEST STORIES Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration View commentscenter_img However, he managed to right the ship real quick by saving par on the fifth hole before reeling off birdies on the sixth, 10th and 13th holes to finish the round with a 70.“I haven’t been really playing much in the United States. I practiced several times when I got back home but I got sick over the holidays. I wasn’t feeling very well the other day but I’m glad I played well. I don’t really have expectations for this tournament. I’ll just try to take this competition one hole at a time and we’ll see how it goes,” said Go in an interview yesterday evening.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionTopping the first round was Jobim Carlos, who finished with a bogey-free one-under 71. It was a rough round for the packed field with the already tough greens being paired with the windy playing conditions.In spite of those, Carlos played gutsy golf to end with a scorecard of 35-36. In third place were the trio of John Abdon and Singaporeans Johnson Poh and the defending champion Jerome Ng. The 58-player field will be trimmed to 50 and ties after 54 holes. The top 30 after 54 holes will advance to the final round.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsAnother Cebuano who remains in the hunt was Japanese Gen Nagai, another ace of CCC who won the NGAP Visayas Regional Amateur Championships. He finished with an 80. /Correspondent Jonas PanerioRead Next PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Capital One Data Breachlast_img read more