Daily Archives: December 28, 2017

Gilles Villeneuve's first winning Ferrari Formula 1 car

Ferrari lost one legend after the 1977 season when Niki Lauda left for Brabham, but gained a new one for the following year in Gilles Villeneuve

See the entire article at

Ex-Sauber F1 driver Wehrlein: No one noticed my best drives

Pascal Wehrlein reckons his best race performances of the 2017 Formula 1 season were overlooked because Sauber was so far behind by then

See the entire article at

10 Played-Out Fashion Trends That Aren’t Invited to 2018

These days, trends rise and fall faster than ever. (Instagram, influencer marketing and Zara have seen to that.) Not that that’s a bad thing. They’re trends. Like iPhones, obsolescence is in their DNA. Each one comes with an expiration (and, in many cases, a renewal) date built into the package.

Every year, certain pieces (Gucci sweatshirts, Bernie-Sanders-referencing Balenciaga scarves) rise to stardom, infiltrating our closets and feeds. And then we tire of them, ship ’em off to consignment stores and survey the runways for new, soon-to-be must-have items to spend our hard-earned dollars on. And the beat goes on.

Of course, it’s important to remember that trends are simply patterns, It pieces come and go and, at the end of the day, fashion is all about cultivating an enduring sense of personal style — screw what other people are wearing.

To help guide you on your closet curation journey, we’ve compiled a list of 10 fashion trends that everyone wore — to death — in 2017. We implore you: let them go peacefully. (Or don’t. Again, feeling good about the way you look in a certain item/style is a good enough reason to wear it year in and year out. Who are we to judge?)

[ Next: The Top 15 Fashion Trends of the Spring 2018 Runways ]

The post 10 Played-Out Fashion Trends That Aren’t Invited to 2018 appeared first on theFashionSpot.

The entire article can be viewed

Agricultural Termites Can Destroy The Grass In People’s Lawns

Agricultural Termites Can Destroy The Grass In People’s Lawns

If you find termites crawling around in your lawn then a termite infestation in your home is likely to occur, right? Well, not necessarily. You would assume that finding termites in your lawn means that your home is at risk of becoming termite food. However, it is not uncommon for some Americans to find termites consuming the grass in their lawns. These grass-eating termites are referred to as “agricultural” or “desert” termites.

It goes without saying that you should contact a pest control professional upon finding termites anywhere on your property. But luckily, not all termites are interested in wood. Agricultural termites are one such group of termites that feed on grass as opposed to other materials that contain cellulose. Agricultural termites dwell above ground and can travel as deep as four feet below the ground, where they prefer to spend most of their time. These wingless termites have white bodies, brown heads and their colonies can include thousands of individual grass-eating termites.

When environmental conditions are dry, agricultural termites will move to the surface of soil and build mud tubes over grass patches. Subterranean termites do not build mud tubes over grassy areas unless the tubes lead into a foundation where wood is located. Agricultural termites build mud tubes over areas of grass in order to protect themselves from heat and predators. These termites only build mud tubes when drought conditions force them to the surface of soil in order to locate water. This is the primary difference between agricultural termites and subterranean termites.

Agricultural termites are most common in regions that are dry and arid, such as Arizona, New Mexico and southern Texas. According to a Texas Cooperative Extension expert, Molly Keck, the termites that people find in grass are most likely agricultural termites that do not cause structural damages. Typically, agricultural termites are most prevalent in rural areas, but lately they have been appearing more and more in populated neighborhoods. Agricultural termites are being spotted more frequently in Texas especially. Since subterranean termites look similar to agricultural termites, only pest control professionals can tell the difference between the two termite species in most cases. If you spot mud tubes in your lawn, then you are definitely dealing with agricultural termites as opposed to subterranean termites. Since these termites can damage turfgrass, professional termite control measures are necessary when attempting to eradicate agricultural termites.

Have you ever noticed termites crawling through areas of grass?

The post Agricultural Termites Can Destroy The Grass In People’s Lawns appeared first on Arizona Pest Control.

Read entire article

Black civil rights leaders say Trump judicial nominee is 'a product of the modern white supremacist machine'

Thomas Alvin Farr

  • Civil rights leaders are calling on the Senate to reject Thomas Farr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal court in North Carolina.
  • William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, called Farr “a product of the modern white supremacist machine.”
  • Farr is the latest in a string of federal judicial nominees who progressives, and some Republicans, have argued are unfit to serve.

Civil rights leaders are calling on the Senate to reject President Donald Trump’s nominee to a federal court in North Carolina, arguing that Thomas Farr has long worked to promote racist policies and is “a product of the modern white supremacist machine.”

Farr, Trump’s pick for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, began his career as counsel to former US Sen. Jesse Helms, a supporter of racial segregation who represented North Carolina for 30 years.

Over the last decade, Farr and his law firm colleagues have defended voting restrictions and identification laws that courts have struck down as deliberately discriminatory. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found in 2016 that North Carolina’s voter restriction laws targeted black communities “with almost surgical precision.”

Black civil rights leaders and progressive groups, including the Congressional Black Caucus, are calling on the Senate to reject Farr. In October, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved him in a party-line vote, and Farr is now up for confirmation by the full Senate.

Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, wrote in a Tuesday New York Times op-ed that Farr, who he called the most “alarming” of all of Trump’s judicial nominees, would pose a direct threat to North Carolina’s black communities.

“African-Americans seeking to have their rights protected under federal law have much to fear if Mr. Farr takes the bench,” he wrote.

He went on, “Senators from both sides of the aisle must condemn the experience Mr. Farr brings with him. Having practiced white supremacy for decades, Mr. Farr is not likely to withdraw. Every senator who condemned the racism on display in Charlottesville must vote to prevent it from having power in the federal judiciary.”

Barber noted that about half of North Carolina’s black residents live in the area presided over by the Eastern District. And despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to seat two black female nominees on that court, the Eastern District has never had a black judge.

Both of North Carolina’s GOP senators, meanwhile, strongly support Farr’s nomination.

‘A grave disservice’

William Barber, II

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus tore into Farr’s record in a September letter to the Judicial Committee, pointing to his work on Helms’ 1990 Senate campaign, during which postcards were mailed to 100,000 black voters wrongly suggesting they were ineligible to vote and warning they could be arrested and prosecuted for fraud if they tried.

“It is no exaggeration to say that had the White House deliberately sought to identify an attorney in North Carolina with a more hostile record on African-American voting rights and workers’ rights than Thomas Farr, it could hardly have done so,” the Caucus members wrote.

Farr told the Senate during his September hearing that he only learned of the postcards after they were sent and that he was “appalled” by the strategy. But a former Department of Justice official who investigated the incident has directly contradicted Farr’s claim, arguing that he was “certainly involved in the scheme as it was being developed.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has accused Farr of lying to the Senate and called on him to withdraw his nomination. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to bring Farr back in for more questioning.

“Farr appears to have explicitly misled the Senate about his role in a scheme to intimidate Black North Carolinians and stop them from voting in the 1990 midterm elections,” the Legal Defense Fund wrote last month, arguing that Farr is neither sufficiently qualified nor competent to serve on the federal judiciary.

This comes after the American Bar Association determined that four of Trump’s judicial nominees are “not qualified” to serve on the federal bench. Those listed unqualified by the ABA did not include one nominee, Matthew Petersen, who withdrew himself from consideration earlier this month after a video clip of him struggling to prove basic knowledge of legal procedure went viral.

Petersen’s withdrawal was the third by a Trump judicial nominee in 10 days.

Trump, who is filling federal judicial vacancies at a rapid rate, and other GOP leaders have accused the ABA of having a liberal bias.

SEE ALSO: Controversial Trump judicial nominee used to be a ghost hunter and has a cult following for his horror novels

DON’T MISS: Black Alabamians carried Doug Jones to victory — and it should be a warning to Democrats for 2018

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: ‘It was bulls—‘: Megyn Kelly responds to being called Trump’s ‘chew toy’

See the entire article at