Monthly Archives: December 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

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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

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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?)

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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?

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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

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Yamaha would have hit same 2017 MotoGP problems had Lorenzo stayed

Yamaha MotoGP team boss Lin Jarvis says the team would have still encountered the same problems that hobbled its title challenge this season even if it had kept Jorge Lorenzo as a rider

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Thiim and Sorensen to race for TF Sport in British GT Championship

Former World Endurance Championship GT title-winning pairing Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen will race in British GTs for TF Sport in 2018

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12 Un-Boring Ways to Wear Sweaters

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We’re well into sweater weather season and, while everyone loves a cozy knit, it’s all too easy to fall into a style slump before the new year even arrives. Sure, pairing your pullover with jeans is a no-brainer, but that can get old — and fast. So naturally, we’re turning to the street style crowd for sweater outfit ideas that go well beyond the basic.

A favorite trick of the It girl set is, of course, going monochromatic. Pairing a like-hued knit and textured trouser leads to an instantly impactful look that’s still weather-appropriate (bonus points if you rock it in of-the-moment MVP red). Mixing prints is another beloved hack in the street style arsenal. Opting for skirts and pants in contrasting patterns just kicks any novelty sweater up a notch and makes for, well, a look rather than just an outfit.

Sweaters are proving to be the layering piece of choice with the insider set styling them in every possible way, including under suits, tucked into every type of skirt, belted and draped over cropped pants for interesting proportion play. No longer the lazy way out of winter dressing, the knit has become an integral styling piece, not just there to simply keep you warm and comfy. The cold weather season just got decidedly un-boring.

To get your wardrobe wheels turning and spark some inspiration for sweater outfits, here are 12 ways to nail the knit game like a style star.

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Deadly violence in Mexico is at record levels, and new crime data adds to the ugly picture

Monterrey Mexico crime scene homicide soldiers

  • Violence in Mexico has reached record levels, eclipsing levels reached during the depths of inter-cartel warfare in 2011.
  • At the state level, violence has grown precipitously in some areas, driven in part by fragmentation of criminal groups.
  • Mexico’s governing party has pushed for deeper military involvement in crime-fighting.

With a month left in the year, 2017 has already seen record levels of deadly violence throughout Mexico.

The 2,595 homicide victims recorded across the country in November are second only to the 2,773 registered in October. All together, the numbers vault Mexico to 26,573 homicide victims through the first 11 months of the year — more than in any full year since the government began releasing that statistic in 2014.

The January-November total for homicide victims is a 27% increase over the same period last year, a 55% increase over that period in 2015, and a 67% increase over the first 11 months of 2014. (Mexico’s government has also been accused of manipulating crime data to lower the incidence of high-impact crimes like homicide.)

Homicide victims in Mexico 2015 to 2017

Mexican officials opened 2,212 homicide cases — which can contain more than one victim — in November. That’s an average of 73.7 cases each day, and 68% of those involved a firearm.

During the first 11 months of 2017, 23,101 homicide cases were opened — a 23% increase over the same period in 2016.

The total homicide cases for the first 11 months of this year already exceed the number recorded during all of 2011, which was most violent year on record since the government began releasing crime data in 1997.

The homicide rate over the first 11 months of this year, based on the number of cases opened, was 18.7 per 100,000 people, according to Animal Politico. That exceeds the previous high of 17.8 cases per 100,000, registered in 2011.

2017 is also the third consecutive year of increases in the homicide rate over the first 11 months of the year — a cumulative increase of 57%.

At the state level, the increased violence has also been widespread, with some areas seeing a greater intensification than others.

Twenty-eight of Mexico’s 32 states have seen an increase in homicides this year in comparison to last year, according to Animal Politico. (One of the four that haven’t is Michoacan, a traditional hotspot for drug-related crime.)

Mexico Ciudad Juarez homicide victim crime scene

Among the states that have seen increases, Baja California Sur, home to the Los Cabos tourist hub, saw the biggest year-to-year increase in homicide victims, rising 223%. Quintana Roo — the state on the opposite site of the country that is home to Cancun and Playa del Carmen — had a 108% increase in homicide victims.

Baja California, the border state where Tijuana is located, saw a 90% increase. Chihuahua, a border state prized by drug traffickers, had a 35% increase. As Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope noted on Twitter, Baja California had a smiliar number of homicide victims as Mexico state, despite having one-fifth the population.

Homicides in Mexico states 2015 to 2017

Colima, a Pacific coast state that has been the site of fighting between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels, saw the number of homicide victims rise 35% between 2016 and 2017.

But Colima’s 2017 homicide numbers were 368% higher than those recorded in 2015, and the state now has Mexico’s highest homicide rate: 83 per 100,000 people.

The number of homicide victims rose 38% in Sinaloa, the site of a turf war between factions of the Sinaloa cartel earlier this year.

Nayarit, which borders Sinaloa to the south, saw a dizzying 610% increase, rising from 41 during the first 11 months of 2016 to 291 over that period this year.

Other data included in the government’s report, as well as new information included for the first time, sheds more light on the scope and intensify of criminal activity in Mexico this year.

While the total number of crimes reported in the country fell between October and November, the first 11 months of this year have already seen 13% more crimes than were reported all last year.

The total number of violent robberies rose 37.5%, while violent car robberies — car-jackings — have risen 41% during the first 11 months of the year. Of the 23,101 homicide cases opened in January through November this year, 66% of them involved a firearm — up from 61% during the same period last year.

The total number of assaults rose a little more than 12% during the first 11 months of the year, and within that category, assaults with a firearm rose just over 37%, from 5,575 in January through November 2016 to 7,651 during that same period this year.

Two other high-impact crimes, extortion and kidnapping, rose 10% and 3%, respectively, though those crimes often go unreported.

Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua Mexico crime scene homicide murder police

Crime data for November also comes with new categories meant to link the government’s numbers to those reported by the national statistical agency and close gaps between the two data sets, according to Animal Politico.

The new data includes 31 new crimes, such as femicide, domestic violence, human trafficking, street-level drug sales, and environmental crimes. It will also contain information on the age and sex of victims.

Among that newly included data, which covers the period from January 2015 to November this year, domestic violence and street-level drug sales were the two most committed crimes. There were 436,145 cases of the former over that period and 113,639 of the latter.

Over that period, there were also 1,525 reported cases of femicide, or homicides that specifically target women.

SEE ALSO: There’s a ‘double-edged sword’ hanging over Mexico’s decade-long war on drug cartels

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Third manufacturer a 'huge' priority for IndyCar

Attracting a third manufacturer remains a “big goal” for IndyCar, according to its president of competition and operations Jay Frye

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