Philadelphia’s Chris Long has some thoughts on Kaepernick — and his hair. Colin Kaepernick is having trouble finding a job playing in the NFL. The fact the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, currently a free agent, hasn’t been scooped up by an NFL team has baffled many of his old teammates, who consider Kaepernick a much stronger player than other recently recruited QBs in the league. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images. Many fans and pundits believe Kaepernick’s outspokenness on social justice issues is the driving force behind his struggle to find work on the field. In 2016, the athlete made waves by refusing to stand up for the national anthem before games, citing the systemic mistreatment of people of color and his support for the Black Lives Matter movement as the reasons for his peaceful protests.Former NFL star Michael Vick, who was indicted on felony charges of dogfighting in 2007, doesn’t think Kaepernick’s politics are relevant to his employment, though. Perplexingly, Vick said he believes Kaepernick’s difficulty finding a job has to do with his Afro.In an interview on Fox Sports 1, Vick suggested Kaepernick had an image problem and encouraged him to ditch the ‘fro: “The most important thing he needs to do is just try to be presentable.” “First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair.” — @MikeVick advises Kaepernick on rebuilding his image pic.twitter.com/YENvUPOIgP— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017 Contradicting himself, Vick then switched gears to blame Kaepernick’s problems landing a team on, above anything else, his performance: “The reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem. I think it’s more solely on his play.”Vick’s comments didn’t sit well with many people — among them, NFL player Chris Long. Chris Long says he chose the #Eagles because it was the best ‘football fit’ and his knowledge of the city from parents going to school here pic.twitter.com/tNiCEbEjWs— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) March 31, 201
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In January, Australia, China, and Malaysia announced that they were suspending the search for downed airliner MH370. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Getty Images. After nearly three years of scouring the deep ocean, the tri-national team failed to find the majority of the aircraft from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, though pieces from the plane eventually washed up on beaches in Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and elsewhere. What the team did find in the search, however, could help scientists for decades to come.Instead of the remains of the plane, investigators returned with some of the most detailed data of the ocean floor in existence. Image via Geoscience Australia/YouTube. According to an AFP report, the technology used by the search team on the southern Indian Ocean has only been deployed in 10-15% of the world’s waterways, making the region “among the most thoroughly mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet,” per Stuart Minchin, environmental geoscience chief for Geoscience Australia.The first set of data was released by the Australian government on July 19, and includes stunning visualizations of the topography that are 15 times higher resolution than previously available. Image via Geoscience Australia/YouTube. The team’s discoveries include volcanoes, massive underwater ridges, and valleys, many of which were previously unknown to researchers. Scientists hope the new data will help them model sea life habitats, forecast climate change, and better understand the impact of tsunamis.Much of the search was focused along a geological “breakup zone,” formed by the separation of tectonic plates approximately 40 million years ago. An anchor and debris from a shipwreck found by the search team. Photo by Australian Transport Safety Bureah via Getty Images. The investigation also turned up two shipwrecks, in addition to the vast trove of ocean floor data.A second set of data is scheduled to be released next year. In the meantime, the Australian government ha
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An email sent out by the LPGA has created quite the storm online. This is a woman playing golf. Image via iStock. This is a man playing golf. Image via iStock. It sure seems like they’re playing the same sport, huh? You’d think the expectations surrounding their attire would reflect that, but a new controversial email sent out by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has thrown that into question.And people definitely have some thoughts.Earlier this month, the LPGA notified its players about updates in the organization’s dress code. The email, sent by LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, listed a number of policies regarding players’ clothing and asked members to abide by the guidelines beginning July 17, 2017.Here’s how the email read, as Golf Digest pointed out: Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback) Plunging necklines are NOT allowed. Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over. Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed. Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes Joggers are NOT allowed As you might expect, the LPGA’s email sparked a wave of criticism online.As Teen Vogue put it, the list “leaves you wondering, what is allowed?”Policing what women wear on the golf course is taking a step backward (maybe even into a previous century), some argued. #lpga players teeing it up this morning for first round. pic.twitter.com/PMxg9FhKYI— old country (@extrameat33426) July 19, 2017 “Plain and simple this is a mistake by the LPGA,” one Twitter user wrote. “The athletic wear is fine and crosses no line. #LetThemPlay”But many
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Plus, the visual masterpiece might have some health benefits. BBC’s “Planet Earth” series is one of the most visually stunning looks at nature ever captured on film — and now there’s a whole lot more of it to watch.As part of the group’s Real Happiness Project, the team over at BBC Earth has uploaded 40 hours of bonus “Planet Earth II” footage. Broken into 10-hour “soundscapes,” the videos span the globe, highlighting everything from remote islands to sandy deserts.Not only is this remarkable nature experience extremely calming, but according to BBC Earth’s own research with the University of California, Berkeley, watching it can actually make you feel happier, as well.Next time you need a boost of positivity, cue up one of these four videos and spend a few minutes absorbing the wonder of nature.Be sure to check out the BBC Earth and Real Happiness Project websites for more information.
Proof that a traumatic past does not have to dictate your future. As a child, Lakesha Burton had dreams of becoming an Olympic runner — but life took her on another course. It had nothing to do with her athletic abilities: She was faster than all the boys in elementary school, and her coach told her she had definite promise. Her dream was derailed because she was sexually abused by her stepfather when she was only 11 years old.The negative emotions she experienced as a result took her down a dark path that led to drugs and various delinquencies. Eventually she got pregnant at the age of 14.”I purposefully got pregnant because I thought that might end my abuse,” Burton admits. Image via Christian Haugen/Flickr. But the abuse didn’t end. When it happened in front of her baby, she decided she had to take her and leave home. She stayed at a friend’s house that first night and woke up to the police who had been called by her friend’s mother. According to Burton, one of the officers named Victor Jefferson kneeled down, hugged her, and said, “I believe you. And I’m going to make sure this man never touches you again.”Her stepfather was arrested, but the charges against him were dropped, and Burton’s mother stayed with him. This fueled Burton’s downward spiral, and soon enough, she was on the verge of suicide. Thankfully, after a revelatory experience at church, Burton was inspired to turn her life around. Image via Alejandra Rdguez/Flickr. Praying at a local church revival helped her feel relief from her emotional pain for the first time. She decided then and there that she’d dedicate her life to helping others. She went back to school, and joined the Jacksonville, Florida, Police Athletic League (PAL). There, she started playing basketball there regularly. PALs exist all over the country and aim to foster positive relationships between police officers and kids in the community through various programs. Burton with kids at PAL. All photos below via the Jacksonville, Fl