Why Greece’s yes campaign failed | David Patrikarakos

For Greeks many compelling reasons – practical, historical, existential – to vote no jostled each other for priority. In truth the yes campaign never stood a chance

Yes. It’s such a simple word: so easy to say, so pleasing to hear. And, of course, it was the logical choice. At least according to EU officials, who spent much of last week pleading with Greeks to vote yes to the latest proposals put forward to them by their country’s creditors. The EU’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, was almost disconcertingly emotional when last week he declared (somewhat elliptically, it must be said): “I will tell the Greeks, whom I love deeply, that you shouldn’t choose suicide just because you are afraid of death … A no would mean, regardless of the question posed, that Greece had said no to Europe,” he added, perhaps to clarify things.

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But now, as I write this in the early hours of Monday morning, as the final votes in Greece’s referendum come in, it’s clear that the no campaign – with over 60% of the vote – has triumphed. Athenians are reacting to a critical political event with characteristic exuberance: in Syntagma Square outside the parliament, they wave Greek flags and cheer; nearby, in the anarchist stronghold of Exarchia, they set things on fire and fight the police.

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Factbox: Timeline of China’s attempts to prevent stock market meltdown

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The Chinese government has taken a series of steps since late June to stave off a crash in its stock markets, which plunged nearly 30 percent over the previous three weeks since touching a peak on June 12, hit by tight liquidity conditions ahead of the quarter-end and uncertainty over the central bank’s easing policy.

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Turning the smartphone into a mobile pregnancy test

A fiber optic surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-sensor developed for smartphones

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Today’s smartphones come chock-full of technological capability, intended to help us with everything from taking holiday snaps, finding our way around a new town or staying connected with people around the world. As it turns out, the hardware inside is starting to show huge promise in the world of medical diagnostics, with smartphones repurposed as blood-scanning microscopes, HIV testers and sleep apnea detectors. The latest advance in this area comes in the form of a fiber optic sensor for smartphones that monitors bodily fluids, a tool that could be used for biomolecular tests such as pregnancy or diabetes monitoring.

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NASCAR at Daytona 2015 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

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Although Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s strong effort in the 2015 Daytona 500 was all for naught in the end, his luck was a little better the second time around at the Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt won the Coke Zero 400 early Monday morning.

A caution on Lap 154 led to a frenzied green-white-checkered finish in which Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin had a fierce battle over the top three spots. Hamlin and Johnson continued fighting over second and third, but neither was able to move ahead of Junior.

The victory was a deserved one for Earnhardt. He led 97 of the 160 laps and spent almost the entirety of the second half in first place. NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan compared it to Earnhardt’s win at the Geico 500 in May:

The final result will be overshadowed by the massive crash right at the finish line. Austin Dillon was at the bottom of the track and flipped over two lanes of cars and into the catch fence, per NASCAR.com:

Here’s a better look at the impact with the catch fence, per the Xfinity Series:

This was what Dillon’s car looked like after it came to a full stop—the engine was jettisoned roughly 20 feet away from where the car halted:

Somehow, Dillon crawled out from under the car under his own power and waved to the Daytona crowd to show that he was OK. It’s a testament to the safety of the cars themselves and the durability of the catch fence that he somehow avoided any injury.

According to the NBC broadcast (via USA Today‘s Jeff Gluck), a few fans were attended to by medical personnel for minor injuries after being struck by debris.

Dillon finished in seventh place.

You can view the top 10 below, and the full standings are available at NASCAR.com:

Here’s a look at how the Coke Zero 400 results impacted the Chase standings:

The race finally got underway after a roughly four-hour rain delay. Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperative all weekend. Yesterday’s Coke Zero 400 qualification was cancelled, while the start of the Xfinity Series race was also pushed back after an hour-long holdup.

At least Stewart-Haas Racing was able to have some fun with the situation:

Once the green flag dropped, the nature of restrictor-plate racing prevented any one driver from enjoying a sustained period of dominance through the first half of the race. A lot of cars were packed into a relatively small plot of track for most of the Coke Zero 400, and the lead was changing hands rather rapidly.

Another hallmark of restrictor-plate racing—big crashes—was present throughout Sunday night and into Monday morning.

One night after a wreck in the final five laps ended Brian Scott’s chances of winning the Xfinity Series race, his bad luck carried over into the Coke Zero 400. In the 86th lap, he found himself involved in a crash that saw Carl Edwards’ No. 19 car land on top of his hood at one point, per NASCAR:

Luckily, all the drivers dragged into the accident walked away largely unscathed. Edwards didn’t lose his sense of humor, either, per Gluck:

In the 105th lap, another “Big One” cost multiple drivers any shot at possibly winning. Among the high-profile stars knocked out of contention following the wreck included Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano:

Ryan Truex thought the drivers weren’t the only ones with frayed nerves Monday morning:

Logano, Keselowski and Kenseth all returned to the race, but they found themselves in a steep hole after their entrance back into the proceedings.

Over time, the cream rose to the top, and that largely meant Earnhardt. Others, like Johnson, Hamlin, Trevor Bayne, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer, were knocking on the door, but the No. 88 car continued to hold off the competition.

A couple of cautions late in the race arguably allowed Earnhardt to consolidate his stranglehold on the top spot. Before each of the restarts, he was able to recalibrate and conserve fuel, which was critical at that juncture.

According to NASCAR.com’s Brad Norman, there was a slight concern that Earnhardt’s car might begin to fail him, but the issue proved to be inconsequential:

This is Earnhardt’s second checkered flag of the 2015 Sprint Cup season, strengthening his place in the Chase standings.

He’ll look to jump into second place at the Quaker State 400, which is scheduled for next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

Note: Kyle Busch must finish in the top 30 in points in order to qualify for the Chase.

Oi Polloi x Reebok NPC UK II

Originally released in 1985, the Reebok NPC UK II was an instant classic. The iconic tennis trainer with white premium leather upper and abrasion resistant outsole became an instant hit at the time and remains to be one of the court trainers to look up to. Manchester’s Oi Polloi store now worked with Reebok on bringing the icon back. The Oi Polloi x Reebok NPC UK II returns 30 years later, based on a pair “found in the top-secret trainer bunker of Oi Polloi main-man Nigel Lawson.” The sneaker comes with soft leather upper, embroidered Reebok logo on the side-panel and heel, loopback lining and Reebok and Oi Polloi logos on the in-soles. Look out for a release of the sneaker on July 7.

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Best 2015 NBA Free-Agency Landing Spots for Cleveland Cavs’ J.R. Smith

Choosing to forgo his $6.4 million player option for the 2015-16 season, J.R. Smith is very much available as an unrestricted free agent.

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Smith’s free-agent case is a curious one, as he was brilliant after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers following a woeful start to the season for the New York Knicks. Up until a no-look slap to Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Smith was on his best behavior and appeared to have greatly matured around his veteran Cleveland teammates.

Smith is the ultimate free-agent gamble. There’s the focused version who scored 12.7 points per game on 39.0 percent shooting from deep in the regular season. Then, there’s playoff J.R., the one whom the NBA suspended for two games and who shot just 31.2 percent from the field in the Finals, when the Cavs needed him most.

Teams that are interested in Smith don’t necessarily have to possess a significant amount of cap space but instead should be worried about providing the right environment. Smith needs to be around a squad with serious playoff aspirations and a handful of veterans he can turn to for guidance. Staying out of big cities may be wise but shouldn’t be a deal breaker in the end.

It’s buyer beware with Smith, who’s one of the best risk-or-reward signings available.

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