Parking lot controversy…Minister, driver questioned by Police…Govt mum on fiascoFive days after a parking lot fiasco, which led to the arrest of two security guards who were involved in a fracas with Minister Simona Broomes, the Guyana Police Force has finally confirmed that all parties have been questioned and official statements taken.The disclosure was made by Crime Chief Paul Williams on Wednesday afternoon when asked by Guyana Times about the status of the investigations after the Minister, who is at the centre of the controversy, claimed that she was disappointed that the GPF issued a statement despite her not having a chance to submit an official written statement.Broomes had claimed that she and her driver, whose name has not been officially released to the media to date, were the victims of verbal assaults and threats byMinister Simona Broomesthe security guards, who were attempting to bar her from parking in a specific section of the establishment.The Minister with the Natural Resources Ministry, who is no stranger to controversy, had even alleged that one of the guards had pointed and “crocked” a firearm at her and the driver of her SUV vehicle at some point during the incident. She claimed that she was fearful for her life and safety as a result of the actions of the guards, who were arrested and detained by Police ranks following the incident for close to 16 hours before being released on their own recognisance.On Wednesday, Williams said that the probe was still ongoing and that the Police were reviewing other portions of CCTV footage available from nearby and surrounding establishments.“All parties allegedly involved would have been questioned and have to submit statements,” he confirmed before stating that the next step would see advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter.Video footageSince the release of footage on Tuesday, it became clear that the version of the story told by Minister Broomes was different from what was depicted thereby forcing a tidal wave of criticisms and attacks against the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU/AFC) official on social media, with Guyanese accusing her of high-handedness and dishonesty. There have also been attacks on her integrity as more support and sympathy poured in on Wednesday for the guards, who it is being argued were “simply doing their jobs”.Asked whether the Police have found any proof to substantiate the claims made by Minister Broomes that a gun was aimed at her during the ordeal, Crime Chief Williams declined to make any definitive pronouncement as he dodged the issue.“I will not be able to share that information because we’re still investigating that part of it …We’re at the juncture now where we’re trying to look at all the footage [to ascertain what happened],” he related.ApologyOn Tuesday, a senior APNU/AFC Minister, Volda Lawrence apologised to one of the security guards who were part of the confrontation with Broomes. That Minister, in a social media post, had said that it was clear that the guard was “wrongfully detained”.She said that “humility and character” were key traits that all Guyanese should endeavour to practise as she took another swipe at Broomes.Govt mumBut Minister of State, Joseph Harmon when asked about Government’s response to the incident shied away from making any statement in support or against Minister Broomes or the security guards involved in the parking lot fiasco.“That’s a Police matter that is going on and it’s inappropriate for a minister to get involved in Police work … when the Police finishes their investigation, then any form of action should be taken,” Harmon said.Broomes has also been severely criticised by the political Opposition after the CCTV footage which surfaced after the incident showed the Minister and her driver attempting to run over one of the guards after they were debarred from parking in a strictly ‘no parking zone’ at the establishment.The footage also appeared to be showing the Minister removing the ‘no parking signs’ before throwing them on to the ground during a temper tantrum. Both parties appeared to be aggressive during the confrontation.The guards who now have the backing of the management of their security firm following the release of the CCTV footage have denied the Minister’s account of the matter.Training for guardsAdding his take on the matter, Crime Chief Williams told sections of the media that he would recommend that security guards working in public places like the supermarket be properly trained, especially those carrying firearms.“It is within your own judgement and sense, if you see a vehicle of a certain standard or class right there and then it speaks out to somebody. Even if you want to rate the person for whatever it is, whether the person is a drug lord, Minister or businessman, as soon as you see a vehicle of a certain standard, it supposed to arouse your attention and alertness,” he explained.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that the Minister’s behaviour if true was atrocious and should not be allowed to continue.He said that the incident also pointed to the fact that sometimes people rush to judgement, referring to the unwarranted arrests of the two security guards at the Massey Store over the incident without properly investigating the issue thoroughly. He believes that the Police should be held responsible, given that they acted unprofessionally.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Authorities have identified Kevin Michael King as the driver who was killed when his pickup truck hit a light pole over the weekend. The fatal crash happened at 1:35 a.m. Saturday when it was raining. A 2002 Toyota pickup was traveling east on Colima Road approaching Sierra Peak Way at an unknown speed when the driver lost control during the rain, according to Sgt. Royal Nelson of the California Highway Patrol. Nelson said the pickup crashed into a light pole and the driver died at the scene. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said King, 25, of Rowland Heights, died of blunt trauma. It also said the crash has been ruled as an accident. Watch meeting slated for tonight SOUTH WHITTIER – A Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Telechron Elementary School, 11200 Telechron Ave. Officials from Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s departments and the California Highway Patrol are expected to be present. For information, call (562) 698-7645. VFW post plans fish fry on Friday SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 will hold a fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at its post, 11912 Rivera Road. Cost is $6. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Free blood sugar testing offered WHITTIER – Free blood sugar testing will be offered 9a.m. Thursday at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., and 1:30 p.m. the same day at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. For more information, call (562) 464-3370 or (562)464-3350. Council seeks teaching volunteers WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Literacy Council is looking for volunteers to take part in tutor training from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Saturday. Volunteers will train for four consecutive Saturdays through Nov. 17 at the Literacy Center, 12911 Hadley St. The center will train tutors to teach literacy and English as a Second Language. The center tutors 68 students with more than 40 people on the waiting list for ESL, children’s literacy and adult literacy. For more information, call (562) 698-6598. Group to present Shakespeare scenes WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting a special program of scenes from four Shakespeare plays at 10 a.m. Monday and Oct. 23 and 24 at the Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 Washington Ave. The program, presented by TheaterCreations and funded by the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation, centers on a seasonal theme with scenes from “MacBeth,” “The Tempest,” “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Between the scenes, the actors will relate facts and information about Shakespeare’s life and theater customs. The program is directed at middle school students who will find the various plots and situations in the plays entertaining. For more information, call (562) 693-1105. Story time and more for toddlers SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, hosts a preschool story time at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Parents are encouraged to bring their children up to 5 years old to the library for songs, stories, crafts and a snack. Stay after story time for kids to play with educational toys or try out the library’s new computers designed just for its young patrons. No registration or fees are required for this program. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “This is another nail in the coffin of the creationist view, in my opinion,” said the curator of Chicago’s Field Museum about a paper published in Nature,1 reported the Washington Post yesterday (see MSNBC News). Brazeau and Ahlberg of Uppsala University in Sweden examined the skull of Panderichthys, a Devonian lobe-finned fish, and found what they are calling a transitional form between gills and ears. They found a spiracle (respiratory channel) they are claiming is intermediate between the gills of the Devonian fish Eusthenopteron and the middle ear bones of the purported earliest tetrapods like Ichthyostega and Acanthostega (08/09/2003, 07/03/2002, 08/03/2004). The origin of the middle ear in tetrapods has “remained elusive,” the researchers said, “with little indication of how this transformation took place.” After examining the skull of Panderichthys, they claim that this spiracular region was “radically transformed” from earlier lobe-finned fishes, and “represents the earliest stages in the origin of the tetrapod middle ear architecture.” Though the spiracle resembles that of tetrapods, it was still used for respiration in Panderichthys, they believe, but later developed into a larger middle ear channel in which a bone called the hyomandibula developed into a stapes (a middle ear bone). This, in turn, was co-opted for use as a sound-transmitting device. From there, mammalian ears developed. The news media are taking notice of this transitional form to hammer creationists. “Question: What do you do with half an ear? Answer: You breathe through it,” wrote David Brown for the Washington Post. This answers the creationist claim that organs like the ear are “too complicated to have evolved step by step” and therefore “had to have been created in their final form.” If the structure had an intermediate function, it could have had survival value, in other words. Their conclusion is controversial, as it amounts to a radical reinterpretation of how the ear developed in land-based animals. If it withstands scientific scrutiny, the fossil will be a rare example of an organ glimpsed partway along its evolutionary path, at a point when its function was very different from that of its final form. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Both the Washington Post and LiveScience indicated that not everyone is ready to jump on the bandwagon, however. Bjorn Carey in LiveScience pointed out that this differs from previous beliefs that ear evolution began after the transition to land. Also, since no soft tissues are preserved in either Panderichthys or the early tetrapods, no one knows how these spiracles were actually used. David Brown ended with a quote from Michael LaBarbera (U of Chicago), an expert on the functional anatomy of the extinct animal, who is not convinced the structure even is a spiracle. He criticized the theory of Brazeau and Ahlberg as being “based on the interpretation of a structure that would be completely novel and unprecedented in this lineage.”1Brazeau and Ahlberg, “Tetrapod-like middle ear architecture in a Devonian fish,” Nature 439, 318-321 (19 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04196.Let us pause for a moment to think like a consistent evolutionist. This is very hard to do and is rarely accomplished. It requires purging our minds of certain persistent myths and misconceptions promulgated by textbooks and TV animators. First, we must disavow orthogenesis. The concept of “straight-line evolution” is out; we cannot arrange Eusthenopteron, Panderichthys and Acanthostega on a straight line and imagine one form evolving in a direct fashion to the other. No – we must picture evolution branching out in a tree or bush-like pattern, and, therefore, place all these fossils at different points on different branches. Next, we must disavow Lamarckianism. There is no inheritance of acquired characteristics. If an early Panderichthys acquired a spiracle by accident or striving, such a structure would not be inherited unless the mutation affected the germ line. Third, we must disavow teleology. None of these creatures were “trying” to evolve an ear, or even a spiracle. There was no purpose or goal of achieving a fully functioning tetrapod ear. Evolution cannot see into the future. Natural selection acts only on present survival requirements. Finally, we must disavow vitalism. None of these creatures had any kind of world-soul or vital energy driving them upward by some inexorable path toward higher degrees of complexity and organization. The fitness landscape is not a mountain, but a chaos of undulating, dynamic hills and valleys. Ready? Good, let us proceed. Now, we consistent evolutionists are ready to give an honest look at the challenges of those pesky creationists. They say that it is not just the bones of fossils, but the missing soft parts, that are key to understanding the impossibility of getting irreducibly-complex organs via natural selection. The mammalian ear, they say, has a cochlea, an organ of Corti with molecular springs and motors, a tympanic membrane, some finely-tuned bones that act like levers, and a complex brain to interpret the electrical signals transduced mechanically from air or liquid to nerve impulses. They say that there should not be one questionable transition, but thousands of them. They also say that these alleged transitions must have complete functionality at each stage, such that they outcompete those lacking the function to the point of remaining the only survivors in a vast battlefield of death (the cost of selection). They point to “living fossils” like Coelacanth that were long thought to represent transitional forms, only to be found alive and well in the present day (and not using their lobed fins for anything resembling walking). They embarrass us with the shortness of time in our scheme for coming up with major new body plans and organs, and they cast doubt on the dating and timing of the few existing fossils. They tease us by saying that these branches would have had to be “evolutionary dead ends” that went extinct and therefore did not go on to develop functional ears. And they pester us with reminders that new function requires new genetic information. They criticize this paper as representing little more than a just-so story unless a detailed series of steps can be elucidated to show how new information for a spiracle or ear was embedded into the genes and then translated into proteins and developmental programs. In short, they are not quivering at this announcement, and have delivered us all these counter challenges. So now, let us consistent evolutionists, having cleansed our minds of misconceptions, rise to the occasion and answer them. Who will be first? Isn’t there someone? Isn’t there anyone? Goliath, how about you? Pretty please? No fair hiding in that coffin we built for the creationists. The ancient biosphere was more diverse and ecologically rich than our modern world. Many extinct species are found in the record. Undoubtedly these can be arranged and rearranged into all kinds of imaginary ancestral relationships. Evolutionists have a bad habit of arranging only the similarities that fit their preconceived imaginary trees into homologous groupings, and calling other similarities analogous. Why shouldn’t a school kid look at a proboscis monkey, a tapir and an elephant and use similar reasoning to think this is a transition from nose to trunk? Or a jellyfish to sea slug to a jelly sandwich? Maybe mudskippers and walking catfish are evolving into lizards or salamanders, or butterflies into birds, or penguins and seals into whales. Sea stars have five fingers like a human hand. Octopi have eight tentacles and spiders have eight legs. Similarities are everywhere; why get worked up about a select few? Could it be because they reinforce a favorite story? For more on problems with the fish-to-tetrapod transition in evolutionary theory, see the review of the evidence by Paul Garner from the Creation Technical Journal.
8 May 2012 South African travel technology company Tourism Radio has teamed up with global guidebook specialist Frommer’s to provide “the next generation of travel guides” that begin playing on travellers’ mobiles as they enter their location. “Tourism Radio’s unique mobile technology seamlessly blends Frommer’s text content with Tourism Radio audio clips, which automatically play as travellers enter their location,” Tourism Radio said in a statement last month. The initial partnership involves the release of audio and text travel guides to a number of popular travel destinations around the world, including comprehensive guides to New York, London and Paris. The guides can be downloaded as standalone applications for Android and iPhone, or accessed through Tourism Radio’s travel application, Hummba – listed by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 20 Startups in Africa in February this year. “Travellers will now be able to easily access an unprecedented amount of quality travel information, directly from their mobile phones,” said Tourism Radio founder and CEO Mark Allewell. Tourism Radio’s location-based audio travel guides can be downloaded for between US$0.99 and $4.99. A selection of free, “lite” guides can also be downloaded by travellers wishing to sample the content before committing to a purchase. Founded in Cape Town in 2005, Tourism Radio currently has offices in South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. SAinfo reporter
alex williams Related Posts Rackspace and NASA are open-sourcing code and technology for people anywhere to create their own cloud environments.Called OpenStack, the initiative is one of the most substantive efforts to support interoperability in the cloud. As part of the initiative, Rackspace is donating the code that powers its files and servers, the foundation for its public-cloud offerings. NASA will contribute technology used to power its Nebula Cloud Platform.Twenty five companies have signed on to support OpenStack. These include Intel, Dell and Citrix. Discussions have started with companies like Microsoft. The goal is to create an ecosystem of open-cloud environments.OpenStack will feature several cloud infrastructure components including a fully distributed object store based on Rackspace Cloud Files. NASA Nebula is one of the world’s most powerful cloud computing platforms. For instance, Nebula is processing the images from a camera that is orbiting Mars and taking images of the planet for use in the WorldWide telescope, a project of Microsoft Research. Nebula processed – and now hosts – more than 100 terabytes of high-resolution images, the equivalent of 20,000 DVDs worth of information.This level of computational capability makes Nebula viable for any enterprise or government agency.A Rackspace representative said the lack of interoperability is slowing down adoption of the cloud. Customers are asking about how they can move data around. When they don’t find answers, they’re having to make technology and architectural trade-offs.Those trade-offs should not be happening. If all the cloud providers used the same core technology then customers could shop around based on the value of the different cloud services. It would create a market where the core technology is not the core differentiator.All the cloud providers use open-source components. The need is for a Cloud OS that ties it all together.Coming into this week at OSCON, we were starting to speculate if the open-source movement had lost a bit of its clout or its will to protect the cloud as much as it had the open Web.It had been a tough week. The Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems is proving to be a brutal blow for OpenSolaris. And the future of MySQL is still a question mark.Further, there have been few if any efforts to make interoperability a high priority.Disclosure: Intel is a sponsor of ReadWriteCloud. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
In this video tutorial you’ll learn how to ‘double round trip’ your video footage from DaVinci Resolve to Avid and back again.DaVinci resolve is a powerful post production app for both dailies creation and color grading work, but how does it fit into a video editing workflow? You can roundtrip with Resolve and your video editing app, but you’ll need to apply the correct process and settings to make it work seamlessly.In the following video tutorial Andrew from PixelWizard Post shows you how to roundtrip Resolve to Avid by:Creating Dailies in ResolveBringing the dailies footage into AvidEditing and exporting Avid projectBringing project into Resolve for color correction and gradingExporting out of Resolve for final deliveryHighlights of the roundtrip from Resolve to Avid to Resolve tutorial include:Footage and timecode settings in ResolveAdding timecode burn-in in ResolveProper footage and file organizationImport and export settings in Resolve and AvidThis is an intermediate level tutorial, so prior experience working in both Resolve and Avid is suggested. Using only these two apps, this roundtrip workflow provides a powerful post production solution for film and video pros! Thanks for sharing, Andrew!UPDATE 11/22/16: The original tutorial video has since gone offline. As alternatives, these two tutorials provide similar workflows…ADVANCED DaVinci Resolve Roundtripping by Lets Edit MC and Kevin P McAuliffe:Avid Davinci Resolve Round Trip by GeniusDV and John Lynn:
The entire State of Nagaland has been declared ‘disturbed area’ for six more months, till June-end, under the controversial AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice. In a notification, the Home Ministry said the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of State of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civilian power is necessary. “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December, 2018, for the purpose of that Act,” the notification said. A Home Ministry official said the decision has been taken as killings, loot and extortion have been going on in various parts of the State which necessitated the action. There have been demands from various organisations in the Northeast as well as in Jammu and Kashmir for repealing the controversial AFSPA, which, they say, gives ‘sweeping powers’ to security forces. The AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. It has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015, by the Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor R.N. Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland.
New Delhi’s Thyagaraj Sports Complex was a studded with sports stars and top politicians from the country on Saturday. Along with the thousands, who had braved the rain in the capital city, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom and Rahul Gandhi were chanting ‘Singh is King’ when pro boxer Vijender Singh was battling against Australia’s Kerry Hope in the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight championship bout. (Also read: Vijender wants to punch his way to No. 1 spot in pro boxing) Vijender was tested by Hope but the Haryana boxer didn’t relent and managed to hold on till the last minute to end up on the winning side. Vijender, despite being worn out, went on to show off his championship belt to the passionate crowd. (Also read: Vijender Singh dedicates WBO Asia Pacific title win to Muhammad Ali)The reception for Vijender’s bout was unexpected. Vijender’s Indian promoters Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) head Neerav Tomar conceded the phenomenal response to the bout had left him stunned to an extent.Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar rues not being part of the celebratory scenes at Vijender’s bout. The Mumbai batsman, who had wished Vijender ahead of his title bout on Saturday, was missing from the celebrity list at the Thyagaraj Stadium.Tendulkar congratulated Vijender and expressed his disappointment at not joining his former India teammates Yuvraj, Sehwag and Raina who were leading the cheers for the Indian boxer yesterday.Congrats @boxervijender on a great win & the title. Missed joining @YUVSTRONG12 @virendersehwag @ImRaina and many supporters in cheering u!advertisement sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 17, 2016Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among the few who heaped praises on the 30-year-old boxer after his WBO title win. Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs.thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud,it’s just the start ur hrd wrk,dedication and sacrifice paid off Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) July 16, 2016Many congratulations #VijenderSingh ,Thok Daala Tau !Australia ka Hope fuss in front of our Tope @boxervijender pic.twitter.com/fZ3rNa4aE6 Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 16, 2016Vijender took time after an arduous 10-round bout to thank everyone who had wished him.