Baltimore Ravens Sign Veteran Dallas Clark

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a deal Sunday, the team announced.“[General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] has an agreement in principle with Dallas Clark as of today,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “So he’ll be in tomorrow to get a physical. Obviously, all of that is going to have to pan out for us to finalize it, but Dallas Clark is on his way to Baltimore right now.”Clark is a 10-year veteran who played nine years for the Indianapolis Colt. While there, he played under Ravens current Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. Clark was one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in Caldwell’s offense.This signing will bring stability to a tight end position after the team has lost their two starters in that position in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to injury.In addition to Clark, the Baltimore Ravens has also signed veteran Brandon Stokely. Harbaugh says even with the two players’ long-time status, they will still have to fight for roster spots.“They’re both really accomplished players. We’re excited to have them,” Harbaugh said. “By no means though is anything guaranteed, and they understand that. They want an opportunity to compete for a job. They’ll be in competition for a job with our guys that are here, and we’ll see how that plays out. That’s how we like it.” read more

The St Louis Cardinals Picked The Right League To Cheat In

Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by Basketball-Reference.com founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook read more

San Diego County Coalition releases drug report card showing record Opioid deaths

first_img Updated: 12:50 PM October 26, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Prescription Drug Task Force and a group of local political and law enforcement leaders released the task force’s annual report card Friday, showing increases in deaths due to prescription drugs and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.The county report found that 273 San Diego residents died due to prescription drug overdoses, an 8 percent increase over the 253 deaths in 2016, and fentanyl deaths spiked 155 percent from 33 in 2016 to 84 in 2017. Heroin deaths dropped by five percent, from 91 in 2016 to 86 in 2017.“Prescription drug abuse is an equal opportunity killer and can affect anyone, crossing socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender and age,” said County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, who joined the task force at the release. “The fact is, unintentional drug-related deaths continue to rise.”The death tolls due to prescription drugs and fentanyl were record highs in San Diego County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.“We have seen a steady increase in fatal overdose cases over the years where fentanyl has been added to opiates,” County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Glenn Wagner said.Gaspar and the task force detailed the county’s plan to use a community-driven approach to reduce prescription drug and opioid dependence. The county plans to partner with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney Summer Stephan, the Safe Homes Coalition and the San Diego Association of Realtors to fight drug abuse issues. Residents can also call the county’s access and crisis hotline at (888) 724-7240.The report came on the eve of the county’s participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27. The county will offer prescription drug disposal services at 44 sites. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Admnistration, local law enforcement officers and local organizations will assist the county in collecting unused, expired and unwanted pills from county residents.“Prescription drug abuse is a critical issue that impacts more than 6 million American families and children,” the San Diego Association of Realtors said in a statement. “With more than 20,000 members throughout the County of San Diego, SDAR is well-positioned serve as regional leader for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.” center_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County Coalition releases drug report card showing record Opioid deaths Posted: October 26, 2018last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Daniliuk MacDougall Named To Deans List At Emerson College

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:Allison DaniliukSamantha MacDougallThe requirement to make the Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.About Emerson CollegeLocated in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. A new, permanent facility on Sunset Boulevard for its L.A.-based program opened in January 2014. The College has an active network of 39,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit www.emerson.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emerson College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Canada launches Digital Charter to combat hate speech and fake news

first_img “Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content. The launch of the charter follows Canada last week signing the Christchurch Call following the March terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The platforms are failing their users, and they’re failing our citizens,” Trudeau said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Getty Images The Christchurch Call, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, is a plan to prevent terrorists from uploading extremist content online, and to increase transparency around tech companies’ algorithms and the detection and removal of such content. Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Security Culture Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Online Universal access. Safety and security. Control and consent. Transparency, portability and interoperability. Open and modern digital government. A level playing field. Ensuring data and digital media are used for good. Strong democracy. Freedom from hate and violent extremism. Strong enforcement and real accountability. “The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions,” the charter says. Canada wants to promote both safety and innovation online. Government of Canada The last three principles deal with hate speech and disinformation. Commentscenter_img Canada was joined by the governments of Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, France, the European Commission, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Spain and Sweden, as well as eight tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Daily Motion, Qwant and YouTube. 5 The 10 principles of the charter are:  “There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.” Tags The charter will target fake news and hate speech online, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The US didn’t sign the call. Canada has launched its new Digital Charter, designed to protect its citizens online and enforce rules governing social media platforms. Amazon Facebook Google Microsoft Twitterlast_img read more

Nintendo Switch V2 delivers a battery beatdown to the original Switch

first_img 1. For anyone looking to upgrade their #NintendoSwitch or get a #NintendoSwitchLite using a trade-in and transfer at a retail store, I just did it. Here’s how my transfer process went and what you should know BEFORE you head in to make the… Switch 😉 pic.twitter.com/RojIgWNHK2— ✨ ashley ✨ (@AshleyEsqueda) August 14, 2019 0 Dan Ackerman/CNET The Nintendo Switch Lite is still more than a month away, but there’s one new piece of Nintendo hardware you can get right now. The so-called V2 version of the dockable Switch has quietly made its way into stores, and some people are even trading in their original hardware for the new model.The difference between the two versions of the modular Switch is a processor upgrade that promises improved battery life (newer processors are often more power efficient than their predecessors). The new V2 battery claim from Nintendo is 4.5 to 9 hours, vs. 2.5 to 6.5 hours for the first-gen hardware. Both V2 and V1 Switches in hand, I ran a battery test on each. For this comparison, I ran non-stop video via the Switch’s YouTube app, with screen brightness at 100% and auto-brightness and sleep timers turned off. Note that V1 Switch used here has some mileage on it, but has been used almost exclusively docked. (What can I say? I’m a docker, not a hander.)Nintendo Switch V2: 4 hours 55 minutesNintendo Switch V1: 3 hours 30 minutes That’s a notable improvement, but is it worth selling or trading in your current Switch for a new one? I’d say it’s doubtful, especially as you’ll have to transfer game saves from one system to another, a process Nintendo complicates by deleting the data from the original Switch as part of the transfer process.My colleague Ashley Esqueda did just that, transferring her saves as part of a trade-in right at a retail store. She describes the process (and it’s a bit of a hassle) in great detail in this excellent Twitter thread.  Tags Computers Gaming Share your voice Post a comment I tried something different, transferring the saved content for a single game from the V1 Switch to the V2. By doing this, both Switch units can use the same account, but your saved game files are deleted from the original Switch when they get transferred to the new one. It’s also worth keeping track of which one is your primary Switch, which is an important designation Nintendo keeps track of. On your primary device, other user accounts on the same hardware can access your owned content. On a secondary device, only you can. If you’re convinced the Switch V2 is for you, just don’t go out and accidentally buy some old stock that’s still sitting on a store shelf. The only way I could find to tell the hardware apart is the model number stamped on the back. The original reads “HAC-001,” while V2 is “HAC-001 (-01).” But there’s also an easier way to tell the difference — the V2 Switch comes in a box with a red background on its front panel. But even if you just bought a V1 Switch, there’s hope, as Nintendo will swap out an original Switch purchased after July 17 for a new V2 model if you contact the company. See it at Best BuyDisclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Nintendolast_img read more

Mudra Bank Start up India to shore up MSMEs

first_imgWith the opening of the Mudra Bank and Start up India programme, credit for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that is a big issue will now change for the better, according to the author of a new report on the subject.Institute of Small Enterprise and Development (ISED) director P.M.Mathew, who has prepared the report that will be launched by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor S.S. Mundra at Mumbai’s World Trade Centre on Thursday, 26 November, said the new steps by the government in 2015, such as Mudra Bank’s setting up, and Start up India have helped to broad base credit in the Indian economy, especially for MSMEs and other micro-level economic activities.”This, unlike the ‘Loan Melas’ of the 1970s, are likely to make a significant impact on enterprise activities at the ‘bottom of pyramid’,” he said.Mathew said that the international data shows that small business loans on the balance sheets of banks are down about 20% since the 2008 global financial crisis, while loans to larger businesses have risen by about 4% over the same period.SME lending is shrinking with bank loans to SMEs in the US have been falling as a proportion of total loans over the years, he said, adding that this is true of many other European countries as well.”Fortunately, in India, non-profit lenders, crowd funders, and other online lenders are stepping up to fill the gap. These lenders are often leveraging technology to access creditworthiness, underwrite, and service loans while traditional lenders can’t or don’t want to service anymore,” said Mathew.last_img read more

Flipkart Snapdeal Amazon surpassed top 10 offline retailers in gross sales last

first_imgThe top three players in India’s e-commerce sector recorded higher gross merchandise value (GMV) last year, compared to that of the top 10 offline retailers, according to global brokerage firm Morgan Stanley.The combined GMV of Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon stood at $13.8 billion (about Rs 94,400 crore) in 2015, while that of the top 10 offline retailers was $12.6 billion (nearly Rs 86,200 crore).A 50 percent rise in investments in domestic e-commerce companies by venture capitals and private equity firms last year, as against the investment made in 2014, was “probably” responsible for the huge growth in GMV posted by those companies, Morgan Stanley said in a report sent to The Economic Times.”We now increase our 2020 estimate (of India’s ecommerce market) from $102 billion to $119 billion,” Morgan Stanley Research said. “This takes our estimate of the total Indian Internet market size from $137 billion to $159 billion (now including online food aggregation business).”The firm said higher Internet penetration, a growth in the number of online shoppers and a rise in per capita income levels will play a key role in boosting the e-commerce market.Currently, Indian has the second largest Internet population in the world, it said.”We expect Internet penetration to increase from 32% in 2015 to 59% in 2020, translating to a near-doubling of the Internet user base,” the US bank said.The brokerage expects the number of online shoppers in India to grow to 320 million by 2020 from 50 million in 2015.”Per capita incomes are likely to double by 2025 and this should drive higher aspirations of the Indian consumer,” the report said.The top three online retailers had a combined market share of 85 percent in the Indian e-commerce market last year, with Flipkart having a share of 45 percent, following by Snapdeal and Amazon India with 26 percent and 12 percent respectively.last_img read more

Did Prabhas rumoured girlfriend Anushka hurt her leg Here is the truth

first_imgAnushka Shetty.PR HandoutThe fans of Anushka Shetty have been sending ‘get well soon’ messages to her following the reports which claimed that she suffered an injury on the sets of her Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, but the actress has responded to it by stating that she is fit and fine.”I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle Love You All,” the actress wrote on her Instagram account to clarify the rumours. Anushka Shetty is working on her other project Silence, which stars Madhavan.Prior to her formal clarification, reports stated that she has informed her associates to clarify the rumours and a WhatsApp conversation apparently with the director and the actress had surfaced online.Although there is no authenticity on the purported screen shot of the conversation, her online fans club are sharing it on social media sites. Now its officially confirmed ?Thanks @hemchandINC anna for sharing this ?❤Now Dear Media’s Please Stop this rumor #Sweety is absolutely fine officially confirmed by (Her) #AnushkaShetty ?❤ pic.twitter.com/fVo0sqquSf— Anushka Shetty™ (@TeamAnushkaFC) June 26, 2019Earlier, there were reports that Anushka Shetty got her leg fractured after suffering the injury during the shooting of Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She was taking treatment and had maintained secrecy over the development, reports said.Indeed, some reports had claimed that Anushka Shetty was in bed rest and not attending the shooting of Silence. This came as a worrying piece of news to fans, who prayed for her quick recovery.Anushka Shetty, who is the rumoured girlfriend of Prabhas, will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.last_img read more

Rohingya repatriation relocation stalled

first_imgHundreds of Rohingya refugees shout slogans as they protest against their repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, on 15 November 2018. — Photo: ReutersBangladesh’s plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis have been stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programs only likely to be revisited following year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday.Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and repatriation commissioner, told Reuters “a new course of action” needed to be adopted on repatriation that took into account refugees’ key demands.More than 720,000 Rohingya fled a sweeping army crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017, according to UN agencies. The crackdown was launched in response to insurgent Rohingya attacks on security forces.Rohingya refugees say soldiers and Buddhist civilians killed families, burned many villages and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused Myanmar’s army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied almost all the accusations, saying its forces engaged in a counter-insurgency operation against “terrorists”.In late October, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled, but the plan has been opposed by the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the UN refugee agency and aid groups, who fear for the safety of Rohingya in Myanmar.The repatriation of the first batch of 2,200 refugees was to begin officially on 15 November, but it stalled amid protests at the refugee camps. None of those on the list agreed to return if their demands for justice, citizenship and the ability to go back to their original villages and lands were not met.“I don’t think anyone’s agreeing to go back without these,” said Kalam, who last week called on the international community to pressure Myanmar to accept certain “logical and acceptable” demands in order for any repatriation to take place.Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya a native ethnic group and calls them “Bengalis”, suggesting they belong in Bangladesh. It has agreed to take the Rohingya back and said they would need to accept the National Verification Card, which it says would allow Rohingya to apply for citizenship. The Rohingya reject the card, saying it brands them foreigners.Kalam said he believed Myanmar needed to propose a “clearer path” to citizenship for the Rohingya if any returns were to take place, adding he would raise the matter at the next bilateral meeting on repatriation, likely to take place next month.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay was not reachable on Sunday for comment.With Bangladesh now set to go to the polls on 30 December, any decision either to repatriate people, or relocate refugees from the crowded camps to Bangladesh’s Bhasan Char island will not proceed until 2019, Kalam said.“Elections are coming up now, so the government will only finalise a future course of action after the elections,” said Kalam, adding that Bangladesh remained ready to repatriate refugees if any volunteered to return.Bangladesh has vowed not to force anyone to return.Kalam said construction work on alternative housing on Bhasan Char was “nearly complete.” He said he was hopeful some refugees would agree to move, given the island’s “livelihood opportunities” such as fishing and farming. Aid agencies express caution as the island is prone to flooding.last_img read more

Speechimpaired girl raped

first_imgA speech-impaired girl was reportedly raped by the driver of Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer in the government quarter premises in upazila headquarters in Satkhira on Saturday, reports UNB.Police arrested driver Abdul Gaffar, 57, son of Gahar Gain, resident of Badoghata village, after the victim’s mother filed a rape case with Shyamnagar police station.The victim, a student of Shyamnagar Government Moshin Degree College, used to live along with her mother at Abdul Gaffar’s house in Badoghata village as tenants.On Saturday noon, Gaffar’s wife Amena Begum sent his launch through the girl. When the girl went to the UNO’s residence, Gaffar violated her inside his quarter 2:30pm, said sub-inspector Raj Kishore of Shyamnagar police station citing the case statement.Later in the evening, the girl informed the matter to her mother and Amena Begum filed the case against Gaffar.last_img read more

Quaders heart working fine without artificial support

first_imgAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine, which was set up in the heart of ailing road transport minister and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, reports news agency UNB.“His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of cardiologist Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital at noon.The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also been reduced, said Rizvi.”The minister is also responding to doctors’ call,” he added.He further said many of his infections are under control.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also general secretary to ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

Powerful storm hits Southern California

first_imgIn this 2 Feb. photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire, a large stone pine tree believed to be 100-years-old came down into this Santa Barbara, California, home during Saturday`s powerful winter storm. Photo: APThe second in a string of powerful storms battered California in the USA on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders.Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimetres) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads.A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as the storm moved south and at one point dropped more than a half-inch (1.27 centimetres) of rain in five minutes. Trees and power lines were down across the region.In Malibu, where the Woolsey fire last year destroyed homes and burned hillsides bare, officials closed Pacific Coast Highway and many other roadways after mud carried trees and rocks into lanes. Residents whose homes survived the flames barricaded their properties with sandbags to protect their properties from floodwaters.Carol Cavella was evacuated during the November fire and again Saturday when the creek behind her house threatened to overflow and inundate her backyard.The 86-year-old put her cat in the car and drove to a coffee shop on higher ground, her son-in-law, Warren Bowman said.”She does not scare easily, but she got a little scared watching that water rise,” Bowman said. He was trying to convince her to come to his house in Los Angeles but she said she’d rather wait to see if the waters recede and she can return home.The California Department of Transportation said Saturday night in a tweet that the southbound lanes of US 101, a vital route between Los Angeles and points north and west, have been reopened, while the northbound lanes of the highway remain closed from State Route 150 to Milpas.Earlier Saturday, in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, several miles of US 101 were closed because of flooding.Elsewhere in the county, evacuations were ordered or recommended for neighborhoods near the Thomas, Whittier and Sherpa fire scars.”This is a dangerous situation,” the National Weather Service said, warning that the high rates of rain could send boulders sluicing down denuded hillsides along with the mud and debris.It has only been a little over a year since a downpour on the huge Thomas Fire burn scar unleashed a massive debris flow that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes in the seaside community of Montecito. The disaster killed 21 people, and two others have never been found.Rescue crews scrambled Saturday to pluck motorists from cars caught in rising waters, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. He urged drivers who come upon flooded intersections to find alternate routes.”Turn around. Driving through is going to be a costly error in judgment,” he said. “It’s just not worth it.”Multiple accidents were reported on slick highways, including a crash on Interstate 5 that killed a volunteer member of a sheriff’s search and rescue team, and injured several others.The team from Ventura County was on its way to a training exercise when members stopped to help at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash.An overturned vehicle is seen at a scene of a fatal accident, where a volunteer member of the Ventura County search and rescue team was killed, along Interstate Highway 5 south of Pyramid Lake, California on 2 February. Photo: APA minivan carrying a family was travelling too fast for the wet conditions, lost control and plowed into members of the team, Los Angeles County fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said. Nine people were transported to hospitals, including three members of the team. The victim, Jeff Dye, was a volunteer with the Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team, the sheriff’s department said.”This is a very unfortunate situation that could’ve been avoided,” Imbrenda said, warning motorists to slow down in the rain.In the Holy Jim fire area southeast of Los Angeles, where an August blaze scoured tens of thousands of acres in the Cleveland National Forest, volunteers using heavy equipment removed debris and deepened a creek bed to help prevent flooding.The National Park Service warned visitors to Yosemite National Park of possible road closures and advised drivers to bring tire chains in the event of snow or icy conditions.Winter storm warnings were in place for the Sierra Nevada along with avalanche warnings on the Nevada side of the range. The Sierra is already loaded with snow from a series of storms in January. The weather service said areas could see accumulations of up to 10 feet (3 meters) over the next few days.The weather service lifted flash-flood watches for areas burned by the Mendocino Complex, Camp and Carr wildfires in Northern California. About an inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain was recorded in the San Francisco Bay Area before the storm moved south early Saturday.A weaker storm soaked much of the state on Thursday Two cold weather systems will follow on Sunday and Monday, bringing additional widespread showers and snow, forecasters said.last_img

Despite GOP Congress DC Statehood Commission Moves Forward

first_imgWhile it looks unlikely that the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia will become the state of Washington, D.C. during the Republican-led U.S. Congress, the city agency charged with getting statehood is moving forward undeterred.On Dec. 6, the D.C. Statehood Commission held its last meeting of the year at the John A. Wilson Building, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), D.C. Statehood Sens. Paul Strauss (D) and Michael Brown (D) and D.C. Statehood Rep. Franklin Garcia (D).Bowser said legislative activity on Capitol Hill makes the need for statehood for the District critical. “It is important that the work in front of us proceeds,” the mayor said. “In recent weeks, there has been substantial legislation that has been passed in the Congress and we have not had a voice. Tax reform has passed both houses and it is unclear what the impact on D.C. will be. Our congresswoman didn’t have a vote in the House and there is no voice or vote in the U.S. Senate from D.C.”While the residents of the District pay federal taxes and have to honor obligations of citizenship such as being drafted into the military in a time of war, the city is represented by a delegate, who can serve and vote in committees but cannot vote on the House floor. The delegate is Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991.Bowser said the Senate’s tax reform plan “will benefit the one percent and raise taxes for the middle class.”“Does their tax plan work for D.C.,” she said rhetorically. “We should have a vote on those deliberations.”Beverly Perry serves as a senior advisor to Bowser and is charged with working with the D.C. Statehood Commission. Perry said there is progress on Capitol Hill for statehood.“Congresswoman Norton has 141 co-sponsors for her statehood bill and in the Senate, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has 20 co-sponsors,” she said. Norton introduced the “Washington, D.C. Admission Act of 2017” and Carper has brought forward companion legislation in his chamber.Perry outlined the states she and her staff are focusing on for statehood support. “The states that we are targeting for D.C. statehood support are Arizona, Washington, Alaska, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Georgia, South Carolina and New Hampshire,” she said.Perry’s staff reviewed extensive data to determine the target states.  In addition, Perry plans to ask local organizations to reach out to their national memberships to support statehood and establish a speaker’s bureau.She also noted that the District gets 20 million visitors each year and said that they are ripe for persuasion on statehood. “We will have statehood education kiosks at Union Station and at Reagan National Airport,” she said. “Also, we are planning on having signs that show the actual boundaries of the state of Washington, D.C.”While the members of the commission were satisfied with the work of Perry, there was still frustration that the statehood effort hasn’t caught on with some people. “I am angry and I think we should all be angry,” Brown said, voicing his anxiety at the media and residents who don’t show up for statehood strategy meetings.Brown said the $75,000 budget he works with is inadequate, given that he has a website and a radio show dedicated to the cause. Strauss said that celebrities such as comedian Dave Chapelle have taken up the statehood cause and that the movement is a member of the Unrepresented People’s and Nations Organization, which recently voted to support statehood.Garcia said that while reaching national and international audiences is great, he said local support is critical as well. “We need to make sure that D.C. statehood means something to the common D.C. citizen,” he said.last_img read more

New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of

first_imgA team of researchers at IBM has developed a new way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms that offers 1000 times the energy resolution of conventional techniques. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes their approach, how well it works and their hope that they will be able to modify it in such a way as to allow others with less specialized hardware to use it. Explore further Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Scientists are eager to better measure the magnetic fields of individual atoms because they believe it will lead to a better understanding of material and biological interactions—most particularly those involving weak magnetic interactions. Current methods rely on using defects in diamonds, though the team at IBM notes that prior work at their lab shows that it is possible to measure weak interactions in another way, an approach described as challenging. In this new effort, the team has come up with a way to get the job done that is relatively simple, though, they note, it requires special hardware.In the new approach, an atom called a sensor is placed near a target atom inside of a scanning tunneling microscope—a magnetic field is then applied to the microscope followed by a jolt of electricity to the tunnel junction. From there on, the frequency of the atom is monitored—when it matches the spin of the precess (the axis of rotation around a magnetic field that reflects its degree of magnetism), it reveals the measure of the magnetic field. The change in orientation is measured by moving the sensor atom to the microscope’s sensor tip.The researchers found their approach to be far more accurate and easier to read than other methods, pointing out that the signal they got from the technique was both stronger and more robust. They note also that few other labs likely have the combination of equipment (such as the high frequency cabling added to the microscope) required to replicate their technique, so they plan to continue the work in hopes of achieving the same results under more relaxed conditions. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms (2017, March 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-microscope-technique-magnetic-field-individual.html Ultrasensitive magnetometer proposed based on compass needle More information: Taeyoung Choi et al. Atomic-scale sensing of the magnetic dipolar field from single atoms, Nature Nanotechnology (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.18last_img read more

Google unveils upgraded Nexus 7 tablet

first_imgAdvertisement Google is tightening its grip on the booming tablet market, with a new tablet, updated version of Android and a social take on games. The company announced a new version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet during a press event Wednesday in San Francisco. Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Android and Chrome, unveiled a new slimmed-down, speedier version of the tablet, which will start at $229 when it goes on sale next week.The new Nexus 7, made by Asus, has undergone some subtle physical changes. The size of the device has been trimmed down while keeping the screen the same dimensions. The higher resolution screen is now 1,920 by 1,200 pixels, packing in 323 pixels per inch. The amount of RAM has been doubled, and the CPU is twice as fast as the previous Nexus 7. The company also said that it has improved its speaker performance and that it can last for nine hours of high-definition video playing.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Netflix will be one of the first apps to take advantage of the new video-friendly specs. The streaming-video company’s new Android app will stream movies at 1080p on the Nexus 7. The device will run Android Jelly Bean 4.3, a new version of Google’s Android operating system.Tablets are on track to take over PCs, and Google has a bigger stake in the boom than its own flagship devices. Half of all tablets sold worldwide are based on Android, according to the company.The new version of Android 4.3 will have parental controls so you can prevent the little ones from seeing saucy content or inappropriate apps. There are also user profiles for tablets that end up in the hands of multiple users.The company expects to have more than 70 million tablet activations this year. Many of those users are downloading content such as apps, music and movies from the Google Play store. The Play store has more than 1 million apps and has seen more than 50 billion downloads, according to the company.A new app, called Google Play Games, is similar to Apple’s Game Center. In it, Android users can see what games their friends are playing and go up against other users, checking out their accomplishments on leader boards.Older Nexus devices will also be able to test out the Android upgrade — existing Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Samsung devices will receive over-the-air updates for the operating system.The Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 7 will be available starting July 30, and an unlocked LTE version of the tablet will go on sale in the coming weeks. Credit: CNNlast_img read more