ERU Officer Assaults SWAL Boss, Others

first_imgThe president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, Mr. Roland Mulbah and several other members were last Friday assaulted by an officer of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police, causing them serious injuries.The incident occurred before the Liberia versus La Cote d’Ivoire match when ERU officers refused to allow some members of the SWAL to enter the stadium.Mr. Mulbah, who participated in a joint meeting with the Liberia National Police to craft guidelines for the game, explained to the officers that the SWAL was assured by the LNP that its officers would be informed about the joint decision on sports writers covering the game, but the officers were adamant.“One of the officers threatened to beat us if we did not leave the area,” Mulbah told the Daily Observer afterwards. “When I told him that it was a joint decision with the LNP and pleaded with him to let our members enter the stadium, he began to whip us, pointing his gun on us.”The assault resulted into a cut on Mulbah’s right jaw, and as blood oozed out of his injury, the officer got more incensed and continued his assault, as bystanders looked in shock.As the ERU officer beat the president of SWAL and several others, Victor Bowier, in charge of security at the LFA, and also a police officer, was called in, whose interventions ended the torture that the SWAL president and his members were undergoing.Mulbah and his colleagues received treatment at a nearby clinic before returning to the game. Mulbah’s jaw was bandaged. He expressed regret of the ERU officer’s action and appealed to the LNP to ensure that when decisions are made, “every officer who will be involved is informed about it.”Before the match, LNP Deputy Director for Operations, Prince Mulbah and SWAL president, along with SWAL Secretary General Kolubah Zayzay participated in the joint conference that came out with guidelines to ensure the smooth management of the match against La Cote d’ivoire.SWAL president Mulbah at the time said the association was working closely with the LNP to provide better coverage for the game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pedestrian struck, killed on freeway

first_imgA SigAlert was issued at 1:19 a.m. and all eastbound lanes were closed until 3:43 a.m., when the SigAlert was cancelled, said California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter. LA CRESCENTA – A pedestrian was fatally struck on a freeway in La Crescenta today when he ran in front of a car in what authorities described as a suicide. The pedestrian, a man of between 25 and 30, was struck by a Toyota Camry on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway at Rosemont Avenue about 1 a.m., said Sgt. Michael Telles of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Crescenta Valley Station. He was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. According to witnesses, the man ran onto the roadway, apparently looking to get struck, Telles said. The man driving the Camry stopped and was questioned at the scene before being allowed to go on his way, Telles said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Milankovitch Cycles Indistinguishable from Randomness

first_imgA claim has often been made by geologists that the rock sediments record cyclical changes in Earth’s orbit.  Milankovitch cycles, named for the man who analyzed them, are a set of regular periodic changes to the orbital eccentricity, obliquity, and axial precession of the Earth over tens and hundreds of thousands of years.  These subtle changes, it is alleged, produce climate change and sea level fluctuations.  The climate forcing, in turn, produces periodic differences in the thickness of sedimentary layers.  The search for Milankovitch signatures in rock records has been used as a method of dating sediments.    Geologists at Virginia State and Virginia Polytechnic tested this hypothesis with computer models.  They specifically encoded Milankovitch-like cycles in the production of sediments.  The layering produced was indistinguishable from randomness, according to their report in the Journal of Geology.1  Here was their conclusion:The simulations used a cyclic Milankovitch driver to produce cyclic stratigraphy, but the lithofacies thickness frequencies and autocorrelation methods used to analyze the resultant rock successions found that these records often appeared independent of periodic orbital forcing.  This indicates that the factors involved in depositing cyclic sedimentary layers, as simulated in the model, tend to mask the original periodic signal (such as Milankovitch orbital forcing) and produce the appearance of independence or stochasticity.  The hypothesis is that the rocks are independent of extrabasinal forcing, and these simulations indicate how difficult it is to disprove such independence.  Real rock successions are very likely to have been historically more complex than our simulations governed by merely a few basic parameters.  This poses a challenge to even most cleverly designed quantitative methods used to test for stratigraphic patterns, with their statistical outcomes being inherently ambiguous: does a given outcome indicate that the record was not formed in a cyclic fashion, or does it merely reflect the fact that an original cyclic driver has been masked by the complexity of depositional processes?  It is important, therefore, to have controls by which these methods can be tested.  The use of simulations can provide such controls by producing synthetic data with known Milankovitch cyclic drivers and thus providing an independent assessment of statistical methods applied to test real empirical records.They said the results they got with known cyclic drivers was “extremely noisy.”  Obtaining a significant signature required extreme climate differences, like between greenhouse and icehouse conditions for 100,000 years.  Even then, the results were ambiguous: “even with high-magnitude sea level fluctuations, a periodic driver of sediment deposition can be concealed.”.  And that’s not the only factor: “The incompleteness of the carbonate stratigraphic record may act to conceal cyclic driving forces,” they said, “in turn making it difficult to assess the quality of methods developed to measure cyclicity.”  Their computer simulations, they felt, provided a missing control on the theory:The methods for testing for the presence or absence of a Milankovitch driver in ancient successions must demonstrate patterns that are distinct from what would be expected if the rocks were deposited independent of orbital forcing.  One of the problems with many of the methods for detecting cyclicity is that they test a single series (e.g., a stratigraphic column).  This tends to miss lateral substitution of facies that occurs at similar water depths in real settings.  The benefit of using simulations is their ability to capture information such as periods of no deposition or gaps in deposition from erosion that would otherwise be difficult to quantify in real successions.1.  Dexter, Kowalewski and Read, “Distinguishing Milankovitch-Driven Processes in the Rock Record from Stochasticity Using Computer-Simulated Stratigraphy,” The Journal of Geology,2009, volume 117, p. 349�361, DOI: 10.1086/599021.Another dating method is shown to be a bruised reed.  Unfortunately, some well-meaning books like The Privileged Planet have leaned on this reed: “Finally, there are the Milankovitch cycles, probably the single most useful type of clock for layered deposits” (p. 30).  If this is the best, what about the others?  They tried to defend it with mathematical talk about Fourier analysis and power spectra (p. 370 n25), assuming that sophisticated math can discern a reliable signal in noise.  They did not consider the possibility of getting false signals in actual noise.  Then they used it and other methods to portray an old earth embedded with log records of its history over vast ages.    Although that section did not harm the basic thesis of the book (that our planet appears designed for scientific discovery), it exposes a weakness of some well-meaning attempts to ground design inferences in shaky foundations.  Layers of rocks record something, obviously, but the time scale and explanations become increasingly tenuous when eyewitnesses are unavailable and multiple causes are involved.  We should be wary of taking published scientific claims uncritically and placing too much authority in the ability of secular scientists to discern unobservable history through their worldview-tainted glasses.    Be wary especially of the divination methods of pagans (examples: 11/06/2008, 07/26/2008, 06/12/2008, 01/25/2008).  Would Daniel have referred to the scholarship of the Babylonian hepatoscopists as a reliable source?(Visited 94 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hopes for El Nino by Autumn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — The harsh drought over the southwestern U.S. is expected to last through most of the summer. That’s the forecast from a drought and forecast update webinar held May 23. National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Brian Fuchs offered a grim outlook for the region. More than two-thirds of the southwestern U.S. is already in some stage of drought; close to 40% of the region is in “extreme” or “exceptional” drought. Rangeland has almost no green areas. Livestock ponds are dried up. Death loss has been dramatic for both domestic livestock and wild animals, with very little grass for grazing and many dry stock ponds. The drought set in quickly. At the start of the “Water Year” back on Oct. 1, only 5% of the Southwest was in some stage of drought. But drought development was enhanced by the Pacific Ocean moving to a La Nina cool-water phase during the fall and winter of 2017-18. “Going into La Nina, and knowing the analog response, we knew that a La Nina winter was going to be problematic,” Fuchs said. “Going into it, we were very concerned.” Dryness has been extreme. The last six months have seen almost the entire Southwest receive less than 50% normal precipitation. Calendar-year standardized precipitation index values are running almost three standard deviations lower than normal precipitation. “This is record dryness for this time frame,” noted Fuchs. “We have deficits now that amount to almost an entire year’s worth of precipitation.” Temperatures have contributed to this intense drought as well. “Since last October to the present, there are many stations recording 2 to 4 degrees (Fahrenheit) or 4 to 6 (degrees F) above normal; even pockets are Colorado have posted 6 to 8 degrees above normal,” Fuchs said. That warming also showed up at higher elevations. “Precipitation that usually falls as snow did not. We had snow only at the highest elevations,” Fuchs said. Very little improvement is forecast through at least June. July, August and September will be closely watched for the prospect of rain improving during the southwestern U.S. summer monsoon season. “During summer, the monsoon signal is expanding,” Fuchs said. “That has a direct relation to above-normal precipitation forecast for the Four Corners.” However, the monsoon season does not offer a complete reversal of the drought. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) records indicate that the southwestern monsoon typically produces from about one-third to one-half the region’s annual precipitation. That’s not enough to end the drought. Water supply is obviously looking to be very short throughout the summer. “In Colorado, many rivers are either the second- or third-lowest on record,” Fuchs said. “The Lake Powell inflow forecast is 42% of average, the fifth-lowest dating back to 1964. The lack of snow will resonate through the entire region.” In addition to monsoon performance hopes, Fuchs noted that Pacific Ocean temperatures are forecast to move to above-normal levels during the 2018 fall season, possibly warm enough to create an El Nino event. “That would impact the weather patterns in the southwestern U.S.,” Fuchs said. El Nino tends to bring more precipitation to the region, which would be welcome. “We’ve had a fairly long period of La Nina influence,” Fuchs said. Bryce Anderson can be reached at Bryce.Anderson@dtn.com Follow him on Twitter @BAndersonDTN(CC/ES/SK)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden Before

first_img SharePrint Related5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community”Meet the German Robin Hood. — Schinderhannes (GC23VXF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 17, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Did you see that out-of-this-world geocache or maybe you’ve heard whispers of it in geocaching lore? It’s the geocache with King Arthur’s sword in a stone, that geocache placed at the scene of a Hollywood train wreck, or maybe it’s even a birdhouse that houses no birds or something else that’s magical, ingenious and never-before-seen in the history of the geocaching galaxy. Yeah, wow. So you’ve heard of it?A quality hide inspires and invites other geocachers to flex their geocaching creativity. There are ways for you to find the best of the best and ways to get inspired to create amazing geocaches. Use Favorite Points to find the geocaches that made your fellow adventurers’ jaws drop when they found it and follow the Geocache of the Week on our blog. Check out the Geocacher of the Month to see innovators in the geocaching world. Many of these all-stars have geocaches that have hundreds or even thousands of Favorite Points. The Geocaching YouTube channel offers a whole video series dedicated to Creative Geocaches.There’s one stop you should make before locking yourself in the garage to craft the perfect geocache hide. Check out Advice to Geocache Hiders from Law Enforcement. Then you’ll be ready! Join us on the Geocaching Facebook page to talk creative geocaches and show off your geocaching wonders to the world.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Designer of Google Images Launches Search Engine for Hotel Rooms

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Will hotels go for it? Some appear to be unhappy so far, but when they get turned on to the lodging equivalent of the airline up-sell (“pay for extra leg room?”) they’ll probably change their minds.What criticism there’s been so far of the service seems focused on the demand among business travelers for a room with a good view. Not everyone is convinced that the people who travel the most really care.Many companies among the 100 plus here at Launch are trying to change the travel industry. Others include the much-hyped flight search interface Hipmunk, the panoramic travel destination community Tour Wrist and a personal trip-planning service called Trip Bod.With its pedigree, pizzaz and clear, compelling value proposition, Room77 is the most likely travel app here to make a big name for itself. Not all hotel rooms are created equal. Room77 is a new hotel room search engine unveiled to rave reviews at the Launch conference today. It shows you floor maps, a photo of each room’s view and when available, a photo of the room itself. That way when you make a reservation, you can request exactly the room you know you want to stay in.The company’s lead engineer is Calvin Yang, a former Googler who designed Google Images years ago. It was founded by Brad Gerstner, a serial entrepreneur, investor and veteran of the travel tech world. The service uses some math and Google Street View to estimate what the view is like out a room’s window until someone goes and uploads a photo. The service then advises users how to call a hotel to request a specific room – for example, call 48 hours before your reservation, not 2 weeks ahead. It’s an impressive service and won over almost all the judges at Launch. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Location#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Track and field: A world record, and a win for the home team

first_imgOn a thrill-filled night at the track and field world championships Friday, Muhammad answered her own question — again — by setting her second world record in 10 weeks, while Barshim loved everyone back by becoming a repeat world champion, winning this one on home turf.“I’ve won a lot of gold medals, but this one is home,” Barshim said. “It feels different. I just felt love.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe late-blooming, 29-year-old Muhammad smoothed her way through the 400-meter hurdles in 52.16 to break, by .04 seconds, the world record she had set at U.S. national championships in July.Both she and Barshim — they call him “The Qatari Falcon” — will head into the Tokyo Games next year as reigning world champions. Muhammad will also go in as the defending Olympic champ — and almost certainly as the world record holder, too. View comments He brought the fans out of their seats every time he cleared a height, and not long after it was over, he was sharing a hug with the ruling emir of his country, talking about how Qatar’s first gold medal of these championships was won.Much has been made about the heat and poor attendance, the efficacy of air-conditioned stadiums and the legitimacy of the bid process that brought not only these championships, but the 2022 World Cup, to a country that’s striving to raise its profile beyond that of a mere oil supplier.For one night, at least, Barshim’s victory set all that aside. Qatar looked like a sports country, and nothing could ruin that — not even the fact that the sound system malfunctioned at the end of the evening, thus postponing Barshim’s medal ceremony to Saturday night.“I did it for them,” Barshim said of his fans and countrymen. “They’re the champions tonight.”So is Muhammad.She’ll get her gold medal Saturday, as well, but for her, there was one last bit of business to take care of before leaving the track Friday night.While the other seven hurdlers were writhing on the ground after crossing the finish line, Muhammad took a few deep breaths, then straightened up and headed over to the time clock near the finish line to have her picture taken.It’s what world record holders do.“I don’t think you ever get used to it,” Muhammad said. “But if I want to stay competitive in this event, I have no choice.” Dalilah Muhammad, of the United States, poses for a photo with the clock after winning the women’s 400 meter hurdles final, setting a new world record at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DOHA, Qatar — The message American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad kept telling herself when her career was running into roadblocks: Why not me?The message Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim kept receiving from an adoring home crowd yearning to celebrate a champion: We love you!ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee PLAY LIST 01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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It was, she said, much closer to the perfect race that she decidedly did not think she had run at national championships in the rain, in Des Moines, Iowa.And yet, this race still came down to a lean at the line against an opponent who’s only getting better.“Next year’s going to be amazing,” Hayes said.Close as the race was, though, the men’s steeplechase was even closer.Conseslus Kipruto and Lamecha Grima rambled over barriers and through the water over 3,000 meters, and as they approached the finish, there was nothing separating them. With fans in the jam-packed crowd screaming, they sprawled as they reached the line. A photo finish showed Kipruto had crossed in 8 minutes, 1.35 seconds. That was one-hundredth of a second faster than Grima.“I was praying, ‘Let me be faster than him,‘” Kipruto said. “I waited. I prayed. I saw the screen and saw it said ‘Conseslus.’ It was my name. I was definitely happy.”In the men’s 400 meters, Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won gold over Anthony Zambrano of Colombia and American Fred Kerley. Finishing 1-2 in the discus were Cubans Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero, who ran to the stands to share hugs with their small group of fans.But no win brought more joy throughout the stadium than Barshim’s. This jewelry designer is also an architect San Miguel stops streaking NLEX, takes share of top spotcenter_img LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I didn’t even know who won the race,” Muhammad said. “I was looking to see who won, and then I noticed, when they said ‘world record,’ that I had broken it.”Simply winning the race has become more difficult because of the rapid rise of Sydney McLaughlin, the 20-year-old phenom who juggles, rides a unicycle and seems destined to win a gold medal one day.McLaughlin also finished second to Muhammad at nationals — but that one was by .68 seconds. This one was by .07, and her time of 52.23 would have been the world record had she run it 10 weeks ago.“We came into this season knowing who the main opponent was going to be,” said McLaughlin’s coach, Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes. “It’s not a surprise. Dalilah has experience over Syd, so all I wanted her to do was get some experience. And run her best. And she’s surpassed that.”How close did Muhammad come to missing out on this? Shortly after graduating from Southern California in 2012, she went to Olympic trials and completely flopped. Out in the first round, she had neither a spot at the London Games nor a sponsor.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Bad drivers to pay more in BC under new Crown auto insurance

first_imgVANCOUVER – Drivers who cause crashes or have fewer than 15 years of experience will pay more for vehicle insurance in British Columbia as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul how premiums are calculated.The provincial government introduced the proposed changes on Thursday to modernize the system used by the Crown auto insurance corporation, which hasn’t been updated in decades.If the changes are approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission, two-thirds of drivers will pay less than they otherwise would while one-third will pay more, said Attorney General David Eby.The current model to calculate rates used by the Insurance Corporation of B.C. is “broken,” he said.“From now on, British Columbians can have more confidence that if they drive safely and don’t cause crashes, the rates they have to pay will much more closely represent the risk they actually represent on the road,” he said.Nearly 40 per cent of drivers would see up to a $50 reduction in their annual premiums, while 15 per cent would see more than a $100 reduction, the province said, adding that just over 10 per cent would see an up to $50 increase and 17 per cent would see their rates hiked more than $100.The adjustments would take effect in September 2019, although some elements will not be fully implemented until 2027.The changes are revenue-neutral and not intended to put a dent in ICBC’s forecasted $1.3 billion deficit — a situation Eby has called a “financial dumpster fire.”However, Eby said he hopes the measures will reduce costs to ICBC with a financial incentive to drive safely and prevent crashes, which are at a record high.One key change is that B.C. would move to a driver-based model from a vehicle-based insurance, so at-fault crashes are tied to the driver and not the car owner.Premiums would be calculated based on years of experience, number of at-fault crashes, place of residence and how the vehicle is used, with additional discounts or add-ons on top.Customers would have to list all the drivers who may operate the vehicle, and the experience and crash history of each driver would be taken into account in the premium.Those with a vehicle being used by a driver with a learner’s permit would have to pay as much as $200 more annually. But crashes caused by the learner before they get their licence won’t be counted in their driving history.ICBC would still offer discounts to inexperienced drivers, but those discounts would be reduced to better reflect the “risk” that those drivers represent, the province said.Under the plan, a driver would be considered inexperienced if they have fewer than 15 years of experience on the road.The corporation would consider at-fault crashes that happened over the past 10 years — up from three — to help determine a driver’s premium.But when the changes come into effect in September 2019, ICBC will only look back at two and a half years of at-fault crashes to determine premiums. Each year after that, it will extend the period by one year until 2027, when the full 10-year period will be in place.The corporation would forgive one at-fault crash for customers with 20 years of driving experience.The proposed model means drivers with more years of experience and no at-fault crashes would see greater discounts.Drivers are already paying more if they live in dense, urban areas, which are more risky for crashes. But the province is updating the map to better reflect what B.C. looks like in 2018, the province said.The utilities commission is set to hold a hearing in December to determine whether auto insurance rates will go up overall in the province.Andrew Wilkinson, leader of the Opposition Liberals, accused the NDP government of doing little to fix the problems at ICBC.“All the Attorney General has done today is lay blame at the foot of B.C. drivers, instead of overhauling the broken system that is ICBC,” said Wilkinson in a news release.The NDP countered with a news release saying the Liberals raided $1.2 billion from ICBC while they were in power in order to pad their own annual budgets.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more