160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Scientists will gather data without broadcasting alerts to residents or businesses. While a working system is still years and tens of millions of dollars away, many see the pilot project as a first step toward catching up with the rest of the world. PASADENA – The ground heaves, an earthquake is born. Underground sensors along fault lines detect rumblings humans can’t and relay signals to a central computer. Precious seconds before anything is felt, wailing sirens blare that a big one is on its way. That sliver of time could be used to warn people to flee from windows and take cover. Companies such as gas and electric utilities could take actions to protect their systems. Speeding trains could have enough time to brake to a halt. Such alert systems already exist in parts of Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey where the main users are businesses such as railway companies, power plants and manufacturers. But that’s not the case in the United States – except for a handful of schools, firehouses and airports that use commercially available, battery-powered seismic gadgets that warn a limited region. This summer, the U.S. Geological Survey is cautiously taking another look at early warning, beginning with a three-year test to gauge how well three experimental systems around California would work in the real world.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Thursday that it shot down a U.S. attack helicopter that crashed, killing two Marines, and a U.S. general said witnesses saw the aircraft take ground fire and break up in the air. The AH-1W Super Cobra crashed Wednesday near Ramadi during daylong fighting in the insurgent stronghold 70 miles west of Baghdad. In addition to the two crewmen, an American lieutenant died when a bomb exploded as he was rushing to the crash site. Another U.S. soldier died Thursday in a roadside bombing northeast of Baghdad, the military said. In its statement, al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said its military wing “downed a Super Cobra attack helicopter in Ramadi with a Strella rocket, thanks be to God.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The authenticity of the statement could not be determined. It appeared on an Islamic Web site and bore the nickname of the group’s spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi. The U.S. military said the cause of the crash had not been determined. However, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters Thursday that witnesses “believe they saw a munition fired at the helicopter and saw the helicopter break in pieces in midair and then crash.” In Burlington, Vt., Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville, the adjutant general of the state’s National Guard, said 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio, 28, of Burlington was killed Wednesday by the roadside bomb as his patrol of four Humvees and two tanks headed to secure the crash site. “He and his patrol were on a routine mission when they saw a Marine helicopter coming under fire, realized it was going to crash, and responded to provide assistance as necessary and to secure the site,” Rainville said. The Humvee in which Procopio was riding struck the bomb and he was killed instantly, she said. On Thursday, another U.S. soldier died in a roadside bombing near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. The soldier’s name was not released, but the U.S. command said he was assigned to the Army’s 43rd Military Police Brigade. The soldier’s death raised to at least 2,037 the number of U.S. military service members who have died since the war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. It was also the eighth battle death among the 157,000-member U.S. force in November. October was the fourth-deadliest month for American service members since the conflict began. Roadside bombs, which the U.S. military refer to as “improvised explosive devices,” or IEDs, have accounted for most of the recent U.S. battle deaths, despite a vigorous campaign to improve armament on American vehicles and to hunt down insurgent weapons caches. Last week, for example, 40 percent of the attacks against U.S. and coalition forces were carried out with IEDs, Lynch said. But they accounted for 64 percent of the U.S. and coalition casualties, he said. Lynch declined to talk in detail about increased sophistication of roadside bombs, including the use of infrared triggers. British officials say they have seen the use of infrared triggers in attacks against their own forces and suspect the technology has been supplied by Iran, a charge the Iranians have denied. “We have seen an improvement, an increase, in some instances of tactical capability of these IEDs and there are indeed different triggers, sensors that cause these things to explode,” Lynch said. “We have indications through multiple sources that bombs are transferred and technology is transferred and we’re working with all assets under our control to stop the flow of both of those things. … Neighbors need to be helpful and do their part to stop the insurgency.” Lynch also predicted an increase in insurgent attacks in an attempt to derail the Dec. 15 elections, when Iraqis will choose a new parliament to serve for a full four-year term. In a separate statement, al-Qaida in Iraq also said it had sentenced to death two Moroccan Embassy employees kidnapped last month in Iraq. The group had previously claimed the kidnap-slaying of three senior diplomats – one Egyptian and two Algerians – in a campaign to punish Arab countries for establishing ties with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. In other developments Thursday: Two Iraqi policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad. The bodies of 12 men who had been kidnapped and killed were found in a sewage station, police said. They were believed victims of sectarian “death squads” targeting members of rival Muslim sects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Eureka >> Just a few weeks ago, the 2017 softball season had been a forgettable one for the Eureka Loggers.Mired in a 10-game losing streak and dealing with a mid-season coaching change, Eureka appeared to be on the outside looking in for a county tournament birth. But new head coach Katelyn Glaeser infused a new outlook into the Loggers’ program, and my how Eureka has turned around its season since then.Eureka’s offense exploded for eight runs and starting pitcher Alyssa Jimenez allowed …
Aged 79, Joyce Mosweu is raising her HIV-positive grandchild in the South Africantownship of Alexandra. Now 84, Norma Geggie is the founder ofthe Canadian Wakefield Grannies, anorganisation supporting grandmothersraising their Aids-orphaned grandchildrenin Alexandra. Psychiatric nurse Rose Letwaba’s chanceconversation with Norma Geggie in aCanadian supermarket led to theremarkable relationship between thegrandmothers of Wakefield and Alexandra. Some of the Alexandra kids thetransatlantic partnership helps support. Norma Geggie at home in Wakefield. Since 2004 the Wakefield Grannies haveraised funds as only grannies can, withquilt sales, music concerts, book salesand more.Khanyi Magubane“One day, an army of grey-haired women may quietly take over the earth,” said US feminist and writer Gloria Steinem. Today, a remarkable transatlantic partnership of grey-haired women may not be taking over the earth, but are certainly helping to change it.For some four years a group of grandmothers from the small Canadian town of Wakefield have been helping other grandmothers from the South African township of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, raise their Aids-orphaned grandchildren.It began in 2004 when Rose Letwaba, an Alexandra-based psychiatric nurse visiting a friend in Canada, struck up a conversation with a stranger in a Wakefield supermarket.Letwaba told the stranger, Norma Geggie, then 80 years old, the story of a group of South African gogos (grandmothers) who had been forced by the Aids-related deaths of their own children to return to parenting. Old women, they were suddenly heading households and raising their grandchildren. Herself a grandmother, Geggie was immediately moved to find a way to help.Geggie spoke to her friends. Soon Letwaba was standing in a church filled with elderly Wakefield women, telling them about her work with the grandmothers, mothers and children of Alexandra.Her talk inspired the Canadians to set up the Wakefield Grannies, an organisation working to provide financial and moral support to the gogos of Alexandra. Over the past four years they have raised funds as only grannies can: a quilt sale, a music concert, book readings. They also launched a range of salsa products, branded as Gogolaka sauces.They’ve used Canadian May Day celebrations to host garage sales, selling crafts and food, and to organise a variety of workshops. The money collected is wired to South Africa; a regular financial report is sent back, detailing how the money was used.The two groups of grandmothers are now the subject of a documentary called The Great Granny Revolution. Made by Brenda Rooney, a founding member of the Wakefield Grannies, and her husband Robert, it follows the story of the remarkable partnership – and friendship – that has grown between the grey-haired women of Wakefield and Alexandra.At one of the first Canadian screenings of the film, Ledwaba told the audience, “If everyone was like the people of Wakefield, the world would be a better place to live in.”The Alexandra granniesThe Alex Aids Orphans Project was started in 2001 when staff at the township’s East Bank Children’s Clinic became aware that many young HIV-positive patients were either missing appointments or dropping out of treatment altogether. As head nurse, Letwaba investigated the matter, discovering that across the township, grandmothers living in abject poverty were raising their Aids-orphaned grandchildren, some of them HIV-positive.What started out with three grandmothers sharing their grief at the loss of their children and supporting each other to care for their orphaned grandchildren has now grown to a group of 40 elderly women. The grannies, whose grandchildren were part of the Alex Aids Orphan Project, then started a group, the Gogo Granny Outreach Project. The 40 gogos are collectively taking care of nearly 160 children orphaned by Aids.Lucia Mazibuko is one such strong woman. In the documentary she’s full of joy and laughter, despite having to raise two grandsons, one of them HIV-positive. Mazibuko has lost both of her daughters and a son-in-law to Aids.Another is Magdeline Ramakobo, now caring for her daughter, who has full-blown Aids. When her daughter succumbs to the disease Ramakabo will be left, in their one-room shack, to raise her daughter’s two children.Each of the Wakefield grannies has paired up with 10 members of the Gogo Granny Outreach Project, with strong friendships developing over the years. The partners write letters and exchange pictures, keeping each other updated about their lives. The Alexandra grannies have started a sewing business and grow vegetable gardens as part of their project, as a means of generating funds.Stepping forwardOn 6 March, the City of Johannesburg, in partnership with the High Commission of Canada and the International Women’s Rights Project, screened The Great Granny Revolution ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March. The city flew the Wakefield grannies to South Africa to join their friends in a two-day project, training other elderly women to facilitate the development of the support model of the granny-headed home.“I feel so proud,” filmmaker Brenda Rooney said at the screening. “My eyes are full of tears and my mouth is full of smiles. If we all step forward I’m sure we can do enough to make things better.”Related articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaHIV vaccine breaks new groundUseful linksThe Wakefield GranniesCanadian High Commission in South AfricaAlexandraCity of Johannesburg
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#How To#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the best ways to become an industry influencer is to get involved in industry events. They’re a great way to surround yourself with respected colleagues and they offer your the opportunity to network with others who share your interests. If you’ve got the guts to go toe-to-toe with some of the industry’s top pundits, get yourself on stage and show the world what you’re made of. When you apply for speaking opportunities, here are some of the points to consider. Reach and Engagement: One of the most important things to remember is that event planners want to fill audience seats. If you can prove that you’re going to contribute to that, you’re more likely to be invited onto a panel. Event companies often use platforms like Strutta and Vator TV to encourage voting and early audience participation. The voting indicates whether or not you have a following. Meanwhile, competitions like the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad event gauge the interest on Twitter as startup fans retweet pitches to the first round of TechWeb judges. Relevancy and Expertise: In some cases expertise is pre-determined by the events you’ve already spoken at. If you’re trying to get into a mobile event, it makes sense to explain that you’ve already spoken at another mobile conference. If this event is your first one, you may want to include links to white papers, blog posts and testimonial from notable industry celebrities. One way to ensure that you’re pitching a timely idea is to poll your network via Google Moderator, Linkedin Question or Aardvark and find out what they want to hear from you. Sometimes it’s easiest to see your most engaging material when an outsider offers you feedback. Entertainment and Sound Bites:An event planner’s biggest fear is that you’re going to be forgettable. It’s actually better to completely self-destruct than it is to be forgettable because at least self-destruction gets talked and tweeted about. In order to draw people in, many speakers pitch personal anecdotes and place them within the context of our shared history as startup entrepreneurs. Listeners generally find stories about themselves fascinating and if you focus on collective learning rather than your company pitch, you’re more likely to produce an entertaining presentation. If you’ve got video of past speaking engagements or podcasts send those along with your application. Organizers are looking for panelists who are lively and sound bite-able so avoid using industry buzz words like “ramen profitable” or “minimum viable product”. If an organizer wanted wisdom from Paul Graham or Eric Ries he or she would invite Paul Graham or Eric Ries. This panel application should be about you sharing the lessons you’ve learned. Photo Credit: Tom Woodward under the CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
Let me state the definition of a car that would do a head of state proud, well a head-of-state of a country that is doing well economically that is. The car should have presence; the engine should be powerful enough to supply power to half your colony and at the same time be appreciated for being green, the car should be luxurious but also sporty enough to give some of the sports cars a run for their money; last but not the least, the car should have a heritage that should be well known and something that I would be proud to buy into.As far as heritage goes, Bentley is right up there, having established itself on the proving grounds of one of the toughest endurance races the world has ever seen, the Le Mans 24hr races. But its flagship, the Arnage, was now dated. So Bentley went back to the drawing board and decided to use things from its past as the building blocks of the car that is now known as the Mulsanne.The car itself looks rather slab sided from the front. The rest of the car is pleasing with smooth flowing lines that are traditional as well as modern, strong haunches and a rear that is dominated by large exhaust pipes. The headlamps are reminiscent of the original Bentley flagship.The engine on the Mulsanne houses cutting edge technology. The engine consumes less fuel depending on the load situation and can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under 2000 rpm so as to be about five per cent more fuel efficient overall. Although the car itself has turned out to be heavy, the 1000 Nm of torque can propel it to over 100 kmph in just over five seconds and to a top speed of nearly 300 kmph.The car is surprisingly easy to drive. Electronics help keep it stable under hard acceleration and emergency braking which was often required on my drive on the scenic roads near Inverness in the north of Scotland. The engine has oodles of power and the eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox works very well. Gear shifts are seamless and with eight ratios there is no perceptible jerk when the gears shift. Keeping in touch with its sporty nature, the Mulsanne has gear shift paddles on the steering wheel as well. The drive experience is good and the rear seats even better, but what stands out is the Naim Audio made 20-speaker 2200-watt music system. For untrained ears, it’s the best that I have heard in a car till date and audiophiles have also been praising it.On the move the loudest noise comes from the tyres on tarmac, and that itself is slight enough for you not to notice. I would have liked the exhaust note to have been a little more striking but perhaps the nobility and the intended buyers of the car prefer the silence.You may have second opinions on the looks but there is no denying that Bentley has achieved what it set out to. The production for next year is already sold out and all you can do is join the queue for a car in 2012. Price: 1.1 crore (approx)advertisementOn the road: In the Scottish HighlandsInverness is a town that does not fit in with the pristine surroundings; it’s an ugly jumble of modern and ancient buildings, narrow streets and industrial areas, not suited to be seen in the Bentley Mulsanne. I have of course, the V8 under the hood and over a thousand newton-metres of torque to call upon, and I put it to good use as the concrete jungle of the capital of the Scottish Highlands disappears behind me. It is perhaps the picture postcard landscapes that Scotland presents that makes me want to get away from Inverness, because it’s a pretty decent city, and ranks very high (in the top 10) in the quality of life index of British cities.The mountain roads are narrow and after a heavy downpour, glisten in the harsh sun, a ribbon of sunlight upon the bright green Scottish highlands, to misquote the famous British poet who drew his inspiration from the Welsh mountains. Is this all wrong, I wonder. For roads like these, one needs a super agile, fast accelerating, light car that can play the straights, pirouette around the curves and accelerate hard till the next turn. The Mulsanne on the other hand is huge (I wonder if two Mulsannes can pass by each other on these Scottish roads) and it does take a lot to get the nearly three tonne mass of steel, alloy, fluids and flesh up to speed and then bring it to a near stop for the tight corner.The roads in the Scottish Highlands seem to be at the side of the valleys with smoothened out hills on either side and a river or a lake to keep the road company, more often than not. This too is picture postcard country much like in Austria but the difference is that the hills here are lower and much more rounded and the greens are brighter as compared to the darker greens in Austria. The men working in the countryside seem to wear netting around their faces, something I presume we would use here to keep the bees away while we are busy stealing their honey. In Scotland I am told these midgets breed in hundreds of thousands in summers and can cause high discomfort when they bite.-Yogendra PratapSuzuki GSX R-1000The moment the new Suzuki GSX R-1000 rolled into our garage, I knew this was the best ‘show off’ superbike one can buy. Given of course, you can’t afford the gorgeous and stratospherically priced Ducati 1198 that is. Of all superbikes currently available in India, the GSX best fits the Transformer image; it seems if would just disassemble itself and turn into a towering robot with a deep throaty voice. What it does though is attract lots of eyeballs. The GSX isn’t a gentle beast like the Honda Fireblade (relatively of course), and you get a hint of it when you mount it. The engine has the typical four cylinder awaking noise followed by a hum that misses a beat once in a while as it idles in anticipation. Slot into first and begin rolling and suddenly, the GSX feels very alive indeed. One might be pottering about in 6th gear with the revs barely above 3000 rpm, but get too excited with the throttle and it lurches ahead like a predator.As the engine revs keep piling (and these pile up really fast, mind you), the world turns into a blur, and more often than not one ends up looking skywards. With such manic acceleration we were on the brake more often than the throttle, and the front brake itself, was quite a revelation. There’s so much bite, feel and progression, it really needs to be felt to be believed. It also causes such fierce weight transfer to the front that holding the brakes hard for a longish time had us on the front wheel when we least wanted. Price 12.75 lakh (ex-showrrom)–Vikrant singhColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisement
Man Utd icon Schmeichel: Pogba not bigger than the clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Peter Schmeichel feels Paul Pogba needs to be brought into line.There’s been reports of Pogba celebrating the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho last week.Schmeichel stated, “It has been portrayed as if Pogba has won a war. It doesn’t work for me. It can’t happen to United. It is extremely important that the club handle this situation. Pogba, or anyone else, can’t get bigger than the club.”Schmeichel believes caretaker manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer has what it takes to handle the situation.”I think it’s the key, that Ole can tames the situation, get one like Pogba to play to the potential we all know he has in him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe delighted with Fraser formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is delighted with the form of Ryan Fraser.The Scotland international has been a regular presence under Howe this season and is level with Eden Hazard for most assists in the Premier League this season with nine.”He’s done so well this [season], he’s been a regular goal creator, goal scorer and his set-piece delivery has been excellent, which was evident on Wednesday,” Howe said.”Two lovely free-kicks, one floated and one whipped, with two goals coming from that. So really pleased.”I’m not surprised [by his performances]. His technical ability is so high; he’s got two lovely feet and a very good football brain.”It was more a case of wanting him to show everybody what he can do on a consistent basis and he’s started to do it this [season].”
Ohio State 11-18230%22% ▲ 216% Florida State 10-2138100%<1% ▲ 21<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Washington St. 8-42044530%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%99% ▲ 3541% Notre Dame 10-26139—a<1% ▼ 21<1% We can think of the four playoff positions as belonging to the following teams: UCLA 8-42235210%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 11-1541462%60% ▲ 138% Mississippi St. 8-42125220%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma looked impressive. Clemson and Alabama held their ground at the top. Iowa and Michigan State are now on a collision course. Stanford and North Carolina remain in the hunt, but don’t control their own fate. Ohio State lurks in the background.So ends the final weekend of regular-season college football. Now the conference championships will decide which four teams make the playoff. There were 13 teams in contention for a playoff spot going into this past weekend; coming out, only eight of them realistically have a shot now.Here are our updated projections following the Thanksgiving weekend games. (These numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released.) Utah 9-32337280%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 10-2191060%<1% ▲ 21<1% Alabama 11-121274%79% ▲ 1525% Toledo 9-22432480%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 10-2961148%10% ▼ 6a2% Michigan 9-31021190%<1% ▼ 7a<1% Northwestern 10-21618560%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 9-21530440%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma St. 10-21119170%<1% ▼ 10<1% North Carolina 11-11491544%16% ▲ 6a2% Clemson 12-015756%74% ▲ 2113% Mississippi 9-3181150%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 10-212222326%<1% ▼ 12<1% Temple 10-225274947%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 12-04122638%39% ▲ 8a3% Baylor 9-271740%<1% ▼ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 25; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Oregon 9-3177250%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma. Oklahoma wrapped up its regular season by winning the Big 12 championship on Saturday night, after an 58-23 domination of Oklahoma State. The Sooners now must wait for the final committee rankings to be released on Dec. 6, but by our model’s estimation they are shoo-ins to make the playoff (99 percent).Iowa or Michigan State. The Big Ten title match between Iowa and Michigan State is a de facto play-in game: the winner is almost certainly getting in the playoff. Michigan State is a 64 percent favorite according to the Football Power Index (FPI), and if the one-loss Spartans do prevail, our model gives them a 96 percent shot at making the playoff. If instead the undefeated Hawkeyes win, they’re in the playoff in 98 percent of our simulations.Alabama or an open slot. Alabama won on Saturday and will face Florida for the SEC championship. The Tide’s playoff odds rose to 79 percent, while Florida’s fell to below 1 percent following an ugly loss to Florida State. That means even an upset of Alabama probably wouldn’t be enough to get the Gators in. Instead, a Florida win could open the door for Ohio State or Stanford (if Stanford wins the Pac-12 title game — only about a 50/50 proposition, according to FPI). Our model even thinks there’s an outside shot Alabama could get in despite a loss next weekend, although we doubt the committee will agree.Clemson, UNC or an open slot. Clemson’s an absolute lock if it beats UNC in the ACC championship. If it loses — and the matchup is competitive, according to FPI — what happens next is anyone’s guess. Should UNC beat the Tigers, those odds only rise to 37 percent, meaning there’s a chance the committee could opt for Ohio State or Stanford instead. It’s also theoretically possible the committee could choose Clemson ahead of UNC even if Clemson loses, deciding Clemson’s superior schedule outweighed its head-to-head loss.