Ocean City’s “Weird Week” will offer daily “wacky but not tacky” competitions in french-fry sculpting, saltwater taffy molding and noise-making starting on MondayOcean City’s week-long series of family-oriented contests is a tradition that happens twice a summer. The first week was held in June. The second starts on August 10. All events are held at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and each day the events start at 11 a.m.Entry in the contests is free and prizes are awarded. Age divisions include 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults.The contest schedule is as follows:Monday: Salt Water Taffy Sculpting. Contestants are challenged to create a work of art from taffy donated by Shriver’s.Tuesday: It’s French Fry Sculpting. This category has featured such entries as Elvis, a bouquet of flowers, and a map of the State of New Jersey. The fries are donated by the Promenade Food Court.Wednesday: It’s “That’s the Way The Cookie Crumbles.” Transform a giant cookie into a work of art. There also will be an ear-wiggling contest.Thursday: Contestants sculpt paper clips, which have resulted in such past entries as the Brooklyn Bridge.Friday: Sculpting is abandoned for creative performance. Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos requires children from three to five years of age to make as much noise as possible pounding on pots and pans. They are accompanied by the music of Dire Straits. The Contest concludes on Friday with the Miss and Mr. Miscellaneous talent pageants. This is for all those who have always wanted to perform in a talent show but somehow missed the bus or got delayed at a Rugby Game.For information, call (609) 399-6111.
Officials in Texas have arrested a grandmother and her boyfriend after authorities found a 6-year-old child tied up in the couple’s shed.The incident was reported Sunday in Dallas, Texas.Authorities say they arrived to the home around 11:30 pm after receiving a tip that a child in the household may be, being abused.The child’s grandmother 53- year-old Esmeralda Lira, told authorities the child was with his mother, however, a man who lived on the property told police that the boy was actually in the shed and directed them to the area.When investigators opened the shed, they found the child with his hands tied behind his back.During a police interview, Lira told authorities that the child was put in the shed as a punishment and that it was only a one time thing. Lira’s boyfriend 64-year-old Jose Balderas, told authorities that the child had been confined to the shed for at least two weeks for stealing food. The child then told police that the abuse had been going on since he “got out of school for this Corona thing.”Both Lira and Balderas have since been arrested and are facing charges of endangering a child. They are each being held on a $100,000 bond.
Facebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Capital Bicycling ClubCapital Bicycling Club’s flagship event ride hosted 150% as many riders in 2014 as in 2013.371 riders from across Washington and British Columbia converged on Tumwater City Hall on Sunday, June 22 to participate in the 32nd annual Two County Double Metric hosted by the Capital Bicycling Club. When asked their impression of the ride, most riders repeated one word. Wonderful. Wonderful weather, wonderful ride, and especially wonderful volunteers.Cyclists highly praised the volunteer crew along the route. 56 individuals, including three kids, made the event a success. Volunteers welcomed and registered riders, served fresh fruit, sandwiches and burritos at rest stops, drove the course to provide SAG support, and offered mechanical repairs throughout the race. Several volunteers did double duty, working before, during, and after the event, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.According to CBC president Bill Stevenson, “This was a perfect day for cycling in western Washington. Everyone I’ve spoken with had a great time, and loved the beautiful, rarely cycled roads. Riders really liked the fresh food served at rest stops. Kudos to ride organizer Anita O. For another great job in what she swears is her last year in the role.”Past president Blaine Wheeler said, “It was wonderful the weather cooperated. In my experience, Lewis and Thurston County have some of the nicest bicycling roads in Western Washington. The roads are wide and well-maintained. The little traffic there is, drivers are polite. And it’s really scenic. Thanks to all the organizers’ and volunteers’ work, everyone had a good ride.”The CBC’s second event ride this year, Ride the South Sound, is being replaced with a smaller-scale fundraising ride. Visit the club website for more information in August. The club is planning to offer more activities for the 2015 Two County ride and is seeking a new event coordinator from its membership rolls.The nonprofit Capital Bicycling Club has been a mainstay of the cycling community in the South Puget Sound region for over thirty years. A 100% volunteer-run organization, we support all aspects of cycling, from recreational to commuting. CBC advocates real change in our community to benefit cyclists of all types.In addition to weekly cycling activities year-round, the club hosts at least one major event ride per year and supports the annual Intercity Transit Bicycle Commuter Contest, the Thurston County Bicycle Map, and more. Rider registration fees for CBC events help support these and other activities, including Washington Bikes, the International Mountain Bike Association, League of American Bicyclists and the Thurston County Food Bank.
A Sense of Camaraderie Across the nation, 800,000 Federal workers missed their first paycheck Friday, Jan. 11, and could miss their next one Jan. 25 with Democrats and the White House at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Bongiovi said it’s important not to get caught up in the politics of the situation and to focus on the people and families being impacted. New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy and Dorothea Bongiovi organized the lunch event, and said they plan to host more until the government shutdown ends. Photo by Chris Rotolo The Hackensack Meridian Health network (including Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel) has announced it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency care for furloughed employees and families.The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County announced it will offer free facility access and childcare payment relief to furloughed workers and families in Monmouth County. The YMCA is also waiving monthly dues for existing members impacted by the shutdown.Red Bank Borough Schools announced a partnership with its food service provider, Chartwells, to provide free breakfast and lunch to students whose families have been impacted by the shutdown. “It’s the thought that makes a difference. It’s the thought of them reaching out and understanding our predicament,” Foley said. “For me it’s not about the meal. My husband works and we have cans of soup and food at home. This is about coming together with other people who are suffering through it and feeling like a family. It’s frustrating but we’re in it together.” EPA pollution official Kathleen Foley was one of the diners who ventured to the Red Bank eatery and said it was less about the meal and more about the sense of camaraderie she felt while spending time with others suffering the same plight. On a frigid Jan. 21 afternoon – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – the JBJ Soul Kitchen opened its doors for a special two-hour lunch session in which furloughed workers and their families could sit down for a free meal at the Monmouth Street establishment, with a menu that included two soup options, meatloaf, a fish dish and a chicken entree. The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Lunch Break, located at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd in Red Bank, is offering furloughed employees and their families continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and a hot lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Murphy said she spoke to TSA employees who are still required to show up to work despite not collecting a paycheck for the past month and are trying to save money by carpooling to Newark Liberty Airport. RED BANK – In the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in the country’s history, local organizations, schools and even a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer have stepped up to make the lives of furloughed workers a little easier. Murphy said the first wave of diners included employees of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Coast Guard personnel. Murphy said it’s something they had been thinking of organizing for some time. In conversations, Murphy said diners expressed worries about collecting unemployment and described interactions with unemployment office workers who were “disinterested” in assisting, or had no answers. “They said they can’t afford the gas money,” Murphy added. “The bottom line is, these are normal people. These are all of us and they are so thrilled to be here and so thankful. They were a little apprehensive at first about showing up, but now they feel a little kick in their step, because they know there are others in the same boat and people in the community who are trying to help.” The event was organized by Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, and her Navesink River neighbor, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy. Other Local Groups Stepping Up Cash Flow Worries “Anyone who goes a month without a paycheck is going to be in very big trouble in New Jersey,” Bongiovi said. “We are a resource for people. We’ve been open for seven years and we see people struggling. Time can get tough and we want to be there for people. None of this is a handout. It’s a hand up.” On Jan. 11 a bill signed by Trump guaranteed full backpay for impacted federal workers. “We kept thinking that the government was going to reopen, but eventually it became pretty clear that it wasn’t going to reopen. So, in all honesty, we probably waited too long to do this,” the First Lady said in an interview with The Two River Times. “But as soon as we reached out to the Bongiovis, who already have this amazing facility, it wasn’t long before we had a plan in place,” Rather than lunch, Environmental Protection Agency official Kathleen Foley said she was in search of camaraderie and companionship at the JBJ Soul Kitchen. Photo by Chris Rotolo
Matthew started swimming at the age of five years when he joined the Nelson Neptunes Swim Team.The 14-year-old Nelsonite currently swims winter club with the Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX).The six-podium finishes in the pool for Matthew came with silver medals in 200-meter boys Individual Medley and 800-meter freestyle and bronze in 100 meter Breaststroke, 400-meter boys IM, 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter breaststroke. The BC Summer Games are an important opportunity for athlete development, but through sport, these athletes are also learning lifelong skills of commitment and leadership. “The response to this bursary opportunity shows that these athletes are not only leaders on the field of play but also in their home communities,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “We were impressed with the involvement of these young leaders and are proud to call them all BC Games alumni.” The remaining athletes include:Matthew Armstrong of Surrey in Volleyball; Nolan Badovinac of Port Alberni in Wrestling: Zoe Chore of Cranbrook in Rowing; Sydney Fetterly of Abbotsford in Basketball; Amanda Heinze of Prince George in Athletics; Nisa Hofer of Burns Lake in Canoe/Kayak; Dylan Joyce of Chetwynd in Swimming; Erika Lieu of Burnaby in Soccer; Tanner Lorenson of Vernon in Beach Volleyball; Trent Monkman of Telkwa in Beach Volleyball; Kristen Schulz of North Vancouver in Athletics; Maxwell Stalling of Delta in Field Lacrosse; Jay Taylor of Kelowna in Baseball; Ryan Watt of Vancouver in Rowing; Alice Young of Duncan in Equestrian and Samuel Matthew of Nelson in Swimming. Samuel Matthew of Nelson was one of 16 talented athletes recognized with a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.Matthew won six medals in the pool in the Hub City. The athletes are from 16 different communities around the province. “Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for youth in the communities where we live and work,” said Maureen Young, Manager, Community Partnerships for Coast Capital Savings.“These young athletes have demonstrated dedication and commitment to their sport, their communities, and their schooling. We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to their future goals with the presentation of these bursaries.”
NEW YORK — That four-game series against Kansas City left the A’s feeling a little more taxed than perhaps they’d imagined.And that’s not necessarily a knock on the Royals — a tough team despite its rebuilding status. Four games is a lot, and the the starters couldn’t eat enough of those 36 total innings to save the bullpen from putting in more work than manager Bob Melvin and his staff would have liked.Especially with Yankee Stadium looming and Brett Anderson set to take the mound for Game …
Until recently, we humans had no idea the complexity of the systems that keep us alive.Nature creates its own plaster to protect wounds from infection (Medical Xpress). A cut in the skin can start a deadly infection if not closed quickly. This article explains how the body makes a temporary plaster cast of fibrin molecules that coil around red blood cells to seal off a wound quickly before reconstruction of the tissue begins.Scientists have found that a protein film forms rapidly over a wound as part of the natural clotting process, and it provides protection for at least 12 hours.They believe this bio-film gives the immune system time to marshal its defences to deal with any infection.‘Walking molecules” haul away damaged DNA to the cell’s emergency room (Phys.org). Emergency room? Walking molecules? Yes; the emergency room for damaged DNA is right at the nuclear pore, a very complex gateway to the nucleus (see it described on Evolution News). Myosin motors are the walking molecules that carry broken DNA to these locations for repair. The language of the article is intelligently designed to help readers relate to other things they know are intelligently designed: emergency health systems.The scientists found that after the DNA strands are broken, the cell prompts a series of threads— nuclear actin filaments— to assemble and create a temporary highway to the edge of the nucleus. Then come the paramedics—proteins known as myosins.“Myosins are conveyed as a walking molecule because they have two legs. One is attached and the other moves. It’s like a molecular machine that walks along the filaments.”The myosins pick up the injured DNA, walk along the filament road and then reach the emergency room, a pore at the periphery of the nucleus.“We knew, based on our prior study, that there was an emergency room—the nuclear pore where the cell fixes its broken DNA strands. Now, we have discovered how the damaged DNA travels there” Chiolo said. “What we think is happening here is that the damage triggers a defense mechanism that quickly builds the road, the actin filament, while also turning on an ambulance, the myosin.”Developmental Biology: Neurons That Divide Together Wire Together (Current Biology). Are home theater systems intelligently designed? If so, you can understand the analogy made by two writers for this dispatch about biological networks of neurons.If you have ever assembled an elaborate home entertainment system, you are likely familiar with how challenging it can be not only to plug all of the wiring into the correct ports, but also to make sure that the setup is space-efficient, modular, and reproducible. Yet this task is analogous to a problem all developing nervous systems must solve on a much larger scale: the adult human central nervous system, for example, is estimated to have hundreds of trillions of synapses. What developmental strategies do nervous systems use to wire complex circuits? A recent study by Pinto-Teixeira et al., along with two related studies, illustrates how simple developmental processes can be combined to produce, differentiate, and wire a large population of neurons with complex synaptic connections ….The word “simple” must be taken in context. No neuron is simple! Neurons are loaded with complex specified information, molecular machines and hierarchical networks. Neurons are made in such a way, though, where they can connect to other neurons quickly and easily. That may sound “simple,” but how do neurons know where to connect? In your home entertainment system, you can’t just connect wires at random! Examining the process in a human eye or brain would be too challenging, so these scientists looked to the humble fruit fly to attempt to get their minds around neural network construction.How do T4 and T5 neurons find their targets within the retinotopic map? On the basis of both clonal analysis and live imaging of developing neurons, Pinto-Teixeira et al. suggest that birth location and timing are critical for targeting T4 and T5 dendrites and axons to the appropriate retinotopic map positions. The relative birth positions of T4 and T5 correlate with the dorsoventral organization of their projections, whereas birth timing correlates with anteroposterior organization. Posterior visual fields map onto earlier-born T4 and T5 neurons, while anterior visual fields map onto later-born T4 and T5 neurons. Critically, the columnar neurons in the medulla that define the retinotopic array display the same correlation between birth timing and anteroposterior organization. These observations suggest that, as T4 and T5 neurons are born, they target the most recently-born upstream columns. Taken together, this combination of birth location and timing, as well as the shared lineage of T4 and T5 subtypes receiving signals from the same point in visual space, form a complement of simple developmental strategies that solve a complex wiring problem.Got that? Don’t worry; it won’t be on the test. There will just be one question: “True or false: fruit fly retinotopic map networks illustrate intelligent design.”Have you thanked your Maker yet today? Now you have some specific things you can praise Him for. (Visited 431 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
7 October 2015As Trevor Noah gets comfortable in the chair at The Daily Show this month, there has been more international recognition for South African creative talent with news this week that two local television productions and a hard-hitting documentary have received nominations for the 2015 International Emmy Awards.The reality cooking show MasterChef South Africa, innovative political satire production Puppet Nation ZA and the documentary Miners Shot Down have all been nominated for awards.South Africa is one of only 19 countries earning international recognition in 10 production categories by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.The news of the nominations is a boost for the local film and television industry. The recognition helps to grow the professional reputation of the sector, which does much to create new job opportunities for South African talent, both in front of and behind the cameras.Outside the country, it also positions South Africa as a growing cultural brand in a global context, as per the Chapter 7 outcome of the National Development Plan.The hard-hitting and popular Angolan telenovela Jikulumessu is the other African contender.The winners will be announced on 23 November in New York City.M-Net’s MasterChef South Africa is nominated in the reality/non- scripted category. Produced by Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media, it is the second time the show has been nominated for an International Emmy; it was also nominated in 2013.Lucky Bean just got it’s second International Emmy Award Nomination for Master Chef South Africa! Halala!… http://t.co/Rcw6VqMQzm— Lucky Bean (@LuckyBeanMedia) October 6, 2015Watch a clip:Puppet Nation ZA (previously known as ZA News) is the hugely popular political satire show that pokes fun at local and international pop culture and politicians using puppets. Produced by Both Worlds Productions and featuring some of South Africa’s best comedy writers, the show comes off a great run at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), in which it won seven trophies.Watch a clip:The controversial but highly lauded documentary Miners Shot Down about the 2012 Marikana shootings, is nominated for the Best Documentary Award. It was produced by filmmaker Rehad Desai and Uhuru Productions.Desai said he hoped the nomination would help the documentary reach a wider audience, particularly in South Africa. “This is an ongoing story which demands the attention of all South Africans and indeed the world to ensure justice is going to be done,” he told news broadcaster EWN. “It’s just a shame we can’t get it on SABC. Hopefully that will change with the Emmy nomination.”This year’s nominations follow a strong trend of South African talent making an impact in overseas awards, particularly the Emmys.In 2013, Loyisa Gala and Late Nite News were nominated for an International Emmy for comedy. That same year, South African composer Phillip Miller was nominated for best musical score at the Emmys for his soundtrack for the film The Girl.South African Doug Hardy and his visual effects team won a production Emmy for the series Black Sails in 2014. Earlier this year, Debora Patta was nominated for a news Emmy for her work as the Africa correspondent for the American TV network CBS on its show, CBS Evening News.Source: News24Wire
The objective of the concert is to help strengthen a sense of unity among African nations and promote a spirit of oneness among Africans.Some of Africa’s leading musicians will perform at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg to harness the power of music to unite people of different nationalities across the continent.The African Music Concert takes place on Saturday, 21 November and offers fans the opportunity to see some of Africa’s finest performers, such as Wiz Kid, AKA, Davido, KO, Flavour and Bucie, live in action.A star-studded line-up will feature performances from Uhuru, RunTown, Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Burna Boy, Durban Nyts, Emmy G, and Anatii as well as the world-renowned Soweto Gospel Choir, among many others.The objective of the concert is to help strengthen a sense of unity among African nations and promote a spirit of oneness among Africans.Brand South Africa has partnered with the African Music Concert under the theme Agenda 2063: The Ties that Bind Us.In this capacity Brand South Africa offers you the chance join the celebration and win double tickets to the African Music Concert. Two sets of double tickets are up for grabs for a pair of the best seats in the house in the concert’s golden circle – ensuring you won’t miss a beat.To enter the competition and stand a chance of getting your hands on these tickets have a look at Play Your Part’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Concert gates open at 1pm and the show begins at 2.45pm.
While some cloud providers build great press about their energy consumption, the truth is data center carbon emissions can actually be much higher than the greenwashing hype would lead you to believe. Most data centers measure energy use, not emissions produced. So one Icelandic start-up cloud provider plans to open source its monitoring software to help cloud providers clear the air about carbon.Clouding SustainabiliyA lot of press has been generated about how cloud computing is a green solution. Intuitively, it certainly feels like increasing energy efficiency should cut energy consumption and carbon dioxide (as CO2) emissions. That’s why cloud services spend a so much time on a stat known as Power Usage Efficiency (PUE), working to achieve a higher utilization of virtual machines on each physical server. Indeed, a recent study from WSP Environment & Energy and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) would seem to back up this assertion, as shown in this graph:Key values for determining the carbon emissions of cloud computing. (Image courtesy of NRDC.)In practice, though, there are some wrinkles. For one thing, besides PUE and server utilization, the location of the data center most definitely matters and is intertwined with the other data-center-emission variables – an uncomfortable fact often overlooked in the press releases from major cloud providers and their clients, says Tom Raftery, lead analyst, of the GreenMonk energy and sustainability practice within analyst firm RedMonk.That raises the second and larger problem: For all the green hoopla surrounding the openings of the new high-efficiency data centers that reportedly sip power, there is a distinct lack of transparency into just how much CO2 emissions these data centers are actually responsible for.Facebook Is An Open BookTake, for instance, Facebook’s much ballyhooed Prineville, Oregon, data center, for which the company has open-sourced the highly efficient plans as part of its Open Compute Project. While most new data centers have an average PUE value of 1.5, with older data centers carrying PUEs of around 2, the Prineville facility has a PUE range of 1.07 to 1.08 throughout the year.But according to Raftery, the Prineville facility’s utility company, Pacificorp, gets 58% of its energy from coal and 12% from gas – that’s more than 70% from fossil fuel directly. And since 22.5% of Pacificorp’s power is purchased from other suppliers, there could be even more fossil fuel hiding in the background. Pacificorp burns an estimated 9.6 million tons of coal per year, Raftery said.And while Prineville is a model of energy efficiency, it is only one part of Facebook’s total energy consumption. According to Facebook’s own data, in 2011, Prineville used 71 kilowatt-Hours (kWh) of power, just 14% of Facebook’s total of 509 kWh across all of their data centers.It’s important to note that Prineville did not open until April of 2011. Using Facebook’s carbon-emissions data from the same report, though, we can figure out Facebook’s ratio of carbon emissions to its total data-center power, displayed in this table:Of the four data centers outlined by Facebook, the West Coast center seems to be doing the best, pulling in the most power and only pushing out a third of Facebook’s total data-center CO2 emissions. But even at low PUEs of 1.08, Prineville is just barely improving upon the carbon-emission/power-consumed ratio, and the new North Carolina data center that opened in April of 2012 is responsible for more carbon emissions for power consumed than even the presumably dirty East Coast colocation facility.Just as Raftery pointed out this weekend in his keynote address at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Las Vegas, the source of a data center’s power is as important to the data center’s total production of emissions as its efficiency ratings. Too often, he added, “energy use” and “emissions produced” have been conflated to mean the same thing. But as outlined here, that’s very much not the case.Clouding The PictureFacebook, it should be emphasized, is a very good example of transparency when it comes to data-center (and other) power used and amounts of carbon emitted. We are taking the social network’s reported findings at face value, of course, but at least it is making those reports. Many companies don’t even bother with the details, and still make big claims.Amazon, for instance, claims that “both the Oregon and GovCloud Regions use 100% carbon-free power,” presumably from a completely renewable energy source. Ask Amazon to explain those claims, however, and all you’ll get is the sound of crickets, Raftery told his audience, like this non-response from Amazon Web Services senior evangelist Jeff Barr.Salesforce.com also likes to play the sustainability game a little fast and loose. Raftery lambasted the company’s Carbon Calculator, which lets customers select their current location and cloud type to generate a picture of what their annual carbon savings might be if they migrate to Salesforce’s cloud. Raftery said the Europe setting (apparently continents are as granular as Salesforce gets) promises up to 86% annual carbon savings.“Of course that’s complete horseshit,” Raftery stated. Europe is not homogeneous in its use of fossil fuels for electricity production. While some cloud providers build great press about their energy consumption, the truth is carbon emissions can actually be much higher than the hype would lead you believe.Clearing The AirTransparency is key when cloud providers talk about energy and sustainability issues, but Raftery notes that can be hard to achieve even if a company is willing to share its actual data. The problem is that there are few tools and few standards to measure and rate cloud emissions.In Iceland, a nation that’s fast becoming a data-center hot spot thanks to a 100% renewable energy grid and lots of cold seawater for cooling, start-up cloud provider Greenqloud has made some strong efforts in building software that can monitor the the emissions and energy stats for any cloud system.Raftery was particularly excited about Greenqloud’s intention to open-source its monitoring code in the second quarter of 2013.Raftery believes that opening this code and incorporating it into open-cloud systems like CloudStack, OpenStack and Eucalyptus will make monitoring emissions easier for cloud providers around the world.It will still be up to those providers to choose how much information they want to share. But they’ll have one fewer reason not to make their emissions stats more transparent.Lead image courtesy of the Open Compute Project. 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