UNCOVERING YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS: Best-selling author, Shawn Achor (“The Happiness Advantage”) and Michelle Gielan, founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, demonstrate how to tap into the problem solving potential of unconscious thought Singer, actress and positive-emotion advocate, Olivia Newton-John graces the cover of the September/October issue of Live Happy magazine, a first-of-its-kind publication that combines the science of happiness with engaging and informative content to help readers live fuller and more productive lives.Olivia Newton-John Graces First Anniversary Cover of Live HappyIn this anniversary issue, on newsstands today, the songstress shares recent life decisions that have helped her carve out more time to indulge in her passions for nature, love and the goal of a blissful life balance.Paired with Newton-John’s profile, in which she shares that “nature is my church and healer,” Live Happy unveils new research that dispels common myths about creativity, as well as the impact it can have in creating everyday happiness.“We’re excited to feature Olivia in this issue, an artist who works hard to seek out her own creativity every day,” says Live Happy Editor in Chief Karol DeWulf Nickell. “Creativity is in all of us, a fact that many people are often surprised to hear. The anniversary issue brings together leading experts and practitioners on the subject to assist our readers in finding their creativity, and inevitably live happier lives.”Exploring the link between creativity and happiness, this latest issue of Live Happy features new and exclusive research in an enlightening article titled, “Breaking the Happiness Myths.” These myths include expectations set upon us by society, that when reevaluated based on personal goals, can truly alter the way we look upon life.In addition to Live Happy’s experts and insight from Olivia Newton-John, this latest issue features profiles on other highly-creative and happy individuals like award-winning singer Tori Amos and singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson. It also celebrates several everyday, remarkable people like Jim Denevan, epicurean entrepreneur and founder of Outstanding in the Field (OITF), a company helping diners reconnect with the land – al fresco style – with feasts set up on farms, ranches, mountaintops and more.Paired with these powerful and illuminating articles, the September/October issue includes articles by Live Happy’s extensive panel of experts, to help readers explore different elements of their life and uncover a new level of happiness including: REDISCOVERING THE CREATIVE YOU: Simple steps to stimulate your thinking and inspire new creativity, by Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of “The Happiness Project” OVERCOMING LIFE AFTER LOSS: New ways to cope with the loss of a loved one to help deal with this devastating life event, without letting it overwhelm you – instead, making a plan to get back track and live happily with this new realityThis issue also coincides with the first Live Happy Experience & Expo, taking place in Dallas Nov. 7 – 8, 2014. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with experts in the happiness movement, learn about the four pillars of happiness, find out how they can achieve greater wellbeing and discover true success. For more information, go to livehappy.com.Source:PR Newswire
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had recently reiterated a demand to the Government to release civilian land occupied by the military in the North. Speaking in Parliament earlier this week, TNA member Mavai Senathirajah said that while the new Government has freed several acres of land in the North, a lot still remains under military control. Senathirajah took note of the land being used by the military in Palaly, some of which belongs to civilians who fled the area during the war..He also said the TNA has no objections to Sinhalese families who are the rightful owners of land in the North from claiming their property. The Government has decided to release more civilian land held by the military in the North, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will have discussions in this regard with the relevant officials. However he said in some areas the former Government had resettles Sinhalese families illegally on land owned by Tamils.Meanwhile the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had said that several families who have been resettled in the North do not have basic facilities to resume their day to day activities.JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that some families are still living in camps, including in tents and need to be given proper homes. (Colombo Gazette)
On Monday Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel met Mr. Guterres at UN Headquarters in New York and presented him with a letter informing the United Nations of the government’s decision to terminate the Agreement, which established CICIG, within 24 hours.In a statement, the UN Spokesman said that the Secretary-General “strongly rejects” the contents of the letter, adding that the United Nations has been “constructively engaged with the Government of Guatemala, at various levels, over the last sixteen months, in accordance with Article 12 of the agreement creating CICIG.”The mandate of the Commission is scheduled to end on 3 September, 2019 and the UN expects the Government of Guatemala to “entirely fulfil its legal obligations” under the agreement, and “abide by its international undertakings to ensure the protection of the CICIG personnel, both international and national”, said the statement.In September 2018, the CICIG Commissioner, Ivan Velasquez, was barred from re-entering Guatemala, and was asked by the Secretary-General to continue running the Commission from outside the country, until a solution could be found.Mr Guterres recalled the important contribution to the fight against impunity made by the CICIG, which was set up in 2006 at the invitation of the government and was seen as an innovative initiative to strengthen the rule of law.It was believed that criminal groups had infiltrated state institutions, fostering impunity and undermining democratic gains in the country following the country’s civil war, which ended in the 1990s.
The strike zone shrinks by as much as 20 percentage points in the top and bottom. With two strikes, borderline pitches — those that are ordinarily 50/50 calls — become 30/70 calls (30 percent strikes, 70 percent balls) for the average umpire. And with two strikes, the most biased umpire calls balls on borderline pitches almost every time. On close calls, umpires act as if they would rather give the batter another chance than call a third strike.In both maps, the biases are greatest where the boundaries of the official strike zone are least apparent. What matters most is the vertical location of the pitch. Standing behind the plate, the umpire can easily tell whether a pitch is too far inside or outside. But it’s harder to know where the pitch is relative to the batter’s knees and chest. We would expect this uncertainty to breed inconsistency. But it also seems to induce the greatest bias. The highest peaks and the deepest parts of the moat are at the top and bottom of the strike zone.Finally, we see that the strike zone shrinks again when the previous pitch in the at-bat was a called strike.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike When the Previous Pitch Was a Called Strike The official strike zone is the red rectangle beneath the heat map. The color and height of the heat map measure the change in the probability of a called strike when the count has three balls versus when there are two or fewer balls. The deep blue signifies no change — these are the pitches that are so obviously a ball or strike that not even a three-ball count changes them. In the center of the official strike zone, obvious strikes are still strikes; on the periphery, obvious balls are still balls. But on the edge of the official strike zone — in the band of uncertainty — a ring of mountains rises from the plane. The strike zone expands in three-ball counts, particularly at the top and bottom of the zone’s vertical axis. Borderline pitches, which are normally called strikes 50 percent of the time, are called strikes about 60 percent of the time with three balls in the count. Umpires act as if they would rather keep an at-bat going on a borderline pitch than issue a walk.In two-strike counts, we see the inverse effect. For close pitches, a strike is now less likely to be called, which makes our heat map look like a moat.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Two Strikes The plane at the bottom of the figure is the plane that rises from the front of home plate — the same one on which the official strike zone is occasionally rendered in television replays. The thick red lines on the axes denote the strike zone. The red on the horizontal axis is the width of home plate; the red on the vertical axis is the normalized distance between the batter’s chest and the bottom of his knees.3MLB’s Pitch f/x system provides measurements of the top and bottom of each batter’s strike zone, which we used to normalize the height of the strike zone for each batter. If you were a home-plate umpire, you’d be looking down through the plane, over the catcher’s head and towards the pitcher.The 3D heat map rising from the plane measures the probability of a called strike at each location on the plane. Home-plate umpires are good at calling the obvious. Pitches that travel right down the center of the official strike zone — through the red at the top of the heat map — are called strikes more than 99 percent of the time. Pitches that cross the plane well outside the official strike zone — where the heat map is its deepest blue — are called strikes less than 1 percent of the time.Umpires are inconsistent at the edges of the official strike zone, where the heat map turns green. Here, pitches that cross the plane in the same location are sometimes called strikes and sometimes called balls. This band of uncertainty is wide: about six to eight inches separate pitches that are called strikes 90 percent of the time and pitches that are called balls 90 percent of the time.There’s a difference between an umpire being inconsistent and an umpire being biased. Inconsistency usually takes place within that band of uncertainty, when the umpire makes different calls on pitches at the same location. But he is biased when those differences correlate with factors other than pitch location, like the count. Where umpires are inconsistent, they also happen to be biased. To see this, consider two versions of the figure above: one for when the count has three balls, and one for when the count has fewer than three balls. These heat maps should be the same. Whether there are three balls in the count shouldn’t matter. All that should matter is the location of the pitch.When we look at the difference between these two heat maps, we should see no difference — a flat plane. But we don’t. We see an expansion of the strike zone in three-ball counts.Change in the Probability of a Called Strike With Three Balls Here, the shrinkage is more uniform — about the same on the sides as on the top and bottom. The blue tips of the moat are about 15 percentage points deep: 50/50 calls become 35/65 calls when the last pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. Umpires appear reluctant not only to end the at-bat but also to call two strikes in a row. (Interestingly, there is no change in the probability of a called strike when the last pitch was called a ball.)These mistakes are frequent — pitchers tend to pitch to the borders of the official strike zone. And they are consequential — they happen in the most pivotal calls. When a 50/50 call becomes a 60/40 call, as it does with three balls, umpires are mistakenly calling strikes on 10 percent of borderline pitches. When a 50/50 call becomes a 30/70 call, as it does with two strikes, umpires are mistakenly calling balls on 20 percent of borderline pitches.Major League Baseball has embraced technologies that are meant to make calls on the field more consistent. The league has long used pitch-tracking technology to encourage home-plate umpires to behave more like machines, evidently without complete success. This past offseason, the MLB extended replay review to cover essentially all umpire decisions — except ball and strike calls. Now as before, no justice will be served when a pitcher throws a strike and the umpire drops the ball.This article is adapted from “What Does it Take to Call a Strike? Three Biases in Umpire Decision Making,” which the author wrote with David P. Daniels. Consider a forgotten game in April 2010 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were up a run with two outs in the eighth. Their set-up man, Matt Thornton, was on the mound, protecting a lead with a runner on first and the right-handed Jhonny Peralta at bat. Ahead in the count with one ball and two strikes, Thornton froze Peralta with a slider on the outside half of the plate, a couple inches below the belt. For a pitch like that, the umpire, Bruce Dreckman, would normally call a strike — 80 percent of the time, the data shows. But in two-strike counts like Peralta’s, he calls a strike less than half the time.Sure enough, that night Dreckman called a ball. Two pitches later, Peralta lashed a double to right, scoring the runner and tying the game. Neither team scored again until the 11th, when Cleveland scored twice to win the game. Had Peralta struck out to end the top of the eighth, Chicago almost certainly would have won.1When the home team carries a one-run lead into the bottom of the eighth, it wins 89 percent of the time.This one call illustrates a statistical regularity: Umpires are biased. About once a game, an at-bat ends in something other than a strikeout even when a third strike should have been called. Umpires want to make the right call, but they also don’t want to make the wrong call at the wrong time. Ironically, this prompts them to make bad calls more often.That’s according to research I did with David P. Daniels showing that the strike zone changes when the stakes are highest. We looked at more than 1 million pitches, almost all ball and strike calls from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 regular seasons, and found that the strike zone expands in three-ball counts and shrinks in two-strike counts.2Baseball observers have previously documented how the strike zone changes with the count. Other researchers have shown that the count changes how likely umpires are to call a strike outside of the official strike zone or a ball within it. It also shrinks again when the preceding pitch in the at-bat was a called strike. To put it another way, on close calls, umpires are unlikely to call a fourth ball, a third strike, or a second strike in a row. Umpires call balls and strikes as if they don’t want to be noticed.The umpire’s job is simple: Call a strike when the pitch crosses the official strike zone; call a ball when it doesn’t. When the right call is obvious, umpires make it almost every time. One way to see this is to look at the probability of a called strike by pitch location.Probability of a Called Strike
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) goes for a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team (17-6-4, 10-3-4 WCHA) was swept in both matchups to Minnesota Duluth (11-13-2, 7-10-2 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday to end its five-game win streak.Game 1Ohio State dropped the series opener 4-1 Friday despite outshooting Minnesota Duluth 39-28 in the game. Just four minutes in the first period, Minnesota Duluth redshirt senior forward Katerina Mrazova scored the first goal of the game, and the only goal of the period.Ohio State responded by evening the game at one goal apiece when freshman forward Tatum Skaggs found the back of the net five minutes into the second period. Junior defender Lauren Boyle and freshman forward Emma Maltais were credited with assists.Minnesota Duluth sophomore defender Jalyn Elmes scored the go-ahead goal to take a 2-1 lead 8:55 into the second period..The Bulldogs were not finished in the second period. Sophomore forward Sydney Brodt and freshman forward Naomi Rogge scored two goals in the period to pull away 4-1, a score which held for the remainder of the game.Ohio State attempted 14 shots in the third period, but none found the back of the net, dropping the first game 4-1. Game 2Ohio State held Minnesota Duluth scoreless through the first two periods of the series finale, but a pair of third period goals pushed the Bulldogs in front for a 2-1 win against the Buckeyes Saturday. The Buckeyes could not find the back of the net in the first period, despite taking 19 shots. But 11 minutes into the second period, Skaggs gave Ohio State a 1-0 lead with her second goal of the series and the first goal of the game.After being shut out through the first two periods, Minnesota Duluth struck early in the third period, scoring a goal from freshman forward Anna Klein 3:52 into the period.Klein followed her goal up with a second score late in the third period to give Minnesota Duluth a 2-1. The Bulldogs held on for the win, rebounding from Ohio State’s October sweep of Minnesota Duluth.
Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Josh Myers prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.The Ohio State football team will head into the 2018 season without many familiar names. There will be no J.T. Barrett at quarterback. No Billy Price at center. No Marcus Baugh at tight end. Instead, there will be somewhat of a young team with only a handful of returning starters.Though the wide receiving corps and running back duo remain largely the same, there will be other young players competing for playing time during the spring game that will be worth watching. Here are a couple of players to keep track of in Saturday’s Spring Game.Jaylen HarrisOhio State began the 2017 season with six starting wide receivers: Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor, K.J. Hill and Parris Campbell. All will return in 2018.Every wideout brings something different to the table, but none seem to be the top target a passing team needs. Mack has at times looked the part, but he still has more left to prove.Second-year Jaylen Harris, however, could be the missing top target Ohio State needs. Though he caught just two passes for 27 yards last season, Harris offers the Buckeyes a massive target at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds with the speed to be an impact wideout. The former four-star recruit ranked as the 177th-best prospect, 28th-best wide receiver and fourth-best player in the state of Ohio in the 2017 class.He will likely face an uphill battle trying to force playing time in a large group of returning veterans. However, he could get a chance to see ample playing time in the Spring Game with Hill sidelined and the other veterans potentially receiving more rest early. Harris still has plenty to prove, but he could be the top wideout for the Buckeyes if given the playing time.Josh MyersOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has expressed concern in the past with how the battle for center is going with no one between the trio of Brady Taylor, Josh Myers and Matt Burrell yet stepping up in practice to fill the void left by Price.While it appears Taylor remains the favorite to win the starting job, Myers has the skills needed to take on such a role. He was a four-star recruit in the 2017 class and the top prospect in Ohio. Known best as a powerful run blocker, the 6-foot-6, 306-pound lineman just needs to prove that he can handle taking on larger defensive tackles and can effectively snap the ball to whichever quarterback is under center.Myers will likely be slotted as one of the two starters at center during the Spring Game, and it will be interesting to see whether the interior lineman can handle Ohio State’s defensive tackles. The Spring Game won’t be a deciding factor in the decision for Meyer, but it could lend a glimpse to others into how well he is faring at the position.Luke FarrellThe tight end position has historically been one relied upon by Ohio State, but the usage of the role has declined in the past several years. Baugh never was able to produce consistently and there wasn’t anyone to edge him out.While Ohio State added the second-best tight-end recruit in the 2018 recruiting class in Jeremy Ruckert, head coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Luke Farrell might be in front of both the four-star tight end and last year’s backup, Rashod Berry.“Luke Farrell has kind of advanced in front of the other guys,” Meyer said on Wednesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “But we’re still trying to finalize that.”Farrell had only two catches for 19 yards in 2017, but was once considered the seventh-best tight end prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound tight end was unable to force his way into playing time in 2017. But the redshirt sophomore has a lot to offer Ohio State if he can make himself a reliable receiver.He has never been viewed as an obvious starter at Ohio State. If he starts to show more speed in the Spring Game with the hands needed to be a full-time player at the position, Farrell could go a long way in solidifying his spot as the starting tight end.
British woodland is changing with landowners shunning traditional trees for exotic varieties to future-proof forests against climate change, pests and disease, research has found. Landowners were also now choosing fast growing native trees such as wild cherry as well as less common British varieties such as Field Maple, Hornbeam and Lime alongside ‘familiar’ non natives such as Sweet Chestnuts and Black Walnut. A report by The Royal Forestry Society (BFS) has found that half its members were not planting more species than they were five years ago, and were picking varieties like Eucalyptus and Redwoods, which are more common in Australia and the US. Britain’s failing ash and oak woodlands, which…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most valuable religious texts known to man. Discovered between 1947 and 1956 at Khirbet Qumran, they form the oldest known versions of Biblical documents and take the form of 972 texts. Their age dates them at somewhere between 150 BCE and 70CE when they were hidden in caves to prevent the Roman armies from discovering them. That they survived so long is incredible.Due to the age of the documents, and the fact they have been written on parchment and papyrus, it’s understandable the fragile originals are kept at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem in a sealed container. If you want to see them, until now you had to go visit.Gaining access to the original texts has now become a lot easier due to a new project launched by Google called the Dead Sea Scrolls online. Five of the scrolls have been digitized using high resolution 1,200 megapixel photographs captured by renowned photographer Ardon Bar-Hama.As well as being able to view the texts in great detail, there’s also a translation feature on the site presenting the original Hebrew in English. There’s also a search feature based on keywords and passages from the text, and you can leave comments for others to read.Google is taking care of hosting all the data for this project in its ongoing bid to make the world’s information accessible to all. Behind the website and high resolution images you will find Google Storage and Google App Engine hard at work serving up the data for what must already be a very popular destination.Read more at The Official Google Blog
Apple, deuxième capitalisation boursière mondialeÉtats-Unis – La firme à la pomme vient d’atteindre le rang de seconde capitalisation boursière mondiale, juste derrière le groupe pétrolier américain ExxonMobil.En mai dernier, Apple devenait la troisième société la plus chère du monde, prenant la place de son éternel ennemi, Microsoft. Aujourd’hui, Apple monte sur la seconde place de ce podium, reléguant PetroChina à la troisième place grâce à une capitalisation de 266 milliards de dollars, contre 310 milliards pour ExxonMobil. Un résultat qu’Apple doit surtout à l’iPad explique la maison de courtage PiperJaffray, qui estime les ventes de la tablette à 21 millions d’unités pour 2011. Ainsi, l’analyste Gene Munster explique à l’AFP : “Nous pensons que l’iPad représente une catégorie de produits significative pour Apple, comme deuxième appareil informatique pour ceux qui ont déjà un ordinateur principal, un appareil principal pour ceux qui ne pouvaient pas se permettre d’acheter un Mac, et le premier produit Apple qui va rencontrer le succès au sein des entreprises. Nous pensons que l’iPad est le Mac des masses”. Le 24 septembre 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
La Terre frappée par la plus forte éruption solaire depuis 2005Lundi, les autorités américaines ont annoncé que la plus forte éruption solaire observée depuis 2005 s’était déclenchée dimanche et pourrait perturber les télécommunications jusqu’à mercredi. Cela fait deux jours que le phénomène s’est déclenché mais il commence tout juste à frapper la Terre. Dimanche, près du centre du Soleil, une éruption s’est en effet produite et a projeté dans l’espace une grosse masse coronale, autrement dit un nuage de plasma solaire au champ magnétique intense. Or d’après l’Administration nationale des océans et de l’atmosphère (NOAA), il s’agirait de la plus forte éruption solaire observée depuis 2005. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACité par l’AFP Doug Biesecker, physicien au Centre de prévision météorologique spatiale de la NOAA explique : “l’éruption elle-même n’avait rien de spectaculaire mais elle a projeté dans l’espace une masse coronale à la vitesse phénoménale de 6,4 millions de kilomètres par heure”. En bombardant la Terre, ces particules magnétiques entrent en contact avec le champ géomagnétique qui s’en trouve ainsi perturbé. Toutefois, si cette “tempête géomagnétique” provoquée par le soleil est la plus forte depuis 2005, elle ne se classe qu’en catégorie 3 sur une échelle qui en compte 5. Elle est donc considérée comme “forte” mais pas “sévère”, précise le spécialiste. D’après les indications du site de la NOAA, un événement de catégorie 3 peut provoquer des perturbations dans les systèmes informatiques embarqués à bord de satellites ainsi que dans les communications radio au niveau des pôles. La navigation aérienne, les plateformes pétrolières et les explorateurs pourraient donc rencontrer une gêne dans ces régions, rapporte l’AFP. Mais “nous n’attendons pas d’impact majeur d’un événement de ce type”, souligne M. Biesecker.Les observations réalisées par la NOAA suggèrent que l’éruption devrait projeter des particules jusqu’à mercredi. Ceci devrait permettre aux habitants d’Europe et d’Asie d’observer mardi soir de splendides aurores boréales, ajoute le physicien. Le 24 janvier 2012 à 11:27 • Maxime Lambert
Mourinho’s Manchester United lost 2-1 against Valencia in their last Champions League group stage match.Jose Mourinho told reporters that there are many starting eleven positions up for grabs due to injuries. Asked if any of the players that he fielded Wednesday against the Spanish club would stay in the starting positions, he replied: “Marcos Rojo no, because he’s injured,” as quoted by FourFourTwo.“The rest are not injured, they belong to the squad. We have lots of players that were not here because they are injured. This is our squad, our players. They have a chance to play Sunday.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“[Chris] Smalling is injured, [Victor] Lindelof is injured, [Matteo] Darmian is injured, [Anthony] Martial is injured, [Diogo] Dalot is injured. The only two players I could bring and didn’t were [David] De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic.“You are the first ones to make the stats and how many minutes he [Matic] is playing and that he needs a rest. If he doesn’t have a rest in a match [where] we have already qualified, he would play until he explodes.“It was a normal option to leave him out and [with] David it’s to give a match to [Sergio] Romero. Romero is such a good goalkeeper; I played him in the Europa League final a couple of years ago.”
Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel says the Brazilian is happy at the club and hopes to lead the club someday.Tuchel played down reports of talks between Barcelona and Neymar’s representatives after speculations increased over a possible move for the former Barcelona star.“I think Neymar feels really happy, he’s professional,” the coach told The Mirror.“I think he feels good here, both in the dressing room and on the pitch, he is disciplined, he does a lot of things on the pitch.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You have seen his statistics and what he does in training.”Neymar’s stay in Paris has been filled with several speculations amid suggestions he is unhappy in the uncompetitive French League and craves to return to La Liga.He has been embarking on trips to Barcelona with many believed to be commercial trips. A move back to the Catalan club could see him reunite with former team-mates Messi and Suarez.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018 , Updated: 8:10 PM 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 SettingsTIERRASANTA (KUSI) – After a rash of car break-ins Friday morning, military families in one San Diego neighborhood are fed up. They’re sharing video from the surveillance cameras posted in their neighborhood hoping the community can help them catch the thief.Courtney Jones and her Navy family lives in one of the Lincoln Military Housing communities in Tierrasanta — a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.“I ran out to the car and I’m like, ‘Ok I’ll be back’ and stuff was just thrown all over the car,” said Courtney Jones, Navy Wife.She said it looked like chaos when she opened the car door. The bad guy didn’t just rummage through her car. Her backpack, wallet, even toys belonging to her 7-month-old were all gone.She said she wasn’t the only one targeted early Friday morning. Cameras within the community captured a man hitting up car after car.In one of the videos, there’s a man that walked up to one of the cars in a driveway and tested the door to try and get inside. When that didn’t work, he was on to the next car. He successfully opened it and started rummaging through the front.In a separate video, the thief attempted opening one door. When that didn’t work, he walked across the street to try the other cars.“You can see him pull the handle. If he gets lucky, he goes in,” said Jones. “He rummages through whatever he can reach only in the front, shuts the door very quietly and then goes to the next car. If he strikes out with that one, he crosses driveways and you can see the spotlight come on. There’s no hesitation.”Jones said he was wearing her backpack, the one that was stolen, in one of the surveillance videos, filling it up with what he collected in the neighborhood.For Jones, it wasn’t the missing gift cards or the wallet that left her feeling empty. She said it was the invaluable medical information that was gone.“I lost some referral slips for my daughter for her specialty care,” said Jones. “The whole reason the book bag got left is because my daughter was diagnosed that day with a really rare congenital birth defect that effects how she breathes, how she eats. It’s pretty serious.”Jones said she has felt on edge in her own home.“I felt so violated and I still violated. I lay awake at night and I keep my windows upstairs open, praying that I can hear someone opening a car door and I can run,” said Jones. “Hopefully be the one to give the neighborhood some closure on who it was and catch them.”As a Navy wife, she said she wants to focus on cherishing the time and moments with her husband and her family around the holidays.“Taking from family’s who already sacrifices so much, it’s wrong and it really sets back a lot of the joy that we have with our spouses and our kids that’s already cut so short sometimes,” said Jones.The folks have reached out to the Housing Department to see what they’re going to do about this. Jones told KUSI they’re proactive and are willing to take the right steps to handle this. Suspect caught on camera breaking into cars of San Diego’s military families
A California man died and his Vancouver friend was injured Monday morning after the two fell off a bridge and into the Washougal River, Skamania County officials said.Zachary Gallo, 27, of Citrus Heights, Calif., was found dead at the scene. Jeremy Patterson, 32, who jumped off the bridge in an effort to rescue his friend, was injured but refused medical treatment, according to a Skamania County Sheriff’s Office news bulletin.The situation surfaced at 3:25 a.m., when deputies responded to the area of Naked Falls, about three miles upstream from Dougan Falls, on the Washougal River. The men’s two friends, Eric Rakestraw, 28, of Grass Valley, Calif., and Michael Melnick, 25, of Vancouver, had called 911.That’s when deputies found Gallo. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.Deputies later learned that the four friends had been attending and working the Clark County Fair and left for Dougan Falls before the two California men were to leave for home later Monday.Alcohol may have been a factor, deputies said.
DENVER — Nicolas Batum got hot early, Wesley Matthews hit a critical shot when Denver was making a late charge and LaMarcus Aldridge added the finishing touches.That’s simply the way the Portland Trail Blazers plan to roll this season, a different player stepping up when he’s called.Aldridge scored nine of his 25 points late in the fourth quarter to help the Blazers hold off Denver 113-98 on Friday night, spoiling the home debut of Nuggets coach Brian Shaw and snapping their 23-game regular-season home winning streak.“Top to bottom, solid win for us,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.Batum was the go-to scorer early, getting all 21 of his points in the first half. Then, Matthews came to the rescue as the Blazers saw a 26-point lead late in the third quarter shrink to 101-94 with 4:57 remaining. Matthews hit a 3-pointer late to give the Blazers some breathing room.And that set the stage for Aldridge, who closed out the victory by hitting jumper after jumper over a steady rotation of Denver defenders.“It’s good to have a guy like that who can make those plays and guys can play off of him,” said Stotts, whose team got back on track after a season-opening loss in Phoenix. “The way we kept our composure when they made their run is something we should be proud of.”
NAME: Reed PhillipsTITLE: Managing partner, desilva + phillips2008 PREDICTION: Last year, I said I’d be watching with great interest the possible sale or break-up of the Tribune Company. Now, I think it is safe to predict that the company will be sold any day now. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Less than an hour after Reed sent this over, prediction #1 came true.] My prediction for 2008 is that by year-end valuations for newspapers, specifically, and print media, in general, will start to rebound.NAME: Chris ShannonTITLE: Managing director, Berkery Noyes2008 PREDICTION: On the consumer side, M&A will be as busy as it was last year, as far as what’s in the funnel. Strategic buyers will make a comeback and play larger role in 2008. Everyone out there that’s either buying or selling it has to have a digital component. Next on the priority list for buyers is a mobile component. If you have a magazine to sell, the ones that have a Web site and even just the beginnings of a mobile product definitely have an advantage.NAME: Larry GrimesTITLE: President, W.B. Grimes & Company2008 PREDICTION: More private equity firms will look to exit magazine publishing in 2008 but may find buyers slim to come by. Many will find their assets have depreciated substantially over the past 18 months, in large part due to mismanagement. The groups will recognize that the tuck-in acquisitions they have been avoiding for a couple years really do make sense and will start pursuing those smaller strategic deals as a way to boost both top and bottom line growth. Many of the publishers who have an eye on digital acquisitions will find the pickings are very slim and will realize growing digitally from within is their best approach. Video will become an increasingly important element of publishers’ online strategy and especially for their advertisers. Online directories will continue their metamorphosis from simple listings to interactive and will include product offerings. Deal flow will be slow until the banks start lending again.NAME: Scott PetersTITLE: Managing Director, The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.2008 PREDICTION: Media M&A in the middle market will remain active and will equal the transaction volume of 2007. However, overall transaction value will decline as the debt-heavy, mega deals get sidelined as the credit markets continue to work through challenging issues.NAME: Thomas KempTITLE: Managing director, Veronis Suhler Stevenson2008 PREDICTIONS:1. The conversion from print advertising in magazines to online will accelerate in a softening economy in most, but not all markets.2. We will see some highly leveraged transactions of the past couple of years experience extremely challenging times, what the bankers called distressed credits. Think Ziff Davis type experiences.3. Financially backed media businesses that become distressed will replace their CEO’s. Some big name CEO’s will get fired in 2008.4. Several b-to-b media companies that have adopted successful on-line strategies and cultures will thrive as eMedia achieves scale of revenue and profit.5. Focused, high quality, leading magazines will continue to grow and buck the trend of the digital revolution.6. M&A market will continue to be strong for quality assets, particularly for the middle market properties, $50 – 100 million, although transaction multiples will come back to earth as a result of tighter credit markets.7. The media world will not come to an end as we know it. That is, Google will is not the evil empire of the media industry. If you haven’t stopped by our massive (and growing) list of magazine predictions for 2008, do so. In the meantime, for those of you who are more financially inclined, I’ve pulled out the banker predictions and compiled them here.Interestingly—predictably?—there’s a mix of optimism and wariness for the year ahead. On the one hand, we’re coming off an amazing run of M&A action fueled by the deep pockets of private equity. On the other, we’re still smarting a bit form last summer’s credit crunch and staring at a possible recession in 2008, which may stop the overly-leveraged dead in their tracks.Here are the banker predictions. And click here to see the full, industry-wide list.
The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will open for the first time under new management on December 19th.Download AudioAlice’s Champagne Palace (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI)Matt North is a co-owner of Alice’s. He says there will be food, drink, and live music solstice weekend.“The music we have scheduled Friday and Saturday,” says North. “Michael Hayes of Downward Dog Productions is handling booking of bands and stage confirmation. The new lights came in for the stage, so we’re getting that all hooked up which is exciting and fun to watch. It’s not anything that us three known a lot about, so it’s really fun to see it take shape. So I think we’re planning on a full open on the 19th.”Both the bar and the restaurant will be open. North says there’s a new menu featuring locally-sourced dishes, rather than typical bar fare.The new palace will still feature live music and dancing. And, North says, will try to live up to its reputation as “Homer’s Living Room.”North purchased the palace earlier this year in partnership with Dr. Todd Boling and his wife, Beth.He says the renovation and transition has taken a lot of effort, but things are finally falling into place.“I think all of us have worked tirelessly and countless hours in getting this [done],” says North. “[There’s been] just a lot of cleaning and building. You’re not going to walk in and see a massive change, but behind the scenes in the basement, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, there’s been a lot of time put into it. We’re very excited to get this place back open again.”Alice’s will be open from 4-10 p.m. December 19th.
Monda Market: Garbage has been piling up everywhere in Monda market area. Locals demand that the officials address the issue and ensure that the garbage is removed regularly. It appears that neither sanitation workers nor the officials seem to be concerned about lifting of the piled-up garbage from the markets. Locals complain that the sanitation staff has not been removing the garbage every day. One can see tree branches which fell on main road a week ago still lying on road. Despite several complaints, the tree branches have not been removed by sanitation workers, locals alleged. They are apprehensive that the piled-up garbage may result in spread of diseases. Some locals have alleged that the supervisors and contractors who are responsible for monitoring the lifting of garbage were not performing their duties.