Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are looking for a gunman who shot a 21-year-old man in the foot in front of his Uniondale home on Sunday afternoon.The victim was in front of his house on Greengrove Avenue when the shooter fired four to six shots at him from a black semi-automatic pistol, hitting him in the left foot at 4 p.m., police said.The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and released.The suspect was described as a black man, 5-feet, 10-inches tall, approximately 20 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants. He fled on foot northbound on Greengrove Avenue.First Squad detectives ask anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerspective has helped keep Robert Bolick on even keel through the highs and lows of life. And as he counts down the days leading to the PNA Rookie Draft, the San Beda star hopes to use perspective to help him as he turns pro.“I’ve maintained a positive outlook ever since,” Bolick told the Inquirer. “God has not given me anything I couldn’t overcome.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Those days riding the bench at La Salle “was nothing but a challenge,” he said, calling it the catalyst that triggered his jump to San Beda—one that gave him a new shot at superstardom. “I embraced each moment thinking maybe it’s an opportunity I needed to seize.”Now, the 23-year-old Leyte native is on the cusp of realizing a basketball dream. After multiple stints with San Beda that were adorned with championships, Bolick is least concerned with the PBA team that picks him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis agenda? Everyone’s happiness—along with bringing his mother onto the stage.“Has anybody done that?” he asked. “Whichever team chooses, I’m fine with it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “If a team wants me, magpapakamatay na ako para sa kanila,” Bolick said. “I’m OK with playing for whatever team, whoever is the coach. I know I’ll give it my all.”Bolick shares the spotlight with Ray Parks and CJ Perez. The three are projected to become the top picks of the event slated at Robinson’s Manila in Ermita.But Bolick wants the day to be about everyone who applied for the draft.“I want everyone here to become happy,” Bolick added. “I want everyone’s dream to be fulfilled, not only mine.”Having refined his game with his stint with the Lions and the D-League, Bolick feels he’s primed to play against the league’s top backcourt stars.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “Chris Banchero, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon, Chris Ross?” he said. “I’m excited to play them all to know how far I could go in this league. I know I’ll learn a lot from them.”Bolick, though, knows how to put things in perspective: Going pro brings him back to square one.“I was a veteran at San Beda. Once drafted, I’m going to be a rookie once again. I’ll just lay it all out there,” he said.“I’m just going to play my game. I won’t change. I just want the team to be happy—for everyone to be happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Menor shines for Bulacan Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
A four-and-a-half-hour search of the Mazaruni Prison on Monday unearthed several contraband items, including seven cellular phones, a cutlass, improvised weapons, cigarette lighters, an earpiece, a cellphone battery and a charger.Some of the items found during the prison raid at MazaruniThe raid was reportedly conducted jointly by ranks of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prison Service. Only recently, 19 cellular phones; five phone chargers; one flash drive; 15 cigarette lighters; two packs of cigarettes; five pairs of scissors; seven improvised weapons, and 774 grams of cannabis were found during a raid at the Camp Street penitentiary.On Friday last, Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels had stated that a rank of the Guyana Police Force had been caught in his attempt to throw a bag containing contraband items into the Holding Bay of the Lusignan Prison on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).The plastic bag, when examined, was found to contain one cellular phone, one cellular phone charger, and seven packs of cigarettes. The officer was detained before subsequently being handed over to an Inspector of Police and escorted to a Police station for further investigation.Monday’s operation at the Mazaruni Prison came less than a month after a major find at the Lusignan Prison.During the Lusignan Prison raid, razor blades, 17 phone chargers, 24 lighters, a quantity of wires, eight metal spoons, two pairs of scissors, one plastic knife, two nail clips, a quantity of Ziplock bags, 6 bottles of pepper sauce, one pack of cards, three bottles of medicine, 4 bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, one memory card, three mirrors and one wristwatch were discovered.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a perennial problem within the system. Authorities have been working assiduously to curb the practice, and these efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.In fact, back in July, Samuels, had disclosed during a press conference that several prison officers had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of suspected contraband into the various correctional facilities.
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is an icon of evolution. Since the 1930s these poor little bugs have been mutated endlessly and watched for signs of Darwinian change. So far, though, only useless mutants, unable to survive in the wild, have been produced. Recently, scientists seem more enamored with their design. Two recent articles had nothing to say about evolution but a lot to say about the amazing ways they are put together. They are so well put together, in fact, that they put humans to shame in some ways – not only because they can fly and we can’t.Fly eye: Did you know fruit flies have better color perception than we do? Science Daily said that scientists studying phototaxis (attraction to light) in Drosophila found their 8 photoreceptors produce different responses in behavior. One of the study authors pointed out, “This simple insect can achieve sophisticated color discrimination and detect a broader spectrum of colors than we can, especially in the UV.”Fly fountain of youth: Science Daily reported on work to study how fruit flies overcome aging. Scientists at UC San Diego identified a protein named Sestrin that “serves as a natural inhibitor of aging and age-related pathologies in fruit flies.” The structure and biochemical function of this protein is “conserved” (i.e., unevolved) between fruit flies and humans – meaning that we may owe the ability to live longer, healthier lives some day to research on these tiny insects. Experiments that reduced Sestrin in the flies produced stress and deformities. “These pathologies are amazingly similar to the major disorders of overweight, heart failure and muscle loss that accompany aging in humans.” The pathologies appear to arise by disrupting an important “quality control” mechanism called autophagy, the article explained. The team is trying to find out if “proper Sestrin expression will provide the explanation to some of the currently unexplainable degenerative diseases associated with old age.” One researcher hoped for good fruit from these experiments: “Maybe one day we will be able to use Sestrin analogs to prevent much of the tissue failure associated with aging, as well as treat a number of degenerative diseases, whose incidence goes up with old age, including sarcopenia and Alzheimer’s disease.”Fly time: Oregon State is studying the fruit fly biological clock, reported Science Daily, in hopes of helping humans find the “key to better health and a longer life.” A properly-functioning biological clock is important in preventing damage from oxidative stress. The article noted that the genes for the fruit fly clock are essentially the same as in humans, having been “conserved [unevolved] through many millions of years of evolution.” Obviously some other things have not been so conserved. Most of us don’t resemble them much.Fly power: Bodybuilders, be humble before the fruit fly: on your scale, they could bench press triple your personal best – for more reps, too. PhysOrg noted that the muscles in these tiny insects are among the strongest in the animal kingdom (ounce for ounce, that is). Frank Schnorrer of the Max Planck Institute said of their flight muscles, “They are able to produce 100 watt per kilogram muscle mass and that over a long period of time. Bodybuilders and Tour de France riders can only dream about such a performance. They steadily manage about 30 watt per kilogram muscle mass.” About 2000 genes in the fruit fly genome of 12,000 genes are involved in the production of these flight muscles. Schnorrer remarked, “It is fascinating how the genetic programme of an organism is able to produce such different cell types out of identical precursor cells.” Live Science posted a video last month showing how the fruit fly’s supercharged muscles ramp up during flight.Humans share some of the same genes with fruit flies. That’s leading to some other scientific design-based scientific research: using Drosophila as a model organism to understand the structure and function of genes for muscles, so as to produce cures for disabilities like muscular dystrophy. “In the future, insight into such connections may help to detect and treat muscle diseases individually,” Schnorrer said, without a word about Darwin.When you approach a scientific problem with design in mind, you have different goals and methods than a Darwinian does. You attack the problem assuming there is a good design that needs to be understood. Then, you have a goal of improving human life by applying what is understood to real problems we face. One of the most amazing stories we ever reported on this subject was by Michael Dickinson of Caltech back on 12/08/2003. We urge you to revisit that entry now to be convinced once for all that design-based science is vastly superior to zapping creatures in the vain hope of finding something to offer Charlie. Thinking about all that power and design in a tiny little fly is enough to turn a child into an enthusiastic scientist – the kind that would sign a growing list.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 March 2016South Africa is a steady, well-functioning economy – that is the message the National Treasury conveyed to international investors during a roadshow to London, Boston and New York last week.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan headed the group of business leaders, three labour federations and senior officials from the National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank to engage with international investors after the tabling of the 2016 Budget.See what the minister said:The roadshow was also a means to provide updates on the latest economic developments in the country and plans for the medium term. Meetings were held with over 250 investors, some with significant exposure to South Africa. Among the issues raised by the investors were:Fiscal risks and strains in balance sheets of state-owned companies;Recent developments on sovereign credit ratings;Slow economic growth;Issues relating to business and investment confidence;Regulatory clarity, labour and monetary policy andThe political environment.One unified voice“Our main message to the investors was that as a resilient nation, South Africa has the potential to overcome its immediate challenges,” the Treasury said. “What is required is for (the) government, labour and business to work together on concrete steps and actions that will be taken to lift economic growth.“The world economic outlook is uncertain and it is crucial that the country be seen to be united and focused on tackling its socio-economic challenges.”The next few months would be critical, the Treasury said, as it mapped a path for higher economic growth, to preserve the investment grade rating, and address poverty, unemployment and inequality.Source: Department of Treasury
Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… It sounds like this would be very useful for those using MongoDB with Lift. An admittedly small, but growing, number of developers.The write-up for Fully-Loaded is shorter: “A highly opinionated image loader and cache optimized for UITableView scrolling performance.”It’s become common practice for Web companies to release development tools as open source projects. For example, Facebook open-sourced Cassandara, Twitter open-sourced FlockDB and Yahoo has released Pig for Hadoop. Foursquare’s tools may seem minor in comparison, but it’s part of an ongoing trend. Tags:#hack#Tools Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Today Foursquare released the code for two applications on GitHub: Rogue, a MongoDB query domain-specific language written in Scala, and Full-Loaded, “a caching image loader for iOS.”Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai announced the projects on Twitter today. More source code from Foursquare can be found here.According to the write-up in Github:Rogue is a type-safe internal Scala DSL for constructing and executing find and modify commands against MongoDB in the Lift web framework. It is fully expressive with respect to the basic options provided by MongoDB’s native query language, but in a type-safe manner, building on the record types specified in your Lift models.
While using stock sound effects can yield great results and save crucial time, accurately and convincingly depicting the visuals may require foley work.Above image from SoundcrafterAs every professional filmmaker and videographer knows, even the most gorgeous footage and brilliant camera work can lose power when unaccompanied by sound. For maximum emotional impact, foley sound, like ADR, must match the actions in the video that was filmed. Here are some tips and tricks for recording foley and sound effects.Image from Pyramind StudiosSoundstage & AcousticsTo capture a good recording, it is essential that your sound has sonic depth, width, and height. These spatial attributes are the difference between hi-fi and lo-fi recordings.A typical room in an average sized home is going to be acoustically inferior to a larger room designed with acoustics in mind. Creating your own foley soundstage can aid you in squeezing that dimensional sound out of an average to smaller sized room. Additionally, the distortion of the depth, width, and height can be minimized by incorporating sound diffusion and sound absorption to nullify the room boundaries. The goal is to eliminate early reflections while maintaining a three-dimensional balance. That being said, constructing a soundstage is serious business. Let’s get to work!Check out this effective and affordable DIY tutorial for quadratic diffusion from Austin Community College – Music Business, Performance and Technology. Thanks guys!Foley ObjectsFoley artists use many objects to achieve accurate depiction of the visual. Depending on the genre of the film, anything and everything is fair game. Before recording however, the first step entails reviewing the film and compiling a list of sound effects in the order they are seen. Next, the foley artist must determine what objects are appropriate for each specific sound effect. There are a few tried-and-true objects and techniques Hollywood foley artists have used for decades including:Thin sticks and dowel rods produce excellent whooshing SFXOld chairs and stools are perfect for controlled creakingHeavy-duty stapleguns serve for excellent gun noisesRoll up a large phonebook for realistic body punchesTwist and snap sticks of celery for convincing bone breaksCorn starch inside a leather pouch makes the sound of snow crunchingCut a coconut in half and line them with a soft material for a horse walkingBall up and walk over old audio tape for the sound of grass footstepsLocate an old car door or fender to produce metal and car crash soundsFlap a pair of cleaning gloves for the sound of realistic bird wingsHere’s an excellent video featuring Emmy nominated Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle demonstrating some of these techniques.Microphone Selection & PlacementMicrophone selection is crucial to making foley audio “fit” with audio recorded on location. For interior scenes, a Neumann KM185, Oktava mk-012, Audix SCX1/HC or any hyper-cardiod condenser mic will capture good audio. Sensitive microphones are great at picking up subtle nuances in certain sound effects.When matching foley for an outdoor scene, you may have better luck using a shotgun microphone similar to what is used on location shoots. There may even be some times where a large-diaphram condenser microphone is the way to go. By all means, use your ears to decide!Image from Dare to be DigitalProximity and placement of the microphone in relation to the source of sound greatly affects how the foley is recorded. Close-up shots may require closer microphone placement, or put distance between the mic and sound source if you desire more room sound. Always remember to experiment with different microphone positions and choose the placement and preamp levels that best represent the visual in the film.Recording & ExecutionFoley artists have a very specific job in audio post-production that requires much creativity and improvising. Great detail is given to the breakdown and structure of the action that is being recorded. Check out the following video of foley artist Leslie Bloome to witness some of the ins and outs of the job.Don’t have time to foley? We’ve got a broad selection of SFX at PremiumBeat. Give us a listen.Have any other foley tips and tricks? Make some noise in the comments below.