California officer placed on leave after threatening teen skaters at gunpoint

first_imglzf/iStock(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) — A California police officer was placed on administrative leave this week after video appeared to show him threatening a group of teen skaters at gunpoint, authorities said Thursday.Cellphone footage showed the off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy pointing a handgun while visiting a skate park in San Clemente after a teen raised his skateboard at him. Witnesses said the confrontation began on Saturday night when the plain-clothes officer approached the teens and ordered them stop playing loud music.Things escalated when the officer appeared to grab the teen’s hand. The teen is seen pulling his hand away and begins to back away while raising his skateboard.That’s when the man pulled a small handgun out of his pocket, prompting the teen to drop his skateboard and retreat with his hands in the air.One of the teen’s parents told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the man did not immediately identify himself as a law enforcement officer. The man did appear to pull out a badge later on, although it was partially obscured by his fingers.“My friend didn’t know he was a cop. He was coming up to a friend very fast and aggressive, so my other friend jumped in and put his hand out for him to stop … the guy grabbed his hand aggressively,” a witness told CBSLA in an on-camera interview Wednesday. “My other friend held up his skateboard for him to stop, then the guy pulled a gun and said ‘I’ll shoot you in the f—ing face if you don’t stop.’”The Orange County Sheriff’s Department did not release the officer’s identity, but it confirmed he was placed administrative leave pending an internal investigation.“Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism on and off-duty,” the department said in a statement. “We take this incident seriously and will fully investigate. The investigation will be turned over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office at its conclusion.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Executive Order Closes Miami-Dade Beaches for 4th of July Weekend

first_imgMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on Friday closing all county beaches beginning July 3.A restriction of any gatherings and parades of more than 50 people is also part of that emergency order.After consulting with our County’s public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7. More info: https://t.co/oSgkrB8CrS pic.twitter.com/CydnVmljz5— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) June 27, 2020 Independence Day will go on without a “splash” this year in at least one South Florida county. The mayor says he made the decision after speaking to the county’s public health experts.“As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk,” the mayor said in a statement.He continued, “I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives.”last_img read more

AFCON Qualifier: Ghana-Uganda match moved to September 6

first_imgThe Ghana FA has confirmed that their game against Uganda Cranes in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier will be played on September 6th.Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda FA told MTNFootball.com on Thursday saidthat their counterparts in Ghana had communicated that they have moved the game by a day instead of the earlier date of September 5.“We received the confirmation that the game will be played on a Saturday in Kumasi,” said Watson.In their last meeting at the same Stadium in an Afcon qualifier, the Cranes held the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw in 2003.The Cranes who last qualified for Afcon in 1978 have already embarked on training ahead of the match and will have a build-up away to Niger on September 2. Guinea and Togo are the other teams in Group E of the Afcon qualifiers.last_img read more

LIVE: England vs South Africa

first_imgYokohama, Japan | AFP |  South Africa overpowered England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal display by their powerhouse pack that allowed fly-half Handre Pollard to kick six penalties before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try — the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup final — and another from fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe put the result beyond doubt.Victory ensured South Africa made it three wins from three World Cup final appearances and maintained their record of being crowned champions at 12-year intervals following their 1995 and 2007 triumphs. Share on: WhatsApp Saturday’s win also saw South Africa become the first team to win a World Cup having lost in pool play, with the Springboks beaten by reigning champions New Zealand in their Japan 2019 opener.last_img read more

Thurston County Fair Offers Five Days of Fun

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Thurston County Fair is better than ever with fabulous food, dizzying rides, arts and crafts, model railroads and children showing their animals in hopes of qualifying for state. Experience it July 31 through August 4.Port of Olympia is proud to again be a partner in the Fair. Stop by the Port booth to receive a souvenir and information.Battle of the Bands will take place on the Expo Stage. Elimination rounds occur on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2. Final Battle will be held on Saturday, August 3.​This year KACS is bringing a “double feature” concert to the fair on Sunday, August 4.  Two headliners will perform, Land of Living Color and Bryan Duncan will take the stage at 4 p.m.Admission hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Daily parking is $5.Fair tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Ticket specials include:·        One-Buck Wednesday, July 31: Admission is $1.00 with a non-perishable donation for the Thurston County Food Bank.·        Kid’s Day, Thursday, August 1: Kids 14 and under pay only $2 admission.·        Military Appreciation Day, Friday, August 2: Show military ID and pay only $2.Arm bands for Carnival rides are good Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Arm bands can be purchased in three ways:·        Purchase by Tuesday, July 30, at the Fair office – $27.·        Bring a buddy at time of purchase on Buddy Day, Thursday, August 1, to buy one Arm Band and get the second one for free – $30 total.·        Purchase at the Carnival during Fair Week – $32.For more information visit the Thurston County Fair website.last_img read more

Archive Classic: The Mystery of the Ultra-Pure Sandstones

first_imgReprinted from June 27, 2003, this mystery is worth considering still. What caused these global deposits that are not being formed today?6/27/03 — R. H. Dott, Jr (Univ. of Wisconsin) has a problem.  He’s been trying to explain a geological puzzle for 50 years, and it is still unresolved.  All around the world, sandstones are found that are “remarkably pure” that “seem nonactualistic” (jargon for “They can’t really be there”).  These pure quartz arenites, as they are called, were considered a major puzzle half a century ago, when Dr. Dott was a student.  Some of them “extend laterally over vast areas encompassing one or several states,”  and they cover vast areas of Africa and Arabia, the Great Lakes region, South America, Australia, and more.  These “sheet sands” (as they are nicknamed) are part of a notorious gang: “Together with the origin of dolomite, red beds, black shale, and banded iron formation, they made up a group of seemingly intractable geological problems” (emphasis added in all quotes).Dott tells autobiographically, “Having lived literally upon quartz-rich sandstones for almost 50 years, I have come to regard supermature quartz arenites as nature’s finest distillate—almost as remarkable as a pure single malt Scotch whiskey.”  In the July 2003 Journal of Geology, he has written a lengthy paper addressing the mystery of the quartz arenites, and the status of current hypotheses.  It amounts to a veritable State of the Century address to sandstone geologists.  He explains the puzzle in the Introduction:What is the quartz arenite problem?  Foremost is the extreme compositional maturity of sandstones composed of more than 95% quartz.  Furthermore, the quartz consists almost exclusively of grains of unstrained, single-crystal units.  Very rare lithic [rock] fragments consist only of durable polycrystalline quartz types such as chert or vein quartz.  In addition, the extremely rare accessory mineral suite (generally <0.05% by weight) is dominated by durable zircon, tourmaline, ilmenite, and leucoxene.  Where present, associated conglomerates also consist only of durable clasts of vein quartz, quartzite, or chert.  How can we explain the complete disposal of at least 75% of any ultimate parent igneous or metamorphic rock to yield a residue that is at least 95% quartz sand? Extreme textural maturity is also characteristic of many, but not all, examples.  A high degree of sorting has always been emphasized, with high rounding being common but not universal.  Both properties imply much abrasion by one or more of nature’s most physically vigorous processes, such as surf and strong eolian [wind] or aqueous currents. Dr. Dott mentions additional puzzles about these formations:Thin, tabular geometry: layers tens or hundreds of meters thick, very flat over vast regions, yet Paleozoic in age – i.e., prior to the emergence of land plants.A paucity of associated shale, in contrast to other sandstones.Interstratified with shallow marine carbonate strata.A lack of volumetrically significant analogues forming today (i.e., nothing on that scale can be seen forming now).  This implies weathering processes orders of magnitude greater in the past.Very rare body fossils, and some burrows.Frosting of the grains, making them rough on microscopic scales.Underlying mature shale high in kaolinite (clay) or illite.Even more pure quartz arenites, up to thousands of meters thick, in Precambrian strata.Many of them underlain by paleosols (ancient soils) that show a high degree of chemical maturation.According to Dott, wind erosion is the most efficient, but not the only, agent for rounding of the sand grains.  Some geologists have resorted to theories of multicycling to explain the weathering and maturation of the grains, but theories of single cycles “under intense tropical weathering” also go back decades, and he cannot rule them out.  (Though there are small examples forming in isolated river deltas today, their grains are not nearly as rounded.)  The chemical maturation suggests that impurities were dissolved away, a process called diagenesis, but that is not possible in the presence of wind.The paradox of the compositional maturation of the sand “seems to require some additional factor to reconcile geomorphic conditions that could have enhanced the transport and abrasion of enormous volumes of pure quartz sand, on the one hand, but could have allowed exceptional chemical maturation of soils on the other hand, as indicated by profiles beneath, and the composition of pelitic [mud, clay] strata interstratified within, many quartz arenites.”Dott introduces his theory at this point.  To solve the paradox, he postulates thin microbial crusts or mats of cyanobacteria formed over the soils, similar to the stromatolites and cryptogamic soils seen forming in some regions today.  These might have protected the underlying paleosols while allowing wind transport of sand above.  The lack of trees and shrubs might have allowed much more energetic winds.  This assumes that the first land invaders were cyanobacteria, although “the fossil record has seemed mute” on this point.  In a sense, these crusts formed a cap that protected the lower strata while the high winds deposited the sand (although he does not propose sources for the sand).He ends with one other paradox; without land plants, unless the landscape were perfectly flat, how could it be stable enough to allow the chemical weathering of both the sand and underlying paleosols?  “The abundance of medium-grained to coarse-grained sand and associated pebbles required streams with sufficient gradients to transport such materials, which in turn points to at least moderate topographic relief, which exacerbates the stabilization problem,” he says.  His best guess, in conclusion, is the microbial mat theory; this formed a crust enough to stabilize the landscapes for up to two billion years while these puzzling structures formed. This was an interesting paper about an interesting puzzle that some readers may wish to investigate further.  Does his explanation satisfy you?  Notice how these formations are huge, and exist on every continent.  Notice how thick and flat they are.  Notice how they are interspersed with clays and soils, yet are exceptionally pure, “nature’s finest distillate.”  Notice how they give evidence of being deposited via nature’s most vigorous and energetic forces.  Doesn’t this sound like global cataclysm?  Since catastrophism is back in vogue, should we not follow the evidence where it leads?(Visited 830 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Local Context Matters to Women’s Lives: A Report from Delhi

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sara Stratton, Director, MNCH/FP Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on IntraHealth’s Global Health Blog.To the business world, it’s location, location, location. Here in Delhi, though, at the Global Maternal Health Conference, the mantra is context, context, context. There are many ways to improve and save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one country or one community may not work in another. Many people here are talking about the importance and value of understanding how and why an intervention succeeds or fails at the local level. This means investigating and evaluating not just how widely an intervention reaches or the quality of the services, but also the specific, local factors that play into its uptake and impact. How do these realities affect whether an intervention that saved lives in one place would work equally well somewhere else?This idea of the importance of the local context became woven into presentations on the first day of this groundbreaking conference. In one session, a representative of the SEWA Rural Society for Education, Welfare and Action, Rural (SEWA Rural) talked about how they had found that in Gujarat, India, a woman’s decision to deliver at home or in a hospital in her last pregnancy often influences where she delivered in a subsequent pregnancy. The question for us all to ponder was raised: is the key to saving women’s lives to encourage them all to deliver in hospitals? If so, how much would this cost? Can governments really afford this now? How far would women have to travel to a hospital? The reality, though, is that for some communities, encouraging hospital- or health facility-based delivery may be part of the answer, but in others it may still be an impractical approach. This question led to a discussion about home delivery versus institution-based delivery—as well as the value of traditional and trained birth attendants.Whether we are talking about where women deliver, how they deliver, who helps them deliver, what we are really talking about is how we evaluate and minimize a woman’s risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Where distance and a lack of health facilities make facility-based delivery improbable, a community may need programs that improve the quality of care offered by trained birth attendants during a home delivery even though in an ideal world there would be another option. What I’m hearing in Delhi is, in some ways, what I already know. There are no easy answers. We must support communities to succeed within the context of their own limitations in terms of the availability of and access to health facilities and health workers. At the same time, we have to remain committed to helping communities to change these limitations.Sara Stratton is the director of MNCH/FP programs at IntraHealth International.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this:last_img read more

2015 Metro Cup

first_imgClose to 50 teams will compete in the 2015 Metro Cup competition, which starts this Friday, 17 July at Whites Hill, Brisbane. Teams from across Brisbane and surrounding areas will compete in the 14 round competition, which will be played weekly and will finish with grand finals on Saturday, 21 November. 49 teams will compete across six divisions in the competition, ranging from Men’s and Women’s Premier through to Men’s and Women’s division two competitions.L&T Dodgers will be hopeful of winning back-to-back Men’s Premier League titles in 2015, as well as Men’s Division One and Two titles which they also won in 2014, while the Southern Storm will be looking for consecutive Women’s Premier League wins following their 2014 victory.  To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2015 Metro Cup, please visit the following sites:Website – www.bmta.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/brisbanetouch 2014 Metro Cup results Men’s Premier LeagueL&T Dodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 5Women’s Premier LeagueSouthern Storm 9 defeated Country Club Colts 2Men’s Division OneL&T Dodgers 6 defeated Uni Rebels 4Women’s Division OneRedlands Crushers 7 defeated Southern Storm 6Men’s Division TwoL&T Dodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 6Women’s Division TwoUni Rebels Juniors 7 defeated Uni Rebels IPS 6Related Links2015 Metro Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardi

first_imgNew Inter Milan chief Marotta: Juventus wanted Icardiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan sports chief Beppe Marotta admits Juventus asked after Mauro Icardi in the past.Marotta left Juve as general manager in October to join Icardi at Inter.“Asking after players is part and parcel of the job that every sporting director has to do, either directly or through a third person,” Marotta said.“Certainly, also with in mind the idea of moving on Gonzalo Higuain, we might’ve asked after Icardi. However, Piero Ausilio can confirm that we never sat down to negotiate with Inter or discuss costs.“Icardi remains a player at the top level, but there was never anything concrete in an eventual transfer from Inter to Juventus.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoYoung happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Young happy Solskjaer keeping Man Utd coaching team togetherby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young is happy to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keep together the majority of the coaching staff after Jose Mourino’s sacking.Solskjaer has retained the services of coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, who were both promoted to the senior side’s coaching set-up by Mourinho in the summer.Goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez, who was drafted in to the club in 2016, has also stayed at the club on the basis of his strong bond with David De Gea.”Carras, Kieran and Emilio have been fantastic,” Young, who has made 16 appearances this season, said.”The training sessions they’ve put on have been fantastic, top notch.”I can definitely see Carras being a manager one day and Kieran has been brilliant stepping up to the first team [from the Under-18s].”He’s taken to it like a duck to water and Emilio is a fantastic goalkeeping coach. It’s nice for them to be here and work under Mick and Ole as well.” last_img read more