Gun is found at beach cleanup

first_imgL.A. COUNTY: Spray paint cans and a light saber also turn up when volunteers collect 73,722 pounds of trash. By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER With gloves, bags and even scuba gear, hundreds of people swept South Bay beaches gathering tons of trash Saturday. “Anything that drops in the street comes to ocean,” said Julie Profet with Heal the Bay, the environmental group that sponsors the event. Most of the bigger items were carted off in the early years of the cleanup, but scuba divers still kept a watchful eye out for anything unusual. Not much surprises them anymore. In previous years, they’ve found bicycles, toilets, Hindu deity figurines, teddy bears and a jar filled with molasses. Although this year’s haul wasn’t as dramatic, it’s still vital to get rid of the plastic bags and pieces of foam that litter the coast, Schaar said. “It’s not as much fun, but it’s important,” she said. “Animals can mistake it for food.” Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago when organizers realized that most of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year, more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the cleanup in Los Angeles County came from the inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed, and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” The extra push inland brought a record number of volunteers. This year, 11,020 people joined in, up from 9,765 last year. They gathered 73,722pounds of trash, including what appeared to be a .357 Magnum handgun at Dockweiler State Beach (police were immediately called), a rosary in Manhattan Beach and pieces of a guitar on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, said Heal the Bay’s Matthew King. But in addition to the trash that was collected, King said that it was good for people to learn the importance of keeping litter away from the ocean. “Our message is spreading inland,” he said. “Even if they live miles from the beach, people have a vested interest in its health and well-being.” Staff writer Connie Llanos contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But at the 23rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, workers had some extra help: The Force. Among the sundry pieces of plastic, fishing line and cigarette butts, divers found an abandoned Star Wars light saber in the waters off the Redondo Beach pier. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, volunteers found a handgun, a doorless safe, a wedding dress and, at Ken Malloy Regional Park in Harbor City, exactly 2,083 empty or partially used cans of spray paint. “We also found a lot of cell phones and (fishing) knives,” said volunteer supervisor Rachel Schaar. Volunteers worked at about 70spots across the county – some of them miles away from the ocean. But litter can quickly wind up at the coast through the area’s fast network of storm drains. last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Saltwater season back in full swing

first_imgAfter sitting on the sidelines watching the wind blow for more than a week, it finally relented, allowing our saltwater fishing season to resume. Salmon, rockfish, and halibut were all attainable the last couple days. And that should be the case through the weekend as the weather looks to remain fishable.Early in the week, the salmon bite was decent despite the influx of cold water. “The most striking development following a windy week was the frigid water that moved in, ranging from 47 to 51 …last_img

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 27th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of Ohio received relief from the wet and humid weather that has prevailed over most of the season, according the USDA/NASS Great Lakes Regional Office.  There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork.  Warmer temperatures spurred crop development.  Precipitation was lighter and less frequent, and sunny weather favored wheat harvest and baling of straw and hay.  The benefits of rescue efforts such as nitrogen application in corn was apparent.  Growers continued application of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, resorting to aerial applications in fields to soggy to support equipment.  However, effects of the season to this point continued to appear.  Growers harvesting wheat found sprouting in lodged fields, low test weights, and vomitoxin levels created difficulties in marketing the crop.  Quality of hay harvested was reduced by over maturity, and supply may be an issue this winter.  Many tobacco growers noted loss due mainly to weed pressure and scald.  Corn growth appeared uneven and soybeans looked stunted, especially in hardest hit areas where standing water remains.View the full report herelast_img read more

New MIT OpenCourseWare Initiative Aims to Improve Independent Online Learning

first_imgMIT OpenCourseWare is launching five new courses today that mark a new model for one of the world’s premier open educational resources. These OCW Scholar courses are designed for use by independent learners, and like the other material made available through MIT OCW, are freely available for anyone to pursue. These aren’t distance learning classes – there is no instructor, no contact with MIT, no credit. But the courses are meant to be stand-alone offerings, not requiring any additional materials for learning.Although MIT OpenCourseWare may have become synonymous with the move to online education, it’s worth noting that the original expectation of the initiative was that by making the university’s course content freely and openly accessible, other educators would use the syllabi, lecture notes, tests and assignments to design their other courses. It’s apparent, however, that the most of the people using the site are there as learners, not as teachers.The OCW Scholar courses are aimed at providing these learners with a more complete set of materials, so that those taking the courses needn’t turn elsewhere for other resources – such as journal articles – in order to complete the curriculum. These new OCW courses combine materials from multiple MIT courses, and the OCW team has worked with university faculty and teaching assistants to create new materials specifically designed for this project. The Physics 1 class, for example, contains a set of video lectures from MIT physics professor Walter Lewin, a set of course notes (replacing the need for a traditional textbook), a set of class slides, homework problems, homework help videos (in which Lewin helps learners through solving the problems), links to related materials, and an online study group at OpenStudy where you can connect with other independent learners.MIT OCW plans to publish 20 OCW Scholar courses over the next three years, all focused on introductory college-level science, math, engineering and other foundational subjects. This first set of courses that launch today include 8.01SC Physics I, 8.02SC Physics II, 18.01SC Calculus I, 18.02SC Calculus II and 3.091SC Introduction to Solid State Chemistry.The OCW Scholar courses are a new approach to MIT OpenCourseWare, but as the program notes, this is meant to complement not replace the other OCW publications. “We’re still committed to publishing MIT’s materials as we always have,” says OCW Executive Director Cecilia d’Oliveira, “and our core publication continues to provide tremendous value to educators and students around the world. With OCW Scholar, we are enhancing our support for independent learners and building on what we’ve accomplished with the rest of the site.”As we recently reported, MIT OpenCourseWare has continued to grow in popularity, with 9.6 million visitors last year and tens of millions of files downloaded from the site, from YouTube and from iTunesU. The expansion of the program is meant to increase the scalability of OCW, making sure that more people can have access to these educational resources. Tags:#E-Learning#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

Indian mountaineers perform yoga on Europes highest peak

first_imgDarjeeling: A Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) expedition successfully reached the summit of the highest peak of Europe on August 15 and fluttered the Indian tricolor.They also performed various yogic Asanas (postures) atop the mountain and will now try for getting the act (yoga) declared as a world record. The eight-member team scaled Mount Elbrus (5,642 meters) at 8:45 am on August 15. Leader of the expedition and principal of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Jaikishan told the Millennium Post: “We then unfurled the Indian National flag and other flags and then went onto to perform the yogic asanas.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFrom 9:25 am to 10:00 am the team HMI performed Asanas at the summit to the yogic chants of Sadguru, Adi Yogi mantras. It was quite a task owing to the high altitude, heavy equipment, boots and oxygen cylinders. “We will try in the Guinness book, World Records Academy and the Limca Book of Records, Yoga at this altitude,” stated Group Captain Jaikishan. The HMI team also performed yoga at different altitudes while descending with the final act at the base camp (4100m) where many foreign climbers joined in. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe HMI team comprised of Group Captain Jaikishan, Subedar Devi Singh (Dy leader) and instructors Havildar Pankaj Kumar, Roshan Ghatraj, Aditya Gurung, Passang Tenzing Sherpa and Umang Mukhia. The expedition was flagged off from Delhi by Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik on August 6. “This expedition is also a part of our vision to climb the highest mountains in the 7 continents,” stated the expedition leader. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute teams have already successfully summited Mount Everest (2003, 2012) and Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m) located in Argentina, South America in 1999. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 — a result of personal initiative of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of India and Dr. BC Roy the then Chief Minister of West Bengal to promote mountaineering in India. Legendary mountaineers, including Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Nawang Gombu have been associated with this institute.last_img read more

Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgMorrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.last_img read more

Twitter tests Labels for userreplies on main app

first_imgSan Francisco: Micro-blogging site Twitter is extending the test of its much-awaited “Labels” feature beyond its “Twttr” beta test app to the main platform. The “Labels” feature would tag every person replying on a tweet thread to elevate the existing level of transparency on Twitter. “We want it to be easy to follow and join conversations on Twitter. We’re testing out ‘Labels’ on replies: Author, Mentioned and Following,” Twitter announced on Thursday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year On its beta test app “Twttr”, the micro-blogging site is also testing a colour-coded version of “Labels” that highlights responses from the original tweeter and responses where a user is mentioned. Twitter has the usage data collected by various feedback reports leading to this test, Social Media Today reported. Information about which variation of the feature would finally roll out and by when remains undisclosed. Just days ahead of the general elections in India, the expansion of the test “Labels” feature on the app could help the cyber cell and other law enforcement authorities to nab hateful, abusive and fake news spread on the app. In order to curb the spread of fake and abusive content with untraceable origins on its platform, earlier in January, Twitter confirmed that it has begun testing an “Original Tweeter” tag.last_img read more