ABC News(PHOENIX) –Snow, rain and wind have slammed into the Southwest as the Plains and Upper Midwest brace for a blizzard.And on Sunday — one of the biggest travel days of the year — the Northeast is forecast to see a snowy mix on its roadways.The latestFlagstaff, Arizona, is buried under 9 inches of rain this Black Friday.The state is also recovering from major rainfall and damaging winds.And in the mountains near San Bernardino, California, east of Los Angeles, tens of thousands were without power Friday amid massive amounts of snowfall.The forecastOn Friday, the rough weather is moving east, bringing snow from the Rockies to the Midwest, and the storm will intensify Friday night into Saturday,Blizzard warnings have been issued across parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota.By Saturday afternoon, the ongoing blizzard will make traveling very dangerous across the northern Plains and upper Midwest.Northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will be especially hard-hit.Duluth, Minnesota, is forecast to see 12 to 20 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Minneapolis may get 6 to 9 inches of snow and 40 mph wind gusts.Meanwhile, severe storms are expected in the South on Saturday. Louisiana, Arkansas, western Mississippi and some of eastern Texas could get damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail.On Sunday — one of the biggest travel days of the year as families head home from Thanksgiving — the storm heads to the Northeast.Much of the Northeast, including New England, will likely get snow. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern New York are expected to get a wintry mix, making the roadways extra treacherous.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco. PHOTO BY BANJO C. HINOLAN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Mayor Richard Jaojoco of Toboso, Negros Occidental has defended one of his barangay captains in hot water over the distribution of cash aid under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).Jaojoco believes the case against village head Romeo Sultan of Barangay Salamanca was “politically motivated,” and he would not bow down to the political powers in the 1st District.Sultan was charged by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and RA 11469 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act).A separate administrative case for Violation of RA 6713 (Code of Ethical Standard of Public Official) is also set to be filed at the Office of the Ombudsman upon resumption of its services.Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Gantang, head of the CIDG-Negros Occidental, said some residents of the barangays went to their office to complain not being included in the list of beneficiaries to receive the cash assistance from the national government.However, Jaojoco denied the complainants and CIDG’s claim.The mayor pointed out that in his municipality alone “there are 3,000- 4,000 families who did not receive the first tranche of the SAP despite being qualified.”“The regional director of the Department of Social Services and Development actually wrote me a letter explaining that they don’t have enough funds for all legitimate beneficiaries,” Jaojoco said.He said the barangay captain “has nothing to do about it.”“These police from the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office are looking for a political patron which they found in the 1st District,” he added.In May, the CIDG also filed similar charges against 19 barangay officials in Western Visayas over alleged anomalies in the distribution of SAP./PN
CMC – West Indies’ bid for a series-levelling win over New Zealand was jettisoned by a career-best spell from left-arm fast bowler, Trent Boult, that handed his side a 204-run victory in the second One-day International on Saturday at Hagley Oval.Windies were bowled out for 121 in 28 overs to suffer their heaviest ODI defeat to the New Zealanders, as Boult claimed seven for 34 from his allotted 10 overs to reach 100 ODI wickets.The result left the Caribbean side 0-2 in the three-match series, after the Black Caps also won the first ODI two days earlier at Cobham Oval by five wickets. The final ODI is on Boxing Day, Tuesday, also at Hagley Oval.West Indies gave another insipid performance in the field, as a record sixth-wicket partnership between local boys Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle, along with other solid contributions from the top-order, carried New Zealand to 325 for six off 50 overs.Nicholls hit a personal-best top score of 83 and Astle made 49, sharing 130 to establish a new mark for the sixth-wicket against the Windies, George Worker supported with 58, Ross Taylor made 57 and Colin Munro added 30.Still reeling from the late-innings flourish from Nicholls and Astle that rescued the New Zealanders from 186 for five after the 33rd over, West Indies endured a horrific start to their chase, when Boult removed Kyle Hope, fellow opener Evin Lewis and fellow left-hander Shimron Hetmyer cheaply to leave them wobbling on 21 for three inside the first six overs.Shai Hope stayed long enough with Jason Mohammed to carry the visitors past the 50-run mark before Boult had him caught behind for 23, as the Windies finished the first Power Play on 53 for four.The wickets of Mohammed and Rovman Powell for a first-ball duck to Lockie Ferguson off successive balls in the 16th over, and skipper Jason Holder to the same bowler in the 18th over, snuffed out any chance of the tourists scripting a comeback story.West Indies lost their last three wickets – all to Boult – for 21 in the space of 40 deliveries, as the left-arm fast bowler entered the record books.Boult became the fifth fastest ODI player in terms of matches to reach 100 wickets (56 games) and finished with the second-best ODI figures by a New Zealander behind Tim Southee (7-33).Earlier, the Windies again saw Worker and Munro give New Zealand a flying start, bringing up the first 50 in the sixth over before Sheldon Cottrell, the visitors’ most successful bowler with three for 62 from 10 overs, made the breakthrough.The left-arm fast bowler had Munro caught at mid-on, but Worker would push onto a second consecutive half-century.Cottrell had Neil Broom caught at slip for six in the 11th over and Worker shared 58 with Taylor before he was caught at deep fine leg off Ronsford Beaton.Taylor continued to anchor the batting with a typically breezy half-century, but Holder removed him and Black Caps skipper Tom Latham within three overs to leave the hosts at the crossroads.West Indies however, failed to maintain the pressure, as Nicholls and Astle came together on their home ground and put on a clinic in middle-over batting, manoeuvring the ball around and running well between the wickets to steer their side into a position to launch the final onslaught.The Windies were almost powerless when they did ignite, as sixes and fours rained down to the delight of the crowd.ScorecardNEW ZEALANDG Worker c Powell b Beaton 58C Munro c Mohammed b Cottrell 30N Broom c Holder b Cottrell 6R Taylor c wkpr S Hope b Holder 57*+T Latham c wkpr S Hope b Holder 20H Nicholls not out 83T Astle b Cottrell 49D Bracewell not out 5Extras (lb3, w14) 17TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 325M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult did not batFall of wickets: 1-50 (Munro, 6.5 overs); 2-66 (Broom, 10.4); 3-124 (Worker, 18.6); 4-169 (Latham, 30.1); 5-186 (Taylor, 32.6); 6-316 (Astle, 49.2)Bowling: Cottrell 10-0-62-3 (w2); Holder 10-0-52-2 (w1); Beaton 8-0-60-1 (w3); Gabriel 10-0-75-0 (w3); Nurse 10-0-45-0 (w4); Powell 2-0-28-0 (w1)WEST INDIESE Lewis c Bracewell b Boult 10K Hope b Boult 4+S Hope c Latham b Boult 23S Hetmyer c Worker b Boult 2J Mohammed c and b Ferguson 18*J Holder c Munro b Ferguson 13R Powell b Ferguson 0A Nurse c Worker b Boult 27S Cottrell c Latham b Boult 8R Beaton not out 12S Gabriel b Boult 0Extras (lb1, w2, nb1) 4TOTAL (all out, 28 overs) 121Fall of wickets: 1-10 (K Hope, 1.6 overs); 2-15 (Lewis, 3.3); 3-21 (Hetmyer, 5.1); 4-52 (S Hope, 9.5); 5-70 (Mohammed, 15.3); 6-70 (Powell, 15.4); 7-86 (Holder, 17.6); 8-100 (Cottrell, 21.3); 9-121 (Nurse, 27.4)Bowling: Henry 7-0-36-0; Boult 10-3-34-7; Bracewell 5-0-19-0 (w2); Ferguson 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Astle 2-0-14-0Result: New Zealand won by 204 runsSeries: New Zealand lead three-match series 2-0
Ghanaian forward David Atanga made a statement in his full debut for German Bundesliga two outfit Holstein Kiel, recording a goal and three assists to lead them to a 0 – 6 win over Salmrohr in the DFB Pokal round of 32.The 22 year old former Ghana U – 20 international made the move to Kiel this summer after excelling on loan at Greuther Furth from parent club Red Bull Salzburg.Having signed a 3 year deal, Atanga made his full debut in the DFB Pokal having sat out Kiel’s opening league game of the season against Sandhausen before making an appearance off the bench against Darmstadt.After setting up the only goal of the opening 45 minutes Atanga continued to dominate in a manner that saw his teammate Baku record a hat-trick in the process.Following his stellar output it remains to be seen if he will command more first team football.
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A CULDAFF man has been found guilty of a drink driving charge after gardaí found him sleeping behind the wheel of a van that was parked in the middle of the road.Aaron McColgan, 27, who has an address of 92 Cara Bay, Culdaff and Lematudder, Culkeeny, Malin, was charged with being drunk in charge of a van at The Mullins, Carn, on 26 May, 2014. He was also charged with having no insurance, driving without a licence and obstruction.McColgan appeared before a special sitting of Buncrana District Court yesterday, where he pleaded not guilty to the drink driving charge, but accepted the obstruction and no insurance charges. The case has previously been adjourned before the court on twenty separate occasions.Garda Robin Hennigan told the court that at 3.20am on Monday, May 2014, he received a report of a white van in the middle of the road on the main Carndonagh to Quigley’s Point road.He said he went to the scene and found a Peugeot Expert van with the lights on and engine running parked in the middle of the road.Gda. Hennigan said there was a male asleep in the driver’s seat.“I knocked on the window, telling him to open the door but there was no response after doing it three times the male woke up,” Gda. Hennigan outlined.“The man gave as name as Aaron McColgan and upon speaking with him I noticed that his speech was slurred, eyes were glazed and there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from his breath. There was also an open beer can in the cup holder in the driver’s door.”The court heard that McColgan was arrested and brought to Buncrana Garda Station, where a subsequent alcohol test revealed a concentration of 52mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – more than twice the legal limit.Gda. Hennigan told the court that he seized McColgan’s van as there was no insurance or tax displayed on the van. He said McColgan informed him that he had no insurance and was disqualified from driving.Garda Inspector Denis Joyce asked Garda Hennigan if there was any space nearby for Mr. McColgan to pull in instead of stopping in the middle of the road. He said there was a lay by just off the road.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn asked the garda if he had a conversation with McColgan about where he was going or what he was doing.However the garda said he did not recall as it was five and a half years ago.Member in charge of Buncrana Garda Station Garda Michael McGrath said he read McColgan his rights, when he brought to the Station, following his arrest.He said at 4.41am a phone call was made to McColgan’s girlfriend to arrange transport for him when he was being released.However giving evidence in court, Aaron McColgan said he had no recollection of this. He said he had very little recollection of the night in general.“I don’t remember where I was that night, I don’t know how I got there, it’s not a road I would be on as it’s not on the way home,” he told the court.“I don’t remember driving I had no intention of driving – I knew I was drunk and that I wasn’t fit to drive.”Insp. Joyce said McColgan signed the custody record to prove that Gda. McGrath went through his rights with him.He argued that McColgan’s memory was ‘selective’.“It seems Mr. McColgan is suffering from selective amnesia,” said Insp. Joyce.“He says he can’t remember anything, or even remember ringing his girlfriend but yet there is it in the custody record with his signature – her phone number is even there,” he added.Mr. MacLochlainn argued that the State did not prove that McColgan had ‘attempted or intended’ to drive the vehicle. He said this is an essential element in a prosecution case.“This is an unusual case where the van was found in the middle of the road but no one asked Mr. McColgan how he got there or where he was going,” said Mr. MacLochlainn.“He was out for the count and says he doesn’t know what he was doing. He was clearly drunk but there is no proof that he intended to drive. We don’t even know if he drove to this point. I would say there must be a doubt in the case.”However Judge Paul Kelly said he had ‘no doubt whatsoever’.“When the Gardaí arrived he was stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic,” said Judge Kelly.“There were ample areas he could have pulled in nearby if he wanted to sleep. The lights were on and the engine was running so logic says that the person intends to drive. The defendant was unable to assist the court in any way,” he added.Judge Kelly said he found that McColgan has a case to meet and found him guilty of the charge.Insp. Joyce said McColgan has a previous conviction for having no insurance in Northern Ireland, as well being drunk in charge of a vehicle. He said he was disqualified in Carn District Court for two years from October 21, 2013.Solicitor Mr. MacLochlainn asked Judge Kelly to adjourn sentencing as he was currently preparing another legal challenge to contest the case.Judge Kelly agreed to adjourn sentencing until November 19 in Carn District Court.Man with ‘selective amnesia’ found guilty of drink driving was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Citing a tweet by a Spanish journalist, the Express say Arsenal look set to beat Chelsea as well as Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.It is claimed that the Blues want Cavani, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge many times. Arsenal are apparently willing to pay £51m for him.Chelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany star Sami Khedira – again by the Express.The midfielder, who played under Jose Mourinho at Real, has been tipped to move to the Bridge or Arsenal after being left out for this week’s Uefa Super Cup game against Sevilla.Chelsea will tell Petr Cech to find a new club, according to Goal.com.There has been speculation about the 32-year-old’s future, with Thibaut Courtois widely expected to be installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco are all said to be monitoring the situation.And Chelsea youngster Victorien Angban is set to join French club SC Bastia on loan, according to reports in the midfielder’s native Ivory Coast.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Consider Evolution 1.0. That was the old biological, Darwinian stuff. Now, there’s Evolution 2.0 – the evolution of technology. W. Brian Arthur explained the upgrade package for New Scientist: “On the origin of technologies.” Arthur is not the first to try to define a law of nature for the origin of technology. He recognized, though, that prior attempts failed because some technologies do not fit the picture of an accumulation of small variations. “The jet engine, for example, does not arise from the steady accumulation of changes in the piston engine, nor does the computer emerge from accumulated changes in electromechanical calculators,” he explained. Therefore, “Darwin’s mechanism does not apply to technology.” His new book The Nature of Technology tried to identify the laws of technological evolution. He argued that new technologies do, indeed, derive from older ones, but not in a gradualistic way. It’s more a combinatorial evolution, he said: “we need to tailor our thinking directly to technology, not borrow from biology.” In order to think technologically instead of biologically, he said, “To start with, we can observe that all technologies have a purpose; all solve some problem.” Then, “novel technologies form from combinations of existing ones, and in turn they become potential components for the construction of further technologies.” As a result, a kind of tree of technology emerges: This mechanism, which I call combinatorial evolution, has an interesting consequence. Because new technologies arise from existing ones, we can say the collective of technology creates itself out of itself. In systems language, technology is autopoietic (from the Greek for “self-creating”). Of course, technology doesn’t create itself from itself all on its own. It creates itself with the agency of human beings, much as a coral reef creates itself from itself with the assistance of small organisms. Autopoiesis tells us several things: that every technology stands atop a pyramid of ancestral ones that eventually made it possible; that all future technologies will derive from those now existing (though we cannot say exactly how); and that a novel technology’s value lies not just in what it does, but also in what further technologies it will lead to. Arthur tried to make tie-ins to Darwin wherever he could. He has common ancestry, he has progress, he has a tree (or pyramid), he has building blocks, and he has emergence. He even has digital organisms producing logic circuits in silico. He fed a computer program a few simple logic circuits, some random mutations, and watched what emerged: Once we launched the experiment we found, unsurprisingly, that most new random combinations failed to meet any needs. But after a few hundred steps, circuits started to appear that matched some elementary needs, and could be used as further building blocks. From these, more sophisticated technologies evolved. After about a quarter of a million steps, we found that the system had evolved quite complicated circuits: an 8-way-exclusive-OR, 8-way-AND, 4-bit-Equals – even an 8-bit adder, the basis of a simple calculator. He did admit, of course, that the emergence of these “technologies” was predicated on the fact that he had defined “needs” for the program. These served as goals that could be rewarded. “When we took away these simpler needs, these stepping-stone technologies did not emerge, and complex needs went unfulfilled.” How does Evolution 2.0 differ from Darwin’s kind of evolution? The primary difference is that combinatorial evolution is rare (but not absent) in biology. Living organisms, he argued, evolve primarily through incremental changes and selection. Technologies only emerge when pre-existing technologies combine in new ways. “Darwinian variation and selection kick in only once a technology exists,” he said. “For what really counts, the formation of new ‘species’ in technology, combinatorial evolution holds sway.” One phrase notably missing from his theory is intelligent design. It would seem ID would play heavily in any theory of technology, but references to human intelligence, goal-directed behavior, and purpose were referred to obliquely at best. It sometimes seems inconceivable that such shallow logic can pass for scholarship and scientific reasoning these days. Someone needs to inform poor Dr. Arthur that he cannot derive Evolution 2.0 from Darwinism. What he calls Ev 2.0 is nothing more than human intelligent design. Humans are not omniscient. They don’t create radar and iPhones ex nihilo. But they learn, they create, and they choose. They know what they want, and they can move mountains and organize materials to get it, once they find a method that works. So yes, there will be elements of progress in human technology. When the Sicilians invented the catapult, a way to inflict damage on an enemy city from a safe distance, the Romans were quick to improve on it. These were all purposeful actions by intelligent beings capable of arranging materials for ends. What on earth does that have to do with Darwinian mutation and selection? Nothing. Even the Victorian notion of progress in biology had a serious falling out in the 20th century. Our perceptive readers surely noticed Arthur cheating in his software. Just like the “digital evolution” charlatans, he held the strings of his marionettes so that they would do his own purposeful bidding. That’s one of the fundamental errors in Arthur’s thinking. He fails to constrain himself to the world of particles he describes. He sits like Yoda, looking down on the world of nature, to explain it in a detached manner, like some disembodied sage on an alternate plane. Once these guys understand that it is impossible to justify the Yoda Complex in a naturalistic world view, they will start understanding the scornful looks coming from the sentient designed beings around them. So what’s in the Ev 2.0 upgrade? Intelligent design – of an inferior kind from what came in its predecessor, life. It’s a downgrade. Unload your stock in Darwin & Co. The smart money is on biomimetics – imitating the advanced technology found in the living world (e.g., AskNature.org).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. There are lots of reasons to attend conferences. At a good conference, we get a chance to network with colleagues, to learn about recent research, to see new products, and to talk with manufacturers’ reps. I’ve had the good fortune, over the last six weeks, to attend three conferences focusing on green building and residential energy:It would be a daunting task to report on all of the excellent presentations I attended at these three conferences. While I hope to report in depth on some of the presentations in coming months, I’ve decided (as a stopgap measure) to share a collection of pithy quotes gleaned from all three conferences.Bill Rose is a research architect at the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois, and the author of the landmark textbook, Water in Buildings. At the Boston conference, Rose said, “If you do something to the building envelope to make the exterior colder, it will be wetter. Cold means wet; warm means dry. This pertains to materials outboard of the thermal envelope, primarily during cold weather. At a given vapor pressure, chilled materials are wetter than warmed materials. This is an equilibrium condition. It is not a consequence of diffusion, air leakage, or drying potential to one side or the other.”Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon, is a consultant based in Atlanta. At the Greenprints conference, Seville said, “The different green certification programs are essentially similar in concept. LEED has the most onerous documentation requirements. That’s job security for me. The 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard is based on the 2012 energy code, while LEED is still down at the Energy Star Version 2 level. USGBC is like a battleship that can’t turn very easily. Now it is the least difficult program to…
When Apple opened the iTunes Store in 2003, the company launched the digital music revolution as we know it. Ten years later, you might pay Apple $1.29 instead of 99 cents for a song, but otherwise we’re still mostly living in the musical universe Apple ushered in. Nothing else has come along to disrupt the music industry at the scale of Napster, the iPod or iTunes—at least yet. But shhh … hear that? Once a distant underground rumble, seismic echoes of the streaming music movement are now starting to shake the walls. Last year saw the first yearly drop in digital music sales ever. Assuming that Apple’s much murmured-about $3.2 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics comes to pass, the acquisition could be actually pretty cheap earthquake insurance.See also: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-OffIndividually, on-demand streaming music services like Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody are starved for paid users, openly struggling for a bigger piece of a pie that isn’t even on the table yet (it’s still at the iTunes table). But collectively, these services become more than the sum of their parts—and more than enough to spook Apple into buying a little cheap insurance. (Oh, yeah, I guess Apple would score those flashy headphones, too.)Streaming Music Rears Its Many HeadsGaining traction as an even more effortless alternative to Apple’s pay-per-song model, subscription music services are finally generating some major tectonic moves, pushing digital song sales down 5.7% in 2013. Annual digital album sales slipped for the first time too, down 0.1% from 117.7 million to 117.6 million.Considering that digital music sales weathered the 2008 financial collapse without contracting, it’s clear that would-be digital music buyers have stumbled onto a cooler, easier way to listen to music, even if it’s taken them a good ten years. It’s no coincidence that Apple is shopping for an on-demand streaming service right now; the times they are a-changin’. Apple remains the top dog digital music vendor, but if the market moves to a different model altogether, it won’t be pioneering this time around. In fact, Apple already tried to figure out a social music service and failed spectacularly(R.I.P.Ping). We can’t just assume that Apple has some mind-blowing vision for the future of digital music squirreled away somewhere. These days, Apple isn’t light-years ahead like it was with iTunes and the iPod. The landscape is different now—and so is the company. Still, it deserves credit for breeding the iPod with a phone and spreading the iPhone gospel far and wide. Buying Stuff: Cheaper Than InnovationThe company’s crystal ball may not be quite as clear as it used to be, but while it was fogging over, Apple managed to stockpile a cartoonishly huge $159 billion in cash. Assuming that Apple does indeed buy Beats, it might just be easier to pay the fortune teller these days than to get a new crystal ball. Or pay the guy who paid the other fortune teller—in this case MOG, the on-demand music app that Beats acquired two years ago for around $10 million and remixed into its own on-demand streaming app.In digital music, Apple needs only to maintain its lead into the next paradigm shift, and it’s already been working on that. Last September, Apple launched iTunes Radio, a Pandora-like streaming music service that quickly jumped to third place in overall streaming market share.Not the industry prognosticator we once knew, Apple’s ear is to the ground like the rest of us, while its hands are in the deepest pockets around. We kind of miss when they weren’t quite so deep. Tags:#Apple#beats#beats electronics#beats headphones#digital music#music taylor hatmaker Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout