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Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured but alive

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured, but alive JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (KUSI) — A San Diego County man believed to have gone missing Sunday in Joshua Tree National Park was found conscious and alert but injured four days after he apparently fell, injured his head and became immobile, park officials said.Search and rescue crews found 54-year-old Paul Hanks around 4 p.m. Thursday after previously finding his pickup parked in the Maze Loop parking lot, Joshua Tree public information officer George Land said. Hanks had driven to the park from the San Diego area on Sunday, his birthday, but never checked into a hotel he’d booked in the area that night, nor the hotel he’d booked in Las Vegas the next night. Updated: 3:57 PM KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2018 Posted: March 15, 2018 Joshua Tree Search & Rescue crews put out a missing persons notice for Hanks on Wednesday, a day before he was discovered.“It appears that he fell about 20 feet (and) sustained some head injuries,” Land said. “We don’t know the exact nature of all of his injuries, but he was conscious (and) he was talking to rescuers.”The ranger said search and rescue crews were “ecstatic” to find Hanks alive and alert. The victim was airlifted out of the park Thursday evening and taken to a hospital for treatment.“Obviously, we always hope for the best, but we were getting to the point with the way the weather conditions have been, and some of the environmental concerns, it was getting critical,” Land said. “I can’t express how happy I am, and I’m sure the family is, that their loved one is going to be coming home.”Hanks, an attorney, was described as an experienced hiker who was in good physical condition prior to suffering the injury. According to various media outlets, he lives in the East County, either in Santee or La Mesa.In his biography for the Santee Legal Center, Hanks was described as a Rhode Island native who moved to Southern California “in pursuit of warmer weather to suit his outdoor interests.” He listed those interests as “tennis, bicycle riding, hiking, rock climbing and off-roading.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school

first_img Dan Plante 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — It started as an art contest and evolved into a political debate over free speech. Problem is, the artist painted a mural of President Trump’s bloody head on a spear on the wall of a public school.“Oh, I don’t think that’s right. I know we don’t like the President, but that’s too much. Kids will have nightmares over this,” said Monica Mora of Barrio Logan.Related Link: A political mural on the wall of Chula Vista charter school sparks controversyThe original mural didn’t stay up long. Although the artist remains defiant, she agreed to paint over the mural. Now, Trump’s head on a spear has been replaced by three local icons in the Mexican community with the words “Powerful Leaders.”“We all know he’s not well liked in the Mexican community, but that’s too much,” Mora said.Now, the artist is looking for a new location, away from a public school, but perhaps not away from public scrutiny.On social media, some have suggested Chicano Park. This is a living art museum and history lesson for Mexican Culture.“Honestly, I think I know where they are coming from, but no, this is too much. It doesn’t belong anywhere kids can see it, especially in a public park,” said Adriana Sanchez.The artist herself is trying to back away from the controversy, while stepping in it at the same time.“We will talk to anyone except you, not you, you will talk to my lawyer,” said artist Sasha Andratta. She claims she didn’t design the hateful mural, but she did paint it.The school still hasn’t revealed how this managed to be painted on public school land. But any art project in a public park requires the approval of city leaders. Chicano Park is a public park.While this is happening in San Diego, the word is out. Talk show host Sean Hannity has made this part of a national conversation.You remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction” and the reaction here has been like a tsunami. Posted: May 8, 2018 May 8, 2018 Dan Plante, center_img Updated: 12:37 PM Violent mural of President Trump painted over at Chula Vista school Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, Trump Mural FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Emily Ratajkowski flaunts her assets in a skimpy crop top and underwear

first_imgEmily RatajkowskiInamorata Official InstagramEmily Ratajkowski is back on Instagram and we have to say, she sure knows how to turn up the heat. The model posted a series of sultry snaps where she flaunted her assets in a tiny crop top.Emily could be seen wearing nothing more than a crop top and underwear as she posed for the cameras. She stood by a door frame and gave the camera a sensuous look. The model can be seen sanding confidently as she flashed a hint of underboob, her washboard abs, and perky behind. ‘Heatwave,’ Emily captioned one of the photos, posted to Instagram.The post and the shoot were part of a promotion for Emily’s line of swimwear and intimates, Inamorata. Reportedly, the bikini bottoms Emily was wearing were from her collection, and she made sure to tag them in the photo.It is known that Inamorata Woman is a collaboration between Emily and her BFF Kat Mendenhall, and it features swimsuits, biker shorts, tank tops, lacy bralettes, and thong underwear. Emily looks stunning in the posts and she has her enviable curves on display.  Emily RatajkowskiInamorata Official InstagramEmily has previously been accused of being only a pretty face by haters and she has dealt with the criticism by clapping back at them. She reportedly spoke out about that misogyny in an interview with Vogue Australia.”The only argument that I think is sort of interesting is the conversation that somehow I’m playing into a patriarchal society by looking the way I look and capitalising [sic] on my sexiness,” she told the mag. “But I don’t really care if me wearing a crop top is somehow playing into some patriarchy, because it makes me feel good about myself, and I shouldn’t be limited on that. Making rules as to what a feminist should look like or wear is insane to me.”These snaps show that the haters aren’t getting to Emily Ratajkowski. You can check out the pics here:last_img read more

Guaido calls for fresh antiMaduro protest

first_imgVenezuela`s National Assembly head and self-proclaimed `acting president` Juan Guaido speaks to the press after attending a mass in honour to the fallen in the fight for freedom, political prisoners and the exiled, at the San Jose church in Caracas on 27 January 2019. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido called Sunday for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolas Maduro and back a European ultimatum demanding free elections within the week.In a video posted on Twitter, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly said the first of the nationwide strikes, on Wednesday from noon to 2:00 pm (1600-1800 GMT), would be one “to demand that the armed forces side with the people.”The second, on Saturday, will be a “big national and international rally to back the support of the European Union and the ultimatum” from Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands that they would recognize Guaido as interim president unless Maduro calls elections by February 3.The EU was more vague, saying it would take “further actions” if elections were not called in the coming days, including the issue of recognition of the country’s “leadership.”Australia, meanwhile, said it “recognizes and supports” Guaido as interim president pending elections. And Italy has called for “a rapid return to democratic legitimacy.”The United States separately warned there would be a “significant response” if US diplomats, Guaido or the opposition-controlled National Assembly were targeted with violence and intimidation.Maduro so far has not budged from his position, telling CNN Turk: “No one can give us an ultimatum.”Nearly 30 people have been killed and more than 350 arrested in clashes with security forces over the past week.- Appeals to the military -Encouraged by the international support for his cause, Guaido is on a mission to weaken the military’s support of Maduro, which has been essential to keeping him in power since 2013.His appeals have included promises of amnesty, and mass protests to dramatize the depth of popular opposition to Maduro, who has presided over a virtual collapse of the economy and a severe humanitarian crisis, with shortages of food and medicines.Supporters circulated copies of amnesty measures approved by the National Assembly to friends and relatives in the military, but some soldiers burned or ripped up the document.Venezuela’s military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva, switched his support to Guaido in a video that called on his brothers in arms to follow his lead.Maduro appeared at a military exercise in the state of Carabobo where he called for “union, discipline and cohesion” to defeat what he called an “attempted coup d’etat.””Traitors never, loyal always,” he exhorted the military audience. Televised images showed tanks lined up in a row and soldiers firing their weapons.”Are you coup-backers or are you constitutionalists? Are you pro-imperialist or anti-imperialists?” Maduro asked.Thus far, the military has backed the leftist regime, which was ushered into power more than 20 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, but there have been some signs of unrest.- Playing down military intervention -Guaido, 35, heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly and declared himself acting president in Caracas on Wednesday during an anti-government rally by tens of thousands of people.He contends that Maduro’s reelection to a second six-year term was fraudulent.His bid was swiftly endorsed by Canada, the United States and many Latin American countries.”Any violence and intimidation against US diplomatic personnel, Venezuela’s democratic leader, Juan Guaido, or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response,” US National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted, without specifying what kind of response he meant.The warning didn’t address specific groups or individuals, but Bolton noted in a linked tweet that Cuba’s “support and control over Maduro’s security and paramilitary forces” was well known.Washington also accepted exiled opposition leader Carlos Vecchio as Venezuela’s new charge d’affaires to the United States after he was tapped by Guaido.Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, said he was praying that “a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights.”Maduro has received backing from China, Russia, Syria and Turkey, as well as longtime allies Cuba and Bolivia.In Washington, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, considered a key architect of the US policy on Venezuela, played down the possibility of a military intervention despite his and Trump’s warnings earlier in the week that “all options are on the table.”The Venezuelan leader earlier had given US diplomats until late Saturday to leave the country.But as the deadline expired, Maduro said he had begun negotiations to set up within 30 days an Interests Section in Caracas to maintain a minimum level of diplomatic contact, similar to the arrangement the US had with Cuba until their 2015 rapprochement.last_img

Egypt referendum firms up Sisi rule

first_imgAn Egyptian man, living in Kuwait, gives the thumbs up as he waves a placard bearing the portrait of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before casting their votes in a referendum on constitutional amendments, at the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait City on 19 April 2019. Photo: AFPAs mass protests rock other Arab countries, a snap referendum in Egypt has gone against the grain and cemented president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule for years to come.The three-day ballot saw constitutional changes sail through that allow the former military chief to stay in power until 2030, boost his control over the judiciary and give the army even greater influence in political life.Amid criticism that Sisi has silenced opposition and cracked down on freedoms, officials said more than 88 per cent of ballots cast were for “yes”.The government has “made sure Egyptians don’t see any credible alternative to Sisi so that they don’t start to imagine an Egypt that is ruled by anyone else,” said Timothy Kaldas, a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.The vote in the Arab world’s most populous country came on the heels of uprisings that have forced veteran leaders in Algeria and Sudan to step down earlier this month.And Kaldas said after years of turmoil that saw the ouster of long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak and his Islamist successor Mohamed Morsi, stability remains a priority for many Egyptians.“Undoubtedly some still support Sisi and believe that he has prevented Egypt from suffering the fate of neighbours,” he said.“For most Egyptians, they believe they’ve overthrown two presidents and seen their quality of life get worse each time, so there’s little faith that a third uprising will improve the situation.”Around 27 million votes were cast, with a turnout rate of 44.33 per cent, at the referendum after it was called and held within a matter of days.The amendments prolong Sisi’s current term to 2024 from 2022 and allow him to then run for another six-year term.“The country is on the right track and it’s stable… it’s logical that Sisi is given his full chance to finish what he started,” said Mervat Abdel Fattah, a housewife in her fifties.After the result state television broadcast images of Sisi supporters waving flags and blaring national tunes in Tahrir Square—the site of angry protests that toppled his two predecessors.No ‘unified’ oppositionAnalysts put Sisi’s thumping victory down to the fractured state of Egypt’s marginalised opposition and the use of state resources to back the changes.The opposition’s lack of political power and the absence of “a unified stance on the referendum” helped Sisi to an easy win, said Ziad Aqel, political sociology expert at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.Especially when coupled with “mobilisation” at the ballot box by state bodies, he added.While people did take to the streets to celebrate, Aqel said their behaviour was “typical” of a political process controlled almost entirely by the state.The New York-based Soufan Center said before the vote that the amendments helped “solidify Sisi’s grip” on Egyptian politics.The absence of public opposition to the constitutional changes was “likely a result of the oppressive nature of the Egyptian government”, it said in a report published last week.Bucking the trendAs army chief of staff at the time, Sisi led the military’s overthrow of elected president Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against the Islamist leader’s rule.Sisi won his first term as president in 2014, three years after the uprising that toppled Mubarak, and was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97 per cent of the vote, after standing virtually unopposed.His government has been widely criticised by human rights groups for the repression of political opponents, thousands of whom have been jailed.Sisi’s security services rely on a policy of silencing dissidents on social networks, which played a key role in the overthrow of Mubarak.Reporters Without Borders says there are 33 journalists in Egyptian jail—accusations authorities deny, saying they have no political prisoners.Egypt’s referendum and its outcome have bucked the trend in neighbouring countries like Sudan, where protesters succeeded earlier this month in ousting Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of iron-fisted rule.Now Sudanese protesters are demanding the military, which took power after helping to topple the veteran leader, hand over the reins to a civilian administration.That came little more than a week after an uprising in Algeria forced long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.Protesters there have since kept up their rallies, calling for a complete overhaul of the country’s political system.last_img read more

Creating a memory device out of paper

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain (PhysOrg.com) — As technology continues to shrink, and as memory needs become more demanding, the industry dealing with microelectronics requires devices that are cost-efficient and lightweight. And, while organic materials have shown some promise, they still lack some of the essential qualities needed for application in a wide variety of fields. “The longest time that has lasted from organic memories,” Rodrigo Martins tells PhysOrg.com, “is about 5,000 seconds. This just doesn’t allow for practical use in many cases as a memory device.” Martins, a scientist at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, continues: “What we have shown is that it is possible to store information on paper, electronically, for more than a year and a half.” Martins is part of a team that includes Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Carreia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira and Elvira Fortunato. The group has demonstrated memory performance using a field-effect transistor built on paper. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor.”“What we are doing is exploiting the memory effect,” Martins explains. “We have a sort of type of integrated foam composed of fibers set up that increases the capability of storing carriers – or charges – in our paper.” These charges allow the paper to display information that is also erasable – and the paper is rewritable so that additional information can be added.One of the attractive features of this memory paper is that it is produced at room temperature, meaning that it does not need special conditions for its manufacture. To create the paper, long fibers from pine and polyester were mixed together and put into an ionic resin matrix. The fibers were then coated with gallium indium zinc oxide, using magnetron sputtering. “We have integrated discrete fibers, and contacts are applied on the extremes of the channel region to allow the induced carriers to move,” Martins says. “Electrons move along the fibers.”Martins points out that another of the attractive features of this paper is its ability to hold multiple layers of information. “If I want my paper to catch information,” he explains, “I can apply a signal of, say, five volts. And it writes on the paper. If I want to erase the information, I basically apply minus five volts – the opposite. But, at the same time, I can write another layer of information using 10 volts. The paper can distinguish between the two, and even if I erase the five volt information, the 10 volt information remains.”The main applications that Martins sees for this work right now involve product information for merchandise. “You can have multiple layers of information on a product label,” he says. “Instead of just the expiring date, you can have more than this, including information about when it went on the shelves.” However, Martins also sees the potential for this paper’s use in books. “You can create a display, bringing a new dimension to the paper,” he says. “You push a button and it changes. You can see a static or dynamic picture, or even another page.” “Such technology,” he cautions, “is still some years away. It will take five or six years to really work out how to use this technology to such an effect. But we do know that paper can store a great deal of information. We have the paper transistor; we have the memory. We have everything we need to make this happen.”More Information: Rodrigo Martins, Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Correia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira, and Elvira Fortunato. “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor,” Applied Physics Letters (2008). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203501/1 .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. center_img Citation: Creating a memory device out of paper (2008, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-memory-device-paper.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves

first_imgNeutron star collision. Image: NASA/Dana Berry This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Can you hear black holes collide? Citation: Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves (2011, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-israeli-astrophysicists-neutron-star-collisions.html (PhysOrg.com) — Neutron stars are what’s left over from supernova explosions; so dense that protons and electrons are crushed together forming neutrons. The result is something relatively small in size, but incredibly dense. But what happens when two such stars capture one another in their respective gravity fields? More information: Detectable radio flares following gravitational waves from mergers of binary neutron stars, Nature (2011) doi:10.1038/nature10365AbstractMergers of neutron-star/neutron-star binaries are strong sources of gravitational waves. They can also launch subrelativistic and mildly relativistic outflows and are often assumed to be the sources of short γ-ray bursts. An electromagnetic signature that persisted for weeks to months after the event would strengthen any future claim of a detection of gravitational waves10. Here we present results of calculations showing that the interaction of mildly relativistic outflows with the surrounding medium produces radio flares with peak emission at 1.4 gigahertz that persist at detectable (submillijansky) levels for weeks, out to a redshift of 0.1. Slower subrelativistic outflows produce flares detectable for years at 150 megahertz, as well as at 1.4 gigahertz, from slightly shorter distances. The radio transient RT 19870422 has the properties predicted by our model, and its most probable origin is the merger of a compact neutron-star/neutron-star binary. The lack of radio detections usually associated with short γ-ray bursts does not constrain the radio transients that we discuss here (from mildly relativistic and subrelativistic outflows) because short γ-ray burst redshifts are typically >0.1 and the appropriate timescales (longer than weeks) have not been sampled. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Ehud Nakar and Tsvi Piran, university professors in Israel, say they circle one anther until eventually colliding and unleashing an enormous amount of energy. In their paper published in Nature, the two describe how a simulation they’ve created shows that energy particles emitted from such an occurrence could reach speeds of one tenth to one half the speed of light. They also write that such an event could produce measureable gravity waves.Gravity waves are something Einstein predicted as part of his theory of general relativity. Also described as the result of a space-time warp, gravity waves are thought to occur due to the existence of large mass objects. One analogy is a small stone placed upon a sheet of linen. Nothing happens. But when a large rock is placed on it instead, the linen bends around beneath it. The problem with trying to measure such gravity waves though, is that they dissipate as they move, just as do waves in water. Thus, waves that reach us after traveling billions of miles tend to be rather weak. Another problem is that they are one shot deals. Studying events in space is far more difficult than studying objects as they only last for a short while. Nakar and Piran believe that waves from a collision between two neutron stars would only be observable for a few months. Luckily, two new telescopes are currently being built to observe such phenomena; one in the US and one in the Netherlands.In order to prove their theory, the duo needs to come up with some evidence to show that measurable energy from such a collision has reached the Earth before. And they think they have found it: RT 19870422, a transient object discovered in a previous study by astronomer Jeffrey Bower. Its properties seem to match those created in the simulation. But of course if it sent gravity waves our way they are long gone, thus looking towards the future, the two will have to find two neutron stars that are on the verge of colliding, then hope that they will be able to capture the results when it happens.last_img read more