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Population dip has La Mirada officials puzzled

first_imgLA MIRADA – City officials are scratching their heads over the new population figures from the state Department of Finance that show the numbers are down by 395. “I want to know where the heck they went,” said Councilman Hal Malkin. “I am totally shocked,” Malkin said. “This might have to be looked at. It might be a good summertime job for me to figure out how they get this data.” La Mirada’s population decreased from 50,188 in 2005 to 49,793. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Finance Department determines its numbers from changes in the housing stock, including new construction, demolitions and housing unit conversions. Malkin said he worries that if the numbers continue to fall, the city could lose money from state funds that are distributed based on population. Cities with populations above 50,000 have more opportunities, although there also can be more paperwork involved. For example, cities can apply directly to the federal government to obtain federal Community Development Block Grant instead of going through Los Angeles County. But in La Mirada’s case, the city never took advantage of the opportunities, so the reduction will have no effect, City Manager Andrea Travis said. “We never changed any of our practices,” Travis said. “It was partly a function of time and the benefits didn’t outweigh the costs. “We also were so close to 50,000 that we didn’t want to make a lot of changes in case something like \ occurred,” she said. La Mirada isn’t the only city with a population decrease. La Habra Heights’ population fell from 6,156 to 6,109. Its city manager, Ron Bates, said he isn’t surprised, saying that in his community children grow up and the parents remain behind. Still, Bates said, he expects the city’s population to increase in the future. “We anticipate continued development of new homes in the Heights. As those new homes are developed, that will more than replace the 47 people.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Humboldt State’s Madison Williams named CCAA Pitcher of the Week for second time this season

first_imgArcata >> In the days following the Humboldt State softball team’s run to the national tournament last spring, State head coach Shelli Sarchett had a chat with Madison Williams after the right-hander’s impressive junior campaign.Williams was set to become the undisputed ace with the graduation of the other half of the Jacks’ 1-2 punch in 2016, Katie Obbema. And, as a result, Williams’ role on the team was about to get that much bigger.“I said, ‘Listen, next year we don’t have a Katie. We have …last_img read more

After toying with him on the field, 49ers trash Baker Mayfield in postgame comments

first_imgWe know what you’re thinking, Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Browns Fan. Christmas is right around the corner and you’re stuck for a stocking stuffer for Baker Mayfield.Gotcha covered:How to Win Friends and Influence People— Comparebucks (@comparebucks) September 29, 2019 If he didn’t need the Dale Carnegie page-turner before messing the bed against the 49ers on Monday night, he could sure use it now. In fact, why wait for …last_img read more

SA to build 200 000 houses in two years

first_img27 February 2014 The South African government will build 216 000 houses and connect 905 000 households to electricity over the next two years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. This is in addition to other housing schemes the state has embarked on in partnership with the private sector and public-private development institutions. Delivering his fifth Budget speech in Cape Town, Minister Gordhan said the housing budget for the 2013/14 financial year was R143-billion. Between 1994 and 2013, the government built over 2.7-million houses across South Africa. The National Development Plan (NDP) recommends that responsibility for housing shift to the country’s municipalities in order to improve coordination. All metro municipalities have been directed to implement housing programmes. The Human Settlements spending focus over the next two years will be on transferring grants to provinces and municipalities to fund the delivery of low-income housing, the purchase of land to upgrade informal settlements, and the upgrade of some informal settlements, Gordhan said. The urban settlements development grant is expected to deliver more than 215 000 housing units and upgrade 92 000 services sites in informal settlements. The integrated city development grant, which is being introduced in this year’s Budget, will ensure that large, low-income communities on the urban edge are better connected to centres of economic and social activity through investments in public transport. The Treasury says municipalities will receive the grants on condition that they produce built environment plans and that these plans support better coordination of investments and are aligned to national development plans. Source: read more

Prospects for “muddied corn”

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionRecent heavy rains have caused widespread flooding and ponding, especially in river bottoms and along streams. In some localized areas, this may have resulted in partial and complete immersion of corn in nearby fields, especially in low spots. When water drains off these fields, plants may be covered to varying degrees with a layer of mud. Will corn plants covered by a layer of mud survive and can it perform normally? The layers of silty mud covering plants will limit or prevent leaf photosynthesis. Bacteria deposited in leaf whorls by flooding can result in disease and kill plants.On the positive side, most corn in Ohio was at a stage of growth less vulnerable to flood damage when it occurred. Most corn is well beyond V6 (the six leaf collar stage) when the growing point is at or above the soil surface and less sensitive to flooding and associated anaerobic soil conditions. If the duration of flooding was brief, limited to several hours, and temperatures are moderate (which they are supposed to be the remainder of the week), flooding injury damage should be minimal. If corn was subjected to flooding at mid-vegetative stages of development, most leaves on affected plants should not be severely impacted by the mud coatings (assuming that mud in the whorl does not inhibit normal emergence of subsequent leaves). Corn plants produce up to 21 leaves, so at V10, about half the corn leaves have yet to emerge from the whorl. The leaves that have yet to emerge are the most important for the corn plant because the upper canopy produces most of the corn plant’s yield potential.According to the National Crop Insurance Service’s defoliation charts, complete leaf loss at about V10 results in 28% yield loss. However, it’s unlikely that the photosynthetic capacity of leaves has been completely destroyed in plants covered with mud. What’s needed now? More rain (without flooding) to wash silt off leaves allowing for resumption of photosynthesis. It will also help wash mud out of leaf whorls allowing new leaves to emerge.last_img read more

Off-The-Shelf Products Fuel The Future Of Tech At MIT

first_imgdan rowinski Epicenters of geekdom, where the future of technology are being built, exist in pockets across the United States. Yet, none drive the future quite like the geeks at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Media Lab, powered by students and professors often working on sponsorships by large brands or government grants, delves deep into aspects of technology that promise to fundamentally change the future. From 3D printing to the future of optics, holographic imaging to socially aware robots, there is a little something for everybody at one of MIT’s most progressive research centers. This 3D printer creates a foam-like material that could one day be the structural foundation of buildings.Yet, even in technology wonderland like the Media Lab, the innovation of the future is steeped in the building blocks of today. Robots, are powered by Android smartphones. Arduino processors for the do-it-yourself technologist are being built from textile materials, like fabric or paper. Cloud technology enables researchers to analyze large datasets with a speed and clarity never before available. Stereoscopic hologram images are built on the concepts like Pepper’s Ghost, developed in the 19th century. 3D image fields are being created by hacking Microsoft’s Kinect because they are cheap to acquire and implement.  Meet The DragonbotFor instance, take the Dragonbot (pictured right). This fuzzy little guy is an attempt towards a “socially aware robot” and its entire system, including its eyes and face, are powered by Android smartphones. By using a smartphone, researchers can leverage various sensors inside the device, like the camera and the touch screen interface, the microphone and the cellular connection. The Dragonbot could have many different purposes, including helping children learn a second language or assisting autistic kids with their speech issues. Imagine this scenario: you have a conversation with a Dragonbot in San Francisco (yes, you will be able to converse with these things eventually). It uses the camera in its smartphone brain to recognize your face and upload that recognition to a cloud server. You tell the Dragonbot something, perhaps that you are happy the San Francisco Giants are in the World Series. A month later you come to Boston and see a different Dragonbot. It can use its cellular connection to retrieve information from the cloud, recognize your face and ask about your feelings for how the Series turned out. That would be one smart little robot. Creepy Dragonbot prototype being developed at the mobile, dextrous, socially aware robotics department at MIT Media LabOff-The-Shelf ComponentsLet’s dig a little deeper: What functions currently available off-the-shelf from commercial companies make this robot possible?First, the smartphone and all the sensors and computing power that goes behind it. A quad-core smartphone is as powerful as the best laptop of 2000, not even including the sensors inside. The facial and speech recognition that the smartphone uses is available from companies like Google, Nuance and Facebook. The cellular connection that enables the Dragonbot to send and store information comes from the big mobile operators, like AT&T or Verizon. The cloud storage could come from any number of providers, such as Google, Apple, Oracle, Facebook or Amazon. Put all this together with the right algorithms and applications and you have the potential for an affordable robot with its own artificial intelligence that could provide distinct value to the world. This is no ordinary poster. Paper-based circuitry with conducive ink printed in silver could have a multitude of applications.The Dragonbot is just one example. All over the MIT Media Lab, off-the-shelf commercial technology is being used to create on futuristic concepts that promise to revolutionize our lives. The impact of innovations like smartphones and pervasive cloud computing are seen everywhere in the Media Lab. They are the building blocks of the next generation of technology, available simply by logging onto the Internet or walking down to your local Best Buy. Images by Dan Rowinski. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#Future Tech#robotics center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

9 Important $kills for Talking About Money Webinar Recap

first_imgIf you were among the 167 participants in Dr. Victor Harris’ June 26th web conference, we thank you for joining in.  For the first time Military Families Learning Network hosted our conference on the DOD/DCA web conferencing system and we were thrilled to see such a large turn out.Dr. Harris shared with participants the 9 important communication skills curriculum based on Dr. John Gottman’s work with couples and communication within relationships. Of note were the “4 Don’ts of Communication,” which include:CriticismDefensivenessContemptWithdrawingDr. Harris discussed alternatives to these emotions by detailing 5 skills to use in tense situations:Calm downSpeak non-defensivelyUse specific complaintsValidateOverlearn the 9 skillsDiscussion of financial topics can frequently lead to arguments and stress among couples; adopting these skills will assist families to effectively discuss and manage their finances.Dr. Harris and many participants shared some of their favorite resources for communication and financial topics. If you have others to share, please leave them in the comments section.Money HabitudesReal Families Real Answers9 Important Communication Skills for Every Relationship10 Rules for Constructive ConflictLeadership and Self-Deception (book)Dr. John Gottman’s “Four Don’ts of Communication” videoEric Tyson; Author, “Personal Finance for Dummies”John Gottman 20/20 “Fair Fighting” available on AmazonThe DOD/DCA web conference hosting system requires the installation of security certificates on computers not located on military installations. If this prevented you from joining this conference, please review these instructions for installation on a PC. If you are using a Mac, or if you need assistance in installing the certificates on a PC, please email Anne Adrian at We hope all interested participants will be able to make the installation in advance of our upcoming retirement series in July.However, you still have the opportunity to earn the 1.5 CEUs from the 9 Important $kills for Talking About Money web conference by reviewing the archived recording of the presentation and taking a short quiz. Instructions for registering for the quiz website can be found here.Please check out information about upcoming July retirement series. The first, on July 10 at 2 p.m. ET, will cover the wide variety of options for retirement savings. The second, on July 25 at 1 p.m. ET, will focus on the Thrift Savings Plan. Please save the dates for this wonderful series.  We hope to see you there!last_img read more

2014 Black Friday Deals for Filmmakers

first_imgMiscSamsung 32 inch TV at B&H for $197 (was $320)Lens Rentals is offering 25% off all rentals and 10% off used equipment.Ripple Training 20% off3 or more tutorials.Camera lens mugs at Amazon for $8 (was $56) LightsGenaray Spectro LED Light at B&H for $249 (was $499) LensesSigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Canon Mount at B&H for $349 (was $549)Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (all mounts) at B&H for $1,199 (was $1,399) AccessoriesImpact 5-in-1 Reflector at B&H for $27 (was $38)Vanguard Tripod Legs at B&H for $149 (was $349)Buy an Atomos Ninja Star, Get 50% Off 64GB CFast Card You don’t need stay up all night to get these Black Friday deals.It’s that special time of year again where advertisers try to lure customers to their stores by offering incredibly cheap products to a limited number of people. However, this year instead of facing the crowds, check out these awesome Black Friday deals that you can get online from the comfort of your home. So whether you’re a filmmaker looking for a good deal or looking for a present to give your filmmaking family members, these deals could save you a ton of money.CamerasCanonCanon Rebel T3i w/ 18-55mm IS Lens at Radioshack for $399.99 (was $499)Canon EOS Rebel T5i w/ 18-135mm IS STM Lens & B&H for $849 (was $1,049)Canon EOS 70D (body only) at B&H for $999 (was $1,199)Canon 60D (body only) at B&H for $699 (was $899)Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera with 28-135mm IS USM Lens at B&H for $1,099 (was $1,699)NikonNikon D5300 w/ 18-140mm Lens at B&H for $996 (was $1,296)Nikon D610 w/ 16gb card, bag, and battery at B&H for $1,596 (was $1,999)Nikon D7100 (body only) at B&H for $946 (was $1,196)PanasonicGH4 (body only) at B&H for $1,497 (was $1,697) with a free $50 gift cardcenter_img SoftwareCreative Cloud Subscription at Adobe for $39.99 a month (was $49.99)Creative Cloud Subscription for Students at Adobe from $15.99 a month (was $19.99)Sony Vegas 13 at B&H for $299 (was $399)All Red Giant Products including Trapcode Particular 40% offTriune Films is offering 50% off all digital assets.Boris FX is offering 30% off their entire store. Storage1.5 TB Passport at B&H for $69 (was $89)3TB WD External Hard Drive at B&H for $90 (was $200)8TB MyBook Raid Storage at B&H for $379.99 (was $449)500GB WD Portable Hard Drive at B&H for $49 (was $62)WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD at B&H for $139 (was $159) Know other awesome deals? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

More than half of the worlds population is still

first_imgMore than half of the world’s population is still not using the internet, according to stats issued by ITU.The research claims that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the resources of the internet, despite falling prices for information and communications technology.ITU says that 81% of people in developed countries use the internet, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the least developed countries. Overall some 47% of people in the world now use the internet.Despite higher internet penetration in developed countries, population figures mean that developing countries now account for the “vast majority” of internet users, with 2.5 billion users there compared with 1 billion in developed countries.“Global interconnectedness is rapidly expanding, however more needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and bring the more than half of the global population not using the Internet into the digital economy,” said ITU secretary-general, Houlin Zhao.ITU is the United Nations-specialised agency for information and communication technologies. The organisation’s duties include allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits and developing the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies interconnect.last_img read more