Clearing the trail

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgNEWHALL – It wasn’t long after dawn when the crew members hit the trail, hoping to be done with their labor by high noon. They planted flowers, picked up cigarette butts and collected trash along downtown Newhall’s San Fernando Road in preparation for the annual Cowboy Festival that kicks off Wednesday. Although most of the activities take place at Melody Ranch, the Old Town Newhall Association wants this quaint part of town to look its best for visitors passing through. “This is the gateway to the Cowboy Festival. A lot of people come through here, and we want to make sure it’s presentable,” said Frank Norton, an Old Town Newhall member. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs he pushed a broom across the sidewalk, 61-year-old Norton recited lines of cowboy poetry, traditionally humorous and humble. The tall tales speak of country dogs meeting city dogs and men eating gunpowder for breakfast to grow strong. Norton got into cowboy poetry during the early days of the Cowboy Festival, when its focus was on stories about life on the lonely trails. The nostalgic pieces stuck with him, and now he travels throughout the year from Idaho to Texas performing his own cowboy poetry at similar festivals. Along this stretch of the road where Norton and the others worked lies the Walk of Western Stars, where Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Melissa Gilbert and about 60 other TV legends are remembered in bronze tiles embedded in the sidewalk. Each year during the Cowboy Festival, four new celebrity names are added to the mix. Orange barricades sat on the sidewalk Saturday, marking where the newcomers will be placed. Nearby, two teenagers were on their hands and knees polishing older plaques till they shined like new again. Down the way, Victor Feany dug through the dirt of a tree well, readying the ground for flowers. The lifetime resident of Newhall wiped the sweat from his brow and pointed to buildings on the street, explaining the history behind each. This one was an old sheriff’s station. That one was built as a dressing room for a movie star of the 1920s. Feany, owner of Newhall Hardware, wants to preserve the history of the town and wonders why California is always in such a hurry to bulldoze old buildings and construct new ones. It wipes out tales of days gone by. Even his store, which turns 60 next year, is filled with items from the past, such as old-fashioned skillets, oil lanterns and a cast-iron stove. “I hate to see a piece of history go away,” he said. “It doesn’t come back. It’s gone forever.” (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Transfer report: Manchester United midfielder holds talks with MLS club

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgManchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has held talks with the Chicago Fire about a move to the MLS club.Schweinsteiger is yet to play a single minute under Jose Mourinho in the Premier League this season and he met Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic in Manchester on Friday.It is understood negotiations with the former Germany captain are still at an early stage and nothing has been formally agreed.The regular MLS season concluded at the end of last month and Paunovic has been in England as part of a European scouting tour.Schweinsteger is understood to be keen on a switch to America and now considering his options, with Chicago not the only club to have expressed an interest in the 32-year-old.Paunovic, however, wants to have his squad assembled in time for pre-season, which will begin at the end of January ahead of the new season starting in March.Schweinsteiger would certainly represent a major coup for Chicago, who finished bottom of the Eastern Conference last term.The club’s former signings include Mexico midfielder Blanco, Sweden’s Freddie Ljungberg and German defender Arne Friedrich.Schweinsteiger has returned to first-team training at United after initially being told by Mourinho to train with the reserves.The former Bayern Munich midfielder does not appear to have a future at Old Trafford but has not given up hope of playing in the Premier League again. 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger has not played a single minute under Jose Mourinho last_img read more

‘Must-read’ turns out to be another Diana’s butler book

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I think it’s going to be a big book, although `shattering,’ I don’t know about that,” says Edward Ash-Milby, biography buyer for Barnes & Noble Inc. “I think there’s interest in anyone close to the inner circle, and he was as close to her as anyone.” Lisa Gallagher, Morrow’s senior vice president, was not immediately available for comment. According to a statement issued Tuesday by Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, “The Way We Were” takes “the reader into the lively day-to-day life at Kensington Palace and includes, for the first time ever, a uniquely personal record of that time.” NEW YORK – It was billed by its publisher as the “must-read” book for the fall – “a shattering, provocative and mesmerizing true story” so momentous that booksellers were urged to order copies without knowing what they would receive. Now, the secret is out: Publisher William Morrow confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that the mystery work is Paul Burrell’s “The Way We Were,” the latest tell-all about Princess Diana by her former butler, who also wrote the 2003 best seller, “A Royal Duty.” Was it worth the suspense? “I feel hoodwinked,” says Mark LaFramboise, a buyer for Politics & Prose, an independent store based in Washington, D.C. LaFramboise said he ordered 10-12 copies. “This is Washington and we thought it might have been a relevant political book. But this is nothing but publicity gimmickry. They should be ashamed of themselves.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Arsenal boss hints at starting Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette vs Tottenham

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_img Nicolas Pepe has shown signs of promise in the early stages of his Arsenal career “For example with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle. This week is the best week of the last three weeks. He’s getting better and feeling better with his ankle, it’s very positive.“With Pepe, he came here later than the others but he is getting and feeling better in each match.“Aubameyang is very important for us, he scores two goals in the first two matches, he had two or three good actions in Liverpool.“The most important thing for me is to have chances and after with players like Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Mkhi (Henrikh Mkhitaryan), Reiss (Nelson), (Dani) Ceballos and Mesut (Ozil) we can score with different players.” Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have a good relationship on and off the pitch LIVE on talkSPORT Getty center_img Aubameyang and Lacazette tormented Spurs in the same fixture last December, with both strikers finding the target in a 4-2 win. Pepe, a £72million club-record summer signing from Lille, made his full debut in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend, alongside Aubameyang.However, Lacazette was only fit enough for the bench after nursing an ankle knock since pre-season and the trio have yet to play in the same XI.That could all change this weekend, though.When asked if he knew about the plea from fans to start all three attackers against Spurs, Emery said: “Yes, but be calm. My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are. 2 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekend… Getty Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are set to start for Arsenal in the north London derby. The Gunners will be aiming to continue their good start to the season when they host Tottenham on Sunday.last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: What Will Recruiting Look Like in 2024?

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: What Will Recruiting Look Like in 2024?” on Storify] On August 27, @weknownext chatted with Danyette Foulks-Young (@Foulksd), about “What Will Recruiting Look Like in 2024?”In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:last_img

200K Workers Added to Expand Fleet for First Peak Season with One-Day Shipping

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgAmazon has hired 200,000 employees to help cover peak season, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Supply Chain Dive. “[T]he growth this year is attributed to the growing number of building types and breadth of seasonal roles across fulfillment, sortation and delivery,” the spokesperson said in an email.The e-tailer has also built out its fleet of tractor-trailers to reach 20,000 this year, according to Geek Wire. This is double the number of tractor-trailers the company had on the road during the 2018 peak season, according to the report. Amazon did not specify the breakdown of trucks and trailers. This will be an important peak season for Amazon to demonstrate its ability to handle one-day shipping under the weight of holiday volume… SupplyChainDrive Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

“Fresh Start” Tax Amnesty Program in Connecticut

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgThe Connecticut biennium budget bill authorizes the Department of Revenue Services to establish a “Fresh Start ” tax amnesty program that runs from October 31, 2017, to November 30, 2018.“Fresh Start” Tax AmnestyThe program allows the waiver of penalties and interest for eligible taxpayers who agree to:disclose certain tax information;file any required returns or documents; andpay their liabilities covering tax returns due on or before December 31, 2016.(S.B. 1502), Laws 2017, effective as noted aboveLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

Server Performance Tuning Habit #5: Know Your Workload

Posted On Dec 9 2019 by

first_imgRepresentative – The workload should be typical of normal operating conditions and should stress the parts of the system (including code) where performance is most critical. Depending on the usage model for the server(s) you are tuning, some example appropriate workloads might be: loading websites , processing XML, encoding/decoding MP3s, responding to database queries, rendering frames, etc. Metrics could be time to run, number of users serviced, transactions processed per second, etc. If your metric is time, take special care that you are measuring it accurately. After choosing or creating a suitable workload, spend some time getting to know it. Measure the variance between runs. Use O/S and processor-level tools (to be discussed in the blog for habit #8) to sample the workload’s characteristics at various points during its execution. One thing to remember about sampling is that you want to make your sample interval at least as long as the amount of time it takes to complete a unit of work in your workload. For example, suppose your workload is a stream of web page requests and you are measuring response time. If the longest response time you see is about 2 seconds, then you want to make sure you take samples over 2 seconds in length. It’s best to use a multiple of your longest operation time, so 4 or 6 seconds in this case. This way you can be sure your samples include one complete operation in the workload. Then try to determine if the workload is stable – meaning, do the characteristics vary at different times during execution? (If so, you will need to sample more often to understand the workload or possibly split it into phases). Use the data to get an idea of your workload’s CPU, memory, network, and I/O usage. At the application level, become familiar with the software stack you will use. How is the workload generated (user, clients, test files, etc)? Understand the major operations that occur – what components of the O/S are needed? What device drivers are used? And finally, study the application(s). Know whether the application(s) being tested are single- or multi-threaded and as much as you can about the internals. Choosing (or developing) an appropriate workload is necessary for correct performance measurement and tuning. Being as familiar as you can with the workload will help you to interpret your performance data and identify areas for optimization. Keep watching The Server Room for information on the other 5 habits in the coming weeks. Reproducible – Measurements are repeatable and consistent. Spend some time getting to know your workload. Measurable – There is a quantifiable metric. Here’s the 5th follow-up post in my series. This one focuses on the fifth habit: Know Your Workload. The idea of a “workload” is integral to the concept of performance. The workload is the set of software and tests that you run on the server in order to measure its performance. Also part of the workload is the is concept of the “metric”, which means, the number you will use to quantify performance. You should understand as much as you can about your workload in order to characterize and interpret your system’s execution. Let’s look at the real-life example of a car’s fuel economy. The EPA measures fuel economy using 2 workloads: city and highway. Each workload tests different aspects of the car’s performance, and the metric used to quantify that performance is miles per gallon (MPG). Like the EPA’s fuel economy test, a good workload for server performance tuning should have the following three characteristics: last_img read more

Are Women Safer in India or the U.S.?

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgDocument from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime shows 1.8 incidents of reported rape in India per 100,000 people in 2010 compared to 27.3 in the U.S. Related Itemslast_img

Top stories: How sliced meat drove human evolution, new accusations in the CRISPR patent fight, and why high ‘good’ cholesterol can be bad news

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgHow sliced meat drove human evolutionChimpanzees spend 6 hours a day gnashing fruits and the occasional monkey carcass—all made possible by the same type of big teeth and large jaws our early ancestors had. So why are our own teeth and jaws so much smaller? A new study credits the advent of simple stone tools to slice meat and pound root vegetables, which could have dramatically reduced the time and force needed to chew, thus allowing our more immediate ancestors to evolve the physical features required for speech.Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroomSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For decades, forensic examiners have sometimes claimed in court that so-called pattern evidence—like ballistic markings, fingerprints, shoeprints, and more—could conclusively link evidence to a suspect. But a committee at the National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2009 that this kind of evidence can’t consistently show a connection between evidence and any specific person. In other words, judges and juries were sometimes sending people to jail based on bogus science. The committee’s report sent shockwaves through the legal system, and forensic science is now grinding toward reform.Why high ‘good cholesterol’ can be bad newsA 67-year-old woman had sky-high levels of the form of cholesterol long seen as protective against heart disease, and yet her arteries were lined with plaque. Her paradoxical case has helped motivate a team of scientists to show how high “good cholesterol” can sometimes be a signal not of heart health, but of the opposite: a cholesterol system unable to siphon the fatty particles from circulation.Accusations of errors and deception fly in CRISPR patent fightAdversaries in the legal battle over the rights to the CRISPR gene-editing technology are preparing to fire their initial shots. In two documents filed with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board last week, lawyers for the Regents of the University of California (UC) and the Broad Institute (BI) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offered hints at how they will lay claim to the breakthrough technology and its financial spoils. And UC lawyers have made accusations of error and deception that, if true, could invalidate BI’s patents early in the proceedings.Corrupt societies encourage lyingWhen do we decide it’s OK to tell a lie? Perhaps when we see people in positions of power doing the same. A new study finds that individuals are more likely to lie if they live in a country with high levels of institutional corruption and fraud—suggesting that poorly run institutions hurt society in more ways than previously suspected.last_img read more