Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County judge has reportedly dropped charges against a 20-year-old Westbury man who alleged that he was a victim of police brutality at the hands of the officers who arrested him.Judge Alan Honorof granted prosecutors’ request Monday to drop eight charges—including counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and drug possession—that the officers had filed against Kyle Howell, The Associated Press reported.“They should be arrested,” Howell’s mother, Joan, told reporters during a May 9 news conference called by local lawmakers who urged for a speedy investigation into the allegations. “It is definitely an injustice.”The allegations stem from an April 25 traffic stop that was caught on surveillance video in which the officers can be seen beating Howell, who police alleged was trying to swallow marijuana. Howell has said that he was trying to keep his paycheck from blowing away when the officers opened his car door.“What you’re seeing in that video is not the whole story,” James Carver, the Nassau Police Benevolent Association president, said in a news conference last week in which defended the officers. “What’s not seen here in the video is what the struggle is going on inside that car with the police officers.”Prosecutors have said that an investigation into the officers’ actions is continuing.Howell’s attorney, Amy Marion, said earlier this month that she filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the police department. Howell has said he required surgery to heal broken bones in his face after the incident.The charges were dropped on the same day that the county legislature approved a $675,000 contract with a consulting firm that will provide ethics training for officers and brass following a string of recent scandals in the department, which include three former top cops being convicted of covering up a burglary and an officer pleading guilty to misconduct for spending his shifts with his mistress.
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Florida Rep. Mike Caruso also took to social media to condemn the district’s handling of Latson following his removal.As of Tuesday afternoon, Latson has remained silent about his now viral and highly controversial comments. Florida Senator Rick Scott and other Florida official are speaking out after a former Boca Raton High School Principal questioned the existence of the Holocaust.In an email to parents in 2018, former Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson said: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”Latson added that “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”The Palm Beach County School District released a statement Monday confirming that Latson had been reassigned “out of an abundance of concern and respect for the students and staff of Spanish River Community High School.”“Mr. Latson made a grave error in judgment in the verbiage he wrote. In addition to being offensive, the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board,” the statement read.However, Sen. Rick Scott says the district’s reassignment of Latson is “simply” not enough.Sen. Scott wrote via Twitter Tuesday that “This Principal should have been fired.”
Twitter has been testing a feature in Canada that lets you hide replies and now it’s coming to the U.S. and Japan.The goal is part of an effort to stop the spread of hate and vitriol online.This new feature allows the person who tweeted the original comment to decide which replies stay and which are hidden from other users.
A gas emitted by volcanoes, carbonyl sulfide (COS), enables amino acid molecules to form peptide bonds. That’s what long-time origin-of-life researcher Leslie Orgel and colleagues at Scripps Institute have found. The reaction is especially productive in the presence of metal ions that act as catalysts, and even better in the presence of oxidizing agents. Moreover, the bonds form at ambient temperatures, and are not hindered by salty seawater, they state in their paper published in Science.1 Science news outlets like EurekAlert are claiming this indicates that “volcanic gas may have played a significant role in the origins of life on Earth,” and that the discovery bridges an important “missing link” in studies of “pre-biotic” chemistry (National Geographic News. Reza Ghadiri, one of the team, does not think life began at volcanoes, of course, but said, “It puts the whole idea of pre-biotic speculation on sure footing. It’s something that could have happened.” Amino acids have been produced in previous origin of life experiments (see 05/02/2003 headline), but, critics of chemical evolution have often claimed that peptide bonds between amino acids do not form readily in water (in fact, water hastens their dissolution). The team’s experiments began using one amino acid, phenylalanine, in only the left-handed form. Several intermediates were produced in the reaction with COS, one of which was “reasonably stable” against hydrolysis with a half-life of up to 20 hours. That intermediate was concentrated with more L-phenylalanine at alkaline pH 9.0 plus or minus 1.4 in anaerobic conditions, and yielded 6-7% dipeptide in 40-60 hours. The step from the intermediate to the peptide bond is the slowest. The team found, however, that metal ions (doubly-ionized lead, iron or cadmium) produced “dramatic rate accelerations” up to fourfold. Even more effective, oxidizing agents (including oxygen, although not expected to be present on the early earth) produced 63% yield of dipeptide in just 5 minutes, 13% tripeptide, and 3% quadrapeptide and traces of longer chains of 5 or 6 amino acid residues. The team also succeed getting chains of another amino acid, serine (left-handed only) and mixtures of serine and phenylalanine. They then generalized the experiment to others, including L-tyrosine, L-leucine, and L-alanine, in the presence of the lead ion catalyst. “In all reactions,” they reported, “efficient production of mixed dipeptides and tripeptides was observed.” How realistic is the presence of COS in early earth scenarios? Orgel et al. claim that COS is present in 0.09% of volcanic emissions, but “hydrolyzes rapidly on a geological time scale,” so is “unlikely to have accumulated to a high concentration in the atmosphere.” A “prebiotic soup” or enriched atmosphere of peptides by the tons is not envisioned, therefore, but rather enrichment at “localized regions close to its volcanic sources.” Because of the relatively short half-life of the intermediate, “it may be unlikely that a substantial proportion of any amino acids present would have been converted” to the necessary intermediates. The team suggests a “polymerization on the rocks” scenario, “in which peptides long enough to be irreversibly adsorbed near the source of the COS were subject to slow chain elongation,” especially if metal ions or oxidizing agents were also present. “The direct elongation of peptide chains using COS as a condensing agent and the condensations catalyzed by Fe2+ or Pb2+ ions seem plausible as prebiotic reactions,” they claim. And who knows; maybe COS was the effective ingredient to speed up other prebiotic reactions, too. “It remains to be determined whether COS could have participated in prebiotic chemistry in other ways—for example, as an intermediate in the reduction of CO2 and as a condensing agent in phosphate chemistry.”1Leman, Orgel and Ghadiri, “Carbonyl Sulfide-Mediated Prebiotic Formation of Peptides,” Science, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5694, 283-286, 8 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102722].There’s the plausibility criterion again (see 12/22/2003 and 01/15/2004 commentaries). But how plausible is this series of ad-hoc scenarios? First, the amino acids (however they got there, from meteorites or wherever) need to find themselves near a volcanic source with all the expected heat and commotion going on, to breathe in that 0.09% COS without getting destroyed in the process. Then they need some handy doubly-ionized lead, iron or cadmium ions, or oxidizing agents, nearby to speed up the slow reaction before the COS or intermediates get hydrolyzed (i.e., split by the very water they are presumably soaking in). But simultaneously, the other prebiotic molecules need to be shielded from the salts and oxidizing agents that would destroy them. Then the lucky dipeptides or tripeptides need to find a handy rock to get adsorbed onto before they fall apart in the water, which hopefully was within the right pH range to begin with. Good luck. Does Orgel really believe that under ideal conditions any chains longer than five or six are going to be produced? Short chains are no more useful to a cell-wannabee than single amino acids. What happens with a more realistic experiment consisting of a racemic mixture of left- and right-handed amino acids? Why did they start with a concentrated, highly improbable one-handed set? (see online book). Speculation on a “sure footing” is still speculation. “Could have happened” doesn’t cut it in science. Lots of things could have happened. I could have won the lottery 100 times in a row, if I had bought the tickets. Good thing I don’t have that kind of faith. The team can be congratulated for doing some interesting lab work in organic chemistry that adds to our understanding of how certain reactions occur under carefully controlled conditions. To leap from there and think that it has any relevance to a naturalistic origin of life, however, is like thinking “the existence of plastic explains the origin of Legos.” This new scenario suffers from all the faults of previous attempts to bridge the canyon between nonlife and life (see 10/31/2002 headline and 05/22/2002 commentary). Every step in the Darwin Party’s hypothetical naturalistic origin-of-life scenarios is exceedingly improbable. It is illogical to assume they reinforce each other. Improbabilities do not add up to probabilities; they multiply into even greater improbabilities. Even if, against all odds, Orgel succeeded in getting hundreds of peptide bonds, it would not explain the origin of the information needed for a polymer to function in any useful way as part of a system containing genetic instructions and molecular machines. Get real; read Creation-Evolution Headlines where, unlike the Darwin-worshipping science news outlets, we let you in on the damaging details camouflaged within the original journal articles instead of squawking like a silly parrot, “Volcanoes May Have Sparked Life on Earth” (National Geographic). If you believe that, we have a fountain of youth to recommend: Mt. St. Helens. Jump in and inhale all that life-giving carbonyl sulfide.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets in Orlando West, Soweto, where Nelson Mandela’s old house is situated,is a popular tourist attraction.The aim of these media tours is to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems, and to boost positive press coverage abroad.This is especially important in nations where Brand South Africa has no country manager.With reporting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appearing in publications across the Gulf and well into India, the media there will gain a greater overall understanding of how South African business works and how it has developed.The tour will emphasise South Africa’s progress in the sectors of energy, finance and mining; give journalists a glimpse into the country’s diversity of arts, culture and heritage; and inform them of South Africa’s well-established Muslim community and the way in which they are accommodated, including specialised Islamic business practices.The media tour follows a state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the UAE in November 2011. It is hoped that this strategy will help to facilitate business partnerships and investment with entities from the UAE and other Gulf states.At a dinner to welcome the group to South Africa, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that South Africa has a lot to offer, and there is great potential for business between the country and the UAE.“South Africa is at the centre of major shifts in the globe,” Matola said. “The country is a serious and relevant socio economic and political player globally.”Agro processing, energy, skills and technology have been identified as some of the major sectors where South Africa and UAE could form partnerships.“We believe there is more scope for investment and to work together,” said Matola.More than Nelson Mandela“I am looking for a reason to visit South Africa that is more than Nelson Mandela,” said Syrian journalist Bahaa Al awam, reporting for Sharjah-based Al Khaleej, the UAE’s top Arabic daily and one that is read by influential people such as government officials and decision-makers in business. The Constitutional Courst is the highest court in the land on matters relating to the Constitution, but was formerly a place notorious for the disregard of human rights.(Images: Janine Erasmus) He explained that his first thought about South Africa was of its former president and Nobel Peace laureate, now 93 years old and long retired from public life.“Then I did some more reading about your history, politics, economy and languages,” said Al awam, “and I realised that Nelson Mandela was not fighting alone for freedom, but that there were many people in the revolution.”He said that he didn’t know this until just before his trip, but was now keen to know more about the various reasons people visit South Africa.The country’s strong points for leisure tourists are its magnificent wildlife, spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage, general friendliness of its citizens, and proven ability to host major international events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the COP17 climate change summit, and many others.Gulf News reporter Mahmood Sabri said he worked with a number of South Africans who primed him for his tour to the country.“They all raved about South Africa and made me really look forward to coming here.”For the group of five, it was their first visit to South Africa and each of them showed a keen interest in the country and its history, and said they were excited to be here.A quick tour of historyHowever, the tour started off on a very Mandela-centric note, with a visit to Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia north of Johannesburg. This heritage site was previously an African National Congress hideout and the place where Mandela, posing as a gardener, eluded the authorities until a raid in 1963 and subsequent arrests led to the infamous Rivonia Treason Trial.Afterwards the journalists headed for Soweto and the historic Mandela House, where they were treated to a brief summary of Mandela’s life after he arrived in Johannesburg in the 1940s.They were guided around the little house, built in 1945, where Mandela and his family lived amid unrest and fear in the township. Mandela went underground in 1961 but the rest of the family stayed on until they too were sent away.After Mandela’s release the family moved back into number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.The historic suburb of Fordsburg was next on the itinerary. This area of downtown Johannesburg was originally set up for workers on the nearby gold mines but eventually came to house Johannesburg’s Indian and Muslim communities, as well as coloured, Chinese and Jewish people. This gave the suburb the multicultural sparkle for which it’s known today.One of Fordsburg’s well-known spots is the Delhi Palace, where up-and-coming lawyers Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ate in the 1950s.The Fordsburg community eventually fell victim to forced removals in the 1970s, when many Indian families were transferred to Lenasia, about 30km away.The journalists rounded off their first day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Constitutional Court, where the doors are never locked and the public may freely enter the courtroom, even while it’s in session.Standing around the ever-burning flame of democracy, the group learned more about the history of the site. For much of its life it was a military outpost and prison, known as the Old Fort prison complex, a notorious institution where political prisoners and common criminals, both men and women, were held under the harshest of conditions.It became the site of the Constitutional Court in the 1990s, and today is as much a historical monument as it is a vital part of South Africa’s legislative system. The Constitution, which turns 15 in 2012, is viewed as South Africa’s supreme law. Source: Mediaclub South Africa
Melissa JavanAir: Inspiration – Expiration, the latest exhibition at the renowned Standard Bank Gallery, is one of the key events that have positioned Johannesburg as an important artistic hub, according to the organisers.Open from 8 October to 3 December 2016, it follows the exceedingly popular exhibition of works by French artist Matisse, Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning, which ran from 13 July to 17 September 2016. Organisers put the number of visitors to that exhibition at more than 30 000.Other key art events this year in Johannesburg included the The Turbine Art Fair in Newtown, the FNB Joburg Art Fair in Sandton and the Walter Battiss exhibition I invented myself at the Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein.Air: Inspiration – Expiration exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery runs from 8 October to 3 December 2016. “Aeroplane” by Mziwakhe Mbatha.Air: Inspiration – ExpirationThis exhibition is the last in a series at the gallery based on the four elements of water, fire, earth and air. “In considering how works of visual art might represent an ‘invisible’ element, the curators of Air: Inspiration – Expiration have drawn on diverse artistic traditions, styles, methods and media,” says the Standard Bank Gallery.“Empyrean: Castle in the Air” by Lyndi Sales.“Air is interpreted here as wind, sound, breath and spirit; it is associated with birds and insects, with aeroplanes, with clouds, with climate, with industry. The chronological scope of the works collected extends from the ancient to the postmodern – from San rock artists to contemporary South African arts practitioners. There are also various items taken from the African art collections of Standard Bank and the University of the Witwatersrand, including ornately carved musical instruments from southern and central Africa, and crowns and coffins from West Africa,” explains the gallery.Humanity versus nature“The Orchid and the Wasp” by Nina Liebenberg, with fish bones, bell jar and glue.Artists on show in Air: Inspiration – Expiration include Penny Siopis, Robyn Penn, Jackson Hlungwane, Gerhard Marx, Karel Nel, Tito Zungu, Lyn Smuts, Nina Liebenberg, Samson Mudzunga, Walter Oltmann, Lyndi Sales, Sandile Zulu, Mary Wafer, and Christine Cronjé.They used a range of materials such as wire, ink and glue on canvas, plant material, acrylic paint, and glue on cotton paper. In their work, they explore the relationship between breathing and nature or natural elements. For instance, musical instruments on show represent that air is needed to play instruments.Artist Madeline Groenewald said was is happy for the wonderful opportunity to be part of the exhibition. Her Waveflow is digital scores and a series of etchings.The maps for Waveflow visualise the movements of four succeeding ocean waves flowing across a small section of the shore. The waves were filmed and transcribed into a sequence of freeze-frames. The wavelines in each frame were then traced to map and track the full movement of the wave over time. The maps were then translated into music by the way of following system, explains the catalogue.“I have always wanted to mix music with art,” said Groenewald.“Eagle Coffin” by Ben Sowah.Curator Cyril Coetzee explained that artist Nina Liebenberg had captured the heartbeats of several babies in one of her works. The heartbeats sounded like bird calls.”The movement of the wind, for example, relates to us breathing in and out,” he said.Air: Inspiration – Expiration ends on 3 December 2016 and entrance is free.Matisse on showHenri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning was presented by Standard Bank in partnership with the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of South Africa.Co-curators were Patrice Deparpe, director of the musée départemental Matisse du Cateau-Cambrésis, and Prof Federico Freschi, executive dean of the faculty of art, design and architecture at the University of Johannesburg.It had been an honour to present the landmark international exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery, said Standard Bank Group CEO Ben Kruger. “Prouder still is the fact that three of the Matisse pieces displayed came from our very own Johannesburg Art Gallery collection… Matisse was incredibly interested in – and influenced by – African art and textiles, and we are particularly proud that his art has been able to enrich and excite learners through our extensive schools’ outreach programme.”The French artist’s body of work had been exposed to a wider audience thanks to community outreach programmes, free public walkabouts and innovative pop-up studios in the city, giving the public the opportunity to create their own Matisse- inspired artworks, Kruger explained.First ThursdaysAnother step in making Johannesburg an artistic hub is the establishment of First Thursdays. First Thursdays is a free cultural event happening each first Thursday of the month. Galleries and other spaces and attractions in Braamfontein, Maboneng and Rosebank stay open late on the night.The next event is on Thursday 3 November 2016.First Thursdays set up show Johannesburg following the success of the venture in Cape Town. During the Matisse exhibition, the Standard Bank Gallery also extended its opening hours on First Thursdays.Print maps of the galleries taking part in First Thursdays are available at most listed venues.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As a result of the wet spring weather there was a great deal of variability in corn and soybean fields in 2019. Early rainy weather caused wet soil conditions early in the growing season, flooded areas of fields, and resulted in fields that had to be replanted. Although in many cases the saturated soil conditions stunted crop growth, in some cases compaction is to blame. Field work this spring when soils were too wet or “marginal” created yield-limiting shallow compaction, smearing of the seed furrow, etc.In the 2012-01 issue of the C.O.R.N. Newsletter Randall Reader and Alan Sundermeier state that “Years of OSU Extension research on Hoytville silty clay loam showed that through compaction, 10% to 15% of the potential crop yield was being left in the field.” Horizontal root development and poor root development in general are indications of soil compaction. Sidewall compaction greatly limited root growth in some fields this year. Crop growth problems above ground such as stunting or Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans can also be clues that compaction exists. In areas of fields where these symptoms existed this year, growers should determineif they have compaction and alleviate it when soil conditions allow for field work this fall or next spring.
Flixster just announced that it has acquiredRotten Tomatoes, the popular movie review site, from IGN Entertainment. IGN is a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Flixster is one of the world’s most popular movie communities and currently features about 2.3 billion ratings and reviews from its users. Rumors about this acquisition surfaced in late December, when Kara Swisher first reported that a potential acquisition of Flixster by MySpace would hinge upon a merger of Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, though Swisher’s sources later argued that the deal would look exactly like the agreement the two companies announced today.The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.A Natural FitCombining Flixster’s user-generated reviews and Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from top movie critics, seems like a natural fit. Flixster also has a strong presence on social networks through its Facebook and MySpace apps. Even before this acquisition, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes already partnered in some key areas. Critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, for example, already appeared on Flixster’s site and in the service’s mobile apps.According to today’s press release, IGN plans to refocus its efforts on building out its game-related and men’s-lifestyle offerings. Rotten Tomatoes clearly didn’t quite fit into this new focus. Related Posts frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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