Arrests in sex worker crackdown

first_imgONE News 25 January 2012Christchurch police are cracking down on illegal activity surrounding prostitution, as street workers move into surburban areas while the CBD remains locked down. Residents say they have found faeces in their yards and even people having sex in their front gardens. They are so concerned they sent a petition to the council, prompting police patrols of the area.A ONE News camera was out with police in an overnight operation cracking down on prostitution in the suburbs. Just a few minutes into the shift, a streetworker suspected of carrying Hepatitis C and her client were caught in the act. Both the prostitute and her client were arrested and taken to the police station. “It’s not the prostitution that we’re concerned about, it’s the behaviour associated with it – what and where it’s happening,” said Constable Nick Lewis. “It’s the traffic, it’s the noise, it’s chucking bottles, it’s the threats. It’s basically all round general disorder – that’s what we are here to sort out,” said Lewis.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/arrests-in-sex-worker-crackdown-4701953last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram expected to miss additional week with sprained ankle

first_imgMEMPHIS — As the Lakers prepared for the second game of a road back-to-back on Saturday, some news came in from back in Los Angeles.A little bit good. A little bit bad.The good: Brandon Ingram’s sprained left ankle isn’t worse than that. A precautionary MRI on Thursday evening showed no signs of more serious injury. But the Lakers also aren’t expected to be able to bring him back for the next week, as he recovers from landing on LaMarcus Aldridge’s foot in a game against the Spurs on Wednesday.Coach Luke Walton was accepting of the positive but still rankled by being without his third leading scorer for at least two more games after the trip. JAMES GIFTS GRIZZLIES EMPLOYEE HIS SHOESIn the closing minutes of the game, there was a stir near the end of the bench as LeBron James appeared to hug a woman on the edge of the court. She then brushed at her eyes as she walked out of the arena into the tunnel.James later said that the woman was a Grizzlies employee he’s seen over the years. Every game he’s played in Memphis, he’s seen her wearing an exclusive pair of his signature Nike shoes. For the first time on Saturday night, he talked to her as he sat on the end of the bench in the win.“I’ve always noticed it, I’ve never said anything to her,” he said. “And tonight I said something to her for the very first time, and she said, ‘Yeah, I’ve always been Team LeBron. Always.’ So she got a pair of LeBrons.”James gave her his game-worn purple LeBron 16s, causing her to tear up, and spurring cheers from a large camp of Lakers fans who were on hand to witness the exchange.“It’s very humbling the fans respect the way I approach the game and who I am off the floor as well,” he said. “I try to give them my appreciation as well by being on the floor and doing what I love to do. And that’s playing the game at a high level. It’s definitely reciprocated.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We really just miss the fact that we keep losing out on a great opportunity for our team to kind of find that rhythm together,” he said. “Every time we start to find a little bit of a rhythm, we lose a big piece. And we’re doing a good job of filling in, but it’d be nice to start to get that continuity down with the same group of guys.”Ingram (15.2 points per game, 4 rebounds per game) is going through his second absence after serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season. Walton bitterly noted that the Lakers didn’t have the 6-foot-9 forward’s length in all four games against San Antonio this season (he was injured in the first quarter of the third game in the series), during which DeMar DeRozan scored 30 or more in each game.The Lakers would like to bring back Ingram’s length on defense, where he had been putting together a string of strong efforts to supplement his scoring. His presence also helps smooth out the second unit, which relies on his shooting and play-making ability.Walton has compensated by starting Josh Hart for the past two games, but of course, the Lakers are also hurting for depth without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo (right hand fracture), who traveled with the team on the trip but did not play. Rondo’s original timeline of four to five weeks of recovery would put him in line to return soon, and he’s been cleared for some physical contact.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “His hand is pretty swollen,” Walton said. “Until the swelling is down, we’re not playing him.“last_img read more

Sammy slams ‘short of brains’ comment

first_img Highly motivated KOLKATA, India (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy has lashed out at cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas for describing West Indies as “short of brains” in a pre-tournament preview, and says the comment helped served as a catalyst for the side’s success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. Writing before the tournament, Nicholas said West Indies were “short of brains, but have Indian Premier League history in their ranks”, a comment Sammy and the Caribbean side took great exception to. “How could you describe people with ‘no brains’? Animals got brains. We’re not an object,” an emotional Sammy told a media conference on the eve of the Twenty20 World Cup final here yesterday. “To me, that particular comment really set it off for us. You could see me talking about it. It’s kind of emotional, as for somebody who I respect and had good rapport with that particular gentleman. “To describe our team, who were defending champions four years ago, as we guys with no brains is really out of order.” West Indies lost just once in the preliminaries – to Afghanistan in their final game – to top Group 1 ahead of the semi-finals. They then produced a spectacular performance against tournament favourites India, chasing down 193 at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in Mumbai to book their spot in the final. Sammy said that because of the criticism, West Indies had become closer as a unit and were now highly motivated ahead of today’s final. “Everybody is entitled to his opinion. You guys (media) ask most difficult questions to get a good story. We understand that. The key for us is the belief in our own circle. Whatever they say, it does not really matter,” Sammy pointed out. “God doesn’t love the ugly, and we’re very wonderful and very beautiful men. That’s why we play exciting cricket. For us, all these things have happened before the tournament. That’s the passion, determination that we take on the field. It’s one more step. We believe that we could do it.”last_img read more

Ajax midfield star in hospital after collapsing during pre-season friendly

first_img Ajax star Abdelhak Nouri 1 Ajax’s pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen was abandoned after Abdelhak Nouri required emergency ambulance treatment on the field.The Ajax midfielder, just 20, collapsed with around 20 minutes remaining in the game in Austria and there was immediate concern for his condition.An ambulance and even a helicopter were called onto the pitch while the ground was cleared, though Nouri was eventually airlifted to hospital in what Ajax described as a “stable” condition.A series of tweets from Ajax’s official account read: “Alarm on and around the field. There is something going on with Abdelhak Nouri. But it’s not clear what.“An ambulance is coming onto the field. It looks serious, we hope soon for more info on Abdelhak Nouri.“Emergency services are still with Nouri, players look worried. It is serious, we will let you know immediately if there is more clarity.“Meanwhile a trauma helicopter landed on the field. People are asked to leave the stadium.”Nouri reportedly received CPR on the field before leaving in the helicopter.Around 15 minutes after the news first broke, Ajax tweeted: “Update | Nouri had heart arrhythmias. He is stable, has a heartbeat and is asleep. He is going in the helicopter to hospital. Thanks so much for all your support.”Nouri made 15 appearances for Ajax’s first team last season, including three in the Europa League, and scored on his senior debut in a 5-0 win over Willem II in the KNVB-Beker.Bremen led 2-1 when the friendly in Zillertal was abandoned, though the scoreline was instantly overshadowed by Nouri’s condition.last_img read more

PICTURE OF PRIDE: TEAM-MATES TAKE TOP HONOURS AT IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgIT’S an incredible picture which sums up the pride, power and passion of two of Co Donegal’s top athletes.Daniel Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan both run for Letterkenny Athletics Club.And today they ran against each other in the Woodie’s DIY Irish Senior Championships in Belfast. Daniel took the lead with 300m remaining of the 1,500m and never looked like being caught as he raced to his first national title in a time of 3:52.83.The race produced the Letterkenny 1-2 when junior Ruairi Finnegan battled strongly on the last lap to overtake Conor Bradley from City of Derry AC.All three were presented their medals by Olympic gold legend Mary Peters.And when the battle was over, the team-mates embraced each other. There were other star Donegal performers.Mary McLoone (Tir Chonaill AC) won the triple jump with a best of 12.47m to add to her long jump silver from Day 1.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPICTURE OF PRIDE: TEAM-MATES TAKE TOP HONOURS AT IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Woodpeckers Have Multiple Protections Against Brain Injury

first_imgAny one of these adaptations would challenge Darwinian evolution, but all of them together in head-banging bird?How do you protect your head against 1,400 G’s when your life’s work requires you to bang your head repeatedly to find food in wood? Woodpeckers don’t die of concussions. Surely they must suffer some brain injury, don’t they?At Live Science, Mindy Waisberger reports on examination of brain tissue in woodpeckers. Three scientists, publishing their results in PLoS One, found the presence of tau protein in the tissue. Since that is often associated with brain injury in humans, they initially thought this shows that woodpeckers do suffer from the repeated pounding to the head. Another possibility, though, is that the tau protein cushions the birds’ brains.The presence of tau proteins in woodpecker brains shows that their brains are not invulnerable to the effects of forceful pecking. Nevertheless, the tau proteins aren’t necessarily hinting that woodpeckers suffer from pecking-related neurodegenerative disease or brain damage, the scientists wrote in the study.“Something — tau — was there that shouldn’t necessarily be. But whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, we don’t know,” Farah said.Pileated woodpecker by Lorax (Wikimedia Commons)Woodpeckers have numerous specialized traits that work together to enable them to peck holes in trees. Waisberger and the authors only mention the first five:Skulls with spongy layers, particularly in frontRobust neck musclesThick inner eyelids that close for each strikeA bony plate that protects the optic regionSharp beaks with upper and lower components which can move independently of each other while peckingToes adapted for gripping trees: two pointing forward, two pointing backward, with tendons for each oneSenses geared to finding bugs behind the hard wood, so they know where to peckA long tongue that wraps around the skull that can be extended into the pecked holeSticky glue on the tongue to catch a bugGlue dissolver so the tongue doesn’t stick inside the bird’s mouthWith this new study, another specialization may have been found. “In fact, tau might even serve as a protective adaptation,”Waisberger writes, “providing a buffer around the birds’ neurons that insulates them against harm, according to the study.” One of the authors suspected this might be true for ‘evolutionary’ reasons:“I wonder if what we’re seeing in the woodpeckers may be a protective mechanism for the neurons,” Cummings added. “You have skull modifications, tongue modifications —why would that stop at the brain? Why would the brain not participate in that process of evolutionary adaptation, and molecularly do that by the expression of a protective protein that may help stabilize neurons during that pecking procedure?”And yet according to Darwin’s theory, any one of the functional adaptations listed above would require millions of years of lucky mutations to be selected for any advantage. How many pre-woodpeckers had to die of concussions before the first one succeeded in pecking a hole in a tree and finding a bug for all the trouble? As Dr Jobe Martin likes to point out in his films Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution, all the parts have to be there at the same time to work. The ability to peck a hole wouldn’t help if the bird didn’t have a tongue long enough to reach inside. Glue on the tongue would starve the bird after its first meal if the tongue got stuck inside the mouth. All the brain protections wouldn’t help if the bird’s feet couldn’t cling to trees, and so on.Waisberger glibly says that “the woodpecker lineage has been around for about 25 million years” (Darwin Years, that is), but neither she nor the three scientists address the puzzle of how all the necessary traits arose at the same time to allow pecking to work. One thing we do observe: they work exceptionally well. Waisberger says,A woodpecker hammering away at a tree experiences forces up to 1,400 times that of Earth’s gravity, or 1,400 G’s. To put that into perspective, humans can withstand about 8 G’s of continuous momentum before eventually blacking out, and a sudden application of 50 G’s would detach most of our organs. Even relatively small amounts of g-force in people can cause concussion, lingering pain in the neck and back, and red dots on the skin from ruptured capillaries — known as “G-measles” or “geasles” — according to Go Flight Medicine, a website for aviation and medical professionals.In short, watch woodpeckers with amazement, but do not imitate them. Football helmet designers have taken inspiration from woodpeckers, the authors note: “Due to it’s [sic] assumed resistance to neurotrauma, the woodpecker has become a model for the development of safety equipment such as football helmets and neck collars.”Don’t you wish someone, somewhere, would realize that evolution (the Stuff Happens Law) is powerless to explain the superlative abilities we find in the living world? Oh, wait: we do here at Creation-Evolution Headlines. This story is another example of why you should stop trusting the Fake Science Media when they approach every wonder of nature with the worn-out lie, “It evolved.” (Visited 527 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

FCC Report Finds Better Broadband Needed for Schools and Libraries

first_imgaudrey watters However, nearly 80% of all survey respondents say their broadband connections do not fully meet their current needs. 55% say that slow connection speed is the primary reason their needs aren’t met. 39% says that cost of service is the major barrier to meeting their Internet needs. 27% cite installation costs as the barrier. Rural schools and libraries, in particular, struggle to provide adequate bandwidth to their users.What Are E-Rate Recipients Using Broadband For?Email tops the list of the most-used app by E-rate users. 98% of respondents say that’s what Internet access is regularly used for and 69% say it’s the most essential app. For libraries, online reference materials are the most important and most used app. 86% of library staff and patrons regularly use online reference materials, and 62% say it’s the most essential tool they access online.Schools and libraries both indicate that they see usage increasing. For example, 56% of all E-rate survey respondents say they plan on expanding their usage of digital textbooks in the next 2 years, and 45% say they plan to implement or expand their use of handheld devices for educational purposes. Currently, the average student-to-computer ratio of those schools responding to the survey is 5.86 to 1.According to the FCC, this data will help the agency make better policy decisions for the E-rate program. The FCC has made better broadband access one of its major goals. The FCC has released a report on the state of broadband connectivity at those schools and libraries that receive funds from the federal E-rate program. The E-rate program provides more than $2.25 billion in funding annually in order to offer discounts for schools and libraries so that they can obtain affordable telecommunications services and Internet access.The report is based on data from a survey conducted in 2010 that looks at broadband usage in schools and libraries. The survey found that almost all respondents have some form of broadband connection to at least one facility. Just 2% use satellite and 3% use dial-up in order to access the Internet.Most schools and libraries that responded have Internet speeds greater than 3 Mbps (55%). 10% have speeds greater than 100 Mbps. More than half of the school districts that responded (60%) say they subscribe to a fiber optic connection. Private schools are more than twice as likely as public schools to have either cable (31% to 16%) or DSL (29% to 16%). And 66% of respondents say they provide some wireless connectivity for students, staff and library patrons. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

$10K vs. $100K vs. $500K: Feature Film Budgets Compared

first_imgThat’s the breakdown for these different feature film budgets. I hope you’ll be making one in the very near future.Cover image via Janelle Lugge.Looking for more on the film and video industry? Check out these articles.The History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The CameraThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time Filmmakers Making a Film on a $10,000 BudgetSo let’s start with $10K. I’m going to say $10K, but it’s really anywhere between $10-$25K. This is as much as most people have in savings or could put on a credit card (I don’t recommend the latter).It’s probably not going to be a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) project, so your actors will be non-union. Your film is certainly not going to be union for other departments, including cinematography, electrical, sound, grip, catering, etc. — these will all be way over your budget.You’re probably not going to pay anyone very much money, maybe around $50 a day. You’re going to shoot in under two weeks, and most of your money is going toward one main location and feeding everyone.You’ll have to choose a script that’s very contained (that only takes place in a couple of locations), and you’re going to have to know a lot of other filmmakers.At $10K, you won’t be able to afford to pay $700-1,500 a day for a professional sound person.You’re going to be working on your own script, or a script that someone has given to you (because you can’t afford to buy one).You’re going to be getting locations of friends, family, yourself, or shooting outside in a park or on the street, if your city allows you to shoot publicly without a permit.Generally, you’re going to have to cut every corner you can and only use your budget to bail you out of an emergency.So the money will go toward whatever your network can’t supply.Hiring a camera or lenses (but probably not both).Lights and grip (some you’ll probably borrow or get for free — either the DP or gaffer will have them).Post-production. If you’re not a colorist or sound editor or mixer or musician, you’re going to have to pay one of those people (but hopefully not all).You can make a movie for zero dollars; it just means that you’re going to be asking for favors from everyone, all the time, which can take longer than if you just worked to save up the money and paid for whatever you couldn’t get as a favor.The budget of a $10K movie isn’t that complicated because (basically) you set out to get everything for free, and then when something falls through, or when you just can’t find it no matter how hard you look, you have to dip into your limited resources.A lot of people do this every year. Some of them break out and find wider acceptance. It’s basically a film school. You get to spend a month preparing, a week shooting, and then 3-6 months in post. After that, you try to find an audience for your film.It’s a great training ground for filmmakers of all kinds.Making a Film on a $100,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.At $100K, you have some money, but you don’t have enough money to pay full price for everything.You’re probably going to move up to SAG actors because you want a couple of recognizable faces (or names) in your film. These are people at the end or beginning of their careers — actors transitioning from TV or Broadway into movies.At this budget level, you’re going to pay everyone something.You’re going to shoot for 18 days or three weeks, taking Sunday off.You’re going to be able to hire camera, lenses, and a grip, but not at full rate.You’re going to have to find people who believe in the vision of the film in order to make it.You’re still going to be directing the movie yourself because you still can’t pay the $100K it costs to get someone from the DGA (Director’s Guild of America).Hopefully, you’ve made a $10K movie already, and you know the process. You’re aware of your blind spots from the first film, so you’re going into the second film with your eyes more open.You can probably afford a professional colorist, professional sound mix, and professional musicians — all at a reduced price. You can afford to pay $2K for a mix, not $20K, and generally you still need to beg, borrow, and steal everything. By the time you write the script, cast it, find all the locations, shoot it, post-produce it, and find a buyer for the film, a year will have gone by. $100K is real money. People expect a return. You need to sell that movie and get that money back, which can take a lot of time. That’s time that you’re not working at a regular job.$100k will allow you to give yourself a small wage, but you’re probably still going to need to work part-time in order to avoid dipping into the budget to support yourself while you make the film.Making a Film on a $500,000 BudgetImage via 9387388673.This really could be anywhere from $500K to $1 million. This is the first time you’re paying union rates for your sound mixers, transportation, union members, AC (Assistant Camera), post, etc. You simply find the people you want to work with and ask them what their rate is. You’re not going to pay them their TV commercial rate of $8K a day; you’ll pay their feature rate of maybe $800 dollars a day.You’re going to pay for a casting director who will handle all the SAG elements for you.You’ll probably give yourself a wage of about $50K, depending on your living expenses, and you’re probably going to have a producer (as well) at the same price, which needs to cover your costs so you can work on your film and sell it. Remember, it takes 18 months to get a feature film from inception to sale.Having said that, there is very little money in a $500K budget for any of the things that you see in major Hollywood movies.There’s very little money for visual effects.You can’t fix things in post.You’re probably going to get one “name actor” at Schedule F, which is $60-$70K. Everyone else is going to be a bit player or a favor.You’re certainly not going to get Brad Pitt or Charlize Theron. You’re just going to try and find a rising star who really wants to be in your film.You’re still going to have to work with the new, hungry post-production houses. You’re not going to walk into Industrial Light & Magic and say, “I want a CGI character.”You’re going to really have to keep it very bare bones, but at $500K-$1 million, you’re going to at least be able to pay for most of what you need.center_img These budget breakdowns demonstrate the wild difference money makes when shooting a feature film. Here’s what you can expect.$10K, $100K, and $500K — they all sound like a lot of money. And they are. But they are also not as much as you might think when it comes to producing a feature film — especially a feature that will be compared to projects with budgets of millions (or hundreds of millions) of dollars.Here’s what you can expect from these three sample budgets.last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plans

first_imgAC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has revealed plans for a new stadium.Scaroni says Inter Milan are also involved in the talks.“I am representing the owners, who invested a great deal of money, and dealing with important elements like the new Milan stadium,” Scaroni told reporters at the Christmas party for the youth team.“We are thinking of building a new stadium along with Inter.”Scaroni also spoke of the current form under coach Gennaro Gattuso.“We aren’t going terribly well, but we are fourth and that is the important thing. We need Milan to get back into the Champions League. It’s important to stay in fourth place.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Nightmare in Nigeria for family fighting to retrieve mothers body

first_imgBy Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–What began as a journey to Nigeria for love has ended in a nightmare.A Saskatchewan family is struggling to bring back the body of a woman who died in Nigeria after marrying a local man she met online.Debra Pine left Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in February to marry a man known as “Martin.”A month after the marriage, Pine died from septicaemia, a serious bacterial infection, and her body lies in a morgue, thousands of kilometres away from her family.Now Pine’s family claims the body is being held hostage by Martin, who has a final say over what happens as the legal next of kin under Nigerian law.The family said they believe the man wants to use the death as a means to come to Canada.“I know he said he loves her, but I think his intentions were just to get to Canada,” said family friend Pamela Baldhead.The family said they have the money in place to bring Pine home and only the widower stands in their way.“At first, I was pretty confident that he would (let the body go), but now it’s like to me he is playing some kind of mind game with us,” said daughter Sheryl Horse. “Everything is already arranged, it’s just that he has to sign the release, to release her body.”Pine’s death has left her nine children grieving.“She was everything to everybody and we miss her,” said Baldhead. “We just want her home, we need her home.”Nigeria is also currently in the midst of an election and the family is having a difficult time making contact with any government [email protected]last_img read more