first_imgPACOIMA – A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in an auto crash this afternoon, authorities said. The child was airlifted in serious but stable condition to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles following the crash. “It appears to be a severe impact,” said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The crash, which injured at least one other person, occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 14000 block of Paxton Street, Humphrey said. No other informations was currently available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some recent evolutionary papers appear to make physical laws not just constraints on natural selection, but guiding hands that build optimal designs.Hydrodynamics and the perfect transporter:  In cell membranes, aquaporins are hourglass-shaped channels that allow water molecules through but block other molecules.  Their “remarkable  selectivity,” coupled with “optimal permeability,” is admired by biophysicists – so much so that authors of a paper in PNAS about aquaporins [AQPs] remarked, “in a biomimetic perspective, these results provide guidelines to design artificial nanopores with optimal performances.”  How, then, did evolution stumble upon such design perfection?  “This suggests that the hourglass shape of aquaporins could be the result of a natural selection process toward optimal hydrodynamic transport.”   This statement could mean that natural selection found the optimal shape through blind search, but more implicitly that the laws of hydrodynamics lured natural selection toward “excellent water selectivity.”  Most of the paper focused on why the geometrical shape is so effective:The aim of this work was to determine the effect of geometry and BCs [boundary conditions] on hydrodynamic entrance effects in biconical nanochannels. Using FE [finite-element] calculations, we have shown that compared with a plain cylindrical pipe, a biconical channel of optimal angle can provide a spectacular increase in hydrodynamic permeability. A simplified model based on entrance effects and lubrication approximation rationalizes the observed behavior. Although speculative, this could indicate that the hourglass geometry of AQPs results from a shape optimization, to reduce end effects and maximize water permeability.They said very little about evolution.  What they did say amounts to an airy speculation that, somehow, physics drives evolutionary progress:Among transmembrane proteins, and ionic channels in particular, examples abound where the particular function––ion selectivity, for instance––is tied to a specific feature of the molecular architecture. However, it remains worth wondering, as we have done here, whether generic factors such as viscous dissipation could be the driving force behind the shapes fine-tuned by evolution.Fluid dynamics and the perfect lung:  More blatant in the assertion that physics drives evolution is a headline on PhysOrg, “How fluid dynamics and transport shaped the structure of our lungs in the course of evolution.”  The speculations of two French physicists goes beyond claiming that physics merely constrains evolution, though it overlaps with that notion.  It elevates physics to an essential player in the process of design optimization, a voice telling the evolutionary tinkerer, ‘you’re getting warmer’—In an evolutionary perspective, the size of primitive multi-cellular species was necessarily limited by nutrients’ diffusion speed. One hypothesis defended in this study is that larger primitive animals have thus been conditioned by a progressive Darwinian selection of tree-like ‘space-filling’ nutrient distribution systems. Then, their genetic material was ready to be shared to allow mammalian respiration. Successive inspirations and expirations cycles had to be optimised so that external air could reach the alveoli before expiration starts. This form of evolutionary tinkering, the authors believe, would have allowed the emergence of mammalian respiration—as opposed to fish-style breathing through gills.With physics in the driver’s seat, it’s no wonder that “the structure of the alveolar system is indeed optimal to allow efficient transport of oxygen from the air to the blood,” the article ends.  “This new insight into the lung’s evolutionary process stems from the physical principles underlying the architecture of living systems.”Evolution is a mystical form of polytheism for modern intellectuals.  Any questions?  You thought evolution was impersonal and unguided.  That would never work.  Cryptic spirits animate all of nature.They even have names.  The blind goddess Tinker Bell is helped by Engineer Bill, calling out “You’re getting warmer!” as the unholy spirit of Charlie, the Bearded Buddha, smiles down from above, “allowing” endless forms most beautiful to “emerge.”  Since these deities are invisible, one needs the shamans to interpret the game, continually offering “new insight” to the peasants, ever stringing them along to keep the funds flowing.  The Great Myth must remain a perennial work in progress, lest the shamans run out of business in their temples, the universities.  They shudder at the prospect of begging on street corners with signs, “Will tell stories for food.”last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Dry weather returns to Ohio today, tomorrow, and Thursday. Today is a bit of a transition day, as we still are trying to see moisture from yesterday exit off to the east. Clouds will likely mix with sun today, but we see better sun potential through tomorrow and Thursday. Temps will stay above normal, relative humidity values low, and drying should become excellent.Our moisture for late in the week and the weekend looks on target for Friday, less impressive on Saturday, and then still very, very impressive for Sunday. Therefore, overall, we are putting precipitation potential for the three-day period at .25”-1.9” with coverage at 80% of the state. Rain potential for Friday comes as a fairly minor front sags across the state through the day. Moisture totals will be mostly be under a third of an inch, and the general rains will be a tenth or two. Saturday there is nothing more than hit and miss scattered showers. However, on Sunday, we see strong thunderstorms moving through with heavy rain potential. Northern Ohio may escape, but the rest of the state sees good rains, and we wont rule out a farther north push too…that remains to be seen. The map at right shows rain potential through Monday morning.Dry weather is back for next Monday, but the pattern looks to speed up with our next system next week. Rains can be in as soon as Tuesday late evening, and then go through Wednesday. Rain totals remain at half to 1.5” with coverage at 70%. As the rains move in sooner, they also move out sooner, and we think we can put together a dry finish to the week, Thursday into the weekend.  The rest of the extended 11-16 day period is wetter, with a strong front delayed back into the 29th and 30th, and then another low comes in from the NW for the 1st and 2nd. We could see half to 2 inches of rain combined from those two systems over the 4 days combined when we flip the calendar. Colder air comes in behind the front next week and reinforcing cool air comes behind that late system in early October.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodIt all started with a Super Bowl ad.Those little 30 to 60 second blips on the screen, usually meant to be funny (sometimes they actually are), had one ad from beer maker Bud Light that touted in a roundabout way the fact that Bud Light is made without corn syrup, which they also pointed out was being used by their competitors.Corn growers were quick to respond, including the National Corn Growers Association releasing a statement saying the ads were misleading and portrayed corn syrup in a negative light. In recent weeks, a judge has even ordered Anheuser-Busch (the parent company of the Bud Light brand) to stop using the words “corn syrup” in attack ads without more context. It is the result of an ongoing lawsuit by competitor MillerCoors.The fact is that yes, Bud Light is made without the use of corn syrup, though rice is used in its stead to derive the sugars essential in the beer brewing process. Other beers by Anheuser-Busch include corn syrup in their creation.Quite a few emotional thoughts, lawsuits and changes in drinking habits were made in the days and weeks following the incident, with continued ad use still catching grief. Many of those beverages in question are produced on the north side of Columbus at the Anheuser-Busch plant just south of 270.“We bought this land from a local farmer here in Columbus and broke ground in 1966. We opened our doors in 1968. In our first year we were capable of making about 1.8 million barrels of beer. Since that time, we’ve actually doubled our capacity more than twice and today we can make almost 10 million barrels of beer in a calendar year,” said Josh Zabek, senior general manager at the Columbus Brewery of Anheuser-Busch. “We have about 500 full-time employees at work here. In the summer months, we’ll actually scale up and have 600 employees that are here full-time. We’re a 24/7 operation and are brewing beer 365 days a year. We are producing and packaging almost every single day of the year.”About 20 brands are brewed at the Columbus facility, including hallmark items such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Busch, Busch-Light, Natural Light, Landshark, Bud Light Lime, Select 55, and Rolling Rock among others, including non-alcoholic brands.“We make a pretty wide range of beer, some of which many people don’t know comes out of a brewery right here in Columbus, Ohio,” Zabek said.With so much production, Zabek said agriculture is essential to their success and they stay well-integrated with their farming community.“Everybody knows malt is used to make a lot of different beers. We use a lot of rice in our Budweiser and Bud Light, but we also use a lot of corn. Corn grits and corn syrup in Busch and Busch-Light and a lot of other products,” he said. “We’re very happy to be close to a lot of our farmers in the local community and to know that we are dependent on them. We are dependent on all of our farmers in the United States.”The brewing process brings together those agricultural commodities and puts them to work to create the end product many enjoy. Matt Kaminske is the head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch in Columbus, and detailed that unique procedure from beginning to end.“Our process really begins with the grains unloading,” he said. “We’ll bring up to six rail cars per day, five days at least per week for about 500 million pounds that are coming through this facility. Whole grain rice, whole grain barley malt, and we’re also bringing in corn grits. We use different combinations depending on what we are brewing that particular week. We then move that grain into our silos where we house millions of pounds of grain that are used in the brewing process each and every week.“We also unload dextrose syrup here, that we receive from Cargill in Dayton, Ohio — over 30 million pounds per year of dextrose that we bring into this facility to make our value-brand products,” Kaminske said. “It comes from Ohio farmers. As a company, over 16 million bushels of corn per year go through our facilities.”From the grains unloading process, the grain eventually enters the brewhouse and is added to a mash cooker, an enormous stainless steel vat, designed to do most of the “heavy lifting” in the brewing process.“From there, we step into the lagering process. That’s where we take the mash we developed in the mash cooker and we’re trying to separate the wort from that stream. Out from that process comes spent grains that is then collected, and is ultimately sold back to local farmers for cattle feed. The wort then goes to the brew kettle and it sets again a lot of different processes in place. That’s where the hops are added, a key process in the profile of a Budweiser versus a Michelob versus an Ultra. The hops help to stabilize the wort and really sets the rest of the processes in place as we go downstream into fermentation,” Kaminske said.The total process can take almost 10 hours to get from grain coming into the cooker until its ready with yeast and cooled back down for fermentation. The brewhouse is also not a cool place to work, with air temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.“From the brew kettle process, then we set the stage for fermentation. That is where we cool the brew back down, we add yeast, and we really kick off that fermentation process,” he said. “Depending on the different recipes we have will dictate how long those brews then sit in the fermentation process.”Brews will sit in the large, upright, fermenting vessels for about a week or so before they move onto the second stage of the aging process.“Primary fermentation will move onto secondary fermentation in the beech wood aging tanks, our chip tanks as we call them. That’s where we add beech wood chips. That’s really what helps make the beer clean, crisp, refreshing, and sets it in profile for Bud and Bud Light, or our other brands as we dictate the recipes,” Kaminske said.The beer is then removed from the chip tanks, filtered several times, and dialed into the final product before it heads into packaging. All packaging happens on site in the facility with three can lines, three bottle lines, and one draft line working around the clock.“The can line is capable of producing at 2,100 cans per minute and has an upward capacity of producing almost 40,000 cases in an eight hour period. At max capacity, this brewery can produce almost a half a million cases of beer in a 24-hour period,” Zabek said. “It’s a very fast and complex operation. We are shipping about 230 full trailers of beer every single day out of this facility.”The Anheuser-Busch plant highlights a simple fact in agriculture that is sometimes hard to see from field-side — farm products are essential in thriving industries, like that of brewing beer. No matter your thoughts on Bud Light and its controversial ads, the fact is it has started a conversation about ag being used each and everyday, and that is a good thing.last_img read more

first_imgConcerns are mounting for the Maharashtra government after a consortium of leading public and private banks recently conveyed its inability to extend more credit for major infrastructure projects, especially road and highway works. The consortium of five to six banks, headed by the State Bank of India (SBI), has conveyed to the government that they have nearly exhausted their loan limits and credit cannot be extended to big-ticket projects until the government itself gives a guarantee or does so through the Centre.According to government sources, there is no alternative but to look for temporary ‘bridge loans’ on its own for the time being to meet an immediate capital expenditure on the lines of ₹4,000 crore extended to the Mumbai-Nagpur Communication Expressway.Maharashtra aims to complete construction of nearly 30,000 km of roads by the end of July 2020 under the Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojna. If the banks do not extend credit, much of these works could come under a cloud, said senior officials. “We have reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, and are trying to manage the crisis for now. For now, it only threatens the road works since those have a greater exposure to bank credit, but we don’t want it to spread to other projects,” said a senior bureaucrat.Last week, the government called an emergency meeting to clear a ₹4,000-crore ‘bridge loan’ for the Mumbai-Nagpur Communication Expressway. The State Cabinet, while clearing the proposal, said the 700-km highway will cost ₹55,000 with nearly ₹28,000 crore to be raised from private and public sector banks. The Cabinet decided to clear the proposal to extend a bank guarantee for the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the implementing agency, to raise the bridge loan of ₹4,000 crore. The Cabinet had clarified the sanctioning of loans was taking longer and MSRDC needed money urgently to continue work on the highway. However, sources said the emergency meeting was called after banks refused further extension of credit limits unless the financial closure was arrived at for the previously pending loans. “This is surely a direct result of, as they (banks) have told us, the crisis in the banking sector following mess created by the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited scam. We didn’t have a choice but to bail MSRDC out. This is likely to hit all road projects,” said the bureaucrat. MSRDC needs to pay ₹1,200 crore to the contractors every day for work on the Mumbai-Nagpur highway. The arrangement with banks is only to pay the interest on loans till a road is complete. Once the project is over, MSRDC will repay the banks through toll. The super expressway, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021, will cut the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to less than nine hours. With motorists expected to pay over ₹1,200 as toll for a one-way journey, it will be one of the most expensive roads in the country.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson is well aware of the monumental task he has to face entering the NCAA Season 93 Finals.After steering the Pirates to their first ever playoff appearance, the youthful mentor has been stern in keeping his wards in check  for the best-of-three championship clash against San Beda, which starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I guess my job as the coach is to put them in the right frame of mind. The excitement will always be there, but it’s a matter of channeling it to positivity. We’re more excited than nervous, to be honest,” he said.“We know it’s our first time to be in this level and it’s really an unchartered territory for us. But rather than being scared, we should be excited. We know that we got nothing to lose and we’re happy where we are. We know we wanted to be in Finals and we did everything in the best way that we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRobinson knows how the Red Lions operate, and he even served as an analyst for the clash between San Beda and San Sebastian in the final level of the stepladder semis on Tuesday.And the third-year mentor could only derive one thing from their Finals date. Read Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves MOST READ “It’s obvious that (San Beda) is determined to win,” he quipped. “At the end of the day, they’re the stronger team, they have more experience than us and it showed against San Sebastian. With coach Boyet (Fernandez) there, and they have a good group of guys that are motivated to show that they are the defending champions, we know what we have to face.”Robinson had only one more reminder for Lyceum: to stay the course and continue what it has been doing all season long — playing to inspire.“I just remind them of our vision, which is to inspire others. Of course, we want to be on the winning side, but victory or not, our vision will not stop,” he said. “We’ll still do what we have do and our dedication will never change. It’s really an opportunity for us to inspire people. That will never change.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

first_imgAfter 13 seasons in Miami and three championship rings, Dwyane Wade has committed to joining the Chicago Bulls.“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice,” Wade said in a letter released to the Associated Press. “Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”Wade has agreed to a two-year deal worth $47 million, according to the AP. The Miami Heat, Wade’s team for his entire 13-year career, had a two-year, $40 million offer on the table for him.The Bulls are also sending Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers with a trade in order to clear salary-cap space and sign Wade.The Bulls have also agreed to a trade that will send Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is leaving for the same reason with Calderon.In other free agency moves from last night, center Nene with Houston for a one-year, $2.9 million deal and his fellow Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract to return to the Phoenix Suns.source: eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Among the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame presenters are Dr. Roberta Bondar (2011 CWOF Inductee), Chris Evert, Sharon Gless, Brad Goreski, Humble The Poet, Tatiana Maslany, Lanny McDonald, Kiefer Sutherland (2005 CWOF Inductee), Scott Thompson (2008 CWOF Inductee), Margaret Trudeau, and Nikki Yanofsky (2010 Inaugural Allan Slaight Honour Recipient). The special also includes performances from Nelly Furtado (2010 CWOF Inductee), Brett Kissel, and Ayaz V (2016 Grand Prize Winner, CWOF Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC).The 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame special brings the country’s most notable Canadians together, with show-stopping performances and heartfelt tributes, to honour individuals for their achievements in their respective fields, including: music, sports, film and television, literary, visual and performing arts, science, innovation, philanthropy, and social justice.Viewers can catch all the memorable moments from the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast the next day on and Global Go or catch the encore presentation on Saturday, December 24 at 7 p.m. ET. For more information about Canada’s Walk of Fame and the 2016 inductees, please visit MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV @[email protected]@CWOFameFacebook:Global’s Walk of Fame Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Canada’s Walk of FameEstablished in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields, fuelling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. The foremost honour for cultural excellence in Canada, Canada’s Walk of Fame presents year-round events and programs to educate and foster pride among Canadians, support Canadian culture and provide a platform for emerging talent in Canada. Programs include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country, the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour recognizing Canadians making a difference in their community, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. With 2016’s additions, 167 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians will have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit:’s Walk of Fame became a national registered charity in 2012. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Global rolls out the red carpet in celebration of Canadian excellence with the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast special, airing on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The network’s annual tribute to extraordinary Canadians delivers viewers an exceptional night featuring electrifying performances and A-list presenters.“We are proud to honour this remarkable group of Canadians and share their achievements with Global’s broadcast of the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus. “Having broadcast this special for 10 years, Global is committed to celebrating Canadian excellence with a star-studded event, and this year’s broadcast is no exception – with must-see performances, powerful storytelling, and non-stop entertainment.”Below are the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees:Jeanne Beker, Fashion Entrepreneur, Television Personality, JournalistCorey Hart, MusicianDeepa Mehta, FilmmakerJason Priestley, Actor, DirectorDarryl Sittler, Hockey Player, NHLAl Waxman, Actor, Director (Cineplex Legends Inductee)2016 Allan Slaight Honour Recipient: Brett Kissel, Country Music Artistlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter This veteran game show host received harsh criticism and boos from the audience when he ventured out of the TV studio to moderate a political debate.If you answered, “Who is Alex Trebek,” you’re right!The long-time “Jeopardy!” host served as moderator at Monday night’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate, lobbing questions to current Governor Tom Wolf and challenger Scott Wagner, and while the 78-year-old Canadian icon is widely beloved for his TV role that definitely wasn’t the case when it came to his foray into politics. Advertisement Alex Trebekcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement According to the Washington Post, Trebek was criticized for asking long-winded questions and letting the debaters serve up equally long-winded answers. Login/Register With:last_img read more